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This weekend, we’re exploring Rotorua with our toddler. We’ve been looking for a family-friendly hotel that fits all of our needs in terms of budget, location, facilities, and comfort.

We have decided to stay at Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel in the end. Sudima Lake Rotorua is a hotel that provides the most value for the best price, and it suits a family with young kids perfectly. All of us had a great time here couldn’t be happier with the service we have received.

In this post, we will share our family’s review and experience with Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel. Hopefully, this will help your family decide whether Sudima Lake Rotorua is the right fit for you.

Family of 3 watching over the horizon sitting on photo gram of Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

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Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel sits on the fringe of Lake Rotorua. The first thing we noticed as we pulled up at the hotel was the beautiful view of the lake. In the distance, we could see geothermal steam rising from the water. A view like this is unique to this region, and we don’t take it for granted.

Having a room so close to the lake motivated our family to get up and out early to catch the sunrise over Lake Rotorua. In the photos below, you could see how mystic it looked the morning we stayed here. Absolutely beautiful.

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If Polynesian Spa is on your itinerary, Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel is only 3 minutes away from the spa. So it’s very convenient for parents to sneak out in the evening if you can find a babysitter!

You can read about Polynesia Spa and their reviews on Tripadvisor here.


The receptionists at Sudima Lake Rotorua were very welcoming and friendly. We were no one special but were greeted with smiles. The staff who checked us in gave our toddler a teddy bear as a welcoming gift. That made her super happy and kept her busy and well behaved while we went through the check-in procedure!

We requested an extra rollaway bed, and to our surprise, we were upgraded to a room of 3 double beds instead. The staff then offered to take our bags up to our room and gave us very detailed assistance in all aspects.

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Our Room

Our room at Sudima Lake Rotorua was a short walk from the reception. We had to climb up some stairs, but since we didn’t have to worry about our bags, that wasn’t an issue.

Our beds were very comfortable, and you could choose different types of pillows to your liking. We all had a good night sleep, so no complaints there.

Buffet Breakfast

The buffet breakfast at Sudima Lake Rotorua is worth mentioning. If you’ve read a few hotel reviews here, you would know our family by now that we always say yes to hotel breakfast. Our toddler wakes up very early and rushing around stressing about finding a cafe that’s open at 6am is not our favourite way to start the day.

Because everyone’s taste bud is so different, a buffet breakfast is the perfect stress-free way to feed the family. A happy tummy always leads to a better day!

We were all very full and replenished from the variety of food at Sudima Lake Rotorua, we actually skipped lunch! No dishes, no cleaning up, happy days.

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Heated Pool & Private Spa Rooms

Sudima Lake Rotorua is equipped with an indoor heated pool and a couple of private spas. We thought they’d be packed with hotel guests during public holidays.

But on the contrary, the receptionist had booked us in for an hour-long session at the private spa as no one else had booked. But for us, we still spent most of the time in the empty pool to keep our toddler entertained with their pool noodles.

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Accommodation Booking Sites & Apps

Below is a list of hotel booking sites I personally use myself. You can find a range of family accommodation on these websites, from holiday parks to holiday homes, hotels to resorts.

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It doesn’t affect you in any way, but we may receive a small commission for bookings through our site.

Hot Tip

If you only travel occasionally, consider booking with the hotel directly. You might get a discount & better service.

However, if you’re a frequent traveller that stays at hotels often, we recommend sticking with one hotel booking site/app to reap the benefits of its loyalty program.

Hotel Booking Sites

hotels.com hotel booking
I use Hotels.com app to book hotels after browsing through hotel comparison sites. The loyalty program is my favourite and customer service has been excellent so far.
Trip.com hotel booking
Sometimes I find the best prices on Trip.com, so I use Trip as an alternative hotel booking app.
Agoda hotel booking
Agoda also offers some of the best prices around, and its rewards system is simple to use and is one of my go-to hotel booking apps.
Booking hotel booking
Occasionally, the hotel I’d like to book is only available on Booking.com. This site has the most complete list of accommodations.

Hotel Comparison Sites

trivago hotel comparison
Trivago is the first hotel comparison site I’ve used and still love today.
How to use Trivago & tips
google hotels comparison
Google Hotels is the most convenient to use for me as I use Google maps to bookmark the places I want to go.
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Holiday Homes

Vrbo holiday home hotel booking
Vrbo is a holiday home booking site. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you may be more familiar with the name Homeaway, which is now acquired by Vrbo.

New Zealand travels: use Bookabach.co.nz
Australia travels: use stayz.com.au
Airbnb holiday home hotel booking
I personally find Airbnb is getting more and more expensive with fees, so I don’t use it often anymore. However, Airbnb still remains one of the largest holiday home booking sites.

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