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Clearwater Motor Lodge
Ranked #13 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Enjoyed our lakefront view as well as the in-room spa tub. Note though that while the view of Lake Taupo and the Tongariro National Park are spectacular, the well used bike/walk path runs right in front of the lodge. We didn't really mind it from our ground floor location, but request a second floor room if you have concerns about people walking past and looking into your room.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

On entering the room I was quite impressed with the view. We had a top corner room but it got really hot in the afternoons even with every window and door open. The only way you could make the room more reasonable was to put a stopper in the kitchen door ( the only thing was the rubbish bin) and allow the breeze to flow through, otherwise you will cook. There is a ceiling fan over the bed.
These apartments are advertised to be air conditioned but MOST of them aren't. Only a couple on the ground floor are, because of the heat from the thermal underground rising up and making the floor very hot, so I was told. THEIR ADVERTISING IS VERY MISLEADING. Even their sign on the road advertises air conditioning.
Also one felt they were in a gold fish bowl as there is a walkway right in the front of each apartment. People were walking and talking loudly on this walkway at 3am in the morning.
The room is very narrow from the kitchen to the bedroom as most of the width is taken up by the spa bath in the room. We weren't very impressed.
Also be careful is you're Aussies as you won't have a newspaper at your door like everyone else. I suspect they were all kiwis in the other apartments who had the newspapers.
Also don't expect to get any wifi. It wouldn't connect the whole time we were there. We had to go and use Maccers.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else for your money that you do get air conditioning and wifi
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank pamandtony
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lewisco, Owner at Clearwater Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

We are very disappointed in this review & wish to address the guest’s issues in order.
This booking was made via an On-line Sales Channel which writes the property overview on our behalf. On checking the script we note that it is not clear that air-conditioning is available only in 6 of the 10 units and have requested a script change to the “property overview” accordingly. The guest has booked a first floor unit and the description of “room facilities” for the unit type selected has no mention of air conditioning. We should also point out that due to Taupo’s high altitude, humid nights are very rare. When making on-line bookings it also pays to view each property’s own website where facilities available for each room type are clearly stated.
Each unit entry door has a door stay & should not require the use of any other object.
How members of the public behave outdoors in a public place is beyond our control, but talking while they walk past at 3am is no crime.
The room layout/floor plan is displayed on our website & room size stated on the on-line Sales Channel site.
The guest would have completed a registration form at check-in - this form includes a check box if a daily newspaper is required. There is no nationality discrimination.
Wi-fi signals can vary in strength - if we know a guest is experiencing problems with a connection we can check the cause and rectify it.
We sincerely hope this has clarified matters for the guest and potential guests who read the review.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

A great place to stay in Taupo, with the lake on your doorstep. Very helpful were Bill & Priscilla Pearcy. We have stayed here twice bringing relatives from overseas. Very affordable and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Folks this is a great place to stay. Warm and inviting on all fronts.Massive mineral pool bath.waters edge just outside the door almost - forget the hotels/motles who say you have aview of the lake .. this was right there at the lake! and quiet as. Very affordable and very comfortable
recommended without hesitation

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

We enjoyed our night at Clearwater staying in 2 adjacent ground floor rooms - The rooms are clean & well equipped with the most enormous Jacuzzi baths you can enjoy whilst viewing the lake, mountains and sunset. The small gardens are perfect to enjoy the evening. Hop over the small glass balustrade & stand in the hot pools at the edge of the lake playing with the ducks.

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms opposite lake with small garden are lovely
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

I would have given full star rating to Clearwater but unfortunately the previous place we stayed in was so superb that inevitably comparisons are made... and Clearwater was lacking in some areas.
We were not told upon booking that the ground floor rooms were very hot due to the thermal heat underground and the air con had to be kept going 24/7. The room was stifling until the air con kicked in. As we hate sleeping in air con we would have chosen another room if we'd known. However, for other people this might not even be an issue.
The towels were very thin and small. I will forgive the discolouration and odour as am putting that down to the water in Taupo.
Room was nice, bed ok, view great and the manager was very pleasant and helpful. Would I stay again? Yes but in an upstairs room.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We loved staying here recently for a short break. It is perfectly situated right on the lakefront and from the balcony of our room the view across the lake to the mountains was stunning. There is a walkway along the lake just outside the gate and a hot stream runs down to the lake beside the property. The rooms are nicely decorated and have a great spa bath that looks over the lake, There is also a nice mineral pool outside. We have stayed here before and would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Lakefront rooms are the best
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Clearwater Motor Lodge

Address: 229 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#9 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#13 Family Hotel in Taupo
Price Range: $136 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearwater Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LAKE EDGE TRANQUILITY Clearwater Motor Lodge offers quality accommodation situated right at the waters edge of lake Taupo. All 10 self-contained units provide king beds, in-room spa, kitchen facilities, TV/DVD, balcony or courtyard. 6 Of our Studios with unlimited lake & mountain views.Family units with same facilities, 2 single beds in separate bedroom. On-site Thermal plunge pool & BBQ. Quiet location Free on-site parking. Perfect for romantic couples ... more   less 
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