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Lake Taupo Motor Inn
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   33 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo 2730, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #34 of 72 Hotels in Taupo
Bangalore, India
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Clean and well located”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed only one night and had a pleasant experience. No problems with the check-in or check-out.
The rooms were clean and reasonably well appointed. Breakfast was delivered to the rooms correctly at the requested time and was adequate. The coffee plunger with real coffee was a bonus.
It is also quite conveniently located being about 200 metres from the lake front and from the shopping/dining areas. An ideal choice for an overnight stop.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tauranga
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Reading the previous review we thought this motel looked to be good value, well we must have got the worst room in the complex!

On checking the host was not particularly friendly, just gave us the key & milk, didn't even tell us what direction the room was in.

On first impression the room appeared OK, although a strange layout, however during our stay several issues came up:

1 the bedspread was really worn with several holes in it, not sure if an op shop would even sell it, probably ise for rags
2 The rubbish bin pedal was falling off, had to open lifting the lid manually
3 Blind in the bedroom would not close, the widget to do this was broken
4 No shampoo in bathroom, when asked at reception was told they do not supply shampoo. I have NEVER been to a motel that does not provide shampoo. We were meant to use the liquid soap in the shower. I don't know anybody that washes their hair with soap!
5 The soap dispenser was not even refilled so when I had a shower on the second day was no soap left, couldn't have washed my hair with soap even had I wished to
6 Used flannels were left on the shower floor after room service, maybe that's why the soap was not refilled, they didn't even look in the shower
7 The dining chair fabric was FILTHY on both chairs, we put a towel down on them before sitting on them
8 The TV was small & at a height impossible to watch from the chairs, motels need to remember not everyone chooses to watch TV from the bed
9 At no time did we see the hosts smile, or look even vaguely happy
10 Bed was rock hard

On the positive there was a very friendly cat that made itself at home in the unit

We would have advised reception of some of the issues but went to check out at 7.30 as the hours are stated on the reception door, but locked. Banged on the door loudly, but only the cat came & waited with me. Gave up at 7.45 & left key under mat

Some real basic maintenance & housekeeping issues here, bring your own shampoo, I DON"T THINK SO

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

very clean and modern Motel. Great location and facilities. But: pool was freezing cold, my son wouldn't go in. 2 x Adjacent spas, but one wasnt heated. The other was lovely, thank goodness. Walls paper thin, as i listened to the neighbours TV all night. Our tv is fixed to the wall, not adjustable, so cant be seen from kitchen or even dinner table- and the signal is the old 4:3, not widescreen. Reception was great, smooth in/out and very friendly. Breakfast was just perfect and served promptly. Comfy beds and FINALLY a Motel thought to put the kids single beds in the bedroom, as they go bed first, and the double in the lounge so Dad can stay up late and get the "good" bed. Gains an extra star just for that alone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stayed here for one night- very nice clean rooms- bathroom generous size with lovely thick white towels-with shower gel pump supplied. Great front desk service- would thoroughly recommend this motel. Easy walk to lake front & restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed one night in the King Spa room which was large with a view out to the lake and very clean and tidy. Made good use of the spa bath which was very enjoyable. Although we only had a cup of coffee, the kitchen was well equipped with basic crockery and cutlery. The Motor Lodge is within easy walking distance to the shopping area and there wasn't too much passing traffic. The only slight downside was the noise which seemed to be coming from base music somewhere nearby, not within the complex itself. Otherwise, this place is worth staying at.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taupo
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Room lovely and clean, good quiet nights sleep.
Easy, close walking distance to town center, and lake front. An enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

Great location and great rooms but spa takes over 2 hours to heat so not worth even having it in the room :( Area is great with views over lake. Not sure whether i would stay here again with Suncourt just down the road...

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lake Taupo Motor Inn

Address: 33 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo 2730, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lake Taupo Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Taupo Motor Inn has 32 luxourious & well appointed rooms situated on a side street off the main highway and only 300m away from the CBD & Lake. We also have an on-site restaurant, heated pool and 2 spa's for your convenience. Our Executive Spa Suites also have a view of the Lake and Mountains. ... more   less 
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