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“Very funky. Lovely host”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Lake

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The Lake
Ranked #29 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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204 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Very funky. Lovely host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

My best friend and I had a "girlie" weekend away together in Taupo and we stayed at "The Lake". We just loved our room from first impression and as we explore further we could tell that everything was lovingly and thoughtful selected, put together and presented - right down to the miniature glass milk bottles in the fridge for your cuppa. The unit was immaculately clean. We were in Unit #1. It's only a short taxi ride to town for dinner in the evening, and the stroll to the lake front is easy and pleasant. The host is very personable, lovely and friendly. Most definitely recommend if you are looking for somewhere quiet, and with character.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

My husband and I loved our two night stay at The Lake. The accommodation is just so retro-cool, spotlessly clean, quiet and good value. Also there is only about 5 apartments - I much prefer small establishments! A reasonably central location and just a short 5 min stroll down to the Lake Taupo beachfront (fantastic summer swimming). Everything you could want for a short stay. Jane was a lovely host. So pleased we decided to stay in Taupo rather than Tongariro. Lots more restaurants and nightlife and ofcourse this cute little place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We loved our two nights stay at the Lake Motel, we arrived to Jane's friendly welcome and the lovely one bedroom suite that we stayed in offered everything that we required.The suite was spacious, beautifully clean, quiet, kitchen that was well equiped, we asked where we could get milk no sooner said and she brought some for us so we could have a drink also a nice bottle of wine.Jane also helped us in booking a meal at a local restaurant PLATEAU. Notthing too much troble

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

We loved our one nights stay at the Lake Motel, we arrived to Jane's friendly welcome and the lovely one bedroom suite that we stayed in offered everything that we required.The suite was spacious, beautifully clean, quiet, kitchen that was well equiped, great water pressure in the shower and the retro fit out was great. Comfortable bed with electric blanket just what we needed on a cold winters night.
We will be back to stay for sure next time we need a place to stay in Taupo.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

We stayed here for one night during a tour of New Zealand. Staff made special arrangements to ensure we picked up the keys to our room as our arrival time was outside the reception opening hours.
The room was clean and very well presented. It is a fantastically unique motel with its retro themed rooms.
In the morning staff continued to be very helpful, as they suggested local landmarks we could visit and help us plan the next day of our trip.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

The retro furniture in this hotel is simply gorgeous. We booked a studio room, but were upgraded to a room with a kitchenette. The room was well-appointed and clean. Although the retro chairs were not the most comfortable, the bed was good. The hosts were very helpful and friendly and hotel is well-located.

Good value and perfect if you're looking for something different.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

we stayed 3 nights and couldn't fault it, everything was immaculate.

Helen was very helpful and recommended places to eat and all were excellent.
It is a very pleasant 15 min walk to the town,and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Lake

Property: The Lake
Address: 63 Mere Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lake 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lake, has attention to detail throughout, the Lake is a unique establishment which has achieved the owner's desire to create a motel that doesn't feel like a motel. From its stylish retro decor, to the bird filled gardens, The Lake truly is a boutique motel with a difference. ... more   less 
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