Rotorua Motor Lodge comes with ‘enviable lifestyle’

5:00 AM Saturday July 11, 2015 Colin Taylor

View over pool to the Havana Motor Lodge accommodation complex.

Havana Motor Lodge, a central Rotorua business encompassing accommodation units, a swimming pool complex and an owner’sresidence, has come up for sale at a time when the hospitality market is flourishing.

“This is a well presented and positioned business located at 1078 Whakaue St, only minutes from Lake Rotorua’s shoreline and the city’s prime restaurant area called Eat Streat,” says Mark Rendell of Bayleys Rotorua who is marketing the business for sale within leased premises for an asking price of $480,000.

The 2222 sq m property features 22 motor lodge units, a swimming pool complex with a heated main pool and two mineral pools, and a two bedroom owner or manager’s residence.

Rendell said Havana Motor Lodge presents an excellent business prospect for a new owner to step into an established accommodation operation as the industry heads into its busy season.

“This is the ideal opportunity for a couple or family to move straight in and take over a successful business which already has a recognised corporate and leisure clientele along with a growing number of new clients,” he says.

“Destination Rotorua says the region’s accommodation market remains buoyant, with an increase in the number of visitors..

“The agency’s latest figures show that 85,000 international visitor nights were spent in Rotorua’s commercial accommodation for the month of April this year - up from 10,000 nights or a 14 per cent increase from the same month last year. 

“Rotorua’s attraction and activities sites also experienced a 14 per cent growth in the same period - with spending by visitors on electronic cards up by 31 per cent.”

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The entrance to the Havana Motor Lodge at 1078 Whakaue St, Rotorua.

Rendell says Havana Motor Lodge is in a quiet location opposite the QE Health Spa.

“The owner increased occupancy rates and turnover by more than $110,000 in the 2014 financial year compared with the previous 12 months. The rising number of visitors to the region, the property’s ideal location and recent unit refurbishments are all likely to have a positive impact on the business, particularly heading into the summer months.”

The two level motor lodge complex was constructed in the 1960s and offers self-contained one and two bedroom units ranging from queen sized and twin studios, to one and two bedroom apartments. Heating to the property is from a geothermal bore.

Several of the units have recently been renovated including bathroom renovations and interior painting. Tariffs range from $110 to $140 per night.

Rendell says guests have at their disposal a variety of facilities including the thermally heated swimming pool, a barbecue area, the two mineral pools in the communal area, cooking appliances, Sky TV, flat screen TVs, and wireless internet in each unit. Breakfasts, laundry facilities and plenty of off-street parking are also available on request.

At the entrance to the property is the reception and office, connected into the owners’ accommodation consisting of a two bedroom residence with kitchen, dining and lounge areas.

“The business is currently managed by a husband and wife team and three on-call staff,” Rendell says. “It would be perfectly suited to a couple or family wanting to take over an established business in combination with enjoying Rotorua’s enviable lifestyle.”

He says the motor lodge is in an ideal geographic location.

“Rotorua has always been a hugely popular destination for tourists, who are drawn to its picturesque lakes, stunning scenery, geothermal attractions and some the world’s best mountain biking tracks.

“Almost every overseas visitor travelling through New Zealand comes here, as well as a growing number of domestic tourists from the Auckland market. The region continues to experience huge growth, and this is expected to keep having a positive impact on the accommodation market, which remains strong.”

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Mark Rendell of Bayleys Rotorua.