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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo
Ranked #9 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Magical Manuels”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

This motel is wonderfully situated on the shore of Lake Taupo with the sound of the waves lapping outside your room. It is very easy to find and plenty of parking. the motel is classically decorated with very inviting bar and lounge. There is an outstanding haute cuisine restaurant on premises "Edgewater" which offered a good variety of food and excellent standard. It offers a variety of rooms to suit your own budget.

A wonderful place to stay for a weekend break or holiday.

Room Tip: Ground floor room with own spa would be the ultimate at this motel but all have lovely lakeside view...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Dear Scott - it is great to hear that you enjoyed everything so much and thank you for sharing. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future - kind regards Diane
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Wonderful view over the lake from our first floor room. Vice nice balcony to sit out on. The room wasn't the biggest, but well appointed and comfortable. Nice bathroom. We ate an evening meal at the hotel. Just a main course and desert for both of us. Had to wait a while for the food but compensated by watching the sun setting over the lake, and when they arrived both mains were excellent (fish of the day and duck). Good desserts too. A bit pricey, but daily deals offer better value. Only gripes are the lack of free in-room wifi and the credit card surcharge.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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OzzieTaupo, General Manager at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Dear Gerry H - thank you for sharing your review - invaluable for our future improvements to ensure guest satisfaction. Please know we are improving our wifi services constantly by offering longer free wireless times. I am happy that you managed to see one of our beautiful sunsets as well as a lovely meal in Edgewater. Best regards Diane
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We stayed at superior lake room during labour day long weekend with my little 10 year old. I found the hotel lobby very luxurious and the view of the the lake was stunning the moment you walked in to the hotel. Our room was upstairs room with big balcony. Room was spacious and very clean. My girl and I went for swim and to my surprise, the water was very warm to swim in even though it was outside pool. And plus, you must try the Grotto spa pool which is next to the main outside pool, which was like a little cave spa. It's a private spa and would have been very romantic if my boyfriend had come down for a spa :-). We really loved the grotto experience.

We dined at the hotel restaurant and the staff were so friendly and their service was truly professional. The food was amazing, we tried chef's special Cleveland oyster for entree and seafood noodles and eye fillet and chocolate brownie with iceream. Food was very high quality, it was right up there compared to fine dining places in Auckland. We will definately come back again and stay here :-).

Room Tip: Upstairs room with big balcony was great. There were outside lounge chairs and me and my little gir...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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OzzieTaupo, General Manager at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Dear Jenny s - Thank you for sharing your experience with us and Trips readers - I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay, our facilities and dining so much. I agree with you about Cleveland oysters they are devine, Kilpatrick being one of my favorites. We look forward to welcoming you back to our newly upgraded rooms and you are welcome to request the big deck ones too. Cheers Diane
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Friendly staff very helpful very clean, comfy bed,we only stay 2 times a year but you wont go wrong staying here.
Perfect out look streight onto the lake breakfast would be in the top listings for us, service in the dinning room great.

Room Tip: top floor less noise as the lower level has some from above although that was minimal.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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OzzieTaupo, General Manager at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Dear valued guests - thank you so much for sharing your lovely positive feedback. This shall be passed onto staff who take great pride in their efforts to gain 100% guest satisfaction. We hope to welcome you back in the near future to relieve and more stress build up - best wishes Diane
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

The hotel is situated right on Lake Taupo with stunning views across the lake. The staff were friendly and the room was nice, though quite small. The bathroom was badly in need of an upgrade. We couldn't put the shower on full because the shower head would spring up with the pressure and spray water right over the top of the glass, all over the toilet. The a tractor fan was about 20 years old and very noisy.
The carpets and decor throughout the hotel is dated and smelled a bit like an old peoples home.
We didn't eat in the restaurant but gave heard it is very nice.
I thought the room was very expensive for what we got though the view was fantastic.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a lake view room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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OzzieTaupo, General Manager at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
UPGRADES completed
Dear SamC I am sorry we disappointed you, in particular the shower is an unnecessary problem which can be fixed by maintenance so sincere apologies about this. We completed most room upgrades in time for Christmas so I am hoping to have the chance to show you and restore your confidence in our facilities next time you are in Taupo. Thank you for giving us this valuable feedback. Kind regards Diane
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

It had been several years since we had been to Manuel’s and it still has an air of class about the place with very comfortable chairs and interesting art works. The room we had was overlooking the pool and had plenty of space. The cleaning standard was excellent as were the staff - very well trained and very pleasant.
Breakfast was buffet style and plenty of options; sitting looking out to the lakefront is a nice way to start your day. We had bookings elsewhere for dinner but noticed there were specials on some nights in the restaurant.
The thermal heated pool is sheltered from any wind in a courtyard and is very inviting and long enough to actually have a short swim. If you want total peace and quiet ask for a lakefront room at the far end of the property, where we were we could hear people coming and going but not annoying and we had the pool outside so you can’t have it all.
Plenty of parking and a very short drive into town and 15 minutes to our favourite fishing spot
All in all a very nice stay and great value for money. Highly recommended

Room Tip: for total quiet ask for a lakefront room at far end of property
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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OzzieTaupo, General Manager at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Dear NZBunny - thank you for your lovely comments - always greatly appreciated and passed on to staff for their sense of pride. Pleased to hear that you enjoy the art work and comfort - we are very lucky to have an owner with the passion for this.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best regards Diane
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We had a great view of the lake - and the room opened out so you could easily stroll to the lake edge. So, the location is great. It's a little out of town though, so it's a walk to the main shopping centre.
The staff were great but the rooms really need an update. They're looking a little tatty given the price. The shower was ridiculously high pressured. Nearly fell over given its force!
Breakfast was included in our rate and it was fine.
All up - great location, but lets itself down on the decor.

Room Tip: Choose a lake view room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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OzzieTaupo, General Manager at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
NEWLY DECORATED ROOMS now completed
Dear ZaraP - thank you for taking time to write of your experience as we use these reviews to continually improve where needed. In September we actually started upgrading most of the hotel rooms,some with full furnishings. We would love to have the opportunity for you to experience the new decor so hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards Diane
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Property: Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo
Address: 243 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#6 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#7 Family Hotel in Taupo
#7 Business Hotel in Taupo
#17 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo 4.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo boasts magnificent lake edge location, luxurious ambience and welcoming professional service makes this a very desirable popular destination for your Taupo accommodation and dining experience.Accommodation includes superior lakefront studios, junior queen and king suites, some with spa baths, all with air conditioning, large screen TV, DVD, radio, telephone, mini bar, coffee, tea, hairdryer, iron, ironing board. All rooms are elegantly furnished. Most units are absolute lake edge, step from your room to the beach or balcony.Edgewater Restaurant and Beach Brasserie are renowned for award winning, superb cuisine with a wine list and stunning views to match. Recreational - on site - heated swimming & ‘Grotto’ plunge pools, sauna, gym & tennis court. Near by- fishing, boating, hot pools, 4 fabulous golf courses, helicopter, scenic flights, parachute, snow skiing, art and vineyard tours to name a few.Guest testimonials confirm our excellent reputation for BEST location, food, facilities, friendly personal service. ... more   less 
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