While I wouldn't agree with the four star rating on this hotel (and maybe I just don't understand the system) I felt the price was over what it should of been. Granted, I am used to prices in the US and this particular hotel had more of a motel feel.
Positives: great support from the staff, Anthony was incredibly nice, helped me with bags, gave me some epsom salts for the great jetted BATHTUB (which are very hard to find in NZ) and the manager gave me a ride to the bus stop in the morning, the paint in the room was new, the little kitchenette was adequate and while the blow dryer did try to eat my hair, I appreciated it being a long barrel than short. There also was a washer and dryer available for use for free.
Negatives: while close to the lake (across the street) not so close to anything else, but within walking distance, the rooms have no view to speak of, the heater was inconsistent and (minor) the grouting along the bathtub needs to be replaced, it looks like the water might be causing damage to the wall behind. I didn't mind but some might find the lack of daily maid service an issue. I was on a ground floor and the room above me had small children who sounded like a pack of elephants on parade, so insulation not so great but they generally stopped their stampedes around 10ish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located opposite the main swimming beach just 1.3 Klms, a short pleasant stroll along the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, to the main Shopping Centre, Restaurants and Vibrant Night Life. Our spacious Spa Studios, Family Studios, One Bedroom and Family Apartments are tastefully decorated and furnished for your comfort. Our Studios and Apartments are quiet, without any road noises, making them suitable for Corporate or Free Independent Travellers wishing to have a quiet nights rest. They have been built to capture the warm Sun in Winter and to keep cool during the Summer months. The main Swimming beach is opposite our front door and, from our BBQ Area and Picnic Tables, there are wonderful views of the 3 Volcanoes and all the splendour of the lake with yachts sailing, fishing boats and water sports. Come alone, with your partner, bring your family or friends and request an interconnecting room. Stay for a night or for a week. Stay here while on a Business Trip or for Pleasure and Relaxation. ... more less
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