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Taupo Urban Retreat
Ranked #17 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
St Albans
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“Stayed at urban, already been to Durban”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

Cost a very cheap by New Zealand standards 20 dollars a night for a 6 bed dorm room. No plug sockets in room which was pretty inconvenient. Place was also very cold during my stay, not much in the way of heating. However, it was a nice friendly place with helpful staff. Had a big clean kitchen with plenty of cooking utensils. Had a pool table and bar area. Also, got an hour free internet for staying there which is always useful! Offer discounted gym session at 5 dollars which seemed a pretty good deal. Pretty average here in my eyes.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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katianya, Manager at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Goodness, you expect a lot for $20! All dorm rooms have adequate heating (and power outlets). Since your visit we have implemented power charging stations to facilitate all the devices people are travelling with these days.
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Nuuuli, American Samoa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

Great locations, small with great atmosphere. Dorm rooms were average, there was hair on my pillowcase and sheets and only one electrical socket in a room with 6 beds. Staff was helpful with planning and hostel was within walking distance of some great local pubs/bars. Kitchen facilities and lounge was clean and spacious.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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katianya, Manager at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Goodness, you expect a lot for $20! All dorm rooms have adequate heating (and power outlets). Since your visit we have implemented power charging stations to facilitate all the devices people are travelling with these days.
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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

Taupo Urban Retreat is a smaller hostel with a very cozy feel to it! The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and have a wide range of activity advice because they've done it all! The kitchen is a bit small and not always the best equipped, but it does the job and is definitely not even close to the worst I've seen. The atmosphere on most nights is very lively and the in-house bar is the cheapest drinks in town which is a major plus for backpackers! This space is quite unique and laid out well. Well recommended!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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katianya, Manager at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review, 11 May 2013
Thanks for sharing your views on our hostel :)
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Reasonable value hostel, but noisy. Car parking available which seemed pretty secure. The guy on the desk gave us a four-bed dorm with bathroom for the two of us, which was very nice of him. Unfortunately the room had no natural light and little ventilation so it was smelly and stuffy. Probably would recommend a shared bathroom if there's one available instead of the ensuite dorm. There's a bar which seemed pretty lively but that's not the kind of holiday we were on.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

This place was good! Friendly staff, good-sized double en suite room :) Room kept nice and warm, and clean, good atmosphere in the bar area, watched a bit of the Olympics and ate the Chilli for dinner they prepared for only $5! Good location, close to the lake and can take a walk to Huka Falls if you like walking! Hot springs not too far away too. Stayed on a Sunday night, but didn't hear any noise even though we were the closest room to the Bar!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

Absolute terrible hostel!! We stayed in a four bed dorm, which was miniscule, no space for more than two bags. Only one person could stand in the room at any one time as it was so cramped.

The bathrooms were for both men and women, which was a little offputting for my girlfriend. There were not cleaned very well and the shower cubicles were absolutely tiny.

We had an absolutely horrific night here as there was a girl in the room next door to us (another dorm) who was having the loudest sex we have ever heard. We thought she might actually break through the wall into our room. There are no words to describe how horrific this experience was, but my girlfriend thought it may have been Samantha from Sex and the City with a megaphone. One of the other people in our dorm put her ipod on and turned the volume up to full, but could still hear them. This ordeal lasted for quite some time, from about 12:00am to 1:30am We hoped someone from reception would tell them to shut up, but there was no one on reception that we could complain to about this. Numerous other guests were out in the hallway complaining and knocking on the door, but nothing helped the situation and the girl kept screaming aaaallllllll night long. We were really disturbed by it.

The kitchen is tiny and not very clean either with a great shortage of cutlery and dishware.

The place is full of immature partiers and overall it is absolutely terrible. You could not pay me to stay here again. Stay at Base, YHA or anywhere else!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Taupo Urban Retreat
Address: 65 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Taupo Urban Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Taupo Urban Retreat, your home away from home! Free internet, comfy beds and hot, high-pressure showers are a given here. With arguably the best location in Taupo we are just a couple of streets away from the busiest bars and restaurants, yet far enough away to get a good night's sleep. We are also only a few minutes walk from the bus stop and supermarkets, and there is plenty of free off-street parking available. At Urban we have a really sociable and chilled atmosphere, making it super easy to meet people. Enjoy our delicious chilli every night for only $5, or for $8 get a cold beer or wine to wash it down too. You can cook up a storm in our well-equipped kitchen, free oil and spices included. Help yourself to our free tea and coffee too! Mingle in our in-house guest bar with new friends, soak up some rays in our sunny garden courtyard, or snuggle up with a good book in your quiet dorm room if you're all talked out. Keen for movie night? Hunker down in our cosy TV lounge and choose from our vast array of movie titles, we even have free popcorn! We'd love to help you make the most out of your stay in our beautiful region. Our friendly staff can help you book your activities including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Skydiving, Bungy jumping, Jet boats or Rafting trips to name a few. We've been operating in Taupo for over ten years so we know all of the local hidden gems and the best travel tips. Whether you're looking to spend or save we can help you fill your day! We even have bikes for hire at reception so your adventure begins at our front door. We can also help you book onwards travel, although you may find you never want to leave Taupo! With a friendly welcoming vibe, cheap drinks and helpful staff Taupo Urban Retreat is your home away from home in Taupo. We look forward to having you stay! ... more   less 
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