We stopped here at the end of a long driving day. All we really needed was a good bed and decent night's sleep. The outward appearance of the Prince is nice and the rooms are good, clean and pretty basic. The most impressive aspect of the room was the bath, which was modern and beautiful. That said, there were some problems. The lady at the front desk was curt to the point of being rude. OK, no problem, she rented us a room. The real problem was that we could not get the room warm by any means (it was a chilly Fall night in New Zealand). There was a sign in the room stating that the heat was in the floor and giving information as to how to turn it on. We turned it on, before we went to dinner, and when we returned , the room was still cold. We tried the tiny heater that we found in the room and it blew some hot air then inexplicably shut off, never to come on again despite our best efforts. When we asked for help, we were told that the heat should be working and to give it time. We turned in and spent a cold night under all the blankets we could find. There are plenty of motels in Taupo...try another one if you value comfort on a chilly night. At NZ $130 for the night, this place was really over priced especially since we were there after the "season".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated alongside the heart of Taupo township with an on-site Restaurant, Conference Room, and two (only 2) pet friendly rooms, PRINCE motor lodge offers 32 fully appointed units only a two minute stroll to both the town centre shops and restaurants, and the shores of Lake Taupo. PRINCE has 32 generous ground floor units including Spa Bath Suites, all being serviced daily. Provides Free, Unlimited, Fibre based WiFi, new 42" Netflix enabled TV's with 10xSKYand a choice of King, Queen, and Single sized beds. This all helps to create the ideal location for your next holiday, corporate stop over or conference. We provide a choice of Studio's or 1 Bedroom Suites... or why not enjoy a 1 Bedroom King with a Spa Bath and a separate shower? Owner Operators, Ron and Mairi Hunter look forward to welcoming you to PRINCE, "We look to provide all our guests with clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation in a great location" from where you can enjoy the wonders of the Central North Island, the stunning Geo-thermal valleys, and "Great Lake Taupo" itself. ... more less
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