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Gables Lakefront Motel
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We spent 4 nights based here and did day trips to Rotorua, a yacht cruise and other attractions around the lake.
What a beautiful little spot! From the ice cream van across the road, the coffee van down the street to the friendly, attentive, efficient and helpful staff and owners it was an absolute pleasure to stay at The Gables.
The owners were friendly and helpful on our fairly late arrival and they were happy to chat as we had our morning coffee outside our room. The freshly baked cookies every day were also a welcome bonus.
The rooms were immaculate and the staff were very efficient in cleaning and making up our room each day.
The hot pool in the back section of the room was a welcome and appreciated amenity after a long day exploring the area, not to mention ridiculously relaxing.
I can’t recommend The Gables enough, it was almost a shame to leave there each day to go exploring.
It’s a decent walk into town but sits on the hotel strip in front of the lake so no further than anywhere else and if you fancy the exercise the view is amazing! Thanks Peter and Penny. Teresa and Scott

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Hi Scott P,
Thanks for the great review and kind words. It was lovely to meet you both and we really enjoyed your company. We are pleased that you enjoyed your room with the awesome views of the lake and the mountains and all the little extras like homemade cookies and fresh fruit. We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels and hope to see you again soon. Take care. Kind regards, Peter & Penny

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This is our 3rd stay with Peter an Penny and as always a pleasure to visit.
The units are very clean and tidy with great service from all their staff nothing being a problem, has everything you would need to make the stay most comfortable down to the ice for your gin & tonic, not to forget the coffee and ice cream vans just nice and handy across the road. We stayed for a week this month (march) and would highly recommend the Gables. Comfy beds, great shower, good laundry, wifi that works well, along with a great view to enjoy anytime of the day. We loved it very much made our trip to NZ great.

Room Tip: most units look out at the lake, maybe the family units do not
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank theclarks9
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi theclarks9,
Thanks for the great review and kind words. It was lovely to see you both again and we really enjoyed your company. We are pleased that you had a good time and managed to do lots of fishing and relaxing. We wish you all the best and hope you have a great year. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Take care.
Kind regards,
Peter & Penny

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

My husband and I loved this place. The owners and our neighbors were all so friendly - and this place is for those who like friendly companionship. We stayed facing the lake and our room was a suite - living room with TV, dining table, which leads into the kitchen (2 burner stovetop, microwave, small fridge and dishes/flatware - limited pots and pans but all clean). Next comes the nicely sized bedroom with great area for storage. We were able to organize our very disorganized luggage! Out back the bedroom is a spa tub. It doesn't have jets but the warm water flows all around you. You can certainly hear your neighbors through the spa area and, if your front patio door is open and theirs is too, then talk noise travels. But the beds were very comfy, all the neighbors exceptionally friendly. There's the lake right across the (rather busy) street with a gelato truck and, just a bit further down the road, and good coffee truck. The views are spectacular and we loved our stay. Our hosts provided home made cookies and fruit every day. Bathroom has a nice sink area and shower only (no tub).

Room Tip: Ask for a full lake suite
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank SheynaPurna
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi SheynaPurna,
Thanks for the in depth review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we wish you all the best. It was lovely to meet you all and safe travels.
Kind regards,
Peter & Penny

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Great setting stroll across the road to the lake. Easy walking to town and restaurants. Nice units clean and spacious. Good laundry facilities. Very friendly hosts. Easy parking. On the main road setback never heard any traffic noise.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank 123LS
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TaupoGables, Owner at Gables Lakefront Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 123LS,
Thanks for the great review. We enjoyed meeting you and are pleased that you had a good stay with us. We wish you all the best.
Kind regards,
Peter & Penny

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Exceptionally clean and tidy with great hosts
Good view of the lake and the private hot pool a real bonus as were the fruit and home made biscuits waiting for us. Easy walk into town to shops and restaurants.
We will be back.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank tonynmary
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