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Cascades Motor Inn
Ranked #12 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
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63 reviews
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“Nice place close to the lake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Lake front accommodation with heated pool. Nice units and clean. Friendly house staff. Not suitable for very young kids as some units have mezzanine floors which can be a risk for them. Also do not get the pool rooms as it can be noisy and no privacy. Free internet but limited to 50MB which is restrictive if you are hoping to use it for planning activities in NZ. The rooms could do with a "fresh up" though.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 29 January 2012
Hi GoldenDragon338, thank you for your review. We are really glad you found the place friendly and clean. It sounds like you stayed in the midst of the summer school holidays when the heated pool has been very busy and enjoyed by many. We do have garden rooms away from the pool and perhaps if you stay again you can request one of these. Many families enjoy the poolside rooms as it makes it easy to watch the children.
In regards the internet - we have just introduced Zenbu as unfortunately the minority have ruined it for the majority and abused the system. We do offer Free Wifi but with Zenbu we area able to monitor the usage more effectively. It was a shame you didn't mention you required more MB to plan your activites when you were here as we would only have been too happy to give you another voucher.
In regards the decor, we are not sure which room you stayed in but likely to be on the upgrade to do list this year. It is a large complex and we have worked through many of the rooms but ran out of days in 2011.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels and hope you can stay again at some stage.
Wishing you all the best for the coming year. Kind regards Alister & Charlene
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

We have stayed in taupo on numerous occassions and this is by far the best motel yet. It is perfect for people with young families. (we have 2 age 4 and 2) Facilities available are perfect : swimming pool( which is heated), trampoline, bike hire, spa. Great lake front position the kids loved using scooters in the evening as there is a lovely path to walk around the lake. The room is very light and the room layout we found very easy to live with( we took advantage of stair gates which were available for reassurance the kids were safe upstairs). enjoyed having our own private garden for evening meals. Our motel room and the whole complex is very clean and tidy.
Kids loved the Pool and trampoline ( "oh" and spa bath) parents loved that the kids were happy. !!!

We will return

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 29 January 2012
Hi Nanette36, thank you for the lovely review. The review sums up really well what we offer families and we are so glad you all got to enjoy everything. We look forward to having you stay again sometime. Have a great 2012. Kind regards ALister & Charlene
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

Nice motel with nice garden courtyard, swimming pool and spa pool.
On the lakefront with easy access onto the lake boardwalk.
Clean and cosy units and comfortable bed with sky TV.
Free internet which we found very useful.
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Not very close to city centre, about 5 mins drive or 20mins walk, though we never walked so I’m guessing here.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 21 January 2012
Hello Saranypan, thank you for your lovely review. We thoroughly appreciate your comments and are so glad you had a nice comfortable stay. Just being the 3km from town allows the extra space for the gardens, courtyards, swimming pool etc. It is also lovely and quiet with less traffic noise. Remember if you stay again you are always welcome to ride the bikes to town which you can do all the way on the lake path. We provide locks if you want to shop or stop for coffee! Hopefully we will see you again sometime. Happy New Year, Alister & Charlene
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London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

This is a lovely motel with a great lakeside setting. The room was spacious, light and airy. Whilst not brand new, they were very well maintained and exceptionally clean. Clearly there is a lot of care taken by the team.

The managers/owners were fantastic, so accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. We wish we had had time to stay longer than the one night we did.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 21 January 2012
Hello Markle1, thank you for the wonderful review. From your photograph we can see you stayed in the Mountain View room. We hope the weather was beautiful and clear so you could see Mountains Ngaruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro, they are truly majestic on a beautiful day. We are glad you liked the room, it is unique with the high ceilings and big window, this is Alister's favourite room too! We hope maybe oneday you can make it back for a longer stay. Thank you once again, have a great year and enjoy reflecting on what we hope was a fabulous trip around NZ. Kind regards Alister & Charlene
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

We absolutely loved this little motel right on the waterfront of Lake Taupo. The hosts were friendly and very helpful. The room we had was spacious and modern and very clean. My son loved the pool and the trampoline. They also had bikes for the guests to use. I would recommend this motel in an instant.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Tracy W
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 21 January 2012
Hi Tracy, thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and your son enjoyed the pool and tramp. The pool and trampoline have certainly been well utilised over these holidays. Maybe next time you can take the bikes for a ride around the lake. We wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for staying with us. Alister & Charlene
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

$200 for a family room (sleeps up to 6!) with mezannine floor, new interior and furnishing....fantastic motel right in front of Lake Taupo to enjoy the sunset!Very friendly and helpful owners. Kids had great fun riding the hotel bicycles at the lakeside.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 21 January 2012
Hi James & Family, we hope you have had a safe trip home having enjoyed a great NZ holiday. Thank you for the wonderful review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. From your feedback you stayed in "The Loft", families really enjoy this room. Kids find it lots of fun, sort of like a giant playhouse with the mezzanine, we like to keep the rates family friendly as well. We are glad you enjoyed the bikes, with the access directly to the lake and walk/cycle path the bikes are well utilised. Thanks again for the stunning review. Happy New Year. Alister & Charlene
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

Friendly staff, great sized rooms, free BBQ facilities, free wifi, free hire of bicycles, parking right outside room, quiet stay, friendly duck. One of the best places we have stayed on our visit to New Zealand. Great location right on the lakeside.

Basic kitchenette so could only cook limited meals.

We did not smell good after using the swimming pool, needs some attention.

Not a problem for us but just be aware that accommodation is about 2km from town so need your own transport or hire the bikes!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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CasLodge, Owner at Cascades Motor Inn, responded to this review, 3 January 2012
Hi, what a fantastic review, thank you, we are so glad you enjoyed what we offer here. The cute duck certainly knows where he is well off, he loves our guests!. We are not sure what the problem with the pool was, maybe Alister had not long done the chlorine dosing? It would be good to know your exact stay dates so we can go back through the water testing analysis. We trust you have made it home safe and well. Wishing you a Happy New Year, Alister & Charlene.
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Property: Cascades Motor Inn
Address: 303 Lake Terrace | SH1, Taupo 3330, New Zealand (Formerly Comfort Inn Cascades)
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Taupo
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Taupo
#9 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
#9 Business Hotel in Taupo
#10 Family Hotel in Taupo
#24 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Cascades Motor Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfort Inn Cascades is proud to belong to the Choice Hotel Group. We accept Flybuys, Choice Privileges, Air New Zealand Airpoints, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity. Stunning quiet location on the shores of Lake Taupo. Direct access to walk/cycle way (no roads to cross). Lakeside apartment for views and total rest and relaxation, studio units with some lake views, family rooms sleep up to 6 people and some have two bathrooms and 2 LCD TV's and/or a ensuite 2nd toilet. Heated outdoor pool, spa pool, Springfree trampoline, children's playhut, SKY TV, free wireless internet, cooked or continental breakfast available. Clean, warm, affordable and friendly accommodation. Small pets by arrangement. Lots of free parking for boats, trailers etc. ... more   less 
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