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“A lovely surprise on Lake Taupo”

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The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo
Ranked #3 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We found this motel on Tripadvisor and were just delighted with it! The owners were so very welcoming. The room was ever so clean and had a lovely spa tub.Their laundry setup was just wonderful! We were able to take a wonderful beach walk the morning we left.
We weren't there long, but we have fond memories of a wonderful place and would love to return.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank luanneo
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The reviews on Tripadvisor helped us in our decision making to stay here and we are so pleased that we did.

Friendly and warm welcome on arrival and check in.

The rooms were comfortable, neat, tidy and clean. Was a treat that we could see the tv from the spa bath in the room.

The courtyard table and chairs outside our room would be lovely in summer and/or if we were staying longer (only 1 night).

We travel to Taupo from time to time for a get away from Hamilton and usually stay at another motel which has rooms/views right on the lake. However, we didn't miss that at all as we were here to relax and get away from our daily life and after having had lunch at Dixie Browns in Taupo earlier in the day, we had our fill of views of the lake anyway.

Although the motel is situated just off quite a busy road, the room was very quiet and peaceful. It was also warm, even without using the heater (it is winter after all).

The rooms and kitchenette are well equipped as motels go and you have all you need. From the signs in the room and the friendly welcome, it seems that nothing would be too much trouble for the motel owners to try to assist you with most requests.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed it and look very much forward to coming back. Thank you, Cottage Mews Motel!

Room Tip: We chose the room type with a spa bath in the room which was nice for us as a couple. I cooked out d...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Daisy D
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Owners were very welcoming and helpful when it came to things to do and places to eat. The room was very clean and welcoming. It is in a quiet location but still close to town, with easy access to the lake. We found the spa was a great way to relax at the end of the day. Children were made to feel welcome, with free use of a DVD machine and DVD hire.

Room Tip: Rooms with the spa are a nice touch.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank GKandS
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

A gorgeous place to stay - I don't even know where to start!

The unit was a delightfully homely and warm place with all the facilities you could need. To my surprise I even had a full size spa in my room upstairs in a spacious room, even with a desk to write in my diary and a small balcony to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. The beds were lovely and the area quiet. Downstairs had a single and bunk beds with a little private courtyard to yourself. It would also be a great place to bring kids.

The kitchen was a little dated, but everything works. The bathroom was clean and modern with another toilet upstairs.

As it was located ON Lake Taupo, we would put dinner on plates, walk down 20 metres to the back of the units and sat on the beach eating dinner as the sun set over the lake and mountains. Just stunning.

The service was absolutely outstanding. They also had kayaks available for the guests to use. Without asking our host gave us the password to free wifi which always worked. She helped us with things to do and made us feel like old friends.

Without a doubt, one of, if not the best, places we stayed in during our holiday in New Zealand.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We wish we could have put the room and the owners in the car and stayed with them everywhere we went. The rooms are undergoing rennovations but it did not detract in anyway from our stay. So welcoming with so many touches of 'home'. The cuppa and scones on arrival were lovely. Nothing to say but positive wonderful comments!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Based on the positive reviews we read on this site, my partner and I booked a night in the lake view apartment for a winter's weekend getaway. The owners were very friendly and welcoming both on the phone when I reserved and in person. They have a winter special where all rooms, regardless of size, are the same rate all winter long.

The configuration of the apartment was a little awkward. The kitchenette and lounge are upstairs, while the bedroom has a jacuzzi tub in it (pink ceramic, definitely dating the room). Because of the jacuzzi, there was very little room for our meagre luggage and we tripped over it a few times. Sadly, the walls are thin and we couldn't use the jacuzzi due to the hour and fear of waking the neighbours.

The bed, to me, is the most important feature of lodging, and this one didn't pass muster. Stiff, I could feel the springs. The thin, hard pillows didn't help either. I had a poor sleep.

We stayed at another motel in Taupo for our second night. Despite the friendly service, we wouldn't stay here again until they updated the rooms.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank heathtree
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The rooms are spacious, clean and tidy. The staff are helpful and efficient.The warm and welcome atmosphere made us fell home and confortable. Location is great, calm place, kids welcome, great travel advice from staff.
We really enjoyed and had a great time.

Room Tip: Some rooms have lake view. Great for a romantic atmosphere.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Alberto R
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Additional Information about The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo

Address: 311 Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 68 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range: $94 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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