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Froilan J
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Excellent location

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 Jan 2014
We stayed during the Labour weekend together with friends. We booked 3 rooms in total. Nothing special about the room. When we came in the gas heater was already on, could not turn it off. We informed the lady at the reception about the gas heater before we went out to buy dinner and it was already turned off when we came back. If your looking for budget motel, Sequoia is great place. Clean and tidy and spacious. And pretty near Oppies Takeaway, Pak N save and Countdown so location was excellence.
Date of stay: October 2013
Trip type: Travelled with friends
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Had to stay here as I hadn't booked anything decent and Rotorua had filled up for Labour Weekend. Place was clean, just dated, tv at roof height, shower had low water pressure, no ice. Door lock was a bit dodgy and lots of street noise. They charged my card as soon as I arrived, always a bad sign. Only charged me 110 bucks instead of 130, so that's the only good thing about my stay. Reception lady was cold.

Date of stay: October 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Karen F, Manager at Sequoia - Acacia Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2013

Good Afternoon, thank you for your feedback,
We are very sorry that you felt your stay with us not satisfactory.
as you can understand labour day is always busy in Rotorua, we have received so many guests in three days, so all apologises if you felt that our welcoming was a little bit cold, we always aim to make our guests welcome.
we require payment for a one night stay which is a standard practice, especially on this week end sometimes, guests are in a rush and they don't fill the check in form properly .
but we're very happy that you have enjoyed the discount .
we hope to see you again in Rotorua.

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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We booked through Agoda good value. Stayed three nights. We complained about the double bed so they went an brought an new one. Can not ask for better value. Good value with breakfast included. Good pools both natural and outside. This motel is not new but kept clean and tidy.

Room tip: All good but only stayed in the one bed units
Date of stay: May 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Karen F, Manager at Sequoia - Acacia Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2013

Kia Ora Good Morning and thank you for your feedback
we're happy to know that you've enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you and your family again
Warmest Regards.

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Reviewed 28 February 2013

I recently stayed for 5 nights with my daughter and granddaughter. The studio was very comfortable with a double and single bed. The fan was a great asset as we used it throughout the night due the hot weather we were experiencing. The swimming pool in front of the motel was also fabulous after a long hot day at kapa haka competition. Being situated right by the shopping complex an down the road from countdown was also a bonus. The hosts were very helpful and breakfast being included was another added bonus. One drawback was that the childrens playground that is advertised is no longer available - so either replace it or take it out of the advertising is what i recommend. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable stay.

Date of stay: February 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Karen F, Manager at Sequoia - Acacia Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2013

Kia Ora Good Morning, thank you very much for your positive review
we are happy to read that you have enjoyed your stay
and we consider seriously your feedback regarding children's playground.
we hope to see you again
warmest Regards.

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Reviewed 17 December 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights. The location was easy to find and close(ish) to shops. Bonus wifi was good value - didn't know about this until we turned up.

The breakfast had lots of variety - a help yourself thing - where everything was laid out. Toast, fruit, jam, tea, coffee, cereal etc.

The bed was comfy and the place was clean. It was nice to have a fridge and microwave.

Downsides: The pools were good, although they probably need a bit of a clean. The bathroom didn't have much ventilation and there wasn't a fly screen on the window, so if you opened the window the mosquitoes and bugs would come in, but if you left it closed the bathroom would soon smell very damp.

I'd stay here again - cheap, basic and friendly accommodation.

Date of stay: October 2012
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen F, Manager at Sequoia - Acacia Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2013

Good Afternoon, we want to thank you for your interesting review
and we want you to know , that we will consider your feedback regarding bathroom and pools
again all our apologises.
we're delighted to read that you have enjoyed our continental breakfast
we hope to see you again
Warmest Regards

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Reviewed 28 November 2012

We were looking for a place that was centrally located and low-priced. A complimentary buffet and complimentary WiFi were added bonuses; the continental buffet, while basic, was more than adequate. The WiFi was sufficient for checking e-mails, which is what we needed. The location was terrific as well, within walking distance of the city centre and Central Mall. The other places (mainly hotels) where we had stayed in the past were located way down on Fenton St, which meant we had to take the car out more often than we would have liked. The kitchen was very handy, e.g., a microwave for reheating pizzas and plenty of good-quality cutlery.
On the flipside, the shower was cordoned off from the rest of the bathroom by just a shower curtain, which meant the floor of the bathroom got wet - this is a safety hazard and not very pleasant by any means (this issue has been raised by others on TripAdvisor for this motel). There was no clock radio in the room to show us the time. The freezer compartment in the fridge was not functional as a result of which water dripped on to the floor of the fridge.
Notwithstanding these drawbacks, if we had to visit Rotorua again, we probably would first try this place first for a good price for a studio room before looking elsewhere. (We got the deal through Wotif.)

Date of stay: November 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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