Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 41, September 1997

The Criterion Hotel, Paeroa celebrated its 100 years of business this year having been opened on 15 February 1897. It was then in a single story building erected by Ascher Cassrels. Later he rebuilt the hotel and this is the building that stands today, although there was considerable remodelling in the 1960s. At present the hotel is owned and operated by Ola Retter. She came to the Criterion in 1964 with Bert Duncan who died in June 1993.