Unfortunately the *booking system* here on Tripadvisor was extremely scant on describing this lodge. (As a business owner myself, I would be looking into this, as we had no idea that all their units [except the Cottage] were cabins (NON self-contained units). There is a communal kitchen [spotless!], and a communal TV lounge [cosy]. We had one night in a cabin, and as we were going to be staying 3 nights; definitely wanted to move! There is only one self-contained unit; the "Cottage", and we were then very lucky to secure it. Betty was an excellent host and very helpful. The cottage was lovely, spacious and clean.
Now to my grrr...There are 2 keys on the room keychains, [remember we stayed at 2 different units so I had experience of each]. Both these keys are almost identical (see picture).
I was having great difficulty figuring out which key was for the unit (the other key was for the communal areas). On the first night at dinner in the guest kitchen, my husband had a nose-bleed and I had to race back to the cabin to get tissues etc. The keys. Which one?? Try first key up, then down, then next key up, then down. In the dark (it's not well lit) this was a frustrating procedure especially under such circumstances.
Could the owners invest in some of those little coloured plastic slip-on key "indicators". You would only need ONE per set of keys, and from memory these are only a few cents from the Mr Mint kiosks. (...I would even post you some if you would like ;) as I feel this would greatly enhance the stay.
The cabins would be ideal for a backpacker, trout-fisherman or one-night stay where amenities are not required. The cottage is ideal for couples who want privacy and self-catering, but book this EARLY.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sportsmans Lodge is the hidden accommodation gem of the Central Plateau and Lake Taupo District. It has a unique, tranquil character of its own. Its relaxed, homely surrounds has special appeal for fly fishermen, walkers in the Central Plateau, weary travellers looking for a quiet night's sleep, and in the winter, skiers and snowboarders.The Lodge has nine quality, comfortable double/twin single rooms with own ensuites. Guests share a large self catering kitchen/dining room. The large shared lounge with open fire, TV and pool table is great for relaxing and sharing the day's stories with other guests. The lounge opens out to a sundeck that overlooks an amazing garden. For those looking for a private hideaway, our self contained cottage, separate to the Lodge, is perfect. The deck opens out on to a delightful, quiet part of the garden. Pure Bliss! FREE Wireless internet is available throughout the Lodge and its surroundings ... more less
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