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“Very Happy Family” 5 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
Eketahuna, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very Happy Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Wonderful friendly couple running the cleanest motel we have ever stayed in. Heaps of beautiful fluffy towels, which matters to a family with 3 small children! Lovely Spa, perfect location, excellent units with everything you need for a relaxing happy holiday. We loved it, will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Dear Megan
thanks for your review - we appreciate with 3 wee ones time is a valuable resource, thanks for making the time to do the review.
We would love to see you and your lovely wee ones back at Gables one day soon.
best wishes
Jo and Gray
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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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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The hot tub was unique - no other motel offered anything similar in our travels. There were Spa units but not quite the same as a hot-tub. And there was no waiting. Instantly available. We loved it. Lots of space, free Wi-Fi, and ice readily available from a separate room - a rare find in NZ motels. The best part of al was the uninhibited view of the lake literally across the road. There was an ice-cream vendor on the beach offering many flavors including passionfruit. Yum! Jo gave us an excellent recommendation for dinner just a short 15 minute walk away. This is a wonderful place to stay

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, January 9, 2014
Dear Warren,
Many thanks for your wonderful review - it is so great to know that you enjoyed it so much. We just installed the ice making machine before Xmas, so it is great to know that you enjoyed it.
The lake is mirror calm here today (first time for a few days) and the sky is blue - very little cloud.
We hope one day you will come and see us again.
kind wishes Gray and Jo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We traveled down just before xmas as an inbetween for auckland/taupo.
Easy to find location, safe place to cross road to beach and to get icecream and a hose for when you get back to wash sand off your feet.
Beautiful views and enough room for us three and very quiet rooms.
Only a shower in our room.

I have a feeling our room was the next to be updone as our room looked a little bit dated compared with the one next to ours with builders in it, but was still clean non the less :) .
We didn't have a spa room, but out the back of the room was another area where the pool wouldve been, but couldn't really do anything out there with the deck moving that much under our feet, and there was no curtain on the upper window in the lounge area which meant our 3 yearold was awake very early - might have been part of the improvements to come?

Very friendly couple running the business.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, January 9, 2014
Dear 2 + a toddler,
many thanks for posting your review - we appreciate with a wee one your time is limited - so special thanks for taking the time.
Yes the room you were in was a 'Deluxe' room we have 3 of these rooms which we offer without the hot tub. Not everyone wants a hot tub and we can offer these for a lessor amount than the superior one bedrooms which have the hot tub.
Yes the 3 Deluxe rooms will be totally refurbished before the end of March (new kitchens and new bathrooms).
We hope you can come back and have a look. Thanks once again for the great review.
kind regards
Jo and Gray
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Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Rooms brand new. Great Jacuzzi. Lovely owners. Great like-view.
I would defenitely recommend Gables and would return any time.
Not sure there are (m)any better places to stay in Taupo!
You can literally jump into the lake and go into your jacuzzi to warm up again in just 2 minutes.

Room Tip: We have been booked into room nr. 7. Just perfect!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Hi Michael O,
Thanks you for your wonderful review - it was great to hear you enjoyed the superior one bedroom unit number 7.
We just completed refurbishing that one a few days before Christmas.
All our superior one bedroom apartments have now been completely refurbished.
We hope to see you again soon.
Best wishes
Gray and Jo
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Nong Thale, Thailand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We spent four days here over Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed the location and the accommodations. King sized bed was comfortable and the unit was recently renovated. Private spa helped set the mood! Beautiful views out the front window of sunsets over the lake. Definitely would recommend this place to anyone that asks.

Room Tip: some rooms do not face the lake.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear John S,
Thanks for your review and recommendation. It was lovely having you here for your Xmas break.
We hope to see you again.
best wishes Gray and Jo
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Darwin, Australia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Gables lakefront motel was a chance thing for us the was just perfect. Thanks for the kindness from Jo after having to make changes to our plans she was so wonderful and understanding. This is one motel I would recommend to anyone. Free wifi , laundry, hot pool, fruit, homemade biscuits, great views, great staff and just a great place to rest your head. Loved it.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Hi Jack2bear
many thanks for your wonderful review - and for staying with us.
We are a long way from Darwin, but we really hope you will make it back here one day.
kind wishes
Jo and Gray
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

For the price, what you would expect. If you don't like tired décor, definitely book this place. Was apprehensive about traffic noise, but couldn't hear cars, and any trucks we found fairly quiet. Spa, free WiFi and large screen TV appreciated. Booked two rooms. The two bedroom family apartment (sleep up to 5) was very good value, though not on a prime spot with respect to lake views - but not that bad.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Dear JL,
Thanks for taking the time to do your review and also for coming to see us. Yes - it is a great location with great views and the units are lovely inside - a great place for a few days.
We hope to see you again
kind regards
Jo and Gray
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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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