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“Quiet, central and clean”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Great Lake Motel

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Great Lake Motel
Ranked #32 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Quiet, central and clean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

Quiet, central and clean. I would stay here again. Two entrances makes for simple access and egress no matter how much traffic outside. Rooms as you would expect for a mid range motel, but most importantly they are clean and quiet. Parking area is a bit tight, but plenty of offstreet available if needed. Across the road to the lake and out the other access to food and shops - easy.

Room Tip: One traveller commented on the noisy plumbing in downstairs unit, but not noticed in bedroom unit.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Taupo, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

I needed a motel and I had stayed at the great lake motel before. The location was good, close to town clubs food etc.....I left the booking till the last minute so I rang to book a room. The man on the phone said there were only family rooms left for $160 and for some reason assumed I ws booking a room for teenagers so I corrected him nd said it ws for me and my partner he continued to be extremely rude nd hung up on me....so I got a motel next door at absolute motel for a cheaper price an a better room apparently ive been told he had done this before!!!.....I will never ever stay there again ..... from a angry taupo business owner

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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165 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Arriving in Taupo we really wanted somewhere with a view of the lake, close to restaurants and the town. I was driving in a classic car and wanted somewhere safe to park it. I enquired at the Great Lake Motel as it was in a great location and appeared well kept and modern. Rooms were spacious, well fitted and great spa bathroom / shower. the owner saw my car and said I could put in into one of the several garages that are attached to the apartments they also rent. Serious service with a smile as well as advising for dinner and breakfast. JJ's for dinner - 4 minute walk and Dixie Browns for breakfast a 3 minute walk. overall a real winner and no doubt whatsoever, I will return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Palmerston North
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224 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We hadn't stayed here in some years. We found the units comfortable and good value for money. The units appear to have been recently refurbished. However, we did notice little things that a bit more care could have been taken on eg replacing the wall heater after painting the room and then not touching up the paint where the previous heater had been, similarly with the hairdryer area in the bathroom.
The main area shopping area of Taupo is within walking distance. Although on the lake front none of the units (downstairs at least) gets a lake view but the lake is literally just across the road from the motel and there are uninterrupted views from reception.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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122 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

This may not be the newest or most flash place in town but it is very well located and the rates are excellent. it is the last waterfront motel before you reach the eateries etc so it is well located. Just park and walk. The rooms upstairs have great views of the lake. The spa baths are a bonus. Needs a bit of a spruce up and looks about the same as 10 years ago when we first stayed there.Great for a night or 2 but thats about it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Moncton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

After spending the previous night on a terrible bed, we decided to find new accommodation for our 2nd night in Taupo. We wanted to be close to the restaurants and waterfront so that we could walk, and we pulled into this motel on a whim with no reservation. Our spontaneity paid off with a large room with a queen and single bed, a jacuzzi bath, kitchenette and comfortable bed. We were able to walk to dinner and be close to the amenities.

Really enjoyed our stay here and hope to stay again. If I had to make any recommendations, it would be not to charge for Internet access/

  • Stayed June 2013
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Orewa
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

Nice room, great spa bath? Nice and handy to town centre. Nice and close to the lake. Quiet at night. Great heater to keep the room warm. Plenty of room. Kitchenette very easy to use. Staff were friendly and very helpful.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bruce H
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Additional Information about Great Lake Motel

Property: Great Lake Motel
Address: 56 Lake Terrace, | PO Box 221, Taupo, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
15 self-contained motel units, studio and one bedroom, situated only a couple of minutes walk from the town centre. There are also 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom lakefront apartments. Some units have large spa baths, all units have a kitchen with microwave, hotplates, fridge and kitchen utensils. Sky TV is available as well as Freeview channels. We are across the road from lovely Lake Taupo with views to the mountains, but only the apartments get uninterrupted views. ... more   less 
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