I think this is a category 4 or 5 Hilton as only 35,000 points per night are required for the stay. It doesn't have all the little extras that the bigger 5+ star Hiltons have, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving razors etc. There isn't even a bathtub. BUT = the service makes up for it. I have been lucky to have travelled to all parts of the globe and stayed at many Hilton family of hotels, and this one has the BEST service out of all of them. Maybe it is the NZ hospitality - definitely kudos to the hotel manager. From getting out of the taxi, with 2 team members rushing out of the lobby to assist, to ongoing smiles and 'hellos' at all touch-points with staff.
A good 10 minute walk to the lake and a 40 min stroll into town, this hotel is a mix of old and new, with the Heritage wing which houses the restaurant and lobby and I believe the actual hotel rooms, and the modern wing with suites and apartments. We are upgraded to a junior suite which is simple, stylish, and overlooking the pool. We receive a welcome letter and bottle of wine from the hotel manager which is a nice touch.
As this is a short trip, most of our time is spent relaxing in our oversized room, watching one of the 2 TVs, lazing by the pool or in the steam room and sauna. We also go to the hot-spring baths next door at De Bretts Spa resort.
A Continental Breakfast is included as a Diamond member which is simple and delicious, and a great start to the day.
- 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