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Courtney Motel
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Lets just say we would never stay again. The unit was so dated & urgently needs work done on it.
The bathroom is terrible & the ceiling needs to be painted & fixed.No rubbish tin in bathroom, toilet flush button broken,shower leaked onto floor. There is very basic equipment in kitchen, not even an egg cup to be found. The list could go on & on.Nothing like the pictures on the net. The one great thing about Courtney Motel was the spa, nice & hot after a 100km walk......

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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traveller19701, Owner at Courtney Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay a Courtney Motel, we realise your time is valuable and will always welcome feedback as to how we might improve our product. Courtney motel aims to offer the best value budget 3 star self contained motel accommodation for those travellers wishing the independance and convienience of a self cater unit. We have units configured to suit most guests requirements and would always recommend making direct contact with our reservations team to make sure your specific requirements are matched to a unit. I have noted the items requiring maintanence attention and have had these items attended to. I do apologise that these items were not operating correctly during your stay. We do have a maintanence technichian available on call to attend to any items that require attention during a guests stay, and would always look to attend to these when notified of them.

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Room was ver tiny and we were charged $161 for it. It was abt 8-9feet maybe, tv smaller than a computer screen. I felt like living n hobbiton.Drive to parking is vry dangerous and be careful as kids are playing around. All cars are parked right in front of your room and there is constant noise of cars. Didnt felt like honeymoon atall it is more suitable for teeagers and certainly not for families. In $161 u get rooms in branded 4star hotels, what makes the management think that their room is valued at that price is bizzare. Even backpackers have bigger rooms and better service. Only positive we can say about our stay was both receptionists and free internet

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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traveller19701, Owner at Courtney Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Thanks for reviewing your recent stay at Courtney Motel. We offer a range of room types and sizes to accommodate the needs of our guests, from compact studio units through 1,2 and 3 bedroom units. For double occupancies wanting more space without blowing the budget, I would recommend our 1 bedroom units, with a full kitchen and separate living and bedroom. We constantly monitor our local market daily, in order to ensure we offer the best value rates available on any given day. Like all holiday resort towns, Taupo is extremely popular as a holiday destination both summer and winter. To ensure you access the most competitive rates and room selections, always try to book well in advance of your planned stay, for the best value, try a relaxing visit to Taupo in Spring or Autumn when you will find some of the best accommodation deals around.

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Reviewed 8 February 2014

The motel is a bit dated, but we were only there for one night so it didn't bother us too much. Room was clean but no A/C. They do need to put some hooks or a shelf in the bathroom as we had to put all our stuff on the floor. The staff were very friendly & helpful, great with directions. This was the only place we found with free Wi-Fi. Great thing about this place is that it is a lovely walk into town along the lake, a good 10mins. Also very quiet at night. Would stay here again if it was just overnight.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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traveller19701, Owner at Courtney Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay at Courtney Motel. Courtney Motel aims to offer the best value 3 star accommodation in Taupo. Being located both close to the lakefront and to the town centre. We aim to offer our guests a location and level of service that are important to our guests. I have noted your useful feedback and will look to add additional hooks in our bathrooms. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

The photo in the ad for the room was not what we got. Our room was very dated and needed a really good paint, couches had cheap brown covers on them and the kitchen was so dated and not suitable for a family. Very cramped no room for the 5 suitcases we had. Bathroom had a good shower but no hooks to hang clothes or towels. Staff at the office were friendly enough. But would not stay again one night was enough.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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traveller19701, Owner at Courtney Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at Courtney Motel. Courtney Motel aims to offer the best Budget Motel Accommodation option in Taupo. We are a 3 star property offering a variety of unit configurations and as such are unable to provide images of every specific unit on line, but rather, the online images are of our units that generally represent all of our units. We would encourage you to make direct contact with us should you have specific requirements, this would allow us to allocate you the most suitable unit for your needs. We monitor, on a daily basis, rates being offered in the Taupo market and aim to offer the best rate value available on any day. This, coupled with our focus on providing a high standard of housekeeping and friendly service, we believe our guests will be able to enjoy the delights of Taupo without breaking the budget.

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

This motel was rather average, and a bit of a let down considering the price we paid was equal to what we paid recently for 4 star hotels. The problem with Taupo in summer is that everyone goes there, and so the motel owners don't have to try that hard to get their rooms full.

The room had been painted at some point in the last few years, so had modern-ish colours, but only a few of the fittings had been replaced. The vanity unit had a new sink, on top of the 40 plus year old cabinetry, and the toilet suite is an early 1980's unit, and needs replacing.

The bed was large, but not that comfortable, and it was probably only because we where very tired, that we managed to sleep well.
The chair in the room was worn out, and had a couple of dubious stains on it.

As the motel isn't on the main road, it was a very quite at night. You can drive into the main shopping and eating area, but we walked down along the waterfront, and it was a pleasant 10-15 minute walk.

During summer, you will need to pre book your accommodation, because it is so busy. For other times of the year, there is so much choice in Taupo, that you could simply walk off the street when you arrive in town and choose your accommodation at will.

I wouldn't use this motel again in the future, I would look for an other option in the area.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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traveller19701, Owner at Courtney Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2014

Thanks for providing valuable direction for visitors to Taupo. We at Courtney Motel strive to offer the best value budget Motel accommodation offering a clean and tidy refurbished contemporary decor and furnishings. We monitor local market rates on a Daily basis to ensure we are offering the best value budget motel rates available.Taupo is a popular Holiday destination all year round. During these peak periods, visitors to our town swell, making it difficult to secure accommodation if this has not been pre booked before arrival. We would encourage visitors to pre book their accommodation well in advance to secure the best rates and choice of accommodation that best suits their needs to avoid disappointment and, for the best value deals, travel out of the peak season and experience what Taupo has to offer in the quieter months.

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