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Karaka Tree Motel

216 Lake Terrace, Taupo TAUPO, New Zealand
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed a couple nights a few months ago under not the best circumstances, so was nice to have a clean, comfortable place to stay. Room was good and the huge in room spa pool was awesome! And I have to say just what we needed at the end of a long day and the kids loved it. Room service breakfast... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this not reading reviews. When I did I was worried and almost cancelled. I'm pleased I didn't. Yes it's dated but it's clean! We were late checking in but front desk was smiley and made it seem no bother. Room bigger than expected. Bed was comfy. And coffee wasn't too bad (for plunger/instant). Remember I'm a fussy wellingtonian!... More 

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KTmgt, Manager at Karaka Tree Motel, responded to this review

Hi there. thank you for your review. everything you have stated on your review is 100% correct. we realise this motel is a bit dated and as the managers are trying our best to up date and to upgrade our property as we go. the mineral deposits are hard to get off at the best of times and as this... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have no idea how this place gets its ratings. Initially room looked ok. We booked because of the hot tub. That room was literally rotting. Paint peeling off the ceiling. Window frames rotting. Curtains ripped. Tub was old. Lost $130 and that was worth it just to leave.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

Just spent a night here. It's a nice little motel. Our room was nice and clean. It was big with a spa jacuzzi in the back in a separate room. There is also a decent kitchen which was great. There was a toaster, kettle, microwave and a plug in electric frying pan. The Internet wasn't working when we were there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We got the last room here and had made no checks on reviews. Room was spacious, parking handy and on site laundry, always a plus. The BUT is cleanliness. It was adequate in parts but really dirty in places and we were happy to leave at the end. Bed comfortable, decent telly and bed had modern covers. I HATE motels... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Where to begin? Our upstairs room #19 had a large 30 -40cm rip in the carpet. Quite a trip hazzard! There was no luggage rack, so our bags went on the floor, there was no powerpoint beside the mirror to use the hairdryer, no shampoo in the shower dispenser, the window latch in the spa room was broken- just dangling,... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Our room was in need of some repair. I wasn't expecting to pay a $100 bond due to the fact I was paying cash for the room. I was informed that EFTPOS and cash payments require this payment. In saying this, I did like the private spa and it was nice to relax in at night. The staff were very... More 

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