We had a two night stay in December 2012, and had been contacted beforehand to inform us that the lake end room that we had booked had unfortunately had a water leak and was to be redecorated during our stay. We were offered a free upgrade to the family room instead, which we took.
The motel itself looks great, very different in style to anywhere else we stayed. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful, and our cooked breakfasts were excellent.
The hotel is located near to the lake, accessible via a short path from the back of the motel. From there you can walk along the walkway all the way to Taupo town, which is a pleasant 45 minute walk away. The beach by the motel is a wonderful spot to watch the sun setting towards the distant volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
The family room was rather tired looking downstairs. There was a lot of wood panelling, which meant that it was rather dark, and although there was a patio area, the chairs needed a good clean and the patio needed a bit of TLC. There wasn't a lot of natural light downstairs.
Upstairs was brighter, with a very comfy bed, and the spa bath was a welcome addition.
Cottage Mews scores highly because of the friendly, welcoming staff, and refurbishing the family room would certainly make it a motel I would recommend.
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