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“An old motel with minimal sound insulation”

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Asure Parklands Motor Lodge
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence
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“An old motel with minimal sound insulation”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

POSITIVES

 The motel is close to the centre of Turangi
 The units are set in a grassed area.
 My unit had a new(ish) counter and 2 kitchen cupboards
 The unit had TV, fridge, iron, table, etc.

NEGATIVES

 The noise insulation was completely absent. I could hear conversations from both sides and people talking out front. Next door’s TV was especially clear and loud. I tried to have a nap it was impossible with the noise. I was awoken at 06:30 by people talking outside – it was like they were in the room with me.
 The room is dated, with old beds, old chairs and a stale old motel room smell. I had the windows (at the back) open all night and on returning from breakfast I was struck how strong the smell was.
 The bathroom was small and badly laid out – just about OK for one person.
 The front of the unit is fully glazed so that either you have no privacy (with people walking past immediately next to the windows) or you have to close the curtains and be in the dark.

CONCLUSION

This is a dated motel with very poor sound insulation that means I was disturbed by neighbour noise. I would never stay again. I am mystified by the positive reviews on Trip Advisor: it is as if they have stayed at another motel.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Thanks for your comments. We are very disappointed your expectations were not met.
We try very hard to offer great service and value. We are not a five star hotel and our rates reflect that. We are a friendly motel restaurant and bar in a small town .
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2014

I'll start off by repeating my headline: this place has the biggest collection of scotch and whiskey I've ever seen -- here or in the US. What a gem! The rooms are clean and spacious - basic facilities but the price is right, parking is convenient, it's quiet and it's clean.

The restaurant looked lovely - we didn't eat there but wish we had as the plates we saw all looked delicious. After checking in, we went to the bar for a quick drink before heading back to our room. We were treated to great conversation with the locals and fabulous hospitality from the owner, Craig. Not only is Craig a lovely host, he's a seasoned scotch connoisseur and has virtually every brand you can imagine sitting behind his modest Turangi bar. He's also got a good wine list and some rare New Zealand vodkas we'd never seen before.

Hands down, this is the best place in Turangi.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Cheers

We appreciate your comments and hope you can make it back someday soon.

Slainte
Craig
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We stopped here over night on our way down to Welli. V nice rooms and a surprisingly great restaurant with bar. Gave us a memorable evening walking down by the river - if you want to see some gorgeouys NZ scenery do take an hour to walk round the back and walk the river path - fantastic.

Recommend the whole package, good place.

Room Tip: Our room was clean and comfortable, although just away from the road was also quiet. Don't think...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
We appreciate your comments. Thankyou.
There is some great walking tracks around hear.
Hope your travels around New Zealand went well.

Regards
Craig
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

We visited both in a motel room and a motor home.
Pros:
Great location. New world opposite, park grounds, close to river, very nice staff, great rooms.
Cons:
Pool dirty in mid summer, bit noisy as close to state highway 1, games room closed, shower impossible to enter without soaking floor or standing under cold water.

Definitely stay here again and recommend to others.

Stayed January 2014
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Hello

We appreciate your comments.
Turangi is a good base to explore the Tongariro National Park.

Regards
Craig
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Austin, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 18 January 2014

The hotel was a short drive to the Tongariro shuttle service parking lot, and that's the reason we chose this hotel. The service at the hotel was quite good and the rooms, although outdated, were comfortable. If you're in town over a holiday, be forewarned that there are very few restaurant options available during these times. The hotel restaurant is one of the better restaurants in town.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Hello

Thanks for taking time to review our Lodge.
We do our best to offer great service.
We trust your travels throughout New Zealand went well.

Regards
Craig
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Levin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Friendly helpful hosts, we much appreciated the help sorting out so we could use the free Wi-Fi on our phone. Very nice to have a restaurant on site and we had an enjoyable meal. Having lots of Sky channels a bonus.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Hello

Thanks for your review.
We appreciate your comments.

Regards
Craig
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Stayed in a one bedroom unit. Unit was clean, tidy and comfortable and had everything I needed. Plenty of parking (for large vehicles as well). Although I didn't use it, it also has an added bonus of an onsite bar and restaurant. Overall, I had a great stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Craig M, Owner at Asure Parklands Motor Lodge, responded to this review, 16 January 2014
We look forward to seeing you back sometime.
Appreciate your comments.
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Property: Asure Parklands Motor Lodge
Address: 25 Arahori Street (cnr State Hwy 1) | PO Box 142, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Asure Parklands Motor Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renowned for its ambience hospitality, Asure Parklands Motorlodge combines a popular restaurant and neighbourhood bar with 30 tasteful accommodation units, both hotel suites and self-contained units, only a stone's throw from Turangi township and within comfortable travelling distance of the area's major attractions. Over the last 15 years, owners and hosts Craig Morey and Angela Jones have developed an engaging environment where tourists and visitors mingle with locals, anglers, and guides, providing a delectable taste of small town New Zealand life.Turangi is the closest town to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the Tongariro National Park near Turangi is said to be"the best one day trek in New Zealand". It's annually ranked amongst the top 10 single day treks in the world. High praise but if you have even a passing interest in hiking, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will be one of the most rewarding experiences in New Zealand. Fly Fish the Southern Lake Taupo region. Fly Fishing Guides available. Whitewater Rafting Daily. Scenic Flights over the Volcanos. ... more   less 
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