Firstly, the positives. The Hotel is in a great location and is priced in the middle of the options in Karamea. The staff are friendly, polite, helpful and positive. It has a games area, a comfortable lounge for relaxation, TV, reading material and games. The bar is well stocked with a good selection of local New Zealand wines. The restaurant has a very good, competitively-priced menu and the food was great!. The cooked breakfast was definitely the best cooked breakfast I have been served in many years, anywhere in the world - a breakfast in Dublin being the benchmark and this was as good. A nice big shower with lots of hot water and good pressure and flow. There is a spa for which a modest fee is charged but there are cleanliness aspects that need attention. The spa area was being used as a storeroom. Not a good idea! See what follows.
Now the negatives. Our room was poorly lit and tired. Dead flies around the windows and door, a double bed with a bedside lamp on only one side of the bed, a "roll-together" mattress that was long past its "best by" date, the bed linen had been made up the wrong way round (the longest past of the sheet had been put across the bed), no shade on the light suspended from the ceiling, cracked and split linoleum in the bathroom which trapped water from the shower, mould starting to appear in the tile sealant at the bottom of the shower, unfilled holes in the wall in the bathroom and chips out of the paint, no shelf on which to place a toilet bag (we used the toilet lid), no power-point near a mirror (women use hair-driers didn't they know?) two chairs outside on the deck that were dirty and cobwebbed, and (oh dear, oh dear) a china pot by the front door partly filled with wet, soggy, smelly ,disgusting, puke-engendering cigarette butts!
If you want to stay here, inspect the room first and ensure that the cleanliness aspects have been attended to.
If the cleanliness and maintenance aspects had been attended to this hotel would have received our whole-hearted recommendation. In the meantime ....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Last Resort was hand built by entrepreneurial locals and first opened for business in 1992. The complex offers a range of accommodation options, restaurant and bar facilities. Make this "very special place" your base when exploring Karamea, the Oparara Basin, the Kahurangi National Park and the Heaphy and Whangapeka Tracks. ... more less