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“Amazing sunsets on the deck!”
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Tiki Lodge
Ranked #11 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
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Chilamate, Heredia, Costa Rica
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“Amazing sunsets on the deck!”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Tiki lounge was very clean and tidy. The bathrooms had a good setup. The kitchen is huge and has plenty of space for multiple people to cook. They have bus pick up. The deck is awesome!! It's right outside the kitchen and is great for hanging out and watching the sunset.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 16 January 2014
Many thanks for taking time to post feedback.. Those sunsets sure are awesome... they seem to get better each night ....especially with snow capped mountains in the background.
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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Really nice welcome, let us check in early, let us print something for free. Generally great people.

In terms of the room - we had a microwave, kettle and fridge and being on the ground floor it was really quiet as it was away from the communal areas which was nice.

The room was hot - and this was November so I think it was be quite bad in Jan / Feb. The tv didn't work the first night as the remote had gone missing (and you needed it to work it) and on the second night when the remote had been found it turned out there was no reception so it didn't work anyway. There was a lot of thick dust on the TV too, which was odd as the rest of the room and the shared bathroom was really clean. I'd stay here again - the people were nice and it's a good location

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2013
Many thanks for taking time to leave us a review. Glad you enjoyed your stay here with us.
The room described does have some wooden slats plus windows that can be opened and a heater/cooling unit that blows cold air so maybe these options were not utilised. The afternoon sun floods into these rooms on sunny days therefore we do advise drawing the curtains if you are concerned with the room warming up too much.
Due to the upcoming digital changeover we had swapped tvs over and added a freeview box. We couldn't locate the remote initially - however the tv and decoder work fine manually without the remote (just need a bit of leg and finger power). I checked out the tv re: reception and someone had kindly decided to re-plug in the antenna into the tv instead of the freeview box (I have no idea why because I set it up properly myself) - this has been rectified, however, if this had been brought to my attention earlier I could have simply fixed it in a matter of seconds. I do apologise for the dust on the tv though - obviously an oversight with the cleaner - will make a note to double check this in the future.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Friendly staff, good location, clean place and safe. If you are travelling as a group and on budget this is the place for you. Taupo lake is just within 10 minutes walk. A walk to the supermarket is just a few blocks away. Café, restaurants and bars are just down the road. All conveniently located.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2013
Many thanks for taking to time to leave us a review. Glad you enjoyed your stay here with us and we wish you well on your travels.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We stayed as part of a group at Tiki Lodge and found it to be clean, comfortable, well located and with very friendly staff.
The kitchen was well stocked and the facilities were good in general.
I would stay here again if in Taupo.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to any return visits. Tiki Lodge is an awesome place for groups and our facilities cope really well with groups and individuals in general.
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Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

Have to admit when booking our stay we curled up our noses at the pictures of what we had seen but we were on a budget and were trying not to blow it by staying in hotels every night. We loved our stay here it was fun and the family who run it couldn't of been any more friendlier. The place is spotless, cosy and only a short stroll from the bars and shops what more could you ask for on a nights stay :)

  • Stayed July 2013
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 20 July 2013
Many thanks for the feedback. We are in the process of updating our current photos online as the current ones are very dated. We have recently updated rooms/bedding therefore we were waiting to complete this before taking and adding the new photos.
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London
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

We were happy with our 2--night stay and would recommend this cozy place. Clean rooms and facilities, all with good natural lighting and ventilation. Spacious lounge, kitchen and balcony. Relatively quiet area and easy walking distance to the centre, about 5 mins. While there was some noise in the evening from other guests, it was peaceful by around 10/10.30pm which thankfully allowed us to get a good night's sleep for Tongariro trek the next day. We had friends staying in another hostel with a bar and they did not get a good rest because of the noise! The only area for improvement we can suggest is the space in the room. We got the family room with ensuite bath with a double bed and 2 sets of bunk beds. There was little space left for our luggages.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 20 July 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Storage space for luggage is available under and on the 2 sets of bunks in the room.
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Nunspeet, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

I don't understand the negative reviews.. This hostel is a perfect place to stay! The dorms were good, not too big, but enough space to put your backpack, and with a nice big window. The beds are good are well! The showers and toilets are perfect! They are perfectly clean and I saw them being cleaned every day (this does not happen in every hostel!!). I didn't use the kitchen so I can't say anything about that. The common rooms and balcony are nice. There were staying a lot of long-termers when I was there, which I didn;t really like, because it makes it harder to meet other travellers to hang out with. But I must say my (also long term) room mates were very friendly to me. The owners and staff are very friendly!!! They really make you feel at home! The hostel is located in a quiet neighbourhood, a bit out of town, but not too far, it's easy to walk there (about 5-10 minutes)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank patriciadenise
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tikiboss, Owner at Tiki Lodge, responded to this review, 20 July 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We have the same opinion with regards to "long termers". We limit the number of paying long termers to around a week or two (and only allow 1-2 at a time) for this very reason - they tend to get too settled and "take over" certain areas of the hostel making it uncomfortable for others and therefore us as well.
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Property: Tiki Lodge
Address: 104 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Tiki Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Autumn Special: FREE breakfast from 1st April-30th November 2017. If you are looking for an affordable, relaxed and friendly place to stay in Taupo with spectacular lake views, then Tiki Lodge is the backpacker lodge for you! We offer FREE unlimited Wifi and with one of the best locations in the city, you will definitely enjoy your stay at Tiki Lodge. Its prime location near the heart of town ensures excellent views and easy access to the town centre for great shops, cafes, and restaurants. Plus, we're only a 2-minute walk to the shores of our famous Lake Taupo. Cook up a treat in our large well-equipped kitchen boasting 3 ovens and including free oil, spices, tea and coffee. Make new friends in our spacious chilled lounge and relax in our cosy T.V room with our large array of DVD's. We also offer free onsite undercover parking, high-pressure showers, storage lockers, comfortable beds and BBQ on the picturesque balcony. There is so much to do in this beautiful region and our friendly staff are here to help with all your booking needs. From the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to skydiving, bungy jumping, rafting trips, trout fishing and kayaking, there is something for everyone! We also have bikes for hire onsite for all the great trails in Taupo and surrounding areas. With our relaxed and friendly vibe, cosy feel and awesome staff, your stay with us will be a memorable one! We look forward to having you stay! Please note: Late check-ins (after 8.30pm) are by PRE arrangement only. No check-ins after 11pm. Please phone or email for details. ... more   less 
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