I recently took my wife on a surprise weekend away, and I chose the Hilton after hearing great reviews from our friends.
We were recommended to pick the Heritage side of the Hotel, and were not disappointed with the character of the building. Our room (Deluxe Guest Room) was spacious with an enormous bed, and good sized bathroom with bathtub. We also had a great balcony with amazing views of the lake, mountains and sunsets.
I would definitely check out your pillow early on - we both found ours to be very large and uncomfortable on the first night, but there is a great Pillow Menu on offer so this was easily fixed.
We dined at Bistro Lago the first night, which was very nice. Great wine selection, well thought out menu and tasty dishes. Although the wait staff were a bit too efficient and we felt rushed through our dinner - despite asking for more time. Maybe this is a Taupo thing, we also found this on the second night at a different restaurant.
Staff were pleasant at check in and check out, although we did ring concierge on the second night to book a taxi to take us to dinner. After a gruff "confirmation" on the phone, we went downstairs to await our ride. Unfortunately it did not show, and after checking with reception they advised no booking had been made. There was no apology and we ended up being late for our reservation. A bit of tarnish on an otherwise great weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hilton Lake Taupo, the regions only 5 Star International hotel. From its spectacular vantage point, Hilton Lake Taupo commands magnificent views over New Zealand’s largest lake and beyond. This distinguished hotel offers a wide range of room types (113 rooms total), from Hilton Guest Rooms through to the grand Presidential Suite. For families, groups and those staying a little longer, one to three bedroom apartments offer a convenient new option. Rejuvenate with a round of tennis, or a workout in the fully-equipped gym or enjoy a dip in the naturally heated outdoor pool and spa-pool or relax in the sauna or steam room. Indulge in flagship restaurant and bar, Bistro Lago with an inspired menu created by New Zealand master chef Simon Gault. Be prepared for an extraordinary experience: an outstanding location, a breathtaking panorama, exceptional service, an intimate ambiance and contemporary luxury of the highest standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel Taupo
- Terraces Hotel Taupo