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Skotel Alpine Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Whakapapa
Reviewed 28 July 2015

We stayed in the Backpackers room for one visit and i thought it was great value and really tidy with access to kitchen and lounge. I didnt really mind the graffitti it added to the character- and it was very cheap to sleep 4 (most room sleep 3)

The second time we stayed in the far more expensive Queen room with bunks at the other end of the hotel. The only issue i have is the Squeaky Bunks! every time my daughter moved around there was loud squeaking!

Room Tip: room 317 backpackers sleeps 4
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Stayed here at the beginning of the season so the room needed a little airing because it probably hasn't been used for a while. Room had a double and a bunk and yes the hotel decor is a little tired but it is a hotel by the mountains for adventurous types and you don't expect it to be like the Ritz. Rooms are warm, beds comfy and they have the amenities you need (fridge, kettle, hairdryer, shampoo etc) and one of the best places to watch sunset is in the bar with a mulled wine when it's cold outside. Chateau Tongariro is also v close if you want to try a different dining/drinking experience too.

Room Tip: rooms at the front of the hotel have better views
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Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

It is fair enough to have to pay a premium price for staying close to the Whakapapa ski field at Mount Ruapehu and enjoy the wonderful scenery. But sadly the management have not done much to keep the hotel well maintained. The carpet in our room was badly stained and had ripped areas. The same with the duvet. But overall it was clean enough. The meal that we had in the restaurant was not too bad and the staff were friendly enough but not well trained.

Room Tip: Best to get a chalet if you want a quiet night's rest
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

I am sure the rooms in the main building are fine as haven't read anything to the contrary but the Chalets are disgusting. They are described as older style on the website which is absolutely fine, I don't care about decor but I do care about health and safety. As soon as we walked in we were hit by a 'urine' smell. The carpet is threadbare, the paint peeling everywhere, hole in the bathroom floor, broken glass taped up on toilet door, worst bed I have ever slept on, one small oil filled heater and a wall panel heater did not keep the room warm in the sub zero temperatures, we wore thermals to bed. Only one side of electric blanket on double bed worked. 3 hot water bottles for the bunks but only two with plugs. The bunksets are unsafe with no railing or safety-bar. We ate dinner in the restaurant, kids buffet was awful, our meals were average and definately not worth what we paid - so disappointing as had read great reviews. Eat at the Tussock Tavern opp. the Chateau - it was fantastic. I would also pay an extra $30 per night at stay at the Chateau Motel Units - far far superior. We weren't asked at check out anything about our stay, I would have told them but just couldn't be bothered by that stage. After the first night we were prepared to stay somewhere else and forgo our 2nd night charge but unfortunately everywhere else booked out.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the superior room with bunkset for four nights while we went to the nearby snowfield. The room was basic but excellent value for money. The waitresses in the restaurant were the best part of Skotel - they were fun, friendly and great at their job. The meals were generous in size and reasonably priced. Downstairs is a ski hire shop and I would recommend you hire from them rather than at the mountain - they were very helpful! We would definitely stay again.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

Clean room, friendly staff, homey ambiance: a traveller's delight. A panoramic view of the mountains that is relaxing and breath-taking. Food is not a problem. You can go o their restaurant or cook your meal in their fully functional guest kitchen. I really enjoyed my stay. Definitely recommendable.

Room Tip: Rooms on the west wing has a great vista.
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

Our group stayed in the backpacker's rooms, and all 10+ of us loved it! Absolutely PRIMO location! Cozy, clean, quiet! The kitchen is small but functional, the showers were hot and the sauna fabulous! Some of the mattresses were far too soft (it's like you are laying in a hammock) but the bunks were firm. I would definitely stay here again!

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with friends
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Address: Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Tongariro National Park > Whakapapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Whakapapa
Price Range: $54 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Skotel Alpine Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skotel was established in the early 60s by a group of keen skiers who wanted the convenience of accommodation close to the ski-fields but more comfort than the ski lodges of that time. In 1986 it underwent a major expansion with the addition of restaurant, bar and other facilities. The old part of the building became the backpacker’s wing. Skotel has maintained its friendly informal atmosphere but now provides Qualmark three star accommodation and the exciting cuisine experiences of our new dinner menu. ... more   less 
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Skotel Alpine Hotel Whakapapa Village
Holiday Inn Tongariro National Park

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