Stayed there last week in the 2 bedroom SPA suite at the other end of motel from the reception. Having read the reviews, we were a bit hesitant but decided to go for it because of the mineral hot spa tub. The criticisms in some of the previous reviews were true, but that didn't really spoil it for us.
The lady at the reception was very friendly.
The room was quite clean. We had clean beds and bed sheets. The utensils were clean, but we still washed the ones we were using before using them.
The SPA tub was cracked (some attempts at repairing it were apparent by the patching attempts), but tub was still usable. It was so enjoyable sitting in the spa after a day of visiting the sights, that we extended our stay by another day. The proximity to the beach at Lake Taupo was another deciding factor. After using the SPA at night, we were able to sleep really soundly. However, be aware that the SPA is not allowed to be used after 9pm for the upstairs units.
The TV was a 20 inch CRT, not even LCD. However, to be honest in the 10 days we were in NZ, we didn't watch any TV (there were so many other more interesting things to do), so it didn't really matter to us.
Doing the laundry was inconvenient as the laundry room closed at 9pm, and we normally got in around 9.30pm because we chose to drive to the sights in Rotorua instead of staying there due to the smell.
The road outside was quite busy, and we had problems getting out of the motel the first day. We did what the other guests did the rest of our stay, and went out using the road at the back gate which was easier.
All in all, it was a great stay, and we'll do it again if we have the chance.
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