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“Good hotel with views over the lake”

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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Rutland
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44 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good hotel with views over the lake”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

It's a pretty good hotel but ask for a lake view room to maximise your stay.

Room Tip: Lake view request
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 29 September 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane Queensland
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141 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2012

We had a stop over at the Hotel and Villas in Te Anau on our way to Milford Sound. Comfortable stay but the apartments are a bit tired. The apartment was supposed to be self contained but did not have a table and chairs.

Small things put you off when you arrive in a motel expecting a lot better. We found there was a shortage of available toilet paper, no additional pillows were available and the ones already in the bedrooms were past their use by date.

Main focus of management seemed to be on larger organised tourist contingents.

Would not recommend this to friends if travelling through

Peter S, Brisbane Qld

Room Tip: As for a room at the front of the complex.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2012

We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment. The apartment was old and could do with a refurbishment, it reminded me of a retirement village unit. The "kitchen" was a small bar fridge under a small table in the corner. On it sat a microwave and a kettle. There was not any sink, so the kettle had to be filled at the taps attached to the bathtub as it wouldn't fit under the taps at the washbasin in the bathroom!

I would consider it clean and functional, that's it. The location is excellent, just a minute's walk from the information centre and across the road from the lake. Wifi was free and only accessible at the reception area, which isn't very convenient.

I do not know the rates they charged as we booked this as a package through a travel agent.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

We stayed here for one night in a lake view room. Although the room had a lovely view it became very warm during the afternoon with the sun blazing in so when we arrived it was stiflingly hot. The room was functional if a little dated. The bathroom could have done with a good clean. We didn't eat in the restaurant for either dinner or breakfast so cannot comment on the quality. However the size of the restaurant suggests that it is geared up for large coach parties rather than fine dining! It served its purpose as a stop-over but we have no desire to return.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

Provided you can get a lakeview room this hotel is very adequate but avoid the rear facing rooms. The lakefront bar is good but the restaurant was almost empty, though we had a good light meal.
This hotel needs an update but the lake view is stunning. We did not vist the 'Villas'

Room Tip: Must get a lake view room
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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sydney
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48 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

The 2 bedroomed villa was very tired, sorely in need of refurbishment. The bed was however comfortable and clean. Very disappointing and expensive. There are far better value for money choices in Te Anau. A positive is free wifi in the lounge area.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Booked in as we got a good deal online but were very disappointed by our room. the villas are old and shabby. When we asked for our room to be changed the lady at reception was rude and unplesant. Breakfast was very pricy and would recommend other places around town.

Room Tip: Nothing good
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Property: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Address: 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#7 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#13 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Te Anau Lake Front, a short stroll from the Te Anau Town Centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. Surrounded by extensive, colourful gardens and overlooking spectacular Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, this Hotel and Villa accommodation sets the tone for your stay in one of the world’s most breathtaking regions. Designed for your comfort, we offer 115 luxurious rooms, including Hotel rooms with Garden and breathtaking Lake Views, and a range of spacious One and Two Bedroom Garden View Villas. On-site is the renowned MacKinnon Room Restaurant offering the very best of South Island cuisine, and the Explorer Bar and Lakefront Terrace where you can relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Lake Te Anau. The hotel offers the largest hotel based conference centre in the area, and its very own lakefront wedding chapel, plus extensive recreational facilities, including a spa, sauna, heated outdoor swimming pool and massage services. ... more   less 
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