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Central Motel

Avarua Cook Islands
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#4 of 6 hotels in Avarua
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Plunge pool
Airport transportation
Adults only
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Paid wifi
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Yue H wrote a review Jan 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
Even the location is good and owner is reasonable nice, but I have to say I had a nightmare there. I arrived quite late after 12am, and the taxi driver took me in the room. As you could see in the pictures, I spent more than an hour to kill all the bugs in the room. That was so scary, the bugs, big ants, even lizards were everywhere, I used all the pesticides to kill the bugs, then I saw almost an hundred bodies on the floor. I called the owner immediately, I have looked around of other rooms, they were empyt at that time, but he said he could do nothing, no room to change and he could not drive 30min back just to kill the bugs for me. I was absolutely devasted, could not sleep for the whole night, I even want to call the police to help me. The next day when i met the owner, he said might because of the rain yesterday, so all the bugs were in my room. But I think as a local, the owner definitely knows there will be bugs in the room after rain. Why he still left the door open and let all the bugs crawling in the room? That was a nightmare.... I am very upset of spending $125 for staying bugs hole for a night
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Date of stay: January 2020
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EKLynch wrote a review Nov 2018
Ipswich, Australia46 contributions30 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 nights at the Central Motel. Ronnie made us feel at home and had a very pleasant stay. Room comfy. Motel centrally located and a really nice cafe at the end of the street named Annie’s where we ate a couple of times.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Bryan115 wrote a review Nov 2018
Melbourne, Australia107 contributions11 helpful votes
Very homely. Friendly and attentive host wish I could remember his name. Great location. Pretty much in the middle of town and between two bus stops. Big room with microwave and cheap minibar We had a ground floor room Arrived at about 7am-ish with pre organised airport transfer and early check-in no probs - fantastic. If you are a resort person this is not for you. However, this is by far the best value for money accom we had over two weeks in the Cook Islands - one week Rarotonga and one week Aitutaki. If we are lucky enough to return to Rarotonga, we would make this our home base Thank you for a wonderful stay and wish we had stayed here for entire time. Hope to see you again
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3Raymarie469 wrote a review Aug 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand66 contributions15 helpful votes
We had a 2am Arrival on Rarotonga - Reliable pick up and taken straight to our room by Kiki. Met in the morning by Ronnie the Bestest Hostest we've ever met, He made our stay feel welcome and looked after us making us want to make Central Motel our Home away from Home. A Basic Motel Room with Air Conditioning that works yay. Plug in mosquito freshener kept the mozzies away. Room serviced everyday with clean towels, soap, shampoo etc and coffee/sugar/milk supplies always replenished. Hot water and excellent pressure in the shower. Close to Avarua walking distance to everything. Ronnie offered to take us to the local Car hire but we decided to walk there ourselves and hired transport. WiFi available. Only 2 x Local TV channels which is typical on Rarotonga. We requested and got a ground floor room. Has Kettle/Toaster/Iron/Ironing Board and cupboard for hanging clothes. No curtain netting so had to keep the Drapes closed for privacy. The location of the Motel served our purpose for our visit well. Quiet place no kids. Spa Pool clean and inviting. Minibar prices cheap too. No Laundry Service but there is a laundry services 5 minutes away so not a problem.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled on business
Richard C wrote a review Aug 2018
Suva, Fiji10 contributions5 helpful votes
Enjoyed my stay here. Helpful friendly management and staff, great location and well set up. Manager helpful and easy to deal with. Rooms simple but pleasant. Easy walk to town and restaurants and supermarkets.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled on business
USD 75 - USD 79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaAvarua
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Central Motel?
Nearby attractions include Punanga Nui (0.9 km), Rehab Nightclub (0.3 km), and Wreck of the Matai (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Central Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at Central Motel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Central Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Central Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Waffle Shack, Kai Pizza, and Bite Time Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Central Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a plunge pool during their stay.
Does Central Motel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Central Motel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Central Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Central Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Central Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Central Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (0.2 km).
Is Central Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.