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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The decor was fantastic and we had everything we needed. The owners were relaxed, friendly and helpful. We couldn't have asked for more. We only spent one night on our way through Taupo but think we will have to stay for longer next next.

Thank Jessica M
The Lake M, Owner at The Lake, responded to this review

Was great having you stay. Yes next time you will have to stay longer. Taupo is such a great place especially when you are on holiday. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here a night and had a very comfortable room. The owner was very helpful recommending places to eat and gave us milk for tea. It's a great place, very clean and spacious with retro style detail.

Thank Sacha K
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As others have said, the retro styling is great, the rooms well appointed and the owners very helpful. Given the location (a 20-25 minute walk from the center of town) and previous reviews, I expected the Lake to be very quiet. However the road out front is surprisingly noisey and we also had noise (mundane, daily noises) from the owners'... More 

Thank MELtoUnknown
The Lake M, Owner at The Lake, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay guys. We try to be as quiet as we can but unfortunately in a busy little motel have to rise early to attend to you all, doing your washing etc so apologies for any inconvenience as we do our utmost to ensure all people have a lovely friendly relaxing stay whenever we can. But thank... More 

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderfull time, warm, nice and clean room. lovely owner who is happy to help! we was at room number 3 - i believe the 70`s room. really nice kitchen, close to town with parking and wifi! we enjoyed our stay so much, recommend highly of this motel.

Thank tamardaliot
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Beautiful property with lots of space and very well desiged. Bedrooms are comfortable, toilets large and spacious sitting and living areas. The flat is very clean with all the things required for a comfortable stay. Highly recommended from a regular traveller!

Thank jlnkc
The Lake M, Owner at The Lake, responded to this review

Was great having you and so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Travel well and enjoy rest of trip. More 

Matakohe, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here on our trip to Wellington. Manager/owner was cery welcoming and friendly. Unit was clean tidy and comfortable. The kitchenette had everything we needed to make our breakfast and the bed was very comfortable. Overall very satisfied.

Thank knordstrand
The Lake M, Owner at The Lake, responded to this review

Glad you had a good night and trust you had a good and safe trip on to Wellington. Look forward to seeing you again when you are next up this way. More 

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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This motel is just lovely - cute decor, nice sized rooms and great heating for a winter stay! The hosts were lovely, bringing us milk for tea, and perhaps best of all, the place is very dog friendly. There's even a little backyard for each unit with its own patio. 5 min walk to the lake, 10 min walk to... More 

Thank Amanda G
The Lake M, Owner at The Lake, responded to this review

So glad you had a great stay and trust you had a safe trip home. Weather still a bit up and down here (springy they say). Look forward to catching up with you again if you are ever back this way More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

This is honestly the best motel I have ever stayed at (and I have been travelling for the 7 months and stayed in many motels!) We stayed in room 3 and the decor was fantastic - unique 60's retro by design - good quality and well looked after. Clean comfortable bedroom and bathroom - nice outdoor seating area (which we... More 

Thank Luci H
The Lake M, Owner at The Lake, responded to this review

Was great having you here guys and glad you enjoyed it. Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe trip back home. More 

Hobart, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Great to find such a neat, dog friendly place to stay. The rooms are all individually fit out with a 60s and 70s theme. It was just a bit cold when we arrived but the heating blankets and the heaters in the bsthroom and living room do yhe trick. Lovely owner and we will be back with our dog!

Thank Susanne H
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We stayed for two nights, over a very busy long weekend. Rooms are nice and comfortable, clean, and exactly what you would expect. Excellent value for money, would definitely recommend it. Location is not just in front of the lake, but you are just 2 minutes walk away, without the noise and the cold.

Thank Alexis07803

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  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The lake, has attention to detail throughout, the Lake is a unique establishment which has achieved the owner's desire to create a motel that doesn't feel like a motel. From its stylish retro decor, to the bird filled gardens, The Lake truly is a boutique motel with a difference. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Lake

Address: 63 Mere Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: £72 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lake 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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Lake Hotel Taupo
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#6 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
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“Room 3 was fantastic”
 of 5 bubbles lucih721, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“A room with a kitchen/living area.”
 of 5 bubbles RhondaD664, 4 Feb 2016 | Read review
“It is a small motel so only a few rooms - try to get one with access to the back garden.”
 of 5 bubbles TropicalTess, 31 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Room 1 is on the end.. must be quieter than others”
 of 5 bubbles YouCantKillAwesome, 7 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Unit One has the most rad furniture. I was in Unit three - which was pretty good too.”
 of 5 bubbles markiavelli, 17 Jun 2015 | Read review
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