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“Very good location and good service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Kent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
307 reviews
127 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Very good location and good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

We had requested a higher floor room and this was allocated to us. Very friendly welcome by reception staff and Brent. All very helpful.
Breakfast very busy one day with tour guests, not relaxing. 2 nd day a lot quieter. We would have had a cooked breakfast but were told that omelettes could only be made by special order and this would be extra over the full cooked breakfast price. Strange as eggs were available, but not as an omelette.
Overall though very good stay and one of the best locations. An alternative is the Lakeside Motel which has good views and a balcony on the upper floors.

Room Tip: Take a lake view room. We were on the first floor, hotel only two floors. Good view of lake, no balc...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mike1946
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear Mike 1946
It was a pleasure meeting you and I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay in Te Anau and the hotel. I am sorry to hear about omellete requests as this is wrong, we are happy for our guests to have their desired egg choice and I have personally sorted this out with the kitchen.

We hope to see you back soon!
Regards
Brent Stander
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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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New York City, New York
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57 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

The hotel was clean, and the rooms were spacious. I really liked having choices of channels when watching television. It's a great place as a jumping off point for Milford Sound. The food in the restaurant was quite delicious, but the service (the time for me to get my food one night) in the restaurant was the slowest I may have ever seen. I was almost convinced that the chefs had gone fishing themselves for my meal.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Colorado_Traveler_98
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear Colorado Traveller
I am happy to hear that you found the room suitable to your needs and you enjoyed your dining experience. I apologise if the food took too long to come out and have followed up with the kitchen to ensure we are meeting our guests delivery needs with food timings. I trust the chef did not go fishing but if he had it would have been a good option to eat off the menu. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Peoria, Illinois
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416 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Looked to us as the best choice in Te Anau.
Reception and waitstaff attentive with a "service" orientation.
Clean rooms, decent size. We had a view of the gardens and pool in the back.
Other side would have viewed the lake.
No elevators; internet (wireless) only available in the lobby/bar area. No charge for internet.
Due to narrow bandwidth , internet is slow when there are multiple users. We found using the internet early in the morning, before breakfast, worked best.
Dine one evening and elected two of their $15 NZ specials - my wife had the beef burger (what we would call a hamburger in the US) and I had the Classic Caesar Salad. Both were very good. My wife especially enjoyed a burger for the first time during our trip.
Nothing fancy; solid facility, food and service. Breakfast was better than average. Poached eggs were offered as an option to scrambled. Would recommend.

Room Tip: Back is gardens and pool; front is the lake.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jeffrey S
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear Jeffrey S
Great to hear the staff were attentive to your needs and you enjoyed breakfast and dinner.
We hope you enjoyed your stay in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

We had a lovely one night stay in a hotel room at a good price (we got it at a discount than the normal price). Great location as we were able to walk into town for dinner. We will be back next time we are trout fishing in the area.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paulette0012013
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Dear Paulette
I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back again in the not too distant future.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

We stayed in the Villa for 2 nights and wasn't overly disappointed. It had a large living area and nice televisions in both the living area and bedroom with cable or satellite channels which was nice. The facade of the villa was very run down and there were no ashtrays in the area and the concrete planters out the front seemed to be the place to put cigarette butts which didn't seem to cleaned or maintained. The toilet was difficult to flush and the toilet area had very bad odour. All in all it was a decent place to stay but I wouldnt have called it anymore than average accommodation.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank relli85
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Dear relli85
Thank you for your comments and we will take them on board and rectify issues. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in NZ and had a safe trip back home and these issues did not impact on your stay too much.
Regards
Brent Stander
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NSW
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93 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

The most expensive accommodation I have booked for my South Island trip. And I was disappointed. The chalet we stayed in had this smell as if it's been abandoned by years. Unlike the hotel rooms, the villas are set in a very bushy environment. Facilities are too basic for a villa. Breakfast was great, location is very central. There are heaps of better options around town though.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Dear SOONSW
Thanks for your comments, I am disappointed to hear the villa did not meet with your expectations. We have just finished refurbishing the bathrooms and extending bedroom by a metre. I am happy to hear that the breakfast met your expectations. I hope this did not impact on your stay too much and please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss further.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Kele-Jane
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 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
Regards
Brent Stander
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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
#6 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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