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“Gables Taupo” 4 of 5 stars
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Gables Lakefront Motel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   130 Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 73 Hotels in Taupo
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“Gables Taupo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Just had a great few days break in Taupo. The weather may have been cold out but we were warm and cosy at the Gables with our own hot pool and electric blankets. The bed was so comfortable and the room very quiet even though its on the main road right across the road from the lake. A great view of the lake and the mountains and a great place to watch the sunset. The rooms have been recently refurbished to a good standard and we were able to get a sneak preview of one of the newly renovated rooms and they look really good with new bathrooms and heat pumps to complete the look.
Our son was in heaven on the comfortable couch that converted to a double bed, right in front of the big TV! We had several restaurants and bars within walking distance and we ate at some wonderful restaurants recommended to us by the owners Jo and Gray.
All in all, the Gables was a great place for us to take a short break and we can recommend it to families and couples.

Stayed June 2013
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Sue W,

Thank you very much for your review and for selecting Gables for your holiday.
It is great to see families like yours base yourself here for a few days to see the area - there is so much to see and do.
All the changes that have been made have made a huge difference and it is great to see the guests enjoying the facilities.
We hope you and your lovely family will come and visit again soon.
Best wishes Gray and Jo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Would recommend Gables to anyone looking for a nice, affordable room that comes with its own spa pool in the room.

The hosts were really nice and the recent refurb they have had is great. fold out couch in front of the big screen tv, spot on. Really liked the fact they had free wifi too! And the spas in each room is definitely a bonus.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Many thanks for your lovely review Michelle, we really appreciate the feedback.
Yes the spa, 43 inch TVs and the free WIFI and really important to our guests.
They also seem to enjoy the stunning views, king size beds and the brand new furniture and fiitings through out.
WE look forward to seeing you again.
Kind wishes
Gray and Jo
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Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We recently stayed at the Gables and were both very pleased with the experience. The location is brilliant , right across the road from the lakefront. To top it off the sunsets are out of this world . Awesome !!!
The units have recently been refurbished to a high standard and are spotlessly clean with a refreshing new decor
The new owners are so friendly and helpful and will go the extra mile to make sure you stay is enjoyable. You can see that they have taken the time to make sure that everything is just right.
Great work Jo and Gray we will return

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear Karen,
Thank you for your lovely review.
it was great having you and your new husband to stay. We hope you can visit us for another honeymoon soon.
The sunsets have been fantastic, it is a real treat. We have had some great rainbows this week too.
We are lucky to have this fab location where it is just on our doorstep.
kind regards
Gray and Jo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Its great to have a friendly and welcoming place to stay in Taupo . Our family stopped over on the way to and from Auckland , from Wellington. The hosts were amazing, couldnt do enough for you and the Accomadation first class.
Great value for money , we cant fault it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear Sean and Family,
Thanks for stopping in at Gables on your way north, it is a handy stopover point. The family units are great for 4 to 6 people.
Thanks for your feedback, we really appreciate it.
best wishes
Gray and Jo
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Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The Gables Motor Lodge is an awesome place to stay in Taupo. It is situated on the waterfront with terrific views over the lake and Mts Ruapehu, Narahoe and Tongariro.It is only a five minute walk into town! Mine hosts, Jo and Gray, are the best hosts you could imagine, nothing is too much trouble. It's the only place I'd stay at in Taupo, I'll definately be back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear Frank,
Many thanks for your review it was lovely having you to stay.
The new sign is now up and the new outdoor tables and benches have arrived. It is a great place to sit and watch the sunset.
We are looking forward to your next visit to Gables.
kind regards
Gray and Jo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Great hosts. Very close to town and with lovely views over the lake. Really enjoyed the private spa bath. Very good positioning of the bedroom which ensured a good nights sleep without the annoyance of outside lights shining in. Would certainly stay again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear Marilyn,
Thanks for your feedback, it is much appreciated.
Yes the location is great here - on the lake front but still an easy walk to town.
We look forward to seeing you again one day.
kind regards
Gray and Jo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

Can't wait to see the finished units of this lovely motel. It was spotlessly clean and although the renos are not complete very comfortable. The best bed I've ever slept on at a motel and plenty of space and the views of the Lake. Priceless

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear Mardi 757,
Thanks for your lovely feedback.
Yes the sleepyhead beds that were installed in January are fabulous - they are top of the range and well worth it.
This week the new street sign went up and the first of the kitchen and bathroom upgrades has commenced.
In addition each apartment is being redecorated and the spa areas given some TLC.
We look forward to seeing you again so you can enjoy the changes.
best wishes Gray and Jo
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Address: 130 Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 73 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gables Lakefront Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gables Motel is located on the lakefront at Taupo. The 9 superior one bedroom units have stunning views and each has its own hot pool. The 3 deluxe one bedroom have views of the lake and share a jacuzzi. There are also two, 2 bedroom family units and a 3 bedroom family unit. The family units have access to the jacuzzi. All apartments at Gables have free WiFi access, 43 inch TVs, either king size beds or super kingsize, kitchens or kitchenettes, outdoor furniture and many more facilities. We welcome you at Gables. ... more   less 
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