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Central Motel

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The Central Motel as it name implies, is in the centre of our main town Avarua. It is ideal for visiting consultants, business people, company representatives and tourists who like to be in town and still only a short bus,scooter,bike or car ride to fabulous beaches.We have 14 rooms and a small conference room. Our rooms have IDD phones, T.V's, fridges, toasters, kettles, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, fans and en-suite.There is a Spa pool to cool off in after meetings or just to cool off!We also have our own WiFi facilities for guests.The Central Motel is only 10 minutes from the airport and is within easy walking distance of most government offices/agencies, shops, restaurants, café, banks and museum and libraries. We can arrange car/scooter hire, tours and outer Island flights and tours. We have airport transfers and all our guests are met personally.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Plunge pool
Airport transportation
Adults only
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Paid wifi
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Desk
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Interconnected rooms available
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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avee8or wrote a review May 2022
Wellington, New Zealand73 contributions29 helpful votes
Firstly, I had stayed here 2 or 3 times before when Nigel ran the place, It was good then, it looked like the photos youo see here, it was located well for me because it's just behind the Land Court so very handy for my purposes back then. Today: Rating - Terrible Why Terrible - Reason 1. No maintenance, upkeep, care for the property seems evident any more. It's overgrown courtyard makes it dark, damp and uninviting. The gates into the property are dilapidated and worn as is the rest of the place (definitely not like the photos anymore). Reason 2. The rooms are very underwhelming, adequate as in it has a bed but not super clean (I've stayed in worse) but as described in the previous "terrible" review, the amount of bugs, ants, cockroaches was significant and likewise I used the whole can of fly spray on the first night with the associated debris of bodies including unfortunately the little ghecko which obviously couldn't keep up with the bugs. Reason 3. Couldn't pay electronically as the machine was broken. So had to go off and get extra cash. Not too big of a problem but I tried to pay each day with the same he's just coming to fix it. It's sad, I've liked it on previous stays, I booked it because Ministry of Foreign Affairs is on the corner of the street and I needed to go there, but I have to say the previous Central Motel and the current are two completely different places, Polar opposites, 180 degrees opposed. It is a very sad place now sorry to say.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Yue H wrote a review Jan 2020
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Even the location is good and owner is reasonable nice, but I have to say I had a nightmare there. I arrived quite late after 12am, and the taxi driver took me in the room. As you could see in the pictures, I spent more than an hour to kill all the bugs in the room. That was so scary, the bugs, big ants, even lizards were everywhere, I used all the pesticides to kill the bugs, then I saw almost an hundred bodies on the floor. I called the owner immediately, I have looked around of other rooms, they were empyt at that time, but he said he could do nothing, no room to change and he could not drive 30min back just to kill the bugs for me. I was absolutely devasted, could not sleep for the whole night, I even want to call the police to help me. The next day when i met the owner, he said might because of the rain yesterday, so all the bugs were in my room. But I think as a local, the owner definitely knows there will be bugs in the room after rain. Why he still left the door open and let all the bugs crawling in the room? That was a nightmare.... I am very upset of spending $125 for staying bugs hole for a night
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Date of stay: January 2020
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EKLynch wrote a review Nov 2018
Ipswich, Australia46 contributions31 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 nights at the Central Motel. Ronnie made us feel at home and had a very pleasant stay. Room comfy. Motel centrally located and a really nice cafe at the end of the street named Annie’s where we ate a couple of times.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Bryan115 wrote a review Nov 2018
Melbourne, Australia107 contributions11 helpful votes
Very homely. Friendly and attentive host wish I could remember his name. Great location. Pretty much in the middle of town and between two bus stops. Big room with microwave and cheap minibar We had a ground floor room Arrived at about 7am-ish with pre organised airport transfer and early check-in no probs - fantastic. If you are a resort person this is not for you. However, this is by far the best value for money accom we had over two weeks in the Cook Islands - one week Rarotonga and one week Aitutaki. If we are lucky enough to return to Rarotonga, we would make this our home base Thank you for a wonderful stay and wish we had stayed here for entire time. Hope to see you again
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3Raymarie469 wrote a review Aug 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand73 contributions15 helpful votes
We had a 2am Arrival on Rarotonga - Reliable pick up and taken straight to our room by Kiki. Met in the morning by Ronnie the Bestest Hostest we've ever met, He made our stay feel welcome and looked after us making us want to make Central Motel our Home away from Home. A Basic Motel Room with Air Conditioning that works yay. Plug in mosquito freshener kept the mozzies away. Room serviced everyday with clean towels, soap, shampoo etc and coffee/sugar/milk supplies always replenished. Hot water and excellent pressure in the shower. Close to Avarua walking distance to everything. Ronnie offered to take us to the local Car hire but we decided to walk there ourselves and hired transport. WiFi available. Only 2 x Local TV channels which is typical on Rarotonga. We requested and got a ground floor room. Has Kettle/Toaster/Iron/Ironing Board and cupboard for hanging clothes. No curtain netting so had to keep the Drapes closed for privacy. The location of the Motel served our purpose for our visit well. Quiet place no kids. Spa Pool clean and inviting. Minibar prices cheap too. No Laundry Service but there is a laundry services 5 minutes away so not a problem.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Richard C wrote a review Aug 2018
Suva, Fiji10 contributions5 helpful votes
Enjoyed my stay here. Helpful friendly management and staff, great location and well set up. Manager helpful and easy to deal with. Rooms simple but pleasant. Easy walk to town and restaurants and supermarkets.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Rosemary R wrote a review Sept 2017
Athens, Ohio8 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at Central Motel during our week long trip to Rarotonga, and found Central Motel to perfectly meet our needs as budget travelers. The owner, Malcolm, was perfectly hospitable, even when I woke him up at 6:30 one morning for a last minute request to the airport. The room was cleaned each day, with fresh towels provided, a must for those light packers! Great water pressure and boy does it get hot! Shades kept out the light making it easy to catch up on some zzz's when you first arrive. The courtyard is perfect for relaxing after a busy day, and the mini-bar prices were the best we've ever seen - $3.50 per beer! Of course the roosters are prone to get excited anytime once the sun goes down, amusing at first if you've never been on an island where these things roam freely, but do pack some ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. If you want to stay connected, a couple bucks will buy you access to the wifi and it worked very well. If you are debating on splurging on posh accommodations versus the ability to go on the Aitutaki day tour offered through Air Raro, stay at the Central Motel so you can do both!
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Date of stay: September 2017
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AroundtheWorld61 wrote a review Sept 2017
Cagliari, Italy311 contributions178 helpful votes
My last trip around the world brought me to these fantastic islands, Rarotonga. In Avarua I spent more less a week and thanks to Mr Malcom,who gave me a lot of info and details from weather reports to what to see and where to go. A fantastic Concierge! He also organized for me the trip to Aitutaki, a daily one, quite expensive, but certainly worth for all the day on a fantastic island. The Hotel is a standard motel, very clean with all the standard facilities around. Just few steps to the sea, markets restaurants etc. etc. No breakfast, but all in the room to organize it. Thanks again Mr Malcom for your kindness, your Sardinian friend, John.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Stefano M wrote a review Apr 2017
Penang Island, Malaysia229 contributions141 helpful votes
...I would just add that rooms are spacious and very comfortable,bathrooms clean and practical. The inner patio is of well-tended tropical greenery, there is free parking in front of the hotel, and the owner Malcolm is a very agreeable gentleman (and I suspect what he doesn't know about the Cook Islands can be written on a bus ticket).
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Date of stay: April 2017
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VCLOZ wrote a review Apr 2017
Brisbane, Australia42 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed at Central Motel for a night between our arrival in Rarotonga and our departure for Aitutaki. Malcolm picked us up from the airport at 10 pm and drove us back the next day. Malcolm is lovely and very uncomplicated. The rooms are big and clean and the beds comfy. The bathroom was a little outdated but there's no need to upgrade and generate more waste on this tiny island. We found that is was quieter than other more fancy places. We stayed on the ground floor and would advise asking for a room upstairs if you want more privacy. The motel is walking distance from everything that you need on arrival: ATM, police station, post office, telephone, rental... It's a great place to stay on arrival while you get a feel of the Cook Islands and if you're not the resort type, it's just perfect for a longer stay (if you a car). There are some really nice cafes and restaurants around and the harbour is a great place to relax. We felt more comfortable here than at the resort with stayed at the end of our trip.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I would advise choosing the upper floor for more privacy
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$164 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaAvarua
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Central Motel?
Nearby attractions include Punanga Nui (0.9 km), Rehab Nightclub (0.3 km), and Wreck of the Matai (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Central Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at Central Motel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Central Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Central Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Waffle Shack, The Lucky Rooster Eatery, and The Lazy Trout Rarotonga.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Central Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a plunge pool during their stay.
Does Central Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Central Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Central Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Central Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (0.2 km).
Is Central Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.