Feburary 18, 2014
The exterior of the Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel may have a motel feel, but the interior is decidedly urban glam.
The large contemporary chic rooms are done in black and white with splashes of color and playfulness, such as a cute teddy bear posed on the bed. Service is friendly and uber helpful. Upon arrival we were given numerous suggestions on what to do during our too short of stay in the area along with a stack of brochures.
The hotel restaurant, just off the reception area, is decorated in the same striking style as the rest of the hotel. Unfortunately, the food does not receive the same level of attention to detail as the room decoration. The salmon was OK, not luscious; the lamb well cooked, but the preparation was not as flavorful as the menu description would suggest.
Started with the seared scallops served with sweet corn fritters and anchovy caviar in a ginger cream.
Mains included the seared Marlborough salmon with roasted potatoes instead of mash
and the seasoned lamb rump served with creamy mash, pea puree and bok choy plated with a rosemary and honey glaze jus.
Breakfast, not included in the room price, is also served in the hotel restaurant. The house coffee is not very good – best to get a cappuccino or other individually made coffee.
The eggs and toast were cooked to order and basic.