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Reviewed January 12, 2020

Had an awesome weekend at the Gables with family, spacious and comfortable rooms well equipped kitchen for family with kids. Centrally located and close by to all the restaurants... Will surely go back again.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Franklyn D, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a lovely review Niroza, we really appreciate the positive feedback!

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Reviewed January 12, 2020

My family and I spent a weekend in Taupo and stayed at the Gables Lakefront Motel. The motel is situated right across the road from the lake so there are great views. Still very central and walkable to the town centre.
The rooms are super clean and tidy and Kavita and Frankie are so lovely and welcoming. The apartment has everything you need for a relaxing stay and the small touches such as homemade cookies added that little something extra - made you feel at home.
Perfect for families and also a great place for couples if you mange to secure one of the spacious rooms with a private spa.
I will be staying here again!

Room tip: If there's two of you try and choose a room with your own spa
Date of stay: January 2020
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Thank RocksteadyGal
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Franklyn D, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2020


Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a lovely review , we really appreciate the positive feedback!

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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

Great location, lot’s of space and perfectly clean rooms. This is a perfect motel for a stopover with small children. We stayed 3 nights and would recommend to anyone looking for spacious, well appointed and clean accommodations.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank 001AndrewK
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Franklyn D, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a lovely review Andrew, we really appreciate the positive feedback!

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Reviewed January 5, 2020

Legends tell of angels who filled the air with songs, a simple hymn repeated in the most beautiful sounds. And they sang: "Gables Lakefront Motel is the best motel in New Zealand". On the 2nd of January 2020, we learned that the Angels' song was true. Driving along the lakefront we found Gables easily - it was by far the prettiest place on the road. The waters of Lake Taupo, only a few meters away from the motel, swished enticingly. When we checked in we were greeted by a very friendly face, Franklyn, who greeted us warmly. He showed us to our unit, a beautiful one-room apartment. A container of freshly baked cookies from his wife made us feel instantly at home. The apartment had everything we could have needed: A large couch, a flat-screen tv with over 50 sky channels, and a kitchenette with a fridge, sink, coffee + tea making station and dishwasher. We had our own spcaious bathroom, with a shower pressure similar to the Huka falls. The shower itself was its own experience. The bedroom had a large King bed, which was super comfortable. A door on the opposite side of the bed had one of the best parts of Gables: our own personal hot tub. This was our favourite part, the hot tub was perfectly heated, not too hot or cold. We did not expect this sort of luxury. It was the perfect thing to end your night on after any of the many adventures Taupo has to offer. It was also perfect to start your next day with.

If we weren't heading to Rotorua the next day, we would have loved to stay for longer. Access to the beautiful Lake Taupo was as simple as crossing the road. The view from Gables was magnificent as well, the whole lake laid out before us and the silhouettes of the mountains in the distance. I cried tears of joy.

Thank you for the most beautiful, cosy accommodation of the new decade.

Date of stay: January 2020
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Thank Brandonsamountry
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Franklyn D, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review Brandon, we really appreciate it!
We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and made good use of our facilities, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed January 2, 2020

Beautiful lakefront location with fantastic rooms, great staff with a very homely welcoming. P.s the homemade biscuits were amazing! We will certainly stay at Gabels again when back in Taupo also will recommend to our family and friends.

Room tip: lakefront views light airy rooms quiet locations walking distance to shops
Date of stay: December 2019
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Thank Vanessa K
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Franklyn D, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2020

Hi Vanessa,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review, we really appreciate your feedback.
We are so glad you made good use of our facilities, and enjoyed your stay. We really hope to see you again, thank you for choosing to stay at the Gables! Happy New year.

Kind Regards.

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