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Review of Central Motel
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 Sept 2017
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!
Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

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.

Room tip: First floor is better and quieter.
Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

...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).

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

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.

Room tip: I would advise choosing the upper floor for more privacy
Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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4  Thank VCLOZ
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Central Motel is A M A Z I N G. Convenient location. Close to cafes, gift shops, supermarkets, and the bus depot. Tidy, spacious, tiled, cool rooms. Quaint relaxing courtyard to sit with a book or a coffee or if you must, a ciggie. But, as many other have said, the absolute best part of this place would be the part owner; a charming, organised, hilarious, friendly, reliable (the list goes on) man who is flexible and knowledgable and more than happy to help with transfers and any other questions you may have. Didn't want to leave!!! Would return again and again. Thank you Malcolm.

Date of stay: November 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
8  Thank Rhianna S
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I chose this place for location to work. My other expectations were low, but what a lovely surprise. From the moment the lovely host greeted me at the airport there were smiles and just the best customer service. I had an aircon room which was spacious, comfortable & clean, basic but functional. I'd definitely go back.

Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Travelled on business
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