We stayed in the "heritage wing" (requested it and our wish was granted). The original hotel wing dates to the 19th century (very old for New Zealand) and has been completed renovated and made modern. Our room (room 002) had a wrap around balcony overlooking Lake Taupo with french doors, louvered privacy shutters, incredibly modern appointments and lighting. Our bathroom was the largest I have ever experienced, all stone, with a freestanding soaking tub, a shower for you, your partner, and several of your closest friends if they care to join you. Truly a great great hotel room. Bistro Lago, the restaurant, had a superlative wine list, selections at all price points, and an incredibly welcoming staff. The maitre'd at dinner (I apologize for not remembering his name) was truly helpful and hospitable, suggesting wine pairings, telling us about the off the beaten path thermal springs. Great fitness center, brand new, heated pool and spa. Great collection of black and white photography of historical Taupo and old photos of the Hilton when it was a stagecoach stop on the Taupo/Napier road.
The best of the modern combined with history, hospitality, facilities. Oh, and just down the hill is a local thermal spa, which comes at a discount if you are a Hilton guest. Not touristy, but inexpensive, great "waters", great spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hilton Lake Taupo, the regions only 5 Star International hotel. From its spectacular vantage point, Hilton Lake Taupo commands magnificent views over New Zealand’s largest lake and beyond. This distinguished hotel offers a wide range of room types (113 rooms total), from Hilton Guest Rooms through to the grand Presidential Suite. For families, groups and those staying a little longer, one to three bedroom apartments offer a convenient new option. Rejuvenate with a round of tennis, or a workout in the fully-equipped gym or enjoy a dip in the naturally heated outdoor pool and spa-pool or relax in the sauna or steam room. Indulge in flagship restaurant and bar, Bistro Lago with an inspired menu created by New Zealand master chef Simon Gault. Be prepared for an extraordinary experience: an outstanding location, a breathtaking panorama, exceptional service, an intimate ambiance and contemporary luxury of the highest standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel Taupo
- Terraces Hotel Taupo