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“Great location!”
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Great Lake Motel
Ranked #33 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great location!”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

Positives:-
- Fantastic location, immediately opposite the lake.
- Car parking on site.
- Helpful & friendly guy on reception.
- Free pint of milk so you can have a cuppa without having to dash to the shops.
- Vast array of take-aways and restaurants within a stones throw (McD's, Burger King, KFC, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Cafes, Bars, Pubs etc).
- Longer stayers will appreciate the microwave and hob in the kitchen.
- Great bathroom with shower unit AND spa bath.

Negatives:-

- I thought $125 was a tad pricey, although that did seem to be the norm in the Taupo area.
- The matress and pillows could do with an upgrade as they were really soft and quite musty smelling.
- Whilst it seemed clean, I did spot quite a number of cobwebs loitering about so could probably do with a big spring clean and spruce up.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Wollongong, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2012

Great place to stay.LOpposite the lake. Clean, quiet, close to town. Room 14 has the view!

Up to Ruapehu for the day makes a great trip. Only 1 1/4 hrs away. Catch the chairlift to the top. Many walks in the area too.

There was a McDonalds behind the motel, not far away at all.

You need at least 3 nights in Taupo! So much to do. Great shopping.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kiwi1963
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2012

Second night back in my homeland - nice centrally located clean motel.
Easy access with parking at the door.
Would stay there again - very helpful staff.
Had everything we needed in the kitchen to make our breakfast before continuing on.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank donnekiwi
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Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 23, 2011

We found the one bedroom unit that we booked smelled badly of fish. After requesting a change we were begrudgingly moved to a motel room not a one bedroom unit. We still had to pay the one bedroom rate. The new room was far from clean especially in the bathroom and kitchenette areas.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank W_G_N_1
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2010

A friendly place, well located for the town and lakeside walks. Rooms are spacious and spotless. Well-equipped kitchens. Reasonable value in Taupo.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 22, 2010

When my friend and I arrived in Taupo, we drove around and enquired about the rates. Other motels were more expensive and we were told that we would not find a motel within our budget in Taupo. We stopped at Great Lake Motel and after receiving a generous discount, we were able to stay in this stunning motel. The location is excellent. The rooms are spotless, the washing machine and tumble dryer could be used at no extra costs. Definitely the place to stay when you are in Taupo.

Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Nicolene
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Bay Area, California
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2009

Our family stumbled upon this motel when our other accommodation in Taupo didn't work out, so we were feeling a bit desperate. We drove along the lakeside strip featuring lots of motels and was pleasantly surprised to find this one. We have a two bedroom apartment unit with kitchenette, two single beds plus one queen bed, and it was only $150/night! I also liked how they have a washer and dryer that guests can use for free. It's easy walking distance to town, park and restaurants.
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  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Great Lake Motel
Address: 56 Lake Terrace, | PO Box 221, Taupo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
15 self-contained motel units, studio and one bedroom, situated only a couple of minutes walk from the town centre. There are also 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom lakefront apartments. Some units have large spa baths, all units have a kitchen with microwave, hotplates, fridge and kitchen utensils. Sky TV is available as well as Freeview channels. We are across the road from lovely Lake Taupo with views to the mountains, but only the apartments get uninterrupted views. ... more   less 
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