I have driven past the Hilton on many occasions and it has never appealed to me. The location is a little away from town. The view from the road of the surrounding landscape looks a bit unkempt. BUT I found a good deal for a night I had to be away on business and booked it. Once you arrive at the hotel front it is immaculate, its just the clay car parking area that makes it look uninviting from the road. There is also a fair bit of confusing signage relating to DeBretts, not sure what thats about.
The welcome was friendly and helpfull, I opted to pay $15 for secure undercover parking. The room was lovely, despite being on the ground floor at the back of the building with no view of the lake. (i wouldnt have expected a lake view given the rate I paid) The room was large with everything I needed. The only exception being there was no fresh milk in the fridge. It was available if I wanted to ask housekeeping to bring it to me, i just used the UHT provided. The pillows were divine. Lovely bathroom with a bath. Large sliding doors opened up on to a small courtyard but its very public as the walkway to the rooms goes past.
There is a late checkout which I loved. I have to stay within a certain room rate limit when travelling on business but next time through Taupo I might top it up myself and enjoy a night in a lake view room. If its raining you need to pay the extra for the undercover parking so you can access your room internally.
- 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