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Skotel Alpine Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Whakapapa
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stayed two nights at the Skotel, and we would not call it a resort like the name implies. However, it was a great value and our budget room was spacious with an extra twin bed and closet. Our bathroom was plenty adequate. The heater in the room was more than sufficient to keep us warm all night. We had coffee making supplies, a hairdryer, and a tv with a few channels. The first night was quiet and the second night there was some hallway noise as a few more guests were staying there. The walls are thin and you can tell it is an older facility. We only paid 30 USD per night and figured that we got a bargain, although the bed was very sinky. The location is ideal for doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

stayed there with my wife and baby for 5 nights in the Superior room.
location is amazing as is it in the heart of the national park so you can go trekking strait from your room.view from the balcony is beautiful.the room is comfortable and tidy.food was very good.
service was with a smile at all times.highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

My husband and myself took a trip up to Skotel last weekend. Weather foul, but didnt bother us too much as we have visited the area many times anyway. This time for a change from the backpackers wing, we had a large comfortable room which would normally have had spectacular views of Mount Ngauruahoe ( or Mount Doom if you will! ) when weather good. Dinner was perfect, dessert was more than delicious, can recommend the chocolate with plum sauce, topped with cream...heaven! Lovely fire in the bar adjacent to dining room, just topped off a relaxed evening, plenty of choices for breakfast and good value. Helpful and polite reception and friendly staff, can thoroughly recommend Skotel for a weekend getaway without even worrying about the weather! Want to go again when snowing ..Jennifer

Room Tip: Corner suite, large and comfortable,
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

We stayed here as part of our cycling Tour of New Zealand. The views refused to appear and we had to accept that sometimes you win some and sometimes you don't. Mordor was more the outlook for our day which is a real shame. Having said that, the low cloud and drizzle did mean hunkering down in the cosy rooms was so much more attractive. A big roaring fire and a fine NZ Red and you'd be sorted.

The room we had should have had a great view. The hotel is of wooden constructions so you get some huge cracking noises as the place warms and cools. Very authentic. The rooms were not very large and wedging our two bikes in was a bit of a squash but all the same the places was very cosy and appealing. My only gripe about the room was the tea/coffee was inside the wardrobe area and with no light it was a bit pokey.

The hotel itself caters for all needs including a more communal backpackers area and I liked the fact that people could stay here and not have to pay a fortune. The restaurant/bar area was appealing - I just wish the clouds would have parted for a few seconds!

We ate in the restaurant that night and I have to say this was disappointing. I ordered lamb shanks and it arrived at a very tepid temperature and wasn't particularly melt in the mouth or tasty. It was of an average pub standard in my opinion. Also they wouldn't let us pay for drinks and food together - we had to queue in separate places! But these are minor gripes and I'd love to go back and see the place on a blue sky day which I know exist because some 'Geocachers' posted a fanastic photo just a couple of days later - boo hoo.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Reception was polite and helpful.

Views of Mt. Ngauruhoe and Tongariro National Park from our room were spectacular.

Rooms definitely need updating. Mattress and furnishings are very old.

Dining room had wooden tables, where so much guck had built up on the surface, the skin on your hands and elbows stuck to it a bit. With that, we thought we had chosen the wrong place to stay, and felt a little depressed when......our dinner arrived. It was superb, and they redeemed themselves quickly. Amazing what a good meal will do.

There was only one waiter who dealt with a full dining room. He was polite, professional, and handled the room with no apparent stress.

One night we ate at another hotel in the park. The service there was excellent, and our waiter was very knowledgeable about New Zealand wines. The food was good, but our meal at Skotel was actually far more creative, and quite frankly, better.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We are a group who goes walking somewhere every year. We found the Skotel staff to be very friendly and helpful and the facilities good - we were both in the backpackers and the cabins.
Nice and warm and the spa was great after a days walking. Backpackers kitchen was a bit cramped so we moved to cabins (no oven in these) which were warm and cosy.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I got stuck thinking I could get accomodation at National Park (no good) everybody rude. I rang skotel after 9pm and was answered by girl in bar who said front desk was closed but could she help I explained I desperately needed a room she took my number 5 minutes later Wayne rang ( manager ) and offered me a room, excellent service great position magnificent views highly recommended

Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
Thank Tony H
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Address: Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Tongariro National Park > Whakapapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Whakapapa
Price Range: £29 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Skotel Alpine Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skotel was established in the early 60s by a group of keen skiers who wanted the convenience of accommodation close to the ski-fields but more comfort than the ski lodges of that time. In 1986 it underwent a major expansion with the addition of restaurant, bar and other facilities. The old part of the building became the backpacker’s wing. Skotel has maintained its friendly informal atmosphere but now provides Qualmark three star accommodation and the exciting cuisine experiences of our new dinner menu. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Skotel Alpine Hotel Whakapapa Village
Holiday Inn Tongariro National Park

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