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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have recently stayed in some Top 10 Holiday parks in the South Island so had a rough idea what to expect (my backpacking days are over!). I was really impressed with this hostel. Location great and not noisy. Right in town, supermarket about 400m away. Loads of cutlery, pots etc and free salt/pepper etc which was nice. Bedding comfy... More 

Thank kipa74
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yes it is a backpackers and a bar. But it has a funky traveller's vibe and full with life. Perfect to stay and explore taupo. We stay in a double room with our own ensuit. Room was very clean. Would have been nice to have a tv in room to wind down. But there was a fan and heater which... More 

Thank mesheluv
Iwade, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The hostel itself wasn't too modern but it was pretty clean and had all the facilities I needed. Staff were friendly and helpful. Had a decent kitchen and also a pool table. The bar was pretty good as well with good prices. It was very social of an evening time with beer pong and a fresh batch of chilli cooking... More 

Thank LMD_5
Redditch, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Staff are really friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. Free wifi/ tea and coffee just adds to the easiness of staying here, chilled vibe - good chill out or party place! (Cheapest bar in town) Definitely recommend.

Thank CharlieJ16
Solarpowered_12, Owner at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review

Hey Charlie, thanks for taking the time to review us. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and great feedback is really appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your travels and all this wonderful country has to offer :-) More 

Airlie Beach, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Staff are amazing, vibe is amazing, kitchen is huge, bar is welcoming and good vibe, right in the centre of town, free parking, rooms were awesome. Absolutely no complaints. Girlfriend and I loved our 3 nights here.

Thank Raphael B
Karry W, Manager at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review

Hey Raphael! Thank you for your lovely review, we really enjoyed having you and Malaika stay with us. All the best for the rest of your travels, hopefully see you here again another time! Kind regards, Sarah Hostel/Bar Manager More 

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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

If you're after diversity in your overnight stay, then look no further. Urban Retreat is a charming little establishment, situated in the heart of Taupo. This spacious and relaxed backpackers really grasps the concept of flow within its facilities and creates a welcoming environment. It has a neat open kitchen and seating area, that flow from reception, and a tidy... More 

Thank Goodwin W
Whitianga, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome weekend here. Big kitchen, lovely clean rooms, helpful and nice staff. Bar is very very cheap and lots of fun communal area. Good location right in the middle of town. Very reasonably priced. Also do 5$ chili con carne for dinner too. Would stay again!

Thank food_killer96
Katie T, Manager at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it's always lovely to read such nice feedback, thank you! I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels, maybe we will see you again in the future. All the best :-) More 

Ålesund, Norge
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I was on a travel with a tour bus and we stopped here for one night. The place is nice if you are on a budget. It has a bar and a small kitchen. The fasade is really cool and looks like a jungle hut. It was a bit chilly in July, both in the dorm and in the bar.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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319 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

We were in a 6 bed dorm and the room was very dry and dusty. I'm pretty sure it's the reason I'm sick right now, even after taking a nap the first day I woke up with a very dry itchy throat I didn't have that morning. The room was decently clean but there were dirty mugs that people had... More 

Thank kmerke
Katie T, Receptionist at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry to hear you became unwell during your stay. Housekeeping is carried out every morning after check out, where rooms are cleaned and prepared for the arrival of guests, this includes dusting and emptying of bins. Unfortunately, it is beyond our control if other guests decide to dye... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

I booked a twin room with private toilet. The room was clean and tidy but it was a bit too small. The facility was okay, the toilet was clean. Nice and helpful staffs. Reasonable and affordable price.

1 Thank natcharee h
Katie T, Receptionist at Taupo Urban Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am pleased to hear you had a pleasant stay. I will pass on your comments to the staff. Enjoy the rest of your trip :-) More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Taupo Urban Retreat, your home away from home! Free internet, 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, yet far enough away to get a good night's sleep. We are also only a few minutes walk from the bus stop and supermarkets, and there is plenty of free off-street parking available. At Urban we have a really sociable and chilled atmosphere, making it super easy to meet people. Enjoy our delicious chilli every night for only $5, or for $8 get a cold beer or wine to wash it down too. You can cook up a storm in our well-equipped kitchen, 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! We even have bikes for hire at reception so your adventure begins at our front door. We can also help you book onwards travel, although you may find you never want to leave Taupo! With a friendly welcoming vibe, cheap drinks and helpful staff Taupo Urban Retreat is your home away from home in Taupo. We look forward to having you stay! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Taupo Urban Retreat

Address: 65 Heu Heu Street, Taupo 0000, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: $45 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Taupo Urban Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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“Get a small room if you're planning on doing the crossing! Nice an quiet.”
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“Room 17 with outside access to courtyard is specially nice”
 of 5 bubbles Macodell, 2 May 2014 | Read review
“If you can afford it - have one of the ensuite rooms for that extra bit of privacy”
 of 5 bubbles clf2308, 29 Apr 2014 | Read review
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