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Paul Vockenhuber
Breitenfurt bei Wien, Austria

two waterfront bungalows available

Review of Rino's Motel
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 Feb 2019
Bungalows with ample space, comfortable beds, everything a bit worn out, but will get refurbished soon. Nice view to the shore and sea from two of the bungalows. Good breakfast, nice landlord. Car rental at the facility possible. No corals and only a few fish to be seen in the lagoon du to climate change
Date of stay: January 2019
Room Tip: two bungalows having ocean view !
Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 19 February 2019 via mobile

    For a fraction of the price of the smart resorts on Aitutaki you can have your own beachfront studio apartment. It’s clean, comfortable and has aircon! A real treat on these small islands. Facing the lagoon and the spectacular sunsets, my private decking had a day bed and table and chairs. Yes the bathroom is a bit tired but Papa Rino was undertaking renovations while I was there. There are cheaper garden rooms but, seriously, book early and get a beachfront one! Papa Rino is a bit of an institution - I believe he’s in his 80s and still reads the paper without glasses. He also runs a car/scooter hire place (you need a minimum 125cc licence to hire a scooter in the Cook Islands - not the automatic 50cc that normally comes with UK licences).
    Lovely breakfast - fresh fruit, cereals & fresh pancakes! They’ll help you organise diving or snorkelling trips (I can recommend Teking’s snorkelling safari). It is a blue sky hot spot so if you bought a voucher in Rarotonga it will work here too. For self caterers there is just one supermarket (neiba) open on a Sunday. Most of the small local restaurants close...apparently I’m told the resort hotel restaurants are open (but they’re well out of my budget), the boat shed and Koru cafe - beyond the airport (a good scooter ride from Rino’s) are also open. On Sunday I suggest you go to CICC church at 10 (especially if you’re there the 1st Sunday of the month when everyone wears white) to listen to the amazing singing (services last 2hrs or so - I sat at the back and snuck out during a hymn after an hour or so). Make sure you check the weather forecast for a sunny day before booking your trip out onto the lagoon. Rightly thought of as one of the most spectacular lagoons in the Pacific, you need the sun to show of those incredible water colours! Love love loved it!

    Date of stay: January 2019
    Trip type: Travelled solo
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    Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

    i stayed in the garden view room for 3 nights and this is one of the most affordable rooms on the island. the kitchen and bathroom were fantastic with cooking amenities. the room had 2 fans and a clothes horse to dry towels and bathers. my rate included airport pickup/dropoff and breakfast. breakfast was delicious. wifi was blue sky and a good connection. i was able to hire a bike from next door and bronwyn helped me confirm my tour pickup times by phoning.
    beach wasnt great but go have a cocktail at one of the nearby resorts and swim there. would recommend

    Date of stay: December 2018
    Trip type: Travelled solo
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    Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

    Aitutaki is all about slowing down to island time. Papa Rino picked us up at the airport on a Sunday and we soon realised there’s not much to do as everyone has the day off. Rino’s is an ideal motel style option, with large rooms overlooking the beach. We rented scooters from Papa Rino which were perfect for getting around. It’s not luxe, but it’s clean and functional and well located and the folk are friendly and helpful. Great sunsets just outside and amazing stars on a clear night.

    Date of stay: October 2018
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 20 July 2018

    Accommodation was organized as part of a kitesurfing package.
    No complaints at all. Room was clean and beds were made everyday. Breakfast and dinners were provided and there was a good spread of food.
    Pickup from the airport was arranged and scooter rentals was just across the road.
    Its not a 5 star place, but good value for money and suited us.
    Thanks Rino and your team 

    Date of stay: July 2018
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 11 June 2018

    The best motel i have ever stayed in. Papa Rino picked us up personally from the airport and greeted us with a hug and kiss and put an ei around our necks, freshly made. Loved our room, it was cleaned every day (minus sunday for when the island shuts down), the breakfast every morning was awesome- cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, toast, pancakes, coffee, tea, fresh juice. We hired a car from Papa rino and there was no muck arounds with signing papers, he simply said "here's the key, whenever you're finished with the car then you can give it back and pay". We made life long friends with all of the other guests at the motel by being at breakfast together and being down on the beach area. There are lounger chairs on the beach, a hammock, a little boat you can take out. We swam every single day. Rino let us use the washing machine whenever we wanted and there are clothes lines to use. Jenny who did the breakfast was so wonderful, she has become a friend to us and also her family who we got to meet, (her husband cooks amazing food down the road at Mango takeaway!). Papa Rino dropped us off at the airport when we flew out. He is the most humble, generous, sweetest man you will ever meet. I will always stay here whenever i come back! This place has given me the most fondest memories.

    Room tip: on the beach, breakfast everyday, nice staff, lagoon views, car rentals
    Date of stay: June 2018
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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