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Penang, Malaysia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

...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).

Thank Stefano M
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 The bathroom was a little outdated but there's no...

2Thank Veronique L
Newcastle, Australia
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...

4Thank rhiannascott
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.

2Thank db7andy
Monterey, California
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We needed someplace to stay for 1 night as well as staying a bit late the next day, as our flight left at 11 pm. No one on airbnb or other similar sites had any availability. I had read a review somewhere saying some Central Hotel guests were there "hourly" so I was a bit concerned, but in a bit...

1Thank Alison K
Taupo, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via 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...

1Thank Lauren W
Prague, Czech Republic
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...

3Thank Martin P
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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...

4Thank W0r1dTrave11er_NZ
Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 13 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!

3Thank kimdes0956
Canberra, Australia
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...

3Thank Alan B

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Central Motel as it name implies, is in the centre of our main town Avarua. It is ideal for visiting consultants, business people, company representatives and tourists who like to be in town and still only a short bus,scooter,bike or car ride to fabulous beaches.We have 14 rooms and a small conference room. Our rooms have IDD phones, T.V's, fridges, toasters, kettles, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, fans and en-suite.There is a Spa pool to cool off in after meetings or just to cool off!We also have our own WiFi facilities for guests.The Central Motel is only 10 minutes from the airport and is within easy walking distance of most government offices/agencies, shops, restaurants, café, banks and museum and libraries. We can arrange car/scooter hire, tours and outer Island flights and tours. We have airport transfers and all our guests are met personally. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Central Motel

Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Price Range: $109 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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“I would advise choosing the upper floor for more privacy”
veroniquel582, 16 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Get the rooms with air conditioning as an option.”
O4724FAalanb, 23 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Ask for an air-conditioned room if you prefer this - some rooms are, some have fans only.”
GMDNZ, 19 Jun 2014 | Read review
“Air conditioning is not usually necessary with the Rarotongan climate, so the fan-only rooms are also a good choice.”
Q5568YJrachelh, 20 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Although prices are very reasonable, you may wan't to consider a room with AC for an extra NZ$10.”
Robwhl, 24 May 2012 | Read review
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