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“Disgusting !!!”
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Karaka Tree Motel
Ranked #60 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely disgusted , but had booked to stay with credit card so had to stay one night, dirty wet cleaning rag left on couch ( genuinely surprised it had actually been used) , old crappy teatowls ( the ones with the squares) popular cheap style , flannel is similar to what I have just thrown away as it had a hard life , the worst part was .. No duvet cover on ripped inner ! That is gross on so many levels , came home itchy , yuck , couch hasent seen a vacuum , bed was also on a lean which made feet higher not that there was much sleep as was grossed out .... Would never stay again , would had a better night sleep in a hostel with much less of a price tag, ripped off ,

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

My partner and I stayed here for one night and found this place to be pretty good.

This place is located on the main road of Taupo along with all of the other motels. There is a lot of traffic on this road and it is hard to walk across the road to the walkway beside the lake due to all the traffic. Despite the location, this motel is very quiet and we had no trouble getting to sleep.

The rooms are very dated, however, they are a good size and include a kitchenette.

The highlight of the room is the spa pool. This was located inside our studio room and we enjoyed using this pool.

If you can get a good deal, I would recommend staying here. The spa pool is definitely the highlight.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

An aging but well maintained property, it presented as clean and neat. The inroom spa is enormous and apparently thermal spring fed, I did not try but judged based on the inlet pipe, sulpha stains and geothermal region.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful and carried my bag upstairs once they heard I had an injured knee. My continal breakfast was delivered that night to allow an early rise or sleep in.

Room Tip: Top level serviced by stairs only.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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2  Thank Lou B
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had booked a 2 bed roomed apartment 6 months in advance so were a bit surprised to be put in the disabled suite. The whole place is a a bit tired and in need of a makeover. The people in reception were fine. The spa was nice but very noisy later at night when next door filled theirs at 10.30. Did think the beds could have done with a thicker covering over the electric blankets. All in all an average place to stay.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sandy2949
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

As opposed to some of the reviews we found our downstairs unit quite tidy apart from some dirt in the outdoor spa which was quickly remedied.The manager also was very helpful in trying to make provision for my wife (with a bad knee) to get into the spa by providing a step. I understand that units are in the process of being upgraded. However it took several requests to have the kitchen light replaced. The main attraction is the spas with plenty of hot water. Management were also helpful in recommending eat places that gave free drinks..

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have Spa inside, maybe easier to get into but outdoor stairs awkward in wet weather...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

My partner and I stayed here as we were keen to try the little private mineral pool in the private patio.
Our hosts greeted us in tank tops and shorts at the front desk. So first impressions were 'not very professional'... and it was all downhill from there.
The room was so desparate for attention, walls were dirty and patched but not finished. Furniture was threadbare and holes in carpet. Bed was old with paperthin mattress protector over electric blanket. There was no duvet cover (just a sheet) to cover the torn duvet inner.
We dumped our bags and went out coming home for a swim and then bed. If it wasn't for the little pool we would have left. The pool was OK, also needing a spruce up and the jets needed attention.
The upstairs rooms are cheaper ( I hate to think what they are like) and they also have pools which are enclosed in a room in the unit, I would suggest you inspect before checking in...
We won't be back, and wouldn't recommend.
The cost of the room was $165NZ, no value.

Room Tip: Ask for a room inspection before checking in...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We have been touring NZ and had really found all motels to be of high quality. This one, as other reviewers have said, is really tired run down and in need of investment. Don't get me wrong, the room was clean and the people managing it were most helpful and friendly. The building and facilities are really old and not what we expect these days. In its present state it certainly is not worth 4 stars. We also made the mistake of going to Taupo when the iron man competition is on, avoid it unless you are really interested in a whole day of men doing many things to prove how fit they are, there were 1400 entries and so no peace any where.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Karaka Tree Motel

Address: 216 Lake Terrace, Taupo TAUPO, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range: $68 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Karaka Tree Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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