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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Originally we had booked into a two bedroom villa, however these were still not available as they were still being renovated. We found this out a few days before we arrived which was nice to be notified but we were worried about the rooms we would be staying in considering we had done research and booked the villas specifically - but not much could be done about that. The rooms we were given had a view of the lake but were very dated inside. Staff were very nice and the access to wifi in lobby was helpful. Hotel was very busy with large tour groups which at times made the lobby very crowded. I would consider staying here again to have our stay in the villas.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2013

Dear Kele-Jane
I apologise your room was not available and hope this did not impact on your stay too much.
Please feel free to give me a call should you wish to return and I will ensure a villa room is available for you.
Thanks for your understanding
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

The view from our room was spectacular. The rooms internally and on the exterior are old and could do with new paint and something to freshen it up a bit. The staff are obliging and very friendly. Nan at reception helped us book a last minute trip to see the glow worms and she made an exceptional impression on us. Was great with follow up to see how everything went.lots of great places to eat in te anau.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank Linda T
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2013

Dear laitea
Thanks for the review and I am delighted to hear that staff and especially Nan made a lasting impression on you.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in New Zealand
Regards
Brent Stander

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Thanks for the room upgrade with superb views.Staff were excellent however a little too enthusiastic when deciding to wake us up on Sunday morning by dragging outdoor chairs across the deck to stack them neatly back in their place. Curtains were still closed for a reason. Also we expected that Sky tv would have been available, at least in the bar area.

Location perfect.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2013

Dear MitTim2013
I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the superb views and found staff excellent. I have passed on comments about chairs and to be a little more thoughtful so early in the morning.
Hopefully we will see you back soon.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

We arrived early and were unable to check in (fair enough) so when we went back at 2pm and our room was still not available, we were upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite!Thanks to the helpful staff. There was an amazing, huge and luxurious bathroom with one of the largest baths I have seen. The accommodation was extremely spacious and ideal for our 8 month old. The views were lovely over the manicured gardens and on to the lake.
The kitchenette was small but had the main things we needed (fridge, toaster, kettle, sink).
Te Anau is a good place to break up the Milford Sound trip as trying to do it all in 1 day from Queenstown when you are driving would be extremely tiring.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2013

Dear EJK80
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the luxurious suite and views overlooking Lake Te Anau. I agree it is better to stop off in Te Anau as the drive alone from Queenstown is tiring enough even before excursions or boat trips.
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Ideally located in Te Anau next to the Lake and a moments walk from the main road. There was free parking which was ideal for us. You can also can get free wi-fi in the lobby.

The room was very large with two double beds (not needed but nice to have!) The hotel was ever so slightly dated but it didn't matter. The bed was comfy and we slept well. You get what you pay for - that is why I've marked it as average, don't expect luxury but its a good, clean, adequate hotel.

The staff were also very nice.

We would stay again.

Room Tip: We opted for lake view which was a nice bonus at very little extra cost
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank The2explorers28
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Dear The 2explorers
We do have a wonderful location and are blessed with beautiful views overlooking Lake Te Anau. All our guests really appreciate the free wi fi and I am happy to hear this appealed to you. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Clean room, very comfortable bed, great lounge and restaurant. Free WiFi but limited in time. There was no on-site gym, which wasn't good. The private jacuzzi had to be booked in advance. When you get there, the jacuzzi part is nice, and the bubbles just okay (on and off only, no variation), but you view onto plants that are behind prison bars and backdropped by white painted concrete block. Felt as if we'd been exiled to Elba. This whole area needs a major upgrade. It would benefit this hotel to have a publicly available 16-person jacuzzi outside under the stars, perhaps with candles flanking it - it'd be a rare treat for guests, and a 5-star amenity. This was the ONLY restaurant in two weeks of touring New Zealand that not only knew what decaffeinated tea was, but had it available! View from our room onto the lake was outstanding, and the place was peaceful. Staff was friendly and outstanding. We would definitely stay in this hotel again!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank David M
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Dear David M
I am delighted to hear the staff were friendly and anticipated your needs and I appreciate your comments about the Jacuzzi and spa areas. You have some great ideas there, thanks.

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Brent Stander

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Booked two nights via recommendation from Information Centre. Was told hotel was one of the newer ones in town. We arrived and straight away realised that it was definitely not new at all and very tired looking. Service desk was friendly. Cleaning of room was poor. Meal had in lobby was nice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kaylene R
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Dear Kaylene R
Thanks for your comments, we have had a refurbishment in all hotel rooms and public areas and are in process of updating our villa bathrooms. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in NZ and I am happy to hear the staff were friendly and meal in restaurant was good.
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Brent Stander

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Additional Information about 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
#5 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#13 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: £101 - £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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