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Village Inn Hotel
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

I did a review for this hotel and it was put on resturant site my fault i think.but if you havent seen it let me just say to you the reader do not miss staying here. It is a wonderful magical place with great front on a lot of the buildings showing various themes and styles,my friend in aa noticed me standing outside the temperance building and had a good laugh.oh yes the food the staff ect ect were all top class .if you have kids they will love this place. also the snow caped peaks are also very close to hand .

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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VillageInn003, Front Office Manager at Village Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Hi

thanks so much for your review. We are so pleased when guests see the fun side of 'The Village'.
And the lovely comments on staff and food mean we must all be on the right track to providing a good service to our guests.
If you are ever back this way, we would look forward to seeing you again.

kind regards
Anita Bull
Front Office Manager

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Reviewed 18 April 2013

After remarking many times during our stay in New Zealand that some of the little towns we stopped in reminded us of a Western Town (Cowboy) We arrived at the Village Inn and loved the quirky nature of it at first site. We stayed in the "Bank" a beautiful comfortable room and hotel is located in a quiet spot but within easy reach of town.Food was excellent and service great.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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VillageInn003, Front Office Manager at Village Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Hi

thanks so much for your very positive comments on your stay with us at 'The Village".
We do love it when guests enjoy the difference between our themed little village and most other ordinary hotels.
Do look us up if you are ever back in Te Anau.

kind regards
Anita Bull
Front Office Manager

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Reviewed 7 April 2013

I stopped at for 1 night in March 2013 in a twin room.

Summary
A quaint and quirky hotel, somewhat different from the normal style of hotel you would expect to stop in outside of a theme park. Located in a quiet area of town and within easy walking distance from the main town and facilities.

This review is based on my stay in room 808 which is on the ground floor.

The rooms amenities include: 2x double beds, electric blankets, hairdryers, iron & board, tea and coffee making facilities with kettle, mugs, wine glasses & bottle opener, fridge, TV.

Hotel amenities include:- Restaurant, laundry room (NZ$5 -£2.63- per load), wifi access.

Located with walking distance (5 mins) of Lake Te Anau and the town centre, adjacent to a local park.

The Village Inn Hotel is designed with an old wild west (or gold mining town) facade, which brings a bit of excitement after stopping in several hotels lacking in personality on my road trip around New Zealand.

My room (808) which is the general store, is a large, comfortable and clean room. There is no private outdoors area, but however there is plenty of seating areas in side the room. There is also a car parking space directly in front of your room.

Breakfast was included in the room rate and is cooked to order, with a selection of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, tomatoes, beans, toast, tea and coffee. There is a continental selection in buffet style.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank TortMad
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VillageInn003, Front Office Manager at Village Inn Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Hi

Your response was so detailed and positive, we were very happy to received it.
Also we can see this would be very helpful to any travellers heading towards Te Anau.
Thank you so much, we are always pleased when guests have a good stay with us, that's what being in this industry is all about.

kind regards
Anita Bull
Front Office Manager

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Reviewed 4 April 2013

We booked in here for one night while in Te Anau. While the Village Inn describes itself as a hotel, I would describe it more as a classic New Zealand motel (this is meant as a good thing!)which has been converted/upgraded in a number of ways. Positive points about our room were that it had a modern decor/interior and the importantly the room was clean.

Notable additional features of the Village Inn (over and above a basic motel) were a restaurant and bar area and a slightly quirky series of individual colonial style frontages on many of the rooms. For example, we "stayed in" the Te Anau Outfitting Emporium as that was the frontage of our room. Presumably the owners are trying to bring to mind the old gold rush era days of the region. Depending on your perspective, this makes the rooms either an interesting novelty or slightly tacky (possibly harsh - but everyone's tastes differ).

The staff were professional and helpful, other positives were that we had a carpark right outside our room (not an uncommon set-up with NZ motels) and it was an easy 5 minute walk to the centre of town, restaurants etc. We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant, which was adequate.

There is a Fresh Choice supermarket about 5-10 mins walk away if you were staying a few days and wanted to use the kitchenette facilities in the room for your own cooking.

Overall, we have no complaints about the Village Inn - it was a decent place to stay. Don't expect an international style chain hotel (as some reviewers appeared to be expecting), because you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a clean, relatively modern motel with a bit of quirky charm and a few extra hotel-style facilities then you should have a happy stay!

Room Tip: Our superior room had a king size bed and was quite spacious, worth getting the dearer room if the jump in price isn't too steep.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

The Village Inn of Te Anau is quaint and quirky – the outside of the buildings designed to look like an old-time village square (complete with wishing well). As one of the few actual motels of our journey (we're mostly staying in Backpackers/hostels) the interior seemed almost luxurious. Our own bathroom and shower! Even a kitchen (pity we had nothing to cook)! We even managed to enjoy a little television. The lighting, however, was very poor with the ceiling lights casting only small pools of pale radiance. They do aim for eco-friendly bulbs, but there was not even a desk lamp on the corner desk. The bed was very comfortable, and I enjoyed a decent night's sleep.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Angela K
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