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Hotel Lake Brunner
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

stayed at this hotel ! lots of rain ! nice small room . but one pub towns can be a bit boring ! no choice with food eg; breakfast,lunch & dinner ! friendly people of couse ! catering needs work ! it always seams to rain going a croos to west coast !

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 March 2011

This motel was a huge disappointment. When we arrived there was no visible sign of reception. After 5 minutes of hunting around the complex, another guest to us that the check-in was at the local pub (1 minute away). Apartment was relatively clean (apart from mouldy towel stuffed into a drawer in the bathroom). Decor was ordinary and very average. Price of $240 per night was about $70 too expensive in our experience. Views of Lake Brunner were great but every apartment also overlooked the rear of the local pub - a truely disgusting sight (empty beer crates, barrels, rubbish bins and other rubbish and a rusting run down building in general). Take our advise, stay in Greymouth and visit Lake Brunner in passing.

Room Tip: Don't go there!
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank MJTTasman
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

This is definitely not a resort, but a series of units at the back of an old hotel. The Auction and Mortgagee sale sign out front should have been a clue. We learned later that the sale refers to only 3 of the total units but...not a good omen.

Reception was hard to find and after a couple of drive arounds we located someone in the hotel bar in front who looked up our booking but couldn't find a key for the unit. We were told to try and track down the cleaner "who probably has the key" No luck so after returning to the bar we were given the key to the unit next door. We were booked into an upper "Elite" unit with a good view of the lake. The view was the best part of our one night stay.

The unit was very spartan..no hair dryer etc, the lounge and best view is upstairs but the kitchen and main bedroom are downstairs so there was a lot of traffic up and down the stairs. The trays in the oven were dirty from previous guests and the spiders had taken over several of the windows. As mentioned by some other reviewers, the lake view is spoiled by a view of the back yard of the hotel...very tacky.

But most fascinating was a note in the information folder threatening all manner of inspections before checkout and possible retribution in case we stole anything! We've never seen that before in what was supposed to be a 4 star plus resort ( self rated of course)

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PatchNZ
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Reviewed 17 May 2010

As you drive into the place the first indication that all is not as it seemed on the website is the huge "Mortgagee Sale" sign. We finally realised that we had to go into the old hotel to register. What a smell of old fat - we certainly would not be eating here. Then were given the key (no help offered) and told to go up the driveway. That meant the gravel track alongside the hotel. It would not be possible to wander down at night without breaking something. The motel unit at first sight looked like the pix in the ad, but there was no electric blanket, no Sky, no hair dryer, no tissues and a list of things you couldn't do as long as your arm. The view of the lake was marred by the view of the back of the pub - Shanty Town at its worst. There was no way we could eat in the pub - the smell was so bad but we did find a super little place down by the railway line and had a good night there. Definitely would not stay there again

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jo P
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

Holy Cow! We stayed at Lake Brunner Resort Ahau Street, Moana & while it looked fine on the web & brochures, I noticed the photos are taken from the back view. There is a reason for this. The front driveway (entry) is like a building site, shingle piled up beside the driveway, & "for sale" notice as you drive in. Worse still, the rooms face towards the back of the pub which is an absolute junk site. So disgusting I took photos of the rubbish & junk, the "view" from our room with a peek of the lake. Standard rooms inside were ok, but not in the least private & overall a huge disappointment. Would've helped to have some sheers (curtains) but unless you pull the drapes you sit in the lounge while everyone walks directly past. Sadly, other guests looked unahppy. When we booked we were advised there was only 1 x unit left at lead in rate. Wrong. There were at least 2 x units still vacant the next morning beside us. There has to be an element of truth when dealing with visitors & we were really annoyed that we were clearly mislead by the person making the bookings.
I could go on about the other aspects of this resort which also lead to our disappointment (cooking smell from the pub in front - old fat - which drifted into the rooms, rowdy pub, guests not knowing where to check in & knocking on our door for information).... can honestly say this was the worst presented property I've seen in a long while.

However, if you want a great meal - try the cafe down the road it's fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank sashon
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