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The Lake

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#28 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 December 2015

We spent 4 great nights at The Lake. The style is quite retro but still comfortable, very clean too. It's just a few mins stroll down to the lake, where you can walk as far as you want. The walk into town is about 20 mins, this is where the bars and restaurants are, plenty to chose from. So we...

Thank Barbara L
Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 22 November 2015

There were two things that really set the Lake apart from a lot of other places that we've stayed: the obvious one was the cool retro decor, and the other was the helpful and friendly hosts. Both of our hosts checked to see how we were going during our stay, helped us with our wifi and offered great tips on...

2Thank Skyepilot
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

We came here because we loved the concept of taking the rooms right back to the 60's and 70's and offering something different from the norm of 'samey' motel rooms. We picked the 60's room and loved it, all the details were there and we loved the dining chairs and table, surprisingly comfortable... Lovely details everywhere, I loved the retro...

Thank maja18
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

After a two night stay in a studio room, I genuinely didn't want to leave so early. This place is unique and full of style. Not your average hotel room. Being a creative designer I appreciate the detail in the retro interior design. Hosts went above and beyond with making me feel welcome. Can highly recommend a stay here. The...

Thank KatFar1341
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Well, I really can't go any further in this review without firstly mentioning just how amazing and friendly the owners are. They really went well and truly above and beyond what any hotel owner should have to do. They spent so much of their own time ensuring we were having a great time in Taupo, couldn't be more appreciative. (We...

1Thank Evan1988
Darwin, Australia
Reviewed 27 September 2015

The motel is very nicely decorated and renovated. We had a room at the back and it was lovely. Tony our host is really nice, friendly and very helpful. He suggested to us places to visit and restaurants to eat. He goes out of his way to help. The room and bathroom was nice. There is even a microwave, plunger...

1Thank southsoul
Reviewed 19 September 2015

Quiet and welcoming pet-friendly motel located in a quiet suburb at the eastern end of Taupo. Rooms fitted out in retro-style. Ours was large and well appointed, and Charlie our dog had no trouble settling in. Close to the lake, so an easy walk along the shore. Unless you are super fit, you might need the car to get back...

1Thank EDEBAuckland_
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

The cleanest motel we've ever stayed at. Quiet, amazing shower, comfortable bed, wonderful reception, cool, funky and cosy. Close enough to town and a short stroll to the lakefront. We'll be back and will tell our friends. Thanks.

Thank nagemdraw
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

A really lovely motel. Just a block or two from restaurants and a street back from the lake itself. The host was charming, the rooms were comfortable and spotlessly clean. Quality, right down to the smallest details. Highly recommended.

Thank caitieah
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

This motel is so unique (in a good way!). There are only 3 rooms. Each one has slightly different decoration but all are in the retro theme. We stayed for 2 nights in room #1 and felt very comfortable. A lot of heating devices were provided for winter time. Tony was a lovely, cheerful host/owner, who was also very helpful....

Thank upsofast

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About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The lake, has attention to detail throughout, the Lake is a unique establishment which has achieved the owner's desire to create a motel that doesn't feel like a motel. From its stylish retro decor, to the bird filled gardens, The Lake truly is a boutique motel with a difference. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Lake

Address: 63 Mere Road, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: $111 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lake 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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Also Known As:
Lake Hotel Taupo
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#6 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
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“Only a small number of rooms - so book early.”
Alan-Aust, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Room 3 was fantastic”
lucih721, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“A room with a kitchen/living area.”
RhondaD664, 4 Feb 2016 | Read review
“It is a small motel so only a few rooms - try to get one with access to the back garden.”
TropicalTess, 31 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Room 1 is on the end.. must be quieter than others”
YouCantKillAwesome, 7 Jul 2015 | Read review
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