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    Taupo Urban Retreat

    65 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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    Free Parking
    Non-Smoking Rooms
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    Breakfast included
    2.0 Star Hotel
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Hugely disappointed by this hostel... been staying in a number of hostels as my wife and I travel round the whole of NZ, and this has been by far the worst!! Was given room 1, which is outside of the hostel right by the main...More

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    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    This hostel is pretty good really, room we're not a bad size and kitchen area pretty big with loads of fridge storage room. Staff were very helpful and quick. The hostel also has a bar and good deals on evening meals. There's also a few...More

    Thank olliecross
    Response from Karry W, Manager at Taupo Urban RetreatResponded 2 days ago

    Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The bar and meal deals are always a plus for travellers and we are happy the staff were helpful. I apologise if the bar was a little noisy during your stay,...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The security is poor with door being unlocked when someone turns the handle, basically it was never locked and we had extras sleeping on the floor. There isn't a lounge so people congregate in the dorms and disturb others consistently, with big groups of loud...More

    Thank SophieMaryRose
    Response from Karry W, Manager at Taupo Urban RetreatResponded 5 days ago

    In response to your review, I sincerely apologise that you didn't enjoy your stay at our hostel. I would like to address the issues you raised and hopefully help alleviate any negative feelings to some points raised. All our doors to the rooms do lock,...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We spent 2 nights in that hostel, in 2 different rooms. The bathrooms and the kitchen are quite dirty. There is a lack of cutlery and crockery. Some of the rooms have no windows, all are noisy: the bar downstairs is open at night, and...More

    Thank mariongarcia1032
    Response from Karry W, Manager at Taupo Urban RetreatResponded 2 days ago

    Thank you for your review, I apologise that you were staying in two different rooms. It is the summer season and extremely busy, most likely you booked the last few beds in the hostel and we couldn't change existing bookings. Our bar is licensed until...More

    Reviewed December 6, 2017

    The hostel is well positioned in the town, with easy walking distance to the lake, cafes, shops and activities. Reception staff did their job efficiently but lacked a welcoming smile and pleasantries. Our room was very tight for space (no room for luggage) and lacked...More

    Thank kiwispirit99
    Response from Karry W, Manager at Taupo Urban RetreatResponded December 14, 2017

    Thank you for your review, we are glad you found the location suitable to your needs. We apologise for the noise disturbances, our on-site bar is licensed until 11pm and after this time, we ask guests to leave for town. We also have a night...More

    • Top amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Bar/Lounge
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    • Free Parking
    • Self-Serve Laundry
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    • Bar/Lounge
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    • $34 - $78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Non-Smoking Rooms
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    • 21
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    December 23, 2015|
    Response from Solarpowered_12 |
    They have a small in-house bar which is really cheap, you cannot take your own drinks because of the NZ liquor license laws.
    August 17, 2014|
    Response from Katie T | Property representative |
    Hi Kitty, Reception hours are from 8am - 9pm, however we also have a night porter who can let you into the hostel after reception is closed. All you need to do is let us know the date and time and then call the night porter... More
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