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Camellia Court Motel
Ranked #57 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Never too return.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

The room was dingy and the bedroom felt like a prison cell.
The bathroom was not clean and the mould arouns the sink was horrible, the water heater was just plain strange.
The area is rough and we were kept awake by loud parties next door. Not the owners fault but we got little sleep, we left to sleep in the car somewhere else.

Would never return

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

We left it a bit late to book over a holiday period so we're happy to find somewhere available. But as we drove into the street we thought maybe it had been a mistake. While checking in the owner was extremely rude to a woman in the office (his wife I presume) but then was reasonably pleasant to us. Our room was tidy but very dated and not well laid out at all, you could have a party in the bathroom with all the wasted space! The decor is old and the facilities are basic. The continental breakfast promised on the AA website was a bit of a joke, some slices of bread and some cornflakes in plastic bags with very few spreads for 3 of us, and when I asked about the breakfast when checking in it was obvious that was a nuisance. Although it was cheap and was handy for the night I don't think we would return.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

Stayed here just after new years, was just looking for a clean bed for the night - got that. The owner was friendly enough and made us feel welcome, we were able to negotiate a price on the room as we were quite late arriving. The studio we stayed in was pretty dated and could do with a do over, but the bed was clean and comfortable, the bathroom clean and the Sky TV worked. The neighbours were having a party next door which went until 1am, perhaps bring your ear plugs. Was pretty shocked at how expensive everything is in Taupo though!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Had such a bad experience here, the customer service was horrible and so was the stay. We booked online to stay in a cabin, but the cabin was small and the bathroom was out side. we payed to stay there for 5 days but since we didn't like the cabin we had asked if we could have our money back as it said online that the money IS REFUNDABLE. The guy told us that he wasn't going to refund the money but will upgrade us to another room which we then stayed for 2 nights because it was far more expensive. we had to keep coming back and forward to show him the email that said the money is refundable but he kept refusing to pay it back. He never smiled once or even greeted us with a hello when we first walked in so either way didn't feel comfortable or welcomed. I would never stay in this motel ever again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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69 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

We booked a kitchen cabin for $90 a night. This price included 2 adults and 3 children. So it was very good value for money. The front of the cabin consisted of a kitchen area with a microwave, small fridge, Electric cooker with 2 heating elements, sink and bench area. Under the bench was a limited selection of cutlery, cockery and cooking untensils. For me this was one thing that let things down, in that basic things were missing (including mugs and spoons) and we needed to go and ask for them. Through from the kitchen was a smallish dining table with chairs around ti and a TV on it. In the same space was the double bed that my wife and I slept on (although it did suffer from roll toegther as it sagged in the middle). Through to the front left of this room was a bunk room with 4 bunk beds that the kids slept in. This design layout was good in that we could have the kids go to sleep while we stayed up to watch tele etc. The communial toilet and showers were a short walk across the car park. These were pretty basic but functional although I never tried the showers as we didn't stay that long.There was also a communial kitchen but we didn't use that as we cooked and dined in the cabin. The gentleman at the service desk was always accomodating to my requests for items, I was always pleasant and polite to him and he to me. The facilities on the grounds are failry limited and it is quite a small site. If you are after budget accomodation for a family and are not concerned about having the mod cons then this is the place for you. Personally I will be trying to find somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

I found the motel very basic, and tired. As we were travelling with a group who were staying in the cabins, we needed to use the kitchen. The kitchen was filthy and very poor equipt. We moved on to alternative accommodation for our 2nd night and for an extra $15/night got a much newer, modern motel, on the lake front. So my advice is to shop around as there are better bargains to be had in Taupo

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Hawera
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Our accommodation was pre-booked and when we arrived at 4.30pm our rooms were not ready. Our whole stay was a nightmare; all the rooms were filthy and smelly, not fit for a dog. The kitchen smelt of fish and curry and dirty dishes and food everywhere. The toilets and showers were not cleaned or serviced in the time we were there, dead flies and insects everywhere along with pubic hairs on floor and soiled toilets. There were broken window latches in most room which gave a very unsafe feeling because of the location and some of the clientele which resided at the motel. There were lots of broken appliances, jug cords with insulation tape repairs, TVs that didn't work, heater that didn't work and the list goes on, too many to mention. The manager / owner was weird to say the least, not very good at customer service, let alone running a motel. He was so rude and obnoxious. We were with a group of parents and a junior sporting team and because of our experience we would definitely not be staying there again and we will be letting as many people as possible aware of this motel and to stay clear. Our bus driver commented that it was the worst accommodation he has stayed at and other guests we spoke to felt the same. It was very over priced for what it was, it either needs to be face lifted and modernised or bulldozed. STAY CLEAR OF THIS MOTEL, ENTER AT YOU OWN RISK.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Camellia Court Motel
Address: 50 Tonga Street, Taupo, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
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Ranked #57 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
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Hotel Class:3 star — Camellia Court Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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