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“Really friendly staff, nice room and location” 4 of 5 stars
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Chelmswood Motel
250 Lake Terrace, State Hwy 1 | Waipahihi, Taupo, New Zealand (Formerly Chelmswood Manor)   |  
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Ranked #32 of 73 Hotels in Taupo
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Really friendly staff, nice room and location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

About 5 mins drive from town centre, nice staff who were helpful with restaurant advice, had a lakeview room which was large and clean. Free laundry was really nice. Heated outdoor mineral pool. In room mineral pool
Would stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Thankyou for taking the time to write your review, have a very merry christmas and we look forward to hosting you in 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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35 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Wow - having been in NZ for three weeks we ran across some great people, but tops on the list are the people at the Chelmswood motel. We were looking for a place to stay upon our arrival. Even though we didnt have a reservation the front officer manage agreed to stay late to greet us.

She walked us to our rooms and made sure we were all set before leaving.

We couldn't figure out the tv. We called the front desk and less than two minutes later the repairman arrived and fixed the tv for us.

The room was clean and location good. But the service is what shines - and outshines the service I have received from hotels costing 5 times as much.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
From Season Travellers as yourself we really appreciate your generous comments.
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Whakatane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed in a studio unit as we were only at the motel at night and there were only two of us.We were in Taupo to babysit grandchildren while parents worked and their home is too small for extras to stay. We found our room to be clean and comfortable and to have all that we needed. The owners were very friendly and helpful. It is a great place to stay and would recommend it to friends and family and would be happy to stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing you and the grandchildren when you next visit Taupo.
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We booked here, following a delightful stay 2 years ago, and it is still as good.It is nice to be a couple of minutes away from the main centre of town. Our family room had our own private mineral bath, and we also thoroughly enjoyed the hot pools each day. The kitchen is well-equipped and the beds are comfortable. Brian and Janice were excellent to deal with and are working hard to keep the establishment looking fresh. We love Taupo and this will remain our choice of accommodation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Great to have you back and we are pleased that you appreciate the changes, thanks for the feedback.
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

This is our second stay at Chelmswood. We have a lake view suite. I just love the view from our room. the room is comfortable, love the plunge thermal pool although I wish that you could see the TV and/or view from the pool. if they could make that window between the bedroom and pool bigger then that could be achieved.
friendly hosts. has inroom dvd player as well - which is great!

i wish we were here longer to enjoy a bbq outside our room overlooking the fabulous lake

Room Tip: lake view rooms are worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thanks for the great feedback and yes we will put a large glass window in that wall with the first room renovation next month and see how it goes.
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Thames, New Zealand
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This motel is advertised as the friendliest motel in Taupo and while this was my first visit To Taupo the owners Brian and Janice are indeed friendly and very welcoming.
This motel was so comfortable and very child friendly. They cater for small children by having a child toliet seat to attach to the toliet if needed, a kids pool attached to the adult pool, floaties and a kick board to use in the pool and we were told they had small ride ons for the kids to use however we didn't get to use them this visit.
The motel has free Wifi, and a free laundry where the dryers actually dry your clothes.It also has a sauna. Our one bedroom unit had a lovely all weather patio with a lovely thermal plung pool. The beds were so comfy and having 50+ sky channels made for great TV viewing. The kitchenette was great even though we got takeaway and the underfloor heating made the stay even more special.
The heater also heated the room very well.
I would highly reccomend this hotel and would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
Hi Guys Thanks for your glowing review we are really pleased that you had a great time with us and we do hope you can fit Taupo into a future holiday and revisit.
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Thank you very much, my friend and I who are travelling to Wellington decided it would be best to stop in Taupo and get some rest before our next leg of the journey and what a good desicion we made to stay at the Chelmswood! Free Wifi, lots of facilities including kitchnette, pool, beverages availible around the motel area, lovely hosts and comfy beds! The room was warm and very nice quality, not too cold and the sky was a great touch to the night :) Fantastic price, perfect for those of us who are travelling and really only need a bed, but the Chelmswood offers much more than that and we are very grateful. Thank you very much! :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelmswood M, Owner at Chelmswood Motel, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
We thank you for your generous praise and we look forward to hosting you agian when passing thru Taupo.
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Address: 250 Lake Terrace, State Hwy 1 | Waipahihi, Taupo, New Zealand (Formerly Chelmswood Manor)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Taupo
#9 Family Hotel in Taupo
#25 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Chelmswood Motel Taupo Overlooking Lake Taupo New Zealand Chelmswood Motel Taupo is a Tudor style complex consisting of 36 units (24) with their very own thermal mineral pools, located at the southern entrance to Taupo with beautiful views of Lake Taupo. One of only Six properties with SKY Guest Select (50 Plus TV Channels) in Taupo. Easy to find and conveniently located on State Highway One which passes through Taupo on the way to either Auckland or Wellington. Just a few minutes from town, with off street parking for cars boats trailers trucks and more. The complex sits on a very peaceful two acres of grass land with stunning views of Lake Taupo. Chelmswood Motel Taupo is the perfect chioce for the whole family , the couple wanting a romantic peaceful break, the overnighter looking for a great nights sleep to break their journey, or the club who want all the facilities on one site. (Function room and large kitchen). Secure off road parking for your trail bike trailers, race rigs, boats etc. The friendliest motel in town! While staying have a fun filled break and use the heated outdoor swimming pool, redwood sauna, children's area / grassed BBQ area or one of our bikes to ride around the lakes cycleways, or just sit along the front of the complex and soak up the magnificant views of Lake Taupo.Keep in touch by utilising our high speed internet access including free wireless, and catch up on the washing in our Free Guest laundry. ... more   less 
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