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Colonial Lodge Motel

4.0 of 5 Motel   |   134 Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand
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Ranked #41 of 72 hotels in Taupo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014
keram0001 Melbourne, Australia
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is the fourth time my wife and I have visited Taupo. Each time we stay at the Colonial Lodge Motel. Why don't we try somewhere else? Well when you are onto good thing stick to it. The reception manager Anthony speaks chinese so he and my wife hit off and I just leave them. Noel the manager wonderful guy... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Manager at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hi. Many thanks for your review. We are now getting quite a few regulars that appreciate our property and our service and guest support. Loyalty always has it rewards in good and bad times. As you have seen, the property has changed considerably from your first visit. We intend to keep improving what we are doing. We don't mind the... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

"they say don't judge a book by its cover".. at first i thought i would not have a good experience of this motel by judging it from the front.. but i was wrong.. the owner was such a sweet guy. he showed us the room and it just made us feel at home.. you have a beautiful view of lake... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hi Sam Thank you for your review. Yes, we are a Hidden Treasure by the Lake as our return guests comment. Our Deluxe Spa Suites and Apartments on the Top Floor offer views from the balcony tables and chairs. Nice to sit and watch the activities on the lake in summer and catch the winter sun during winter. Yet they... More

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This place would have been ok if it weren't for the front of house staff. They were rude and unhelpful. We were given about one and a half toilet paper rolls for the 2 night stay, which meant that we ran out on the first night just after the reception closed leaving us wiping with hands for a good 10ish... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hello Madam Thank you for the Review. We always appreciate honest and/or constructive reviews. As per our website, the One Bedroom apartment you stayed in has 1 Queen Bed in the Bedroom and two Single Beds in the Living Room. It also has a Kitchen, large Bathroom with a Spa Bath and also a Dining Table and chairs as well... More

Wavendon, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Our first motel in NZ after a long drive from Auckland was disappointing to say the least but we were exhausted from travelling for 24 hours. Don't get me wrong, the staff were very helpful and the studio suite was all it stated although very dated and tired which was not the complaint. It was the overpowering smell of old... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for your review. We understand that after a continual 24 Hours of plane travel and then a 3 plus hours drive from Auckland is quiet a feat to carry out at your stage of life. We note you had problems sleeping and admit it is difficult after flying for 24 hours in different time zones and then... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This lodge was randomly chosen by an i-site center, and I'm so happy to have stay at this wonderful place. There is no view of the lake from the rooms, but it's certainly lake front in that it's just across the street. It is a little ways away from the heart from town (about 10 minutes), but that means parking... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hi Flashpacker. Thanks for the review. Much appreciated. Yes we offer something quite different to our guests than they would expect. Our Suites and Family Apartments are much larger than others in the area and we have beds in the Apartments and Suites so guests do not have to pull out Sofa Beds for the additional family or guests. Our... More

Colchester, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I chose this hotel by other Trip Advisor reviews and value for money. It was clean and a good location by the lake front but if you do not have a car, it is too far from the town. Comfortable beds and a quiet location so good nights sleep, one of my main criteria. Could do with more than the... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hi Layerliz Thank you for your review. I am glad that you found us adequate and that you would stay with us again. We strive to accommodate all guests tastes and needs. Being only 1.3 Klms from the centre of town it is not all that far to stroll. Many of our guests, of Senior Years, love the pleasant walk... More

Harnosand, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We had booked Baywater Motor Inn just a few metres down the road. When we got there we found out that the previous owners had left the place, no reservation for us and no idea if we’d get our prepaid money back. However the owner of this hotel managed to save our last week in New Zealand. Very friendly, home... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hello Anki. It was great to have you stay with us and hope that your return home was pleasant. Back to the cold must have been a shock to your system after our windy but pleasant weather. We are happy to hear that your stay with us ended your trip in a pleasant way. Nice to leave wiht good memories... More

Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Hi Guys. We wrote a review as we promised we would but it must have gone astray. Great Apartment, Great Sleep, Great Location right on the main beach. Very friendly Hosts. The home Made Cookies delighted the kids. Easy access to a lot of the attractions around Taupo. We found the walk to the shopping centre an easy pleasant stroll... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hi Hobbitman. We were wondering what happened to the review as some time had passed since you notified us you had written one. Glad we could be of service to your and your family during your stay. We look forward to your next holiday stay with us. More

London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This motel is v friendly and the rooms are nice. There are good facilities for catering for yourself. The location is a little way out of town - about a 20min walk which was ok but a little far to do both in the daytime and the evening. However, they did drive us to the bus stop in town for... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Hi. Thanks for your Review. We appreciate all reviews as we are aware all Guests have different points of view. We are always improving things we see as constructive comments. Innkeeper. More

Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I stayed with my wife. She is Chinese They speak Mandarin and Cantonese!!. And the Manager Noel one of the greatest guys one can meet. If you are looking for a great place to stay this is as good as any. I chose the Colonial Lodge from trip advisor taking into consideration all the bad reports, the good reports as... More

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Innkeeper_Taupo, Owner at Colonial Lodge Motel, responded to this review

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your wife. It was great to hear from you and see your review. We get some good and some "so so" reviews but generally we are well above the average level. It is impossible to get 100% all the time. We are encouraged to answer reviews which we tend to do. Constructive reviews... More

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Address: 134 Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
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Hotel Class:4 star — Colonial Lodge Motel 4*
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We are located opposite the main swimming beach just 1.3 Klms, a short pleasant stroll along the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, to the main Shopping Centre, Restaurants and Vibrant Night Life. Our spacious Spa Studios, Family Studios, One Bedroom and Family Apartments are tastefully decorated and furnished for your comfort. Our Studios and Apartments are quiet, without any road noises, making them suitable for Corporate or Free Independent Travellers wishing to have a quiet nights rest. They have been built to capture the warm Sun in Winter and to keep cool during the Summer months. The main Swimming beach is opposite our front door and, from our BBQ Area and Picnic Tables, there are wonderful views of the 3 Volcanoes and all the splendour of the lake with yachts sailing, fishing boats and water sports. Come alone, with your partner, bring your family or friends and request an interconnecting room. Stay for a night or for a week. Stay here while on a Business Trip or for Pleasure and Relaxation. ... more   less 
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