The hotel is about 4km outside the town, in a very narrow strip between the main road and the lakeside path. Consequently it is long and narrow, both of the accomodation "arms" being two storeys high and one room deep. So one side of the room opens onto the carpark and road (the main road within 40 feet of the room door at our end of the hotel), the other onto the lake with great views.
Having read other reviews we had specifically asked for a first floor room when our booking was made 5 months before our stay and one was not available when we arrived. We did not feel very secure in our ground floor room as passers by walked directly past the front and the back doors (the lakeside path is less than 10 feet away - and they do look in!), and the room is full of warnings about closing the curtains, locking up, etc etc. The room was quite dark, only having windows on the lakeside. Security considerations (and the hotel's own guidance) meant we could only use airconditioning for cooling, a bit noisy at night but inefficient when on quiet mode. The road noise was also disturbing.
It was comfortable though. Staff were very friendly, and the restaurant is excellent - we ate dinner there twice (not cheap but a nice treat). Breakfast is expensive, although a good spread - if you are hungry go for it, we found we needed very little lunch after that which probably compensated for the cost.
I don't think I would go back there unless I was guaranteed a first floor room, and I would want to be at the end of the hotel which is on the "fatter" bit of land so that I was slightly farther from the road. However if your main concern is walking out of your room straight onto the lakeside, this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo boasts magnificent lake edge location, luxurious ambience and welcoming professional service makes this a very desirable popular destination for your Taupo accommodation and dining experience.Accommodation includes superior lakefront studios, junior queen and king suites, some with spa baths, all with air conditioning, large screen TV, DVD, radio, telephone, mini bar, coffee, tea, hairdryer, iron, ironing board. All rooms are elegantly furnished. Most units are absolute lake edge, step from your room to the beach or balcony.Edgewater Restaurant and Beach Brasserie are renowned for award winning, superb cuisine with a wine list and stunning views to match. Recreational - on site - heated swimming & ‘Grotto’ plunge pools, sauna, gym & tennis court. Near by- fishing, boating, hot pools, 4 fabulous golf courses, helicopter, scenic flights, parachute, snow skiing, art and vineyard tours to name a few.Guest testimonials confirm our excellent reputation for BEST location, food, facilities, friendly personal service. ... more less
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