Arrived at reception and asked for the cheapest room. Was offered a $300 room with a lake view. Pity about having to walk so far outside to find the block that the room was in. Room is massive and could do with more furniture to make it feel more friendly. To see the lake you have to go to the sliding door and there is a glimpse of the lake in the distance. The immediate view is of a gravel area(undeveloped carpark) and State Highway 5 into Taupo. Bathroom is good and nice toiletries. The "lake view" rooms get no sunshine as they face south and the room opens onto a deep covered balcony which you share with others. Could do with some large potted plants to cheer it up a bit. Overall the room and balcony are dark, and cold. I think the rooms on the other side of the building would get the sun but no lake view, for what it was worth. Restaurant was disappointing - found something that looked like pet fur in my food. The waiter said it was lint. Wouldn't eat there again. Had higher hopes for this being a Hilton. I think this place lets the Hilton brand down.
- 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