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Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 April 2014

My husband and I spent 2 night here in April 2014. There are many great things about this motel:
Position is great, 5 minutes walk to town centre
Views of lake are fantastic, right across the road
Units are Very spacious & we'll appointed
Staff are happy friendly & helpful
Free internet
Laundry facilities are available.
NEGATIVE...if you stay here you must stay in a downstairs unit! We stayed in downstairs unit 3 & up until 10.30 at night & again from 5.30 in the morning we could hear the people above us scrapping chairs, opening & closing drawers (numerous times!) & cupboards, moving around and going to the toilet! The flushing of toilets was probably the worst with the noise sounding like it was running right above us. The toilet exhaust fan is connected to the light so this also caused a constant loud humming noise. It sounded like the people above us turned the toilet light on and just left it on. Maybe we were just unlucky enough to have the noisiest people above us who required over 2 & a half hours in the morning to get ready for the day but this has really made my stay here a negative one.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely NOT if I was in a downstairs unit!

Room Tip: Do NOT stay in a downstairs unit !
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

For location this property has everything: fabulous view of the lake & a short stroll into town for eating & amenities. The units are spacious with separate kitchen/dining/sitting area, bedroom & bathroom. There is a good big balcony on which to sit & admire the view. Staff are friendly & there are laundry facilities, also plenty of parking. Now I'm running out of superlatives!
Overall the decor is tired, the peach bathroom needs updating and the so called 'comfy armchairs' are old fashioned and not comfy. Though the bedroom is large the extra 3rd bed squeezed in means that the double bed is rammed up against the wall; so you have to climb over your partner to get out of bed! Strange! Generous free WiFi but I couldn't get it to connect very easily.
An overnight stay is also not especially cheap (£120/night).
With a bit of refurbishment this place would be amazing.
Would I stay again-not sure.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We spent two nights here around a day trip to Milford Sound. We had a separate bedroom and living room with a small kitchen. The rooms were very spacious and nicely appointed. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. What better way to end a day of sightseeing than sitting out your doorway overlooking the lake?

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

During a one week whistle-stop tour of South Island we had the good fortune to spend three nights at this excellent accommodation on the shore of the lake. We had a ground floor appartment overlooking the well-kept lawn and the lake and we thought the accommodation was superb. The sitting room and spacious bedroom were spotlessly clean and well fuurnished. The en-suite kitchen was well equipped with high quality utensils, cutlery and crockery. Breakfast was a pleasure, provided by ourselves and eaten on our sunny terrace overlooking the lake and mountains. It was but a short walk into town (about five minutes) and once there we could shop for food, visit local restaurants and enjoy a tourist film at the local cinema. We would definitly stay here again on our next visit to Te Anau.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank subortna
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Spacious accommodation in a lovely location facing the lake not far from the centre. Helpful staff, easy parking and convenient for laundry. Much appreciated being on the ground floor but so sad not to be able to have one with a bath - especially as other tourists would have loved the walk in shower that we had! We felt the price was 12-15% overpriced against comparable accommodation in NZ, without breakfast, as it wasn't peak season. But we think others staying at the same time but for fewer nights paid less than us. If we'd had a bath and paid a little less we would rate as excellent!

Room Tip: downstairs in front of the lawn is great and may be phone to try and secure your preference of walk...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Of all the arrangements we made prior to travelling to New Zealand, this was the first of only three to acknowledge our booking. We received a confirmation email from the front desk within an hour – very reassuring. As this was our first visit we were unsure of which companies to use for tours to the fjords so asked advice. Again, in less than an hour we had information back and were able to make reservations without making payment in advance. The fact that one tour left at 07:30 on the day of our arrival was no trouble either; Casey, the front of house manager, simply turned in for work early and stored our baggage until we returned a five that afternoon (even unpacking our cool bag into the fridge).
As for the room – we had a ground floor suite with lounge/diner at the front overlooking the lake. The bedrooms are to the rear and are, therefore, away from road noise. Bath/shower room with separate toilet is an excellent touch.
There are kitchen facilities sufficient for meal preparation and also use of the barbeque in the front gardens.
Parking is behind the motel right beside your accommodation.
The place is clean and comfortable and, in our opinion, has the best customer service of any hotel/motel in which we’ve ever stayed.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Great hosts, rooms, views, location. No complaints. The rooms are not the newest around but they are so clean with all amenities that it makes up for it. Free laundry, ground floor goes straight ontto grass lawn and lakefront.

Room Tip: All face the lake. Ground floor probably best.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank James R
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Additional Information about Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments

Address: 42 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Campbell's on the Lake)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#2 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: £111 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All apartments have been recently refurbished, has Ample Heating, Flat Screen LCD TVs with Sky television and Telephones in every apartment. The Bathrooms include a Shower and a full Bath with a separate Toilet. Free wireless internet and 24 hour guest laundry. All trips in the Fiordland Area can be arranged at no extra charge. Friendly Service. ... more   less 
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Fiordland Lakeview Motel And Apartments Hotel Te Anau
Campbells On The Lake Hotel

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