Yes the view across the lake is beautiful, the beds are comfortable and our room (superior lakeview) fairly spacious. A definite plus was that the beds were made up with sheets and blankets and therefore adjustable rather than the ubiquitous duvets which can so often be too hot. Staff were friendly and helpful. We did find our bathroom rather basic for a hotel of this quality; in particular, the shower was small and with only a fixed head. However we were told that bathrooms are being refurbished. Our room did not have a safe which I would have expected.
The swimming pool is small.
While facing west does can give you spectacular views, the sun pours directly into the bedrooms in the afternoon. With closed curtains the air conditioning coped well, though. A bigger problem with the sun was eating in the dining room in the evening. Despite the best efforts of the staff in managing the blinds the sun was in our eyes for some of the time. Still the view the rest of the time makes up for this.
We ate twice in the Edgewater restaurant. Generally the food was very good although one or two of the dishes had some food combinations we did not feel worked very well and some desserts were tasteless (possibly as they were served very chilled). The second night we were there the restaurant was rather full and service suffered with some long waits and some undercooked lamb for my husband (a pity as I had had the same dish the previous evening when it was excellent). This was a Saturday so we felt the hotel should have been geared up for a fullish restaurant particularly as a number of parties eating seemed to be regular visitors.
Breakfast was OK, nothing special.
Overall a positive experience despite the issues.
- 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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