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Great Lake Motel
Ranked #33 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Just across the road from the lake, close to shops and restaurants. Unit was clean. Reception was very friendly and setting up another bed was not a problem. Great value for money. Will stay again when back in Taupo.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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53 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stayed here just one night. On arrival the reception was cordial and cooperative allowing a late check out with no problem and providing a quality wine glass I presume from a private collection as the ones in the unit were a little small. Had a kitchen in the unit which was useful and a spa bath which was also useful.

Unit was clean and tidy and well presented and I noticed that the next morning all vacant units had the doors open presumably to air them out which I thought was a thoughtful thing to be doing.

Only criticism was the night lights under the canopy outside the unit (s) were far too bright and the curtains not heavy enough to block it out entirely and light came through a window at the back of the kitchen area with no way to block it out.

Located opposite the lake and just a stroll to a great selection of cafes and the shops of Taupo it was a pretty convenient location.

I thought it was good value and would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed in one of the two bedroom apartments for one night over Easter. The apartment had two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen (but could do with a couple of sharp knives!), patio, six seater dining suite, large tandem car garage and laundry. We found the bed to be extremely comfortable: not too soft or rock hard.

We absolutely loved the panoramic views over the lake and we wished the weather had been better so we could have seen the mountains.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, South Aust
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Stayed in a studio with spa for 4 night.( with kitchenette)
Room a good size.
Bed was ok, except for ancient linen!
Had an adjoining door, which is great if you like listening to the neighbour's conversation, tv etc.
We were told that the room would be serviced, so servicing means not vacuuming the floor, not checking on milk supply and not restocking the 2 biscuits or filling up the pepper shaker, except with about 5 grains of pepper!
When we went to use the kitchen, there was 1 small saucepan with lid and old small frypan, one of the cereal bowls was chipped, and lucky we didn't both want a glass of wine as there was only 1 wine glass!!
I have never seen a set up like the kitchen.. One double power point so close to the sink, that cords crossed over the water in the sink.. Not sure of safety regs in NZ, but seemed extremely unsafe.
Enjoyed the side tables with the screwed down lamps on them, obviously the tables were lined up as the lamps were all on the left side with the cord to the wall, at the front of the table. Never seen anything like it!
Spoke to staff regarding the unkempt carpet, suggesting that he mention it to his housekeeper, and next thing our door is opened and the cleaner walks in! Not even a knock at the door, just barged in, lucky we went getting changed or....
I will not stay here again, although the spider in the bathroom enjoyed our visit, as he was still there when we left!
Be wary.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Stayed in a two bedroom apartment for three nights. Great views over Lake Taupo, close to shops restaurants and bars. Plenty of room and french doors opening onto a patio overlooking the lake.
The accommodation was clean and well appointed. Don't forget to visit Huka falls its spectacular.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We stayed in one of the 2 bedroom apartments for a weekend recently, outstanding spot, perfect for drinks around the outside table watching the sun go down! Highly recommend to all. This apartment was well equipped for travelers in either summer or winter as it was had plenty of space in the garage for ski gear.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Palmerston North City, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We just spent a fab weekend here. We stayed in a one bed studio. It was very fresh,clean and comfortable. To say that it was just a few minutes walk to great bars and restaurants it was also very quiet. Located straight across from the lake and with staff that couldn't do enough to help I would say The Great Lake Motel is a winner.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lynn C
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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 #33 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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