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Taupo Urban Retreat

65 Heu Heu Street, Taupo 0000, New Zealand
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Ranked #22 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for one night with the Kiwi Experience in May 2015, in a private ensuite room. The pros were the location, the size of the room, a comfy bed and a mirror. The cons were that it didn't have enough lighting and the flush in the toilet kept going once you pushed it unless you could get it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It felt like quite a small place, which I appreciate. The staff was absolutely wonderful and you had the opportunity to use their computers if you needed internet connection. The common area were nice and so was the kitchen, apart from the fact that very few of the gas stoves were actually working. The room had a smelly scent and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms are okay cleaning wise, bathrooms are really dirty though! It's just gross. I didn't get much sleep because it's really loud. You hear everything that's happening in the other rooms and especially outside, even with closed windows! And that's very unfortunate since there's huge trucks just outside the building. They seem to empty their load full of glass... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I only stayed for one night in the urban retreat and I didn't feel that the 30 dollars charged for the 4 bed en suite was reflective of the quality of the room. You can see that a lot of money has been put into the exterior and common areas of the hostel but apparently not into the room we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

This hostel was in a very good location - short walk to Lake Taupo where there are a range of small cafes/shops/restaurants etc. (It's also brilliant little village full of free parking!) The rooms here were quite basic but just what you need when travelling.The bed was huge and so comfy! Have nothing to complain about our stay here -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I loved this hostel. Nice, big common area with a pool table and benches - you're able to meet lots of people, especially as they have their own bar and a deal on pitchers of beer! A great location too, and friendly, helpful staff. Also a lovely outdoor area. I stayed in a four bed dorm and got a good... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The staff were friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed the $5 chilli con carne for dinner at the hostel. We checked into the room and the bed sheets seemed dirty (covered in long hairs) and had holes in. Bedding could definitely do with being updated - it was very tatty. The room (dorm of 8) was very small, and one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is the first hostel I have ever stayed at and it was great. The staff was very friendly and helpful during check-in. My friend and I got a twin room with the ensuite, which had 2 twin beds & a private bathroom. The hostel has their own bar, a very clean & nice kitchen, a dining area w/ a... More 

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55 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Generally really liked this place - we arrived at 2am and they have a night porter to check in late arrivals - all very smooth. Set off what was a really good stay. Rooms beautifully clean and set out - pictures on the walls, decent linen and pillows, towels provided and an en suite - a luxury in a hostel,... More 

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Good hostel with a nice atmosphere only a short walk from the bus stop and very good location! Kitchen is small but manageable and the rooms are just like any other dorm nothing amazing but fine! Wifi is not free but better than some places and the 5 dollar meal is the same every day, this could be changed every... More 

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