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Clearwater Motor Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   229 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #7 of 73 Hotels in Taupo
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“Would definitely stay here again.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

The room was larger than I had expected (and it turned out to be much larger than the room we paid more for in Rotarua). The bed was awesome and I loved the spa in the "middle" of the room--you could watch tv and/or look at the view... it was great!

The service was extremely friendly and helpful (even after my boyfriend asked his millionth question in less than an hour!).

We were also able to order breakfast and although there wasn't a great deal of choice, it was very tasty and arrived hot.

I knew Clearwater was close to the lake when I booked this room, but I didn't realise exactly how close until I got there (it's right on the lake and you can walk down to it through Clearwater). It was awesome.

A downside for some people may be the fact that Clearwater was a little out of the centre of town (around 3 kms) but I liked it--it made you feel like you were away from everything, but when you needed something it was right there.

I have to say that my favourite part was the view and how you could relax on the bed or in the spa and see it :)

The only downside was Clearwater's pool. I didn't book the room because it had a pool (so I wasn't really counting on it being there), but I was disappointed in it nevertheless. It's half under the front of the building and doesn't look very inviting. On the upside, the temperature was quite nice.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Tauranga, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

We stayed in the Clearwater Motor Lodge for two nights and have an overall experience that this is a small, worn out and seriously overpriced motel. For the $175 per night one can find much better accommodation in Taupo even in the peak of the season. On top of that they are ridiculously charging $15 for the service which is just absolutely standard in any motel in NZ. The room is very small and the furniture worn out. Probably I’m little bit conservative but cannot imagine why they place spa in the family room. Despite the advertised impression of “water's edge” location, just a few front suits have lake view, but all other room faced by neighbouring walls and fences. The “thermal pool” is very-very small (2x3 m. as max) and filtration system was switched off permanently for two days during our stay. No wonder that no one of us decided to “enjoy” it. The children’s bedroom is very basic and barracks. The whole motel is a clear example where the exterior of the building is much nicer and sprucely then the interior.

We will never stay in Cleawater again and would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — Nothing, absolutly nothing!
  • Disliked — Price to vaalue of service, location and accomodation Ratio
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque New Mexico
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

Stayed here for 4 days over New Year. It is spotlessly clean and right on the lake. No road to cross. Hot water running into lake nearby makes swimming wonderful. Very well located. Beds comfortable and shower pressure amazing. The spa in the room is an added bonus and commands panoramic views of the lake. This has recently been taken over by new managers who seem a little out of their depth but hopefully will maintain its high standards

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Auckland NZ
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2008

This was the second time we stayed at the Clearwater, the first being exactly 6 years ago in August 2002.
Since then the rooms have had an upgrade and are now even better than before.
We stayed in room 5 and it overlooks Lake Taupo, as previous reviews have advised, only a small path separates the premises from the lake.
The King bed was very comfy and the room was a welcome retreat after a day playing on the ski slopes.
The kitchen was very well equiped with stove top. microwave and fridge.
The water pressure in the shower was fantastic.
Most room have a loveley spa pool, this was also a welcome addition dury pour stay in wintery Taupo.
In all a great place to stay.

  • Liked — Location, comfort
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

We spent two weeks in December 2007 on the North Island of New Zealand. We travelled the entire island from Wellington to the Bay of Islands. Our favorite area was Lake Taupo. Clearwater Motor Lodge is in a great location. It is located right on the lake. There is NOT a street between the lake and the property. While most of the accommodations state they are on the lake, there is a street between their property and the lake. And, this is a busy street.

We stayed in a one-bedroom at Clearwater Motor Lodge which included a kitchenette and a balcony which had a fantastic view of the lake. The property also has guest laundry and a gas BBQ available to the guests. The owners are very nice and knowledgeable of the area.

We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a place in the Lake Taupo area.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Brighton
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107 reviews 107 reviews
59 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2005

The Clearwater is in a great location overlooking lake taupo. spotlessly clean, well appointed rooms with spa baths and lake views. the owners are friendly and helpful. Overall we felt this was great value for money and very high standard motel accommodation. would stay here again.

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Address: 229 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, 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:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#6 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#8 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearwater Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LAKE EDGE TRANQUILITY Clearwater Motor Lodge offers quality accommodation situated right at the waters edge of lake Taupo. All 10 self-contained units provide king beds, in-room spa, kitchen facilities, TV/DVD, balcony or courtyard. 6 Of our Studios with unlimited lake & mountain views.Family units with same facilities, 2 single beds in separate bedroom. On-site Thermal plunge pool & BBQ. Quiet location Free on-site parking. Perfect for romantic couples Owner operated by Tim & Leone Graves ... more   less 
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