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Parklands Motel
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Reviewed 3 May 2012 via mobile

Stayd for 2 nights and it was really great. The owner was nice. The location is a 5 min walk to city center or à 5 min walk to the beatiful lake.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Our group stayed in two different rooms - both were comfortable

The first was a double with no cooking facilities. It was towards the back of the motel and clean and comfortable. There was a share kitchen/dining area for these units.

The second was a one bedroom apartment towards the front of the motel - this was larger and had good cooking facilities.

The owner was really helpful - showed us around both rooms, made sure we were comfortable, explained how we could move the beds.

The bathroom is looking a wee bit tired - but it was clean, comfortable, spacious and warm and not overly expensive. TV in the apartment was a wee bit small compared to TVs in similar rooms elsewhere. Everything was in easy walking distance.

We had no mould, friendly help and a comfortable stay for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank sariban
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Clean, friendly, comfortable and convenient before starting a morning journey to Milford Sound.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank AgataP
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

I stayed at Parklands twice for a single night before and after hiking the Kepler Track - both times in Unit 7. My choice was largely based on Trip Advisor reviews, since there are a lot of options in Te Anau but nothing that really stood out to me. With that said, I had low expectations going into my visit.

On the positive side, this is a very basic motel, but the room was generally clean (but dated) and provided a decent place to stay the night. The studio unit was a decent size. There are very basic satellite TV options - about 7 channels. The kitchenette setup was handy. The shower provided plenty of hot water and the heater worked. The owner also graciously held a bag until I returned from my hike. The location is also fairly central (although Te Anau is so small) - about a 5 minute walk to Subway, 7-10 min walk to the main town area, and about a 15 min walk to the DOC.

On the negative side, there is mold in the bathroom ceiling (which is one of those things that just freaks me out). The laundry room (one washer, one dryer - both $2 per use) is a dark, dank pit that desperately needs to be cleaned. The property as a whole, while maintained, could really be spruced up a bit and easily just made to be a bit more attractive. I was also annoyed by the 10am checkout time, which struck me as ridiculously early; but I have since learned that the time is not exclusive to this property. Wifi is an extra $5 for an hour.

I have to agree with others' comments about the management. The manager wasn't rude or overtly unfriendly, but he wasn't really helpful or outgoing either. I was left with the impression that they just wanted you in and out with a minimum of fuss or interaction. Like another recent reviewer said, "There is nothing really wrong, but nothing was great either."

Bottom line, for the price I paid compared to what I received, and given the number of options in Te Anau, I'd look elsewhere before booking at Parklands, which I'd keep in the "last resort" column.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Mellicon
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We stayed - due to the recommendations of Tripadvisor - at this motel and due to the booking even for 2 nights. Our room was a remembrance of the 70s. Unfortunately, not in the state of the 70s, but with a usage of another 40 years. The only good thing was the clean bed. Whenever I thought during the day of having to return to this place, I tried to push the thought away. The motel requires urgent renovation (e.g. the 40 years old wallpaper, table, chairs, carpet and disgustingly used sofa). Also the hospitality was totally restrained: everywhere signs that you have to pay extra for something (e.g. for a cup of milk, for a coffee-bag - with two nights we only got one coffee-bag in total...). Only when we wanted to leave, the landlord became a sort of friendly and tried to smile a bit. That's not enough to advice anyone to stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank W0RLDWIDETRAVELLERS
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