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Lauren W
Taupo, New Zealand

Basic room but very nice staff

Review of Central Motel
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 Oct 2016via mobile
The staff here were great in helping us with a partial nights stay before a midnight flight.
Transfers are done by the onsite manager who always makes himself available to you.
Room was quite dated but mainly clean. Stains on the curtain was the only thing we could fault. Having a mini bar was a nice change too! And not badly priced.

All in all, good centrally based motel for the price.
Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 24 August 2016

    A really good choice for an overnight stopover or couple of days in Avarua. This is a well-priced property, in a great location, with plenty of restaurants and The Punanga Nui Market within walking distance. The location is perfect if you want to be close to the city and the airport. In Rarotonga, you can go anywhere with the scooter or with the bus. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The Central Motel has an awesome host - Malcolm! He is a very nice person and took good care of us.

    Date of stay: August 2016
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    4  Thank Martin P
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    Reviewed 24 August 2015

    The central motel was pretty close to the beach and was next to the ring road and a couple of minutes in-between the airport and the town. It was good because at night you could see huge crabs that were 50cm wide! After we went to the beach where we saw a puffer fish. Bits of the central motel was a bit run down but some bits were modern.

    Date of stay: November 2014
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    5  Thank scheongnz
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    Reviewed 14 June 2015

    SIMPLY the best spot to stay in central Avarua. Rooms are clean, walking distance to a the shops,harbour, Saturday market and restaurants. Malcolm, the owner, is a huge source of knowledge and will go out of his way to help you - just ask!

    Date of stay: June 2015
    3  Thank kimdes0956
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    Reviewed 24 March 2015

    This place is about location, convenience and economy. Central to the business district such as it is and handy to government offices, the name says it all. Sure, it is not near the resorts but nothing is really far in Rarotonga, with buses around the island leaving in each direction every hour or so. If you need more flexibility than that, just rent a motor bike or a car.

    Room tip: Get the rooms with air conditioning as an option.
    Date of stay: January 2015
    • Trip type: Travelled on business
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    4  Thank Alan B
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    Reviewed 30 October 2014

    My partner and I stayed at the Central Motel before going on to another island and again on the way back, before leaving for LA. As other reviewers have said, it is well-situated in the main town of Avarua, within walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, the National Library and Museum and the Saturday market. A really good choice for an overnight stopover/couple of days in Avarua. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the owner, Malcolm, goes out of his way to make your stay a pleasant one. He picked us up from the airport, after midnight, and took us back for our flight to Atiu and on our second stay, for our flight to LA. We were also able to keep the room till we were taken to the airport, at 10.00 pm. An all-round good experience!

    Date of stay: October 2014
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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