We travel in a family of 5, mom, dad and 3 children. We rent a car from Auckland airport and drove about 4 hours plus to Lake Taupo. Location wise it is not too bad, easy to find. It is very near to Countdown, walking distance. Countdown is their store where you get groceries. The lake itself is down the hill. If you want the lake view, this is not where you want to stay. To walk is not that far either. We drove to everywhere we go, but just as an estimation how long it will take to walk to the lake, I’m guessing it can be up to 20 minutes. The small town of Lake Taupo, where night life and everything else are nearby, down the hill towards the lake.
There are only a ground floor and the 1st floor. Our room is on the 1st floor right at the stairs. Our room is pretty spacious. Considering there are 5 of us. 1 small room with twin bed and the bigger room which is connected to the kitchen are where the queen bed and a single bed are. The kitchen is equipped with stove, a small fridge and kitchen ware. We make our own breakfast and packed lunch every day. Having the kitchen is very convenient. The down side is the kitchen has no exhaust fan to suck out the smoke from frying (eggs, and bacon the typical hot breakfast meal). Or maybe there was but the exhaust fan was not working as well as it should. The whole room except for the small room with the twin bed where we can close the door will be filled with smokes, whenever we cook something. There is also a balcony and behind the motel, they have a space where the guest can have their own bbq. Best of all, the wifi is free!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barcelona Motel is housed in a Mediterranean-style complex and features a private courtyard. A 5-minute walk from Taupo’s town centre, it offers free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access.Heated apartments have a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, a stove and a microwave. There is a lounge area with sofa and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.Guests can enjoy a gas barbecue at the hotel’s private courtyard. Parking for boats and trailers are available.A cooked/continental breakfast can be enjoyed in the comfort of guests’ own rooms.Motel Barcelona is a 5-minute walk from Gascoinge Street Bus Depot and Tongariro Street, the main shopping street. Taupo Airport is a 10-minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelona Hotel Taupo