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Cottage Mews Motel

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#4 of 41 motels in Taupo
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Enjoy the nostalgia of days past in a charming self-contained studio or family cottage. Hosts Sonja and Michael Parfitt offer warm personal service and are happy to share their fresh perspective of the Lake Taupo area. Enjoy tea in a private garden courtyard, cycle along the lake-front or paddle a kayak around the point. Take the path to the lake edge or relax in a spa bath with lavender bubbles. Just minutes from the boutique shopping, restaurants and cafes of downtown Taupo, the motel is central to the region’s action and attractions. Fine dining, fishing expeditions, a long soak in thermal pools or a weekend spent walking and cycling … whatever your idea of a Taupo getaway, Cottage Mews promises a moderately-priced and memorable lakeside experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Outdoor furniture
Car park
Complimentary tea
Umbrella
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Family
Languages Spoken
English
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Sarah C wrote a review Feb 2024
Ashtead, United Kingdom1274 contributions267 helpful votes
We were a tad disappointed at this motel, having booked it for it's well advertised tripadvisor status. Our room / suite was fairly basic, with old fashioned kitchenette and mismatched crockery, just about OK for breakfast but that's about it. Although very near the Lake there were no views, except a peek from the corner of one upstairs window. Good laundry facilities which we needed, but otherwise not quite what we expected
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Emma wrote a review Apr 2023
18 contributions17 helpful votes
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A great place right on the lake and just a short stroll to the sailing club for delicious pizza. The room was a great size and the amenities were great. Friendly welcome on arrival. All very cosy and the spa bath was fun. Would definitely return. The only downside for me was that there was light shining through the windows next to front door which made it difficult to sleep.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Han_yinu wrote a review Feb 2024
Wellington, New Zealand542 contributions113 helpful votes
We stayed here as one nighters both in late January and early February. There were 2 single beds in the room as well as a Queen. 2 bathrooms also, the handbasin's hot water was only a tickle from the tap in the upstairs bathroom in unit 3. There was a big spa bath which we did not use. There was both an outdoor sitting.lounging area downstairrs and very sunny balcony upstairs - great for a sundown drink. The February stay had us in a room with only one signle bed and a Queen bed, no updtairs, and a outdoor seating/lounging area, The rooms are clean, well equiped, comfortable and spacious enough. Plenty of bath towels provided also. The rooms reek of air freshner, which I hated but some establishments clearly like using it liberally and unnecessarily. A short walk down a back path on the premises will take you down to the lakeside walkway and beach area, we walked around to the lovely outdoor seating lakeside Millenium bar and had a drink, it was a nice quite spot. The decor is dated and the wallpaper is peeling in parts, a refurb should be on the cards soon. It is very popular so it must be appealing enough. Yes, I would recommend (if you only require a clean bed for the night. Reasonably priced also.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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DudleyandFreda wrote a review May 2023
Napier, New Zealand146 contributions23 helpful votes
I have stayed several times in the Nook and in the past have also found it clean and comfortable, unfortunately my recent stay was very disappointing, the room reeked of urine, which I think came from the direction of the bed. The unit is starting to get a bit tired and in need of some care, broken blinds, could do with a coat of paint and some attention to cleaning would help, there is mould on the bathroom ceiling and obviously the mattress is in need of changing or cleaning. Plenty of warm blankets for the cold Taupo nights, but could do with upgrading the very thin pillows.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Jan A wrote a review Apr 2023
Carlisle, Pennsylvania107 contributions27 helpful votes
Delightful and quaint motel with accommodating staff who were very helpful. They have bikes and kayaks to rent on their property. The model really looks like its picture. Our room "The Nook" had a delightful back patio with chairs and a small table. About a 15 minute walk along Lake Taupo to the center of town.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Room Tip: 15 minute walk to the center of town and restaurants. There are two that are closer but one was...
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Responded 8 Apr 2023
Thank You for your lovely words , we hope to see you again.
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Simon C wrote a review Feb 2023
Ashtead, United Kingdom780 contributions264 helpful votes
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Our expectations were high as we entered the driveway, noting the prominently displayed sign recognising the property as one of the top 1% of hotels on Trip Advisor – despite being a motel. Perhaps this might be a great motel, but when you proudly advertise as being in the top 1% and having a 9.6 rating on Hotels.Com, then you have a lot to live up to. “Nostalgic” may be a kind description, “dated” or “tired” would be my choice as our room would have been quite familiar to a visitor from the 1980s, with the décor, mini kitchen and furniture a throwback to that era. The light fittings were so old they were rusting away with the old style light bulbs pumping out the heat. The TV was a little newer, the 50 inch centrepiece (an early TV version from Samsung with a resolution of 760ip) was a mere 13 years old and therefore incompatible with the resolution of today’s laptop. The crockery was definitely from the past, but it was more akin to those found in student accommodation than a top establishment. There were four, very small, main dinner plates and bowls, but just three water and wine glasses plus three mugs but only the most basic cutlery for two. The casserole top and bottom were from different sets. Meanwhile the super cheap plastic bin (surely not another 80s relic?) had a split lid, and there was no differentiatIon between recyclable and landfill. I suspect that once upon a time, maybe when it was built, the property had a great view of the lake, a major implied attraction, but not any more. Another building has been built in front and so taken the prime spot, therefore our “partial view” was only partly visible from a side window (see photo). As a rule, I try not to write poor reviews and it’s not all bad here, the staff are friendly, there are good laundry facilities on site, the room is spotlessly clean, the sheets are high quality, the bathroom had been modernised relatively recently, the shower worked effectively and the upstairs a/c was great (shame nothing in the bedroom though). However, overall as a mid range motel, it’s fine for the price, but to promote itself as a top hotel is, to be kind, an exercise in delusion, bordering on misleading.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Butterfly22 wrote a review Aug 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a wonderful stay here. Clean, tidy and has everything you need. We stayed in a family unit. It has a spa bath in main room upstairs with a balcony. Right next to the lake and they have bikes and kayaks you can hire.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lynda c wrote a review Feb 2022
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We had gifts delivered to the wrong address and Tania at cottage views was extremely helpful ensuring the package was brought to the correct address. It is great to know people are still so kind and helpful. Would definitely stay the next time I'm in Taupo
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Robyn H wrote a review Dec 2021
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand15 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a studio apartment with a queen bed and a single, both of which were comfortable. It had a little courtyard with table and chairs which was fairly private, but I had to wipe the table down before we could use it, it had a big layer of dust and bird poo on it. We also had a spa bath which was nice. Comfortable chairs to sit on and pretty cushions. Microwave and hot plate and other normal things. The big down fall was the bathroom, there was no room at all to put anything on the vanity and it was quite low down. Worst part was the shower, it was unadjustable and hit us both at face height almost needed a snorkel, and it sprayed everywhere. There was a curtain not a shower door so water went on the floor. Was the worst shower of our trip, bathrooms could do with an update for sure. We got the room at a discount as we turned up later in the day, thankfully would not of wanted to pay full price.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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AyeEmEss wrote a review Sept 2021
Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions5 helpful votes
We were looking for a comfortable overnight stop to break our journey south and we couldn’t have chosen better! We received genuine warmth and friendly hospitality, and the heat pump was on just before we arrived so our our room was lovely and warm. Very nice touch. Our unit was spotlessly clean with nice firm beds and good quality linen and towels. Access to the lake was quick and easy and great not having to cross the busy highway. A place that is well looked after and maintained. Thank you.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTaupo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cottage Mews Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Cottage Mews Motel?
Nearby attractions include Waipahihi Botanical Gardens (0.9 km) and Mount Tauhara (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cottage Mews Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Cottage Mews Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Cottage Mews Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Cottage Mews Motel?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cottage Mews Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Edgewater Restaurant, The Fish Box, and Ploughman's Restaurant and Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cottage Mews Motel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Cottage Mews Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Cottage Mews Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.