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“Good location in retro accommodation” 3 of 5 stars
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Bradshaw's Travel Lodge
130 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #20 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Sydney
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good location in retro accommodation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

When I first arrived at this place it reminded me of the old style guest houses I used to stay in as a child. It seemed to be purpose built as an accommodation, not just a converted house like many hostels. It had a feeling of a cross between a hostel and a guest house.

As previous reviewers said, it still has that 60s-70s decor, but has a cosy atmosphere.

I just stayed one night, and my room was a family room - with double bed, separate room with double bunks; ensuite bathroom and also a handbasin in the main bedroom. Would be great for a family of four. Everything was clean; linen and towels provided. Shower recess could be updated - but okay for just one night (but I also noticed little mould on the bathroom curtains).

Quite a few common areas - TV lounge, dining room (also with lounge and TV area), front balcony and middle courtyard. Breakfast was choice of two cereals, apples and coffee/tea - left for self service. Big kitchen so you can cook your own meals.

This place is listed on Book a Bach, so you can rent the whole place out - would be good for large groups and families. Walking distance to main shopping area, bus station but also a local supermarket/green grocer and butcher only 5 mins walk away. Walking distance to lake (view of the lake from front balcony).
Nothing fancy about this place, but good location, and good value for money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

We didn't get off to a great start as they didn't have our booking but the guy on reception assured us it was ok as the hostel was empty apart from 1 other guest. Apparently the team we met had just taken over as the previous manager had left suddenly, we never found out what happened but they were doing a great job. The place was spotless. It helped that we had the whole hostel to ourselves and used the kitchen and lounge in peace. It is a bit like time stood still in the 70s in terms of the furniture and decor but our room was largd with an en suite, everything worked and was well stocked. Reception offered hair dryers, adapters and extra blankets and pillows if you needed them. There was also plenty of tour and local information available. We missed out on the free breakfast as we left too early but I'm sure it was good if the rest of the hostel was anything to go by.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

So it's not the Four Seasons Hotel, but it's a quiet place to rest yourself during your travels. Complimentary continental breakfast, although I think they only brew the coffee once, so best to make your own fresh as I did. Breakfast consists of some plain cereal and fruit, which we happy with. Kitchen available for use but not necessarily the cleanest; the guy in charge of cleaning was a young 20 year old from Scotland whom I suspect his mom cleaned for him, haha. A bit out of town center by walk, but close enough. Near the lake, and the frontdesk guy showed us a place where you could visit natural hotsprings that we didn't know about, just ask and he'll show ya. Kinda feels like you're back in the 70's when you stay there, but for the price, I'm not complaining about the "Brady Bunch" decor.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Masterton, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Great stay for my team of 20 and our guests (up to 35 of us at times) over three night stay at this lovely late 70's early 80's styled icon. We enjoyed our stay and service provided by Jacob. It was a great place to stay, talk, cook and bake and generally relax after demanding year hard at work.

It is a great place to bring a team (or a large family) close together in unpretentious warm atmosphere of the times past.

Thank you

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Don't expect anything fancy, but this is OK for a competitively priced overnight stop. My wife and I stayed for one night and had a fairly spartan room with minute en suite facility. There is a communal diner/lounge with kitchen attached with sufficient supplies for a light breakfast and hot drinks. Also a separate TV lounge/games room. The establishment is in need of a makeover but will satisfy the undemanding traveller. Location is on a main road through town and not too far from shops, restaurants etc.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011 via mobile

Very helpful staff and very competitive rates. Complimentary breakfast (weet-bix, cornflakes, fruit) was a nice touch.
Well-maintained and quiet - good for getting a decent night's sleep.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

we intended to stay here just the one night but ended up staying three nights because it was such a lovely place with warm friendly staff that made us feel so welcome ,I would highly recommend for people to stay here and we will defiantly be back.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bradshaw's Travel Lodge

Address: 130 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
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