Top 10 hotels in Waikato Region, New Zealand

January 4, 2023 Elouise Mccaul

Discover the best hotels in Waikato Region, North Island including Le Chalet Suisse Motel, Argent Motor Lodge, Gables Lakefront Motel, Hilton Lake Taupo, Wairakei Resort Taupo, Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort, Sails On The Lake, Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel, Beachfront Resort.
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1. Le Chalet Suisse Motel

3 Titiraupenga Street PO Box 1381, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 464 reviews

Le Chalet Suisse Motel

Located less than 100 metres from the lake and 3 minutes walk from restaurants, cafes, and shopping with a picturesque view of Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu from all guest rooms. Rooms include Studios (30sqm), 1 and 2 bedrooms (61sqm) with spa bath in some of the units and balcony on the first floor. Facility includes a heated spa pool, swimming pool, children's play area, BBQ facility, self-serviced launderette, and FREE WI-FI internet access throughout the motel. All rooms are fully self-contained. Seasonal, peak and special events rates apply.

Central walking distance to city centre and facilities

Reviewed By colin K

Very clean and well appointed and Quiet. All self catering utensils an cooking appliances. Free WiFi, TV and heating/cooling. Parking was available inside the complex or close on the roadside. Host very amenable, allowed early check-in which was appreciated after long drive. WE would not hesitate to stay here again, or recommend to anyone.

2. Argent Motor Lodge

27 Lorne Street Melville, Hamilton 3206 New Zealand
Excellent
91%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 955 reviews

Argent Motor Lodge

With superior accommodation and state of the art design, Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton is perfectly located for tourists and guests on holiday, corporate travellers on business and for people visiting family or friends at either the Waikato or Braemar hospitals. As the closest motel to the Waikato Hospital, the Argent is also just a 2 minute walk to Braemar Hospital and only 3 minutes’ drive to the Hamilton City Centre, Hamilton Lake and the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award recipients for five consecutive years, Argent Motor Lodge is designed with you, the guest, in mind. Rooms are beautifully appointed and extra spacious with fully equipped kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, full hush glass and plush beds for your complete comfort. 50+ Sky Channels are available, along with unlimited free WiFi and complimentary guest parking. Offering top-class customer service, tasteful decor and the latest amenities, you will be pleased with your stay at the Argent.

Excellent

Reviewed By 262robynd

Clean and tidy accomodation. Close to hospital. Owner was very very helpful and even drove us to the hospital very early in the morning so we could be there for my husband's surgery which was such a huge help. Thoroughly recommend.

3. Gables Lakefront Motel

130 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
Excellent
90%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1212 reviews

Gables Lakefront Motel

Taupo’s contemporary Lakefront Motel. Gables provides modern facilities, fantastic views and a warm welcome. If you are looking for a great place to stay within walking distance to the town centre and across the road from Taupo’s main beach then this is the place for you. The Gables Lakefront Motel has been Trip Advisor's Taupo #1 Traveller Rated hotel for 4 years running. There is a combination of accommodation available, ranging from the top of the line Superior one bedroom units which include stunning lake views and your own private hot pool, to deluxe one bedroom units, or the two and three bedroom family units. This is your home away from home, including free unlimited WIFI, Sky 50 + channels on 43 inch TVs, king size beds, dishwashers and air-conditioning. Free laundry facilities and an ice making machine. We also offer free parking outside your unit Please note the only room with a private spa pool is the Superior One Bedroom Apartment. All other rooms have access to share spa pool facilities.

Fabulous location and hospitality

Reviewed By paulapaullynch

We arrived late and had not booked anywhere and called into the Gables and they were ever so accommodating in finding us their last room left. The spa pool was the hottest best spa we have ever had in a motel before - and we had it all to ourselves. We got freshly baked cookies on arrival and our room was toasty warm, clean and comfortable.

4. Hilton Lake Taupo

80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2752 reviews

Hilton Lake Taupo

Welcome to Hilton Lake Taupo, the region's only 5 Star International hotel. From its spectacular vantage point, Hilton Lake Taupo commands magnificent views over New Zealand’s largest lake and beyond. This distinguished hotel offers a wide range of room types (113 rooms total), from Hilton Guest Rooms through to the grand Presidential Suite. For families, groups and those staying a little longer, one to three bedroom apartments offer convenient and spacious options. Rejuvenate with a round of tennis, or a workout in the fully-equipped gym, enjoy a dip in the naturally heated outdoor pool and spa-pool, or relax in the sauna or steam room. Indulge in flagship restaurant and bar, Bistro Lago with an inspired menu created by New Zealand celebrity Chef, Gareth Stewart. Bistro Lago's offerings include high tea, $29.95 three course lunch, happy hour and gourmet a la carte featuring locally sourced ingredients. Be prepared for an extraordinary experience: an outstanding location, a breathtaking panorama, exceptional service, an intimate ambiance and contemporary luxury of the highest standard.

Gorgeous stay in well appointed three room apartment

Reviewed By Knowles K

Highly recommend. Perfect for our large family of 7, especially as finding suitable accommodation for our size is not easy. Hilton Taupō was on point. Great service, beautiful pool and excellent gym that our teenagers enjoyed working out in. Also the restaurant high tea is highly recommended. Other than needing a few more oven trays, serving bowls (nit picking) I can not really fault it, even had washer and dryer in the apartment. Great 5 night stay and the views from our apartment were breathtaking.

5. Wairakei Resort Taupo

640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo 3384 New Zealand
Excellent
38%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1302 reviews

Wairakei Resort Taupo

Wairakei Resort Taupo provides superb hotel and villa accommodation and is set amongst a stunning geothermal valley in Taupo. The resort has excellent indoor & outdoor leisure facilities including two thermal heated swimming pools, six hot pools, a fitness centre, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and so much more. The dining options are also exquisite with something for all budgets. It is also a purpose built conference venue catering to up to 600 conference delegates. Situated in the Wairakei Tourist Park, the resort is close to Taupo’s many activities and attractions and is only a 5 minute drive from the centre of Taupo.

Nice

Reviewed By 391lucindaj

We really liked this resort but something needs to be done pronto about the really tired carpets in some of the common areas. The hot oools were great, pity that no spa pools were operating. Staff were lovely as was the included breakfast, set us up well for the day ahead

6. Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

76 Napier Road PO Box 513, Taupo 3379 New Zealand
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 941 reviews

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

Choose to stay ahead of the game with our awesome Luxury Accommodation - self contained villas, lodges and spa chalets, providing an indulgent escape and complete with panoramic lake and mountain views. Or stay true with our ever-popular Qualmark rated 5 Star Holiday Park accommodation - from camping to van sites, cabins and motels, all spacious and excellent value.We have pools,water playground,slides,big bouncing air pad,Day Spa,Cafe-the ultimate all-year-round relaxation and recreation destination!

Cabins need revamping

Reviewed By PatAuckland

The cabins are probably ok for young families but not very good for a romantic getaway. Mould around the bathroom sink, rotting floorboards in the bathroom, miniscule shower that leaked all over the bathroom, fridge that doesn't have a light inside, bed mattress in desparate need of being replaced (roll together in the middle, left me with terrible backache). The pools themselves were chockablock with people, too many to even attempt getting in so we had a private spa which was in need of a facelift too. This place has seen better days.

7. Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort

9 Grange Road Hahei Beach, R D 1, Hahei 3591 New Zealand
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 734 reviews

Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort

Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort is a boutique accommodation in a convenient central location in Hahei. Nestled in sub-tropical gardens amongst New Zealand native trees near Hahei beach and Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort is within walking distance of world-famous Cathedral Cove and a short drive from the volcanic wonders of Hot Water Beach. Room types: Garden Studios (3) Two-Bedroom Apartments (5) Garden Cottage (1) Waimarie Villa (1) We also have Tatahi Cove Guest House on our site, for which each of the six rooms is sold separately with shared facilities. It sleeps 23 guests, has three shared bathrooms, a large open plan kitchen & living areas leading to a garden.

Great place to stay- one of the best we've had.

Reviewed By U1599KLcm

Our unit was amazingly clean- one of the nicest cleanest places we've ever stayed. Grounds were lovely too. And really convenient location in Hahei. Great fish and chips at the ice cream shop, and coffee at the little blue penguin pop up- makes all the difference! Hosts were very nice friendly people. gave us some flexibility too after booking which was appreciated. We'd certainly stay again and have already recommended to a friend.

8. Sails On The Lake

138 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 630 reviews

Sails On The Lake

Sails On The Lake (Sails Lake Taupo) is just across the road from the main beach on Lake Taupo and most of our rooms have spectacular views of the lake and the mountains beyond. We are just a short drive or stroll to the town centre and very close to all Taupo attractions.

Visit Taupo

Reviewed By Voyage14626746984

We stayed one night Ground floor unit Unit 1 Good parts was the bed comfortable and pillows lovely Some parts need updating Such as the toilet seat needs a repair The lights above the wash hand basin there are 2 of them One not working The plug in the wash hand basin the plug leaks out the water Having a wash and a shave then having to top up the water a few times Plenty of room in the bedroom but having to put suitcases on the floor Having to bend down to get things out not ideal They could put one of those fold out chair arrangement to put suitcases onto them No breakfast available due to staff shortages but this is everywhere in Taupo at the moment

9. Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel

7 Alma Street, Hamilton 3204 New Zealand
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1513 reviews

Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel

Novotel Tainui is in the heart of the city, on the banks of the Waikato River, adjacent to the Skycity Casino and entertainment complex. The hotel features 217 rooms, an award winning restaurant, lobby bar and a health club, with gym and sauna. Conference facilities are available for up to 350 delegates. Guests have easy access to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment, or relaxing river walks that can be found close by.

Customer Service Worth Coming Back To

Reviewed By Toi_Toi_Tz

Stayed at Novotel for 3 nights during the Queens Bday weekend. We were 2 families with kids and it was our first time in Hamilton. The rooms were modern, fresh, clean and very comfy bed and pillows. Staff were friendly and approachable. However, our hotel experience was greatly enhanced by the customer service from Leslie at the front desk. She was professional, extremely helpful and her proactive approach in assisting us with just about anything - from parking, check-in, complimentary drinks, food, direction, check-out, etc. was such a welcome surprise. It is very rare that we are made to feel at home in a hotel. Very grateful for going the extra mile to do that. We also noticed she has the same passion and enthusiastic demeanor with other guests as well. Such an asset to your team. Top-notch customer service worth coming back to.

10. Beachfront Resort

113 Buffalo Beach Road Whitianga, The Coromandel, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand 011 64 7-866 5637
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 488 reviews

Beachfront Resort

STAY RIGHT ON THE BEACH ... Our superb absolute beachfront location is the secret to the special charm of Beachfront Resort. Uniquely in Whitianga, there is no road or traffic, only garden and Pohutukawa trees between you and the seashore. Each comfortable, immaculate Beachfront Unit has full kitchen facilities, a smart LCD TV, Free Wifi, and a private patio or balcony with spectacular uninterrupted sea views of Mercury Bay. A guest laundry is also available. Kayaks, body boards, beach games, a trampoline, heated spa pool and BBQ are provided for guests so you can enjoy life on the beach right here. A private and peaceful haven only minutes away from the buzz of Whitianga’s shops and restaurants, Beachfront Resort is conveniently located for exploring the whole Peninsula with easy day trips to Coromandel town, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Please note that due due Covid -19, for the safety of our guests and staff, we are not currently offering a daily housekeeping service. Your Hosts, Kate and Paul Dimock, Beachfront Resort

Perfect Location, Perfect Accommodation, Perfect Hosts

Reviewed By B3034CLemma

Accommodation is right on the beach so you couldn't ask for a better location. Everything was perfect. Clean and well presented. Hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend to others and would definitely stay again.

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