My wife and I stayed here as part of our one year anniversary holiday. Unfortunately the uncomfortable beds made our stay less than ideal. We stayed in room 101 on the first night, barely got any sleep and woke up with lots of aches from the springs poking. We complained to management who were kind enough to offer us a different room in the hopes that it would be more comfortable. Unfortunately the second room we tried was almost as bad. I suspect the beds are both old and cheap, using innersprings (developed in the 1800s) and very little cushioning at the top. We ended up buying a mink blanket and sleeping on top of the duvet just to get a little extra padding.
In terms of other aspects of the room; the bathroom was recently refurbished and very clean which was nice. There was a lack of cutlery and crockery with just a few cups and a single teaspoon being provided. I understand I could have asked for more at the office but who wants to go down and ask for a bowl and spoon just after waking up so they can eat cereal?
The restaurant was a pleasant surprise when going for dinner. I recommend the salmon which was cooked beautifully as well as the lamb shanks, the meat practically falls off the bone. I would not recommend going for a buffet breakfast as the food is cooked early and then left in warming trays; so it is not very hot when you get to it.
While the resort was a little out of the center of town, it was ok since we were driving most places anyway. This may be a problem for those staying on a Contiki tour however.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lakeland Resort is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and world renowned for its trout fishing and scenery.Set amidst 2.8 acres of landscaped grounds, complete with 64 well equipped studio units, with 42 plasma flat screen TV, tennis court, outdoor seasonal swimming pool, 2 private indoor spa pools, guest laundry facilities, ample off-street parking, 2 conference rooms and the Lakeland Bar and Brasserie.Lakeland Resort offers relaxing and comfortable accommodation, superb conference and function facilities with The Lakeland Bar & Brasserie serving divine cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeland Resort Taupo Hotel Taupo