Booked this on basis of description on web site. Was not expecting to be in part of an upmarket townhouse in a residential subdivision. Took two turns around the block to eventually find the place. Could not recognize it from the website photos and the sign is small. Still wasn't sure I was at the right place till the proprietor emerged to say hello, that we had been upgraded to a one bedroom unit, please put the keys in the drop box when we left the next morning and do not block the driveway.
Unit was ground floor and a bit dark through a combination of deep bulkheads above doors windows and over the outdoor deck and having shelter trees planted on the boundary very close to this part of the house. None of the views suggested by the marketing.
The unit was very spacious with separate bedroom with en suite and walk in dressing room. No cooking facilities. Just a fridge and tea and coffee making equipment in an alcove in the lounge. Very clean and fresh. Heat pump aircon in bedroom and lounge with the controllers working both units. Bedside lights not very good for reading. But this is something I find common in most places I stay. Lounge lighting very poor for reading. Good sleep. Good shower.
Walked around the corner the next morning and had a look at the ground floor unit next to the one we had stayed in. That had outlook towards the lake and sunshine on the patio.
Overall it was more than just acceptable but less than promoted. It felt like something built as an upmarket family home that has been adapted for short term accommodation on an interim basis until the interrupted original purpose can happen. It is not built or set up as a lodge or a motel or a hotel or a home stay. It was like overnighting in a display home.
Can't say about wi fi. Got rackets with access codes but couldn't get them to work
Location was 5 minutes by car along the main highway from the town centre. ok but not the most convenient location in comparison to other accomodation options in Taupo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Falls Chateau is our showcase boutique accommodation property! Choose from the private suite, private apartment, or Queen rooms. Superbly designed interior is richly decorated in a modern style, with beautiful artwork, yet warm and inviting. Views from the upstairs Apartment and Queen rooms are superb and include snow-capped mountains and the beautiful surroundings of the high-end Huka Falls Resort. Just minutes to downtown Lake Taupo, geothermal attractions and the stunning Huka Falls. Huka Falls Resort offers and excellent restaurant, winery and private vineyard just steps away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Falls Chateau Hotel Taupo