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“Nice hostel... A little noisy”

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Taupo Urban Retreat
Ranked #17 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
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3 reviews
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“Nice hostel... A little noisy”
Reviewed 5 December 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights while travelling around new Zealand. Our double ensuite was clean and well equipped. I thought the 5dollar chilli was good value and tasty. Only downside was the communal area was very small and quite noisy at night and it is right next to the bedrooms. The staff were knowledgable and offered advice on and arranged activities around taupo. Would definitely recommend this place particularly for younger / solo travellers

  • Stayed July 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

A lovely place to stay- right in the heart of Taupo... very relaxed atmosphere with Staff that are always willing to help and beds that are too comfy to get out of in the morning. Free internet was a bonus, aswell as the live music and ocassional party games! A good place to stay for both those wanting to party and for those who just want a to chill out and maybe take advantage of one of their many movies. Another good point is that they book trips and actvities for free and will provide you with plenty of information to help you plan your stay!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

had a great stay in Taupo, great atmosphere with helpful staff. best backpacker ive stayed in.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Hamilton
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

Stayed at urban retreat for 1 week in August, had a blast of a time here. Staff were very friendly and helpful, especially katie she couldn't do enough for you - a star

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

Not used to hostels but pleasantly surprised with the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie between travellers and staff. Rooms are basic but clean. Slept very well. Genuine backpackers seemed to enjoy cooking in the large kitchen/dining area and gathering at the bar. Free internet and advice on things to do in the area. Plenty of good eateries nearby. The staff seem to know all the adventure/trip organisers and put you in touch in no time. After traveling for 6 weeks we returned for a few more days before leaving NZ.

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Taupo Urban Retreat
Address: 65 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
Price range (per night): RM133 - RM304
Hotel Class:2 star — Taupo Urban Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Taupo Urban Retreat - your home away from home! Free unlimited WIFI and computers, comfy beds and hot, high-pressure showers are a given here. With arguably the best location in Taupo we are just a couple of streets away from the busiest bars and restaurants and the shores of the stunning Great Lake Taupo - yet far enough away to get a good night’s sleep. Not to mention we are only minutes away from the bus stop and supermarkets, and there is plenty of free off-street parking available. At Urban we have a sociable yet chilled atmosphere, making it super easy to meet people. Enjoy our delicious chilli every night for only $5, or for $3 more get a cold beer or wine to wash it down. You can cook up a storm in our well-equipped kitchen with free oil and spices included. Help yourself to our free tea and coffee too! Mingle in our in-house guest bar with new friends, soak up some rays in our sunny garden courtyard, or snuggle up with a good book in your quiet dorm room if you’re all talked out. Keen for movie night? Hunker down in our cosy TV lounge and choose from our vast array of movie titles, we even have free popcorn! We’d love to help you make the most out of your stay in our beautiful region. Our friendly staff can help you book your activities including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Skydiving, Bungy jumping, Jet boats or Rafting trips to name a few. We’ve been operating in Taupo for over ten years so we know all of the local hidden gems and the best travel tips. Whether you’re looking to spend or save we can help you fill your day! Still have energy to burn? We even have bikes for hire at reception so your adventure begins at our front door. If you are moving on, our awesome team can help you book your onwards travel – be warned you may find you never want to leave Taupo! ... more   less 
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