Best Western Braeside Rotorua

Review: Best Western Braeside Rotorua Hotel

Hotel Best Western Braeside Rotorua
Country New Zealand
Room Type Suite de 2 chambres
Loyalty Program Status Diamond
Points Per Night 16,000 points

Best Western Braeside Rotorua
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To the point Looking for a motel in Rotorua? The Best Western Braeside Rotorua Hotel, located on New Zealand's North Island is a great choice.

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Lors de notre recherche d’hôtel / motel en Nouvelle-Zélande dans la ville de Rotorua, nous sommes tombés sur le Best Western Braeside Rotorua. Un hôtel charmant du groupe Best Western, avec toutes les commodités nécessaires. Voici le détail.

Reservationervation at Best Western Hotel Braeside Rotorua

The place is popular. The city of Rotorua is known for its geothermal areas with its Geyser springs and fumaroles as well as many activities in the area. Hotels and motels are therefore very popular and this quickly.

Our night cost 16,000 Best Western Rewards points when the public rate was NZD 240. Great use of Best Western Rewards points!

Bw Rotorua Tariff

Surtout lorsque ces points ont été obtenus gratuitement avec la Carte de crédit MastercardMD Best Western RewardsMD!

Lors de l’enregistrement, nous recevrons un accueil chaleureux et des explications sur les différents services offerts par l’hôtel. Nous apprenons avoir été surclassés grâce à notre statut Diamond.

Location of Best Western Hotel Braeside Rotorua

Concrètement, l’hôtel Best Western Braeside Rotorua se situe à 10 minutes du centre ville. Si vous êtes en voiture, un parking gratuit est disponible. À pied? vous pourrez rejoindre l’hôtel par bus, l’arrêt étant tout proche.

À noter aussi, l’hôtel se situe en dehors des zones affectées par les émanations de souffre. C’est un point non négligeable, surtout avec des enfants tant l’odeur peut être très prenante et désagréable.

Around the Best Western Hotel Braeside Rotorua

As I said, the area is bustling with activity. Tourists are here in droves, so book when you can. We were fortunate, if I may say so, to be there when New Zealand was closed to Chinese tourists – normally very numerous – in February.

Still, it wasn’t always easy to find a place in restaurants!

The city of Rotorua is like its neighbour Taupo, with a lake of the same name and the most important geothermal activity in New Zealand. Many will go for a swim in the hot springs or to the geothermal parks in the region. We will choose to go to the geothermal site for our part. de Wai-O-Tapu, located halfway between Taupo and Rotorua ($30 per adult)

The city of Rotorua is nice. Its main attractions:

  • A large public garden: the Garden Government and its Museum
  • the shopping streets including the Eat Streat.

It is also possible to take a walk along the lake.

The other popular attraction in the area was the tree walk, at Redwoods Treewalk. The highlight of the show being the evening with the illumination of the lanterns. The ticket costs 30$ per adult and the tour is usually done in 45 min.

Plusieurs fermes sont présentes aussi aux alentours telle que The Farm Tour, laquelle nous visiterons pour 43$ par adulte au lieu de 48$ (réduction en ligne de 10%). Les enfants ont eu l’occasion de rencontrer cochons, lamas, autruches, biches et se sont fait un plaisir de nourrir et caresser les moutons, alpagas, chèvres, vaches.

Il est possible de s’y rendre à pied du Best Western Braeside Rotorua puisque tout à côté, toutefois un grand parking est disponible. Téléphonez pour réserver.

Finally, various hikes allow you to appreciate the Blue Lakes and Green Lakes.

In addition, the town advertises a lot for the following activities: the Skyline Rides adventure park, the Agrodome farm and the Mountain Action park. There’s plenty to do!

Our room

We parked our car in front of our room, which is pretty convenient. Access is from the parking lot. A real motel!

Alors que notre réservation au Best Western Braeside Rotorua comprenait uniquement 2 lits Queen, notre surclassement nous a permis d’avoir deux chambres fermées dont une suite avec cuisine et un salon.

L’ensemble est sobre, les matériaux de qualité inférieure à ce que nous avons parfois l’habitude dans les hôtels Marriott. Faisons le tour du “propriétaire” :

The span class=”term” data-original-term=”c2Fsb24=”>salon was narrow. The dining room was restricted to 3 chairs and a table against the wall. Colours in shades of beige.

We had two bedrooms, allowing us to have a bit of tranquility (privacy) and to be able to leave the children without us also having to be in the dark when they sleep.

The children’s bedroom was a nice size with 2 single beds and access to a bathroom, very suitable.

The closet included extra blankets and pillows.

Our room was just as big and comfortable.

The bathroom

This is the first bathroom, the children’s bathroom with shower:

The second bathroom was a little more partitioned (one door for the toilet, one for the shower) but both satisfied us perfectly, the finishes being neat and clean.

The kitchen

The kitchen was well equipped with a large fridge, coffee maker, cooking accessories, which was very much appreciated.

Our room was also equipped with a kitchenette area with coffee and tea making facilities.

The lounge and the dining room would have benefited from being a little wider. We lacked space at the end of the day to work and eat. The other spaces were perfect for us and were comfortable.

The terrace

Finally we had a terrace at the back if we wanted to enjoy the outdoors without the neighbours. And with a hot tub!

The services of the Best Western Hotel Braeside Rotorua

The restaurant

L’hôtel Best Western Braeside Rotorua possède une salle de restaurant “The Brook Bar and Bistro”. Nous n’avons pas eu l’occasion de goûter la cuisine de l’hôtel, puisque nous mangions le matin dans la chambre et le soir à l’extérieur. Les critiques sont par contre très bonnes de ce que nous avons pu lire ou entendre.

Games for children

A nice surprise to discover these games at the entrance of the hotel. Alexandra and Arthur loved spending time there. Alexandra was able to train on the trampoline and Arthur enjoyed the swing.

The pool

The entrance is from the parking lot through a gate. In addition to the swimming pool, there was also an outdoor and indoor jacuzzi, but the water was not hot.

Best Western Braeside Rotorua
Best Western Braeside Rotorua

The facilities were clean, with tidy tables making the space convithroughl. The children will take the opportunity to have fun with other slightly older children. Also, a barbecue was available for those who wished to do so.

The only drawback, I would say, is that the pool overlooks the parking lot. So you have to be careful with children and cars, even if there are not many of them.


In addition to the games at the entrance of the hotel, there was another section including a miniature golf course (clubs to be asked at the reception) and an internal games room (under renovation during our visit) which was left a little abandoned in my opinion. But the rest of the facilities were more than enough to keep the family happy, so it wasn’t that much of a problem.


Finally located in front of the swimming pool, a laundry room was open to all with washer and dryer.

Our general impression of the Best Western Hotel Braeside Rotorua

Comme vous avez pu le voir, le Best Western Braeside Rotorua est un très bon choix si vous passez dans la ville de Rotorua. Le seul défaut serait peut être l’emplacement pour certains, puisqu’il est excentré de la ville (10 min). Pour conclure, c’était parfait pour nous : nous étions dans un motel calme, propre, confortable et avec piscine et jeux pour les enfants!

Accessible entre 16 000 et 20 000 points, c’est une aubaine à mes yeux, d’autant si vous avez obtenus gratuitement ces points avec la Carte de crédit MastercardMD Best Western RewardsMD.

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