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All reviews retro style small dog separate bedroom quiet street one night comfortable stay enjoyed our stay long drive twin room bed was very comfortable location is great friendly owners great stay would definitely stay here again close to town motel lake
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

There were two things that really set the Lake apart from a lot of other places that we've stayed: the obvious one was the cool retro decor, and the other was the helpful and friendly hosts. Both of our hosts checked to see how we were going during our stay, helped us with our wifi and offered great tips on the best things things to do, places to eat, local walks and discounts on offer. They even offered us an extra night for free at the end of our three night stay, but unfortunately we were on a pretty tight schedule to get to the next place!

We stayed in 70s Room B, one of the one bedroom apartments. Loved the styling in the apartment, and it was clean and had everything that we needed. The kitchen is fairly small but perfectly ample for cooking for a couple of nights.

The location isn't right near the centre of town, but this didn't really bother us as we had a hire car and most of the time we prepared our own food to save on costs. It was only a short walk down to the lake to see the sunset over the mountains, which is pretty special. It's also in a fairly quiet area.

It was still a bit cold when we stayed in September, so the heating came in handy--there is one fan heater to get the place warmed up quickly, and then a slower heater that you can leave on overnight if you need to.

We 're not usually too fussed on whether a place has pay TV, but it was good to be able to sit down and watch a movie at the end of the day.

We much prefer to stay in boutique accommodation when we're staying outside of the major cities, and the Lake didn't disappoint!

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

We came here because we loved the concept of taking the rooms right back to the 60's and 70's and offering something different from the norm of 'samey' motel rooms. We picked the 60's room and loved it, all the details were there and we loved the dining chairs and table, surprisingly comfortable... Lovely details everywhere, I loved the retro Panasonic bedside clock too. This really was a lovely one night stay in something different on our trip from motel room to motel room around NZ. All essentials ticked too, welcome lovely and personal, great recommendations on what to do and where to eat which were thoughtful and helpful. Bed very comfortable and whole apartment well equipped, nice little shared back garden too. In a quiet road on the edge of town but very near lakeside. A memorable room for once!

Date of stay: November 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

After a two night stay in a studio room, I genuinely didn't want to leave so early. This place is unique and full of style. Not your average hotel room. Being a creative designer I appreciate the detail in the retro interior design. Hosts went above and beyond with making me feel welcome. Can highly recommend a stay here. The experience was outstanding.

Date of stay: October 2015
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Well, I really can't go any further in this review without firstly mentioning just how amazing and friendly the owners are. They really went well and truly above and beyond what any hotel owner should have to do. They spent so much of their own time ensuring we were having a great time in Taupo, couldn't be more appreciative. (We put a load of washing on one day prior to heading out, and they even offered to hang it up for his when it finished)

As for the hotel itself, it is just as amazing. The room was large and spacious with great furniture and fittings throughout. The bed was mega comfortable and the shower was so powerful the water actually came off my body and ricochetted over the shower screen and onto the floor on my first shower. Had to tone down the pressure after that!

If you're after a hotel with good wi-fi, this place has you covered. I completed a speed test and got results of over 100mbps, amazing! Great for people who want to keep in touch with family and friends at the end of the day!

The only slight downside to the hotel is it's about a 20-30 minute walk from the main shopping/cbd area, but this didn't bother us as we had a car. There are restaurants closer as well, but the main area is about 20-30 minute walk.

As the hotel is such a small hotel there is no restaurant or anything attached, but there are cooking facilities in the room along with a bbq area outside. (But you shouldn't eat at the hotel, go try some of the amazing food places in town, including Dixie Browns, Bistro and Lotus Thai just to name a few (All great recommendations from the owners of the hotel as well)

I would recommend this hotel to anyone heading to Taupo! Did I mention the owners are the most friendly and helpful people I have met!?

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

The motel is very nicely decorated and renovated. We had a room at the back and it was lovely. Tony our host is really nice, friendly and very helpful. He suggested to us places to visit and restaurants to eat. He goes out of his way to help.

The room and bathroom was nice. There is even a microwave, plunger coffee among other standard stuff. The room was warm and the bed was comfy. Walking distance to Lake Taupo.

A couple of imperfections - hot water and we could not connect to the Wifi as the signal was bad at the back.

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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