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Radfords on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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“best kindest manager I've ever met!!! you'll feel so well treated...!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

rooms are spacious, beds are wide, comfortable, with many details to help you!!
the tools of the kitchen seem to be new, nice...
perhaps it is not my type of decoration but you feel very well!
And the manager with do her best to help you in any sense, she will come to your room to explain you main things, to give you the wifi, to help you with booking activities...
She was otustanding!!!...:)
and the view is veeeeery nice!!

Room Tip: much better in the first floor to see the lake. ground floor view is the parking...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Silviabcn11

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us at Radfords Motel. We especially appreciate your kind words about staff, I will be sure to past this on to them.

We hope to welcome you back should you come this way in the future.

Best Wishes
Kerri, Steve and the Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

We booked via the internet and are always a little sceptic al that the places will live up to the reviews. We needn't have worried at Radfords: easy to find, located right on the lake and with ample parking, yet walking distance to restaurants and shops. Perfect. Our reception by Kerri was warm and informative and we were very pleased with our upper room, with views on to the lake and beyond. The room was exceptionally clean and really well appointed (the bed was comfortable, linen and towels of good quality and the sofa welcoming) with everything that you would need to cook a simple meal. Breakfast can be included, but we chose to cater for ourselves and eat out at night - and the recommendations from Kerri were perfect. There is a huge washing machine and dryer, which when you have been travelling is a boon, and since we didn't have wash powder, Kerri was happy to give us some. A modest cost for these facilities, but worth every cent to again have a case load of clean clothes. We would have no hesitation in recommending Radfords and returning were we again in the area.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear Skippy50,

Many thanks for your glowing review of your stay here at Radford's. We have a very high standard here and my wonderful team and myself strive to make our units as welcoming as possible with everything thought of to make for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

We hope that you have enjoyed the rest of your time spent here in New Zealand.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

What a gem in Te Anau! We were greeted by hostess Kerri, who is incredibly welcoming. She helped us set up dinner reservations both nights and confirm our tours.

The hotel is spotless and the location can't be beat. And, unlike many "lakeview" properties, this actually does have a lovely lake view!

I highly recommend this for anyone staying in Te Anau for several nights or just an evening passing through to Milford/Doubtful.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Dear Kaycee H,

Thank you for your kind words regarding the service you received here at Radford's, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and we love to share our local knowledge and make sure our guests leave with fond memories of their time spent here in Fiordland.

We trust the remainder of your holiday is going well.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at Radfords for three nights in April 2014 whilst visiting Te Anau. The motel is located in a perfect position overlooking the beautiful lake and a quick walk to the centre of town. Our room was lovely – very spacious and beautifully presented. The beds are really comfy. Kerri is a wonderful host and has great advice on where to eat and what to do. I have never been fishing and she suggested a fishing trip with Fish Jet and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. A great place to stay when visiting the area. We hope to return soon.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear Jennifer Y,

Thank you for your valued feedback it is most appreciated. Our team here at Radford's are dedicated to ensuring our guests have the best experience whilst staying here and we are pleased that you enjoyed our hospitality and recommendations on things to do around Fiordland - Fish Jet is an amazing activity which we highly recommend as we receive fabulous feedback from our guests that have done this, to hear this was the highlight of your trip is wonderful!

You were both a pleasure to host and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

On arrival in beautiful Te Anau and being greeted by Kerri we knew our very short stay would be enjoyable.
Our one bedroom apartment was beautifully presented , every little thing was well thought out. Congratulations to Kerri and Steve on a great Motel and fantastic hospitality.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Dear Anne2578,

Thank you for placing feedback it is most appreciated, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay here in one of our recently refurbished one bedroom units.
We hope that the remainder of your trip around NZ went well.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We stayed here while taking a tour of Milford Sound. (Te Anau has a lot to offer itself.) The hotel is scrupulously maintained and the grounds are beautiful! Kerri is a very gracious host. She gave us several very good recommendations for restaurants and walking trails. All of the units have a view of Lake Te Anau -- the upper units have the better view. Most important to us was the quiet!

Room Tip: The upper units have a better view and are quieter. However, they do require walking up a flight of...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Dear Doug K,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay here at Radfords. We are delighted that you found our units to be nice and quiet and the view of the lake I agree is spectacular! There are many great walking tracks around Fiordland - you may have to return one day to complete a few more.

We really do appreciate your feedback and hope the rest of your travels went well.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

Radford's was a great place to stay while touring the fiord district. We had a very comfortable room, with a lake view. We could walk to restaurants in town and also to the office for Real Journeys with whom we booked our Doubtful and Milford Sound tours.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Dear Sarah W,

Thank you for placing your feedback - we really do appreciate it.
We are so pleased that you had a lovely stay and that you were able to visit both the Sounds they really are amazing.

We do hope the remainder of your trip is going well.

Best wishes,
Kerri & Steve James
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Additional Information about Radfords on the Lake

Property: Radfords on the Lake
Address: 56 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Radfords Lakeview Motel)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#4 Green Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Radfords on the Lake 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in style at Radfords on the Lake. Our well equipped units have a warm and luxurious feel. With attention to detail and complete commitment to your stay, our service is sure to make you feel welcome. Lake and mountain views from every suite and conveniently located close to the town centre. Look out for those little extras like candles, flowers, 50+ channel SKY TV and a great selection of DVDs for guests enjoyment. With guest laundry, continental breakfasts, kitchenette, off road parking, free wireless internet for use in your room, our aim is to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Winners of the NZ AA Supreme host of the year award 2013 ... more   less 
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