I booked our accommodation through Wotif which provided the option of a studio unit for $85 or a one bedroom for $95. I chose the latter but we were directed to a studio and which only corrected after my insistence with the lady who checked us in..
Our unit had the moniker "The Pondy" and was positioned alongside the studios. It was in a poor state of repair, seemingly being held together with cobwebs that adorned the exterior. The floor was badly uneven, fittings very dated, bed uncomfortable and had a number of light fittings without bulbs. The toilet cistern overflowed. We found a dead cockroach in the utensil draw and the window sills were gritty and was the resting place for dead bugs. On the positive side it was spacious and the appliances (including the tiny ancient TV) all worked.
Surrounding the studios were a number of derelict and uninhabitable buildings. There were some more modern units alongside Spa Road which based on the photos in the website is what I assumed I had booked. However other Trip Advisor reviews of these units have not been glowing either.
The word "hotel" is a misnomer. The units are well overdue for renovation whilst other buildings in the grounds should be demolished. This is one star accommodation and whilst $95 per night is at the budget end for Taupo I do not view our stay at Spa Hotel as value for money. Accordingly I can not recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Spa Hotel offers budget friendly accommodation, close to everything Taupo has to offer. The hotel is opposite the famous AC Baths and close to the new bypass. It's also handy to most Taupo sporting facilities including golf courses, motor and cycling tracks and the Owen Delaney Sports fields. Set in tranquil park like grounds, the Spa Hotel occupies a quiet, sheltered position. A unique and intriguing slice of Taupo. ... more less