This was our third Hilton visit during our 2-week New Zealand holiday. Since I have earned lots of Hilton Honors points traveling on business, we try to stay at Hiltons where possible and were not disappointed on this NZ trip. After stays at the Auckland and the brand-new Queenstown Hilton, we stayed for 2 nights at the Taupo property. The hotel is not at lake side, but perhaps 1 or 2 kilometers inland on the Napier-Taupo highway, on a hill.
Check-in was professional and quick. Staff were pleasant. We were given a junior suite upgrade and ended up with a huge room in the new wing of the hotel, not the historic building where the restaurant is located. The room was nicely furnished in that modern Asia-Pacific Hilton style. The bed and pillows were particularly comfortable and there was even a "pillow menu" to customize the pillow's firmness and stuffing. The supplied pillows were firm and very nice. The suite had a huge balcony with a table and four chairs. The only disappointment is that the room faced the back of the property, not towards the lake. This view is a bit mixed: you can see some interesting hot springs activity (steam issuing from the ground), but also some less attractive buildings off to the hotel's north side which looked like warehouses.
There were two parking options: under the new hotel wing for $15/night or complimentary which was a very short walk down the hill from the main entrance.
We ate breakfast and lunch in the hotel's Bella Lago restaurant. As with all of the New Zealand Hilton properties, buffet breakfast was top notch and very tasty. Our lunch was likewise excellent. My beef fillet was nicely prepared as was my wife's meal (I think that it was risotto). We had a side of seasonal vegetables which was huge. Desert was also tasty.
So, in summary, all three Hilton New Zealand properties are first class, comfortable, with friendly, engaging staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hilton Lake Taupo, the regions only 5 Star International hotel. From its spectacular vantage point, Hilton Lake Taupo commands magnificent views over New Zealand’s largest lake and beyond. This distinguished hotel offers a wide range of room types (113 rooms total), from Hilton Guest Rooms through to the grand Presidential Suite. For families, groups and those staying a little longer, one to three bedroom apartments offer a convenient new option. Rejuvenate with a round of tennis, or a workout in the fully-equipped gym or enjoy a dip in the naturally heated outdoor pool and spa-pool or relax in the sauna or steam room. Indulge in flagship restaurant and bar, Bistro Lago with an inspired menu created by New Zealand master chef Simon Gault. Be prepared for an extraordinary experience: an outstanding location, a breathtaking panorama, exceptional service, an intimate ambiance and contemporary luxury of the highest standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel Taupo
- Terraces Hotel Taupo