We stayed the night on our way south, as we do this time every year. We've stayed at the same motel in Taupo for years, but after a particularly hot and sleepless night on our journey last year I wanted something with air conditioning. The Hilton was not a lot more than the motel we usually stayed at, for one of their "guest rooms". I found a good price through wotif.com.
I was dubious, however, when I realised the location as we approached - the old Hotel De Brett on the Napier Taupo Road (SH 5). We'd stayed there years ago, in an upstairs room facing the road, and were kept awake all night by the big trucks making their way to and from Napier. I needn't have worried on that score at all. Our room at the Hilton faced away from the road, and once the door was shut the road noise was very faint in the background. I should imagine that the rooms facing the road are well sound-proofed, too.
Like others have reported here, I was impressed with the service at reception. Others were checking in when we walked through the doors, and a staff member welcomed us and invited us to take a seat until someone could take care of us. We chose to park our car ourselves, and good instructions were given on how to get to the car park entrance and where to go once we were inside - even to the point of the girl walking out the door with us and pointing the way.
Loved the underground parking (I loathe a hot car bathing in sunshine), and it was very easy to take the lift up to our floor and find our room. We were on the first level, which is ground level at the "back" of the hotel, away from the road and facing north. Our room had a double sliding door out onto the patio, which made for plenty of fresh air coming into our room, and it was very pleasant to sit outside at the table provided.
One curiosity we found just outside our room was the lightning rod, and a counter on it - currently reads zero, and I must remember to take a look at it next time we're there!
The room was a delight and very comfortable. Plenty of room to move about, and keep your luggage from under your feet.
In the bathroom there was also a good amount of space to move about. The shower was great - set at a decent height, which seems to be a problem in most places I've stayed at, and fully adjustable up and down and sideways, so you can turn the water on without getting wet, and you can be under the downpour or not while you shower, as you please. Good water pressure, too. I really liked the Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries provided in the bathroom, they were a lovely touch. And I really liked not having to step over the side of a bath to get into the shower (something I don't even like at home).
One thing slightly disappointing was the tv setup. With having an HD setup at home, the poor reception on the free-to-air channels and the way the picture was stretched to fit the wide screen was very noticeable to me, but not a big deal. I can't understand why hotels and motels use what appears to be the (rather poor) broadcast signal for the free-to-air channels, when there is a much better quality to be had via the Sky or Freeview satellite systems. And why only one movie channel, but several sports ones?
Oh, and be warned that the tv gives out a very loud chime, regardless of the current volume setting, when you turn it on or off - so keep that in mind if you want to watch while your partner sleeps!
It was very nice to be able to eat on the premises instead of having to drive into town and find a restaurant. We walked to the bistro, housed in what used to be the Hotel De Brett (the rooms are in a new wing). We hadn't made a reservation, but from what we saw and heard it's a good idea to do so as they're pretty busy. Wonderful food. Not large portions, but perfectly adequate - we walked away full but not overstuffed, having shared a plate of breads to start and a main each, and one of us had dessert.
Next morning I had breakfast in the bistro as well. Not so busy then, bookings not necessary I'd say. I love banana and bacon together, but would never have thought of putting melon and bacon together - it was delicious!
At both meals the service was very good. Attentive and friendly staff, food arrives quickly.
I think I just found the place where we'll stay in years to come when our travels take us to Taupo. :-)
- 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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