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“Great stay for Milford or Doubtful Sounds”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bella Vista Motel

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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Great stay for Milford or Doubtful Sounds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We stayed two nights and were happy with our second experience of a Bella Vista Motel. Our hosts had only taken over 3 weeks before and couldn't have been more helpful. We had asked for and got a quiet room on the upper floor. Highly recommend the trip to Milford Sound and in particular, the bus from Ecotours (especially if Simon is the driver) as you'll get so much more out of the journey than driving down by yourself.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Warwick H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Thank you Joe D. It is our aim to please all our guests and hope you will come back again sometime
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We stayed in the motel for two nights in mid-February, either side of a day trip on Doubtful Sound (it is a 20-minute drive to Manapouri, from where the trip starts). The motel is modern, in a nice setting and ideally located a short walk from the town, across a park area. The room was not large but was what we paid for and certainly adequate. It was spotlessly clean. As others have noted, on a warm night you might need to open a window of two, but that was no problem. The room was on the top, first floor level and adjacent to a table and chairs, which made for a pleasant sit with a glass of wine looking out at countryside. The new owners very friendly and helpful. A strong point is that the wifi was the best we came across in a three-week tour of the South Island - fast, reliable and effectively unlimited. A very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Warwick H, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Thank you for your great response Selby. It was a pleasure to have you here with us and you will be pleased that we now have fans available for all rooms. Hope to see you again
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Hertfordshire England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stayed at this motel for 2 nights whilst visiting Doubtful sound. Although the room was on the small side it was spotlessly clean and contained all we needed, the owners (sorry we didn't get their names) were lovely people and went out of their way to be helpful. If ever we come this way again we will stay with them.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellsford, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

We stayed at this Bella Vista Motel late January 14.
It is a very good place to stay. The location is a short walk through a park to the centre of town or or a block to the lake front. The owner is the man in the office, he has a through knowledge of all the sights to see in the area and was great at suggesting where to stop along the way so we did not drive past any of the beauty spots. His wife is the one on the go making sure the rooms and surroundings are cleaned and presented to very high standard.
Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

If you are not familiar with Bella Vista, it is a chain of motels across NZ, similar to Motel 6 category, but all are way overpriced by US standards. I stayed in 3 of them and each exceeded 140 NZD which is ridiculous for what they offer, a compact room and bathroom with hardly any space to move around. However, they are all clean and tidy with ample parking, and best of all, free and fast wifi which is a rarity in NZ. Breakfast is extra if you like and is served in the room. I never tried it.

This Bella Vista is within walking distance of the lake and Town Center, is squeaky clean and has a slightly larger room and bathroom than the others. It seems to be a newer property with better bathroom fixtures, including a proper water mixer in the sink which is not the case in other similar motels. Make sure you get an upper level room unless you have mobility issues. Privacy and quiet are at a premium at all Bella Vistas. Here there was another problem. The temperature touched 27C late in the day, making the room very warm and stuffy. The only choice was to open the door and bathroom window and keep them open all night. Obviously not an acceptable option. There was no fan or any other ventilation.

If you are planning to stay at more than 1 Bella Vista, make sure you enroll in their loyalty program, and encash your balance at the next stay. It is very easy and practical.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Warwick H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Thank you for your review but I would like to clarify some points made. Our prices reflect the average prices for New Zealand for the type of motel and room chosen and are the average price for Te Anau. These should not be compared to US prices as other factors come in to play. We have a variety of room sizes available starting with the smallest (compact) (the room reviewed) up to two bedroom units and these are detailed on the booking channel sites. Most NZ motels do not have air conditioning but fans are available on request if required. Bella Vista motels are individually owned. Thank you for staying with us.
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

We stayed at Bella Vista for 2 nights in November 2013, before and between Milford and Doubtful Sound overnight trips. Our large room, the parking and the location were all just fine, and we would recommend the motel for these reasons alone. This posting is very delayed but the real reason I was going to post it was because the service given by Selby and Janelle was superb, even more than the usual high, friendly standards at New Zealand motels - and her muffins were the best! I am sorry to read that they have moved on and send good wishes. The new owners will have big shoes to fill, but we wish them luck too. Like others, we stayed at several Bella Vista motels and found them to be a good chain.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

It seems Warwick and Trish are going to continue delivering the wonderful service and spotlessly clean motel I have come to enjoy staying at.
New owners and they will need time to come to grips with the madness of tourists, but on our first meeting, I'm sure they are going to do a fantastic job.

Room Tip: Room 3 has a spa-bath.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel

Property: Bella Vista Motel
Address: 9 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Te Anau
#2 Green Hotel in Te Anau
#3 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#5 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#11 Family Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at a quiet location, adjacent to a park and the closest motel to the town centre, just minutes stroll from the lakefront. Bella Vista Te Anau Motel accommodation offers 18 superior quality units with kitchenettes and shower ensuites (3 with shower over spa bath).Te Anau is a beautiful picturesque township nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau, which is the largest lake in the South Island, and the second largest lake in New Zealand. It is a great place to base yourself when exploring Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. ... more   less 
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