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San Francisco
Reviewed 29 June 2015

I will be the first to admit that this place scared me the first night we stayed and yes they can do a lot to improve everything. However, please keep in mind its price. In NZ and specially in Taupo, this is the cheapest place for a private ensuite where one can have the kitchen facility. Also its location is...

Thank Purobi
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 May 2015

I might be a little bias with this review, but this was the best hostel I stayed at whilst traveling NZ. I Think I loved it so much due to the people I met, rather then the hostel it's self, but I loved it!! We stayed in the 16 bed dorm. There is a cheap bar down stairs, we had...

Thank Kate L
Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

I stayed here for one night with the Kiwi Experience in May 2015, in a private ensuite room. The pros were the location, the size of the room, a comfy bed and a mirror. The cons were that it didn't have enough lighting and the flush in the toilet kept going once you pushed it unless you could get it...

Thank kaylazul
Reviewed 29 April 2015

It felt like quite a small place, which I appreciate. The staff was absolutely wonderful and you had the opportunity to use their computers if you needed internet connection. The common area were nice and so was the kitchen, apart from the fact that very few of the gas stoves were actually working. The room had a smelly scent and...

Thank Leivsa
Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 27 April 2015 via mobile

The rooms are okay cleaning wise, bathrooms are really dirty though! It's just gross. I didn't get much sleep because it's really loud. You hear everything that's happening in the other rooms and especially outside, even with closed windows! And that's very unfortunate since there's huge trucks just outside the building. They seem to empty their load full of glass...

Thank Travelramona
Rotorua District, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 April 2015

I only stayed for one night in the urban retreat and I didn't feel that the 30 dollars charged for the 4 bed en suite was reflective of the quality of the room. You can see that a lot of money has been put into the exterior and common areas of the hostel but apparently not into the room we...

Thank LMcKArgyll
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

This hostel was in a very good location - short walk to Lake Taupo where there are a range of small cafes/shops/restaurants etc. (It's also brilliant little village full of free parking!) The rooms here were quite basic but just what you need when travelling.The bed was huge and so comfy! Have nothing to complain about our stay here -...

Thank mkdaniel
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 March 2015

I loved this hostel. Nice, big common area with a pool table and benches - you're able to meet lots of people, especially as they have their own bar and a deal on pitchers of beer! A great location too, and friendly, helpful staff. Also a lovely outdoor area. I stayed in a four bed dorm and got a good...

Thank Rhian M
Reviewed 17 March 2015

The staff were friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed the $5 chilli con carne for dinner at the hostel. We checked into the room and the bed sheets seemed dirty (covered in long hairs) and had holes in. Bedding could definitely do with being updated - it was very tatty. The room (dorm of 8) was very small, and one...

Thank HRebeccaH
Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewed 12 March 2015

This is the first hostel I have ever stayed at and it was great. The staff was very friendly and helpful during check-in. My friend and I got a twin room with the ensuite, which had 2 twin beds & a private bathroom. The hostel has their own bar, a very clean & nice kitchen, a dining area w/ a...

Thank Joni O

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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 Heuheu Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: ₹ 2,133 - ₹ 4,460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Taupo Urban Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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“avoid it completely”
471tristanj, 29 Feb 2016 | Read review
“16 bed dorm!!”
8katel, 30 May 2015 | Read review
“Get a small room if you're planning on doing the crossing! Nice an quiet.”
265markp, 31 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Room 17 with outside access to courtyard is specially nice”
Macodell, 2 May 2014 | Read review
“If you can afford it - have one of the ensuite rooms for that extra bit of privacy”
clf2308, 29 Apr 2014 | Read review
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