Rino's Motel
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Rino's Motel

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4.0
#2 of 3 motels in Aitutaki
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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Located right on beautiful white sand beach with superb sea view, Rino's Beach Bungalows offer a personal flavor to your vacation. All apartments have cooking facilities, ceiling fans and refrigerators. This is an obvious bonus for families traveling with children. All rooms have patios overlooking the beach and lagoon where you can catch the stunning Aitutaki sunsets. A short walk to shops and services. Rental vehicles also on-site.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Ironing service
Secured parking
Canoeing
Snorkelling
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Seating area
Kitchenette
Microwave
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English
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Cherbro wrote a review Sept 2022
Wellington, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For a budget motel this is great value: airport pick up, serviced apartment, great bathroom, breakfast!

While the beach does not quite match any brochure it is ok and affords a view of the reef, ships and diggers.

The motel is close ish to other restaurants and the town, the bed is comfortable and there is aircon (basic). Some lights are a bit odd.

People are friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Mike M wrote a review July 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is hard to find the ideal place to stay on Aitutaki. At the lagoon end ( Ootu ), it is very scenic, but also very windy at this time of year ( June / July ), and there are no grocery shops. We looked at Paradise Cove and Tamanu Beach, they are more sheltered but they are also quite isolated, with no nearby shops. Pacific Resort is probably in the best location but the price is way beyond our budget. So we chose Rino's, which is on the sheltered side of the Island, handy to several grocery shops, three takeaways, and 10 - 15 minutes walk to Pacific Resort with it's two restaurants.
Prices here are very reasonable - we had 2 "Lagoon View" Rooms at approx $150.00 / night for 2 people, and One Deluxe Bungalow at approx $200.00 / night for 2 people. All of these rooms are massive, with dining tables, sofas, chairs and all have a massive wooden deck with chairs, table, lounger and a day bed. The Delux Beachfront Rooms are right on the beach facing west, so we spent 6 evenings sitting on our deck watching the fish jumping and watching some stunning sunsets - it would be hard to find a better setting ! The other difference was that the Delux Rooms have a small TV and are air-conditioned. Sure the rooms are a bit older and some of the decking is a bit old and creaky, but we very very happy with the rooms, beds were comfortable, and the bathrooms and showers were double the size of the ones at Edgewater where we spent the previous week. The room prices include return transfers from the Airport, and the owners are very friendly and helpful. Rino himself must be in his Eighty's, but there is not much he doesn't know about the local food, restaurants, walking tracks and attractions.He usually comes to the airport himself to present you with a Lei, and he was there when we left to farewell us. His daughter runs the Office, but this closes early ( around 3.00pm ), but after 3.00pm it is usually quite easy to find Rino himself sitting outside, or at his Rental Car business directly over the road.
The room price also includes a basic continental breakfast, consisting of Fruit Juice, Coffee, Toast and Jam, 2 or 3 Cereals and some local Fruit. There is a WiFi Hotspot at Judan's Grocery shop which is right across the road next to Rinos Rentals. The cost is $50.00 for 1000MB ( same as Edgewater ), but the Hotspot has quite limited range, most of us could not access it from our Rooms, so we usually sit on the chairs / tables outside Judans to catch up on news, Emails etc. There are a few loungers on the beach outside Rinos where you can sit and watch the Hermit Crabs scuttling by, and the water is swimmable, but it is not crystal clear because it is quite close to the wharf / harbour. We walked along the beach for approx 10 minutes to a lovely area almost outside the Pacific Resort where the water is Crystal Clear and OK for swimming and snorkelling. We stayed for 6 days - on two days we did hire a car from Rino and drove around to the Lagoon for a Cruise to the outer Islands, and to check out the Boatshed Restaurant. Price was $70.00 for 24 hours.
We really enjoyed our 6 days here and hope to return one day.
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Date of stay: June 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Delux Beachfront Rooms are right on the beach facing the sunset.
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Frangipani08 wrote a review Mar 2009
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rino's was our chosen accommodation to spend time away from the frantic pace/lifestyle my sister and I lead in Rarotonga. Perfect choice to an all round holiday. Took an extended weekend - departed on Saturday morning - returned home to Rarotonga on Tuesday afternnon. From the moment we were greeted at Aitutaki by Rino himself - a beaming smile and a cheery "Welcome Home" we knew we were among family and friends. Rino upgraded us to bechfront upon arrival - stunning setting, and a spacious clean, comfortable, fully self-contained unit. A full sized fridge/freezer in each unit to keep all our food/drinks frozen and chilled. Our air con 4wd was cleaned, ready and waiting by Allan. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts and staff. Daily room cleaning and change of all linen. Met several other guests while lazing on Rinos beachfront - ironically all English people who have returned or are first time visitors to this special spot in the S. Pacific. The property was extremely quiet, safe, well managed, immaculate surroundings. Nice tranquil beach - but shallow for swimming. Very convenient to local stores, town, banks, takeaways, restaurants. Still we had our hire vehicle, and took a private lagoon cruise to the lagoon destinations we are attracted to. Not far to drive home too after an enjoyable night out at Tupuna's cafe, Blue Nun & Fishing Club. Thanks Rino, Allan, Ngatere and staff. We'll be back for some more R & R this time next year. Kia Manuia.
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Date of stay: February 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Richard G wrote a review June 2020
Phoenix, Arizona
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Rino’s in August, 2019. I paid one night’s reservation beforehand. At Rino’s I paid an additional $431.20. Months later, I checked my records. I had overpaid $238.83. I contacted Rino’s and provided the documentation. Jenny confirmed the overpayment and said my card would be reimbursed. It wasn’t. I have multiple emails from Rino’s promising repayment but none was ever made. Rino’s then began to ignore my requests for a status/reimbursement. When I finally sent an email, after over a month of being ignored, that I would review Rino’s, I received a prompt response from Jenny that I would be reimbursed and could I wait two weeks. I agreed. Well, its been well over two weeks with no refund and my emails are again being ignored. In addition, a woman I met on the flight over had been promised a room with an ocean view. She was given a dreary room with no view. Instead of reducing her bill for the lesser room, all they would do was give her a “free” day of scooter rental. The place itself was outdated and mediocre at best. The deck furniture had a wasp’s nest and I was stung twice before I found it and had it sprayed.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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kumara_ha wrote a review Jan 2013
Sydney, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Where do I start...
My family and I stayed at Rino's for two weeks but changed our flights to leave two days early because of the discomfort of staying somewhere that made us feel unwelcomed.
Firstly the staff were rude, generally unwilling to help and tried to overcharge us for certain services that were already included and paid for.
The rooms had cockroaches in them and did not have the required bedding arrangements in place that had been promised and paid for which was very inconvenient with young children to organise, we also hired a car through Rino's which was filthy on the inside, stank, and was unserviced. Staff were unapologetic and despite the place being almost empty there was no offer of an upgrade to a better room. There was no hot water during the last week there. I strongly regret staying there and would never stay there again or recommend it to anyone who seeks to stay somewhere with good service and value for money.
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Date of stay: December 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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lutterodtb wrote a review May 2014
Peterborough, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at this motel. We even extended our stay and changed flights ! Nothing was a problem .... The owners helped us finding and booking day trips and evening entertainment. We were helped to change flights got new details printed ... The service at rinos was excellent. As they also own a car/moped rental we were able to hire with special rates ... We will certainly go and stay again. The bungalow was clean with lovely views. We stayed for 10 days in the end because we did not want to leave !!! Breakfast is simple but given the fact that you are in a lovely budget hotel this is what one expects! Cooked breakfasts can be provided for an extra charge I believe. The bungalow is central on the island with lovely views and very quiet just what we needed. I can highly recommend this beautiful well run hotel. We all loved our stay and we will certainly go back!!!!
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: We stayed in bungalow 5 beautiful views !!!
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Jumarei wrote a review Aug 2013
Berlin, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have booked via an agency and Rino's was the cheapest option we could get. We have been very positive surprised when we arrived.

We have had a huge bungalow (good for 4, we are just 2). Everything was clean and you get room service every day if you want to. We got a basket with tropical fruits to welcome us. Tea, coffee and sugar have been provided for free! (We had to move to a higher priced resort later on and nothing of this was provided in this one!)

We could see the beach from our terrace even though we had a garden bungalow. We have paid $40 p.P. which seemed to be a good deal for the island and what you get.

We wanted to extend our stay but it was not possible. We had to move to another place as booked previously via the agency. The reason was that the agency had told us that we could not swim infront of Rino's. This was not correct! Swimming is not great at most parts of the island as it is too shallow. However, there is a smaller deeper part where you can swim at Rino's beach. They also have a paddle-boat that you can take for free to go around.

We loved the location as stores, take-aways and some places of interests such as harbor, market or church are close by. This is convenient for budget travelers as otherwise you would need to rent a scooter to get around which can get expensive.

Bungalows have a kitchen with plenty of cooking utensils. The kitchen looks a little bit old though but it works.

The owners have been really nice and helpful. We have been sad that we had to leave after 2 nights.
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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jen101Auckland wrote a review Apr 2013
auckland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I didn't choose Rino's but was booked in through my job. However, no complaints!! I was surprised they serviced my room daily as I wasn't expecting it. Rino is very helpful and cheerful- nothing is too much to ask. Ask him for advice on anything.

I stayed in Room 5 and think it's possibly the best room (after the honeymoon suite). It has clear glass sliding door with fly screen to the lagoon view whereas room 6 and 7 have aircon but no clear glass for the view and no fly screen. There is a ceiling fan and portable fan- more than adequate. It has a King bed and single bed, dining table, couch and the covered balcony also has a dining table with view to lagoon and a comfy day bed. It has a stove top and enough pots etc to cook meals, full fridge/freezer. There was always hot water with decent water pressure.

Nice touches are the fruit basket- great for brekkie, and the fresh flowers. Check out Rino's wife's greenhouse- great plants!

You can walk into town- Rino also has rental cars and scooters- not the top of the range but more than adequate. It's best to catch the market early in the morning. There is also a woman that sells free range eggs (only by the dozen) a few doors down. Bring supplies from Rarotonga otherwise especially alcohol and other food you might need as limited and expensive to buy in Aitutaki. Room 5 also has WIFI hotspot available. You can purchase extra wifi time in town at Telecom.

I didn't swim there as didn't have a chance to, but at the end of the old runway.

There are lots of other nicer/flasher resorts around but if you need value for money, this is the place. You can visit the flash places for a drink or meal.
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Room 5!! See my review as to why
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sarahc40 wrote a review July 2012
Auckland Central, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Rino's for 3 weeks recently and found it to be very comfortable and clean with great views of the sunset. The beach is dug out a bit so you can swim. Great balcony for breakfast/dinner on beachfront room and handy to town. Welcomed with a nice fruit bowl. Hot water is solar so best at night. I would definitely stay there again!
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Date of stay: July 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Beachfront have best views and great balcony with a day bed too
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edenlecomte wrote a review June 2018
Hastings, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: June 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: on the beach, breakfast everyday, nice staff, lagoon views, car rentals
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danidane690 asked a question Mar 2016
Modena, Italy168 contributions123 helpful votes
Is there a free Wi-fi connection in this hotel or near?
Felix C asked a question Mar 2015
Zurich, Switzerland7 contributions2 helpful votes
Preise : zB Suite für 2 Personen im 8. Stock (Raucher)
Kiri wrote a tip Nov 2019
8 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best most welcoming place on the island, value for money like none other"
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Paul Vockenhuber wrote a tip Feb 2019
Breitenfurt bei Wien, Austria369 contributions251 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"two bungalows having ocean view !"
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edenlecomte wrote a tip June 2018
Hastings, New Zealand103 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"on the beach, breakfast everyday, nice staff, lagoon views, car rentals"
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mmsmith2017 wrote a tip June 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Upstairs, with sea view"
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Mike M wrote a tip July 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand265 contributions161 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Delux Beachfront Rooms are right on the beach facing the sunset."
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PRICE RANGE
AU$78 - AU$156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Rino's Beach Bungalows
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsAitutaki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rino's Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Rino's Motel?
Nearby attractions include Aitutaki Lagoon (4.1 km), One Foot Island (1.1 km), and O'otu Beach (3.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rino's Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at Rino's Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Rino's Motel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rino's Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Avatea Cafe, Koru Cafe, and Rapae Bay Restaurant and Blackrock Bar.
Does Rino's Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Rino's Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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