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“Not Really as Good as It Looks” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Prince Motor Lodge
Ranked #20 of 71 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Double Oak, Texas
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73 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Not Really as Good as It Looks”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2010

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".

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2010

Lodge within walking distance of lake, it was clean and served our purpose of staying in the area for 1 night. We have travelled from Napier and Rotorua and this was the most expensive of all accommodation we had stayed in previously. Had a Thai restaurant attached to complex but there were several bars restuarants within good walking distance.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2008

Recently had a visit to Lake Taupo in New Zealand,where we booked into the Prince Motel for two nights. We took two rooms. The man at reception was certainly not the welcoming type. We checked into the rooms. Cleanliness is certainly not on their list of priorities. The fridges were smelly and freezers thick with ice. The kitchen in one room didn't have a microwave, but did in the other. The pillows should have been thrown to the trash long ago. They are well past the use by date. Beds were also past the use by date and should have been trashed along with the pillows. Shower floors felt as if they were going to fall in when we walked on them. They had a rubber type lining, and we would hate to think about the cleanliness side of these floors. The whole place needs a total overhall. The speed with which we saw the cleaners do each room next morning, showed us why the rooms were so dirty. Maintenance is needed badly as well. Needless to say, we only spent one night there. Tarrif was top dollar too. Ricca8

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Property: Prince Motor Lodge
Address: Cnr Titiraupenga & Roberts Streets | 100 Roberts Street Taupo, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 71 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Prince Motor Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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