I stayed at the Karaka Tree with my parents and brother last week. On arrival, we went to get our key from reception. As it had been booked on fly buys, we weren't expecting to need to give a credit card (none of us have one). This seemed to almost aggravate the man at the office, who asked us a further 2 times if we had credit cards. When we kept saying no, he then asked for all of our driver's licences. I went to get my dad and brothers licences, and as I handed them one at a time to him, the man said "good God, how many more of you are there?!" as if it was a huge inconvenience to him.
The room was fine, apart from being a little dated and unclean - the microwave had food remnants stuck on the front of it, and the bathroom floor hadnt been properly cleaned under the sink. The motel was in a good location, across the road right on the lakefront, and I didn't notice overly loud traffic noise. The bed I had was quite comfortable, and it wasnt cold in the unit as there was a wall heater and electric blankets on all of the beds.
Management knew we were a family of four, but there wasnt pillows ready for my brother and I in the lounge (the beds doubled as couches) so we had to take them from the main bedroom, as we didnt want to deal with the man on the desk again.
The in-room private mineral spa was fantastic, very very hot and relaxing, although the grotty "mineral" stain under the pipe was a little off-putting, and the pipe had a constant little dribble of water leaking out of it - surely it wouldnt be that difficult to fix?
Overall, I felt my stay at the Karaka Tree was a little average, and would have been a lot less comfortable if not for the spa.
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- Also Known As:
- Karaka Tree Hotel Taupo