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The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo
Ranked #4 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
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Montreal
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124 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Wonderful and charming!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

My wife and I stayed 2 nights in this great little motel just 2-3 minutes drive from the town center. We book the 2-floor unit completely at the end of the complex (room #9 or 10, don't remember). We really liked the kitchenette/lounge/balcony with lake view on the 2nd floor and the bedroom/bathroom on the 1st. Very clean and comfortable. Free parking and free wifi Internet access (very important for us techies!!). The host was really nice and gave us great attraction and restaurant advice. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Only two units have a lake view, ask for one of them.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MewsTaupo, Manager at The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thanks for your review, the lake-end apartment with the deck is unit 9 and it is a favourite, great for the sunsets and warm weather. We appreciate you staying with us at Cottage Mews - and we think the coffee and food at Body Fuel are excellent too! Best wishes, Julie and Terry
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Our room, called “The Nook”, was at the end of the motel row and might not be representative of other rooms/suites. It has a nice little private patio to the side.

On the Plus side: very clean and obviously very new motel. Nice decoration. Has a small kitchenette and dining table. Good free wifi. Free parking.

On the Minus side: Overall pretty small. Bathroom sink is minimal; no place to put clothes (besides a couple of hangers on the wall), not even one drawer. No A/C.

Room Tip: If you are after a patio, The Nook has one. Not sure about other rooms
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MewsTaupo, Manager at The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Hello Luc V! The Nook is our smallest and best-value room, a cosy queen studio ideal for a short stay. Glad you liked the refurbished look and enjoyed the courtyard. All of the units have private garden courtyards with outdoor furniture. In summer (almost here!) the outside areas are great for everything from al fresco breakfasts to Devonshire teas to pre-BBQ drinks. Thanks for choosing Cottage Mews, we appreciate it. Kind regards - Julie and Terry
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

Cottage Mews is a very pleasant motel on the outskirts of Taupo set back between the lake shore (unfortunately you can't see the lake, but there is direct access to it via a 20 second stroll) and the road.
The hotel owners are very friendly and give a warm welcome. The rooms are perfectly functional, if a little tired now (the motel's tag line is "tradition by the lake", which is a polite way of saying it hasn't been redecorated since the 1980s), but don't let that put you off (a lot of Taupo motels look like they're firmly in the 70s or 80s) as its all clean and functional (apart from the central radio system that used to be piped through from reception). Spa bath was lovely (though again bit 1980s having it actually in the bedroom rather than the bathroom)

Stayed November 2013
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MewsTaupo, Manager at The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Thanks Jon for your review. Yes, you were in one of our still-quite-floral rooms, but most are now refurbished in a modern cottage style. Would love to have kept the piped radio system - a unique feature! Hope the Hawkes Bay wine trails and the rest of your New Zealand trip went well. Best wishes to you both, Julie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

We chose The Cottage Mews Motel based on the tripadvisor reviews and it surpassed our expectation.

About the hosts :
Terry and Julie are friendly , cheerful and very helpful hosts.
They gave us lots of tips on places to eat and local attractions complete with maps and handouts.
We wanted to rent a bicycle for an hour and when asked about the price Terry just said not to bother about it.
That was really a nice gesture and much appreciated.

Room:
We stayed for 3 nights and our unit was No.5
The unit was surprisingly spacious, well kept, super clean and had a beautiful private sit out.
Plus we had a full working kitchen at our disposal and a nice Jacuzzi with bath oil and towels .
Milk in a small ceramic jug was a nice touch and they were kind enough to provide us the milk the second time.
Being right next to the lake, we were able to enjoy long walks on the lake front.
They even have kayak, canoe and bike for hire at a nominal price – so no need to go hunting for them in the town.

Thank you Terry & Julie for making our stay wonderful !

Regards and warm wishes – from India “The real Indians” *nudge nudge wink wink *

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MewsTaupo, Manager at The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Hello 'real Indian' friends! Your review made our day and your stay was a highlight of our month. Thank you for your generous feedback. Hope the rest of your New Zealand trip was memorable - no doubt you took some fun wherever you went. We will remember you! Best wishes from Cottage Mews - Julie and Terry
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

What a lovely little place Julie has here! The two-storey unit at the left end of the motel was simply lovely, what with a hot tub, whimsical furnishing, a second level with views of Lake Taupo and plenty of room to laze around. The place felt secure and the room was quiet. Cleanliness was top-notch.

Julie herself was so helpful as well, providing us with information on what to do near Taupo on a rainy day. We'll definitely come back for another stay if we return to Taupo.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MewsTaupo, Manager at The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
We love your description of the lake-end apartment. Thank you for taking time to review your stay - so glad you enjoyed Cottage Mews and Taupo, in spite of the weather. We are enjoying visitors from all over the world this month - how lucky are we?! Kind regards, Julie and Terry
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

I checked out the trip advisor before we headed south, and decided to stay at The C.M.M. Taupo, stayed 2 nights, and enjoyed it so much stayed another 2 nights on the way home.
Well located, no noise, clean towels daily, friendly helpful. Would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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MewsTaupo, Manager at The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Great to have you staying (both ways!), and thanks for your review. We haven't replanted yet where the trees came out, but hope to do so soon. Lovely to meet you both - we look forward to seeing you again. Great that our local restaurant worked out well for you too. Kind regards, Julie
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

We've stayed at Cottage Mews before and love it. The rooms are always clean and layout of the family unit is perfect. The spa is a lovely way to relax. A quick walk to the lake and short drive to town, location is awesome. Julie is always helpful - she called us when our son left something behind, before we'd even realised it was missing. She returned it promptly and is always so friendly. We will return!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo
Address: 311 Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Cottage Mews Motel Taupo 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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