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“Good Hotel --perfect for exploring Milford Sound”

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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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“Good Hotel --perfect for exploring Milford Sound”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

We stayed 2 nights here while doing a driving trip in NZ. I toiled over where to stay and was very pleased with both Te Anau and the Distinction. If it were an option I would give it a 3.5 rating as it is better than "average". We stayed in a villa which was nice---newly renovated bathrooms! It was quite large which was nice and had 2 flat screen TV, very nice and new bathroom with a large shower and a living area with stereo. Because we were in the villa it was very quiet. The grounds are very well kept---large roses growing all around. Great location right across from the lake. They do have a laundry facility which was great after traveling a few weeks. It is $6 per load--wash/dry/detergent. They do only have wi-fi in the lobby but that was OK. They have a nice breakfast buffet which they can break down cost depending on what you want. We ate dinner there one night and it was delicious! I really did not expect that it would be better than your average hotel meal but mine was quite good. Nice fillet of fish on top of watermelon and feta salad and a lemon curd tart for dessert---yummo! The staff were all super nice, helpful and fun to chat with. The maids did a very good job in cleaning the rooms. My only complaint is that there was nothing in the room to use as a stirrer when making coffee/tea but otherwise they had a nice set up for coffee/tea and a nice empty mini-trig which was great. We walked all over Te Anau and drove all around and this looks like the best place to stay there. There were a lot of tour groups coming and going but that did not bother us. I would recommend staying here if you are going to Milford Sound---it was an easy 2 hour drive.

Room Tip: Ask for lake front if you want the view. If you want more room get the villa.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Dear Jules
Our current star rating is 4 stars, Qualmark rated and I am delighted to hear you found the newly refurbished villa bathrooms large and met with your expectations. Our rose gardens are beautiful when blossoming and convenient access to the lake and town definitely ensure we have the best location in Te Anau. It is very pleasing to hear our wonderful team were all super nice and it is our aim to ensure that everyone leaves the hotel recommending us.
We hope to welcome you back in the future
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Brent Stander
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

This isn't the newest fanciest hotel you've ever stayed in & inevitably there are coaches of tour parties, also on their way to Milford Sound
But despite my mistake in not asking for a ground-floor lake view with patio, after we checked in we were relocated without fuss.
The room was fine,& the patio & view excellent
The staff were very helpful & friendly!!
Breakfast was fine, but a busy dining room.
We ate out both nights & suggest you should too as there are plenty of nice restaurants in Te Anau.
For the price fine & I'm not sure there are better value deals in this tourist town

Room Tip: Ask for a lake facing ground floor room
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  • 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, 17 February 2014
Dear Albert
I am delighted to hear our staff met your requests and you found the team friendly and helpful. We are blessed with the best view in Te Anau overlooking picturesque Lake Te Anau and surrounding mountains and I sincerely 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 9 February 2014

We stayed there for a night to go to Doubtful Sound. It is a good hotel with an excellent location as it is in the town centre and opposite the lake.

Service is very good. There is no air conditioning inside our room and a standing fan is provided. We stayed at the back so it is very quiet and private.

Some rooms are very nice with a view to the lake. The Lakefront Lodge next to ours located next to the road and have no privacy. We are glad that we did not book it there. This is not a cosy hotel, more like a business hotel. Wifi is only available in the lobby area.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Celine
We are glad you stayed with us too and I am delighted to hear you found the location and service excellent.
We hope to have another opportunity in welcoming you back in the future.
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Brent Stander
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

My husband and I are on our fourth visit to this area and this hotel - we come to this beautiful part of New Zealand about once every couple of years and would not stay anywhere else. We usually book one of the lakeview suites which, obviously, has a wonderful lakefront view. It is very quiet and the room is generously sized, with a separate lounge area and kitchenette, plus a fabulous bathroom with large shower and a spa bath. We also stayed once in one of the villas which was very secluded and spacious.

The hotel has a sauna and a quiet pool area, both little used as most guests are on short stays filled with excursions, so on a sunny afternoon it can feel like you have a private pool.

The staff are all very friendly and the service is excellent, from reception to cleaning to the varied and plentiful breakfast buffet and the dinner and room service options. All the little town's amenities are within easy walking distance.

For the location and quality of this hotel, the prices are very good and we cannot recommend this hotel, and the area, highly enough, nor can we wait to come back again soon!

Room Tip: Villas and suites best.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Fiona
Thank you so much for your valued support over the years, we appreciate it greatly and I am delighted to hear the staff were friendly and the service excellent. We cant wait to have you back again and await the day of your return.
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Brent Stander
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Had two nights there with a great view over the lake. Room was clean, quiet and had every convenience. I like the way New Zealand hotels have tea and coffee making in the rooms whereas many overseas ones do not.
The only negative comment was re the breakfast where we chose the light cooked breakfast which was ideal but unfortunately our friends who joined us twenty minutes later were refused it due to a large group about to arrive. All the staff at reception and foyer were extremely helpful every time.

Room Tip: One overlooking the lake would be preferable.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear NorNor
We are blessed with our location and picturesque views overlooking beautiful Lake Te Anau and surrounding Mountain ranges. I apologise your friends were denied the same breakfast offering as you. This should not have happened and I have personally addressed with the staff concerned. This will not be repeated. I am happy to hear the rest of the staff were extremely helpful every time you needed something.
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Brent Stander
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Reviewed 6 February 2014 via mobile

Fabulous view, nice, clean hotel. Free unlimited WiFi but only in the lobby/bar area. Restaurant serves a very nice dinner and the breakfast buffet was one of the nicer ones we had in NZ. Service was courteous throughout. Rooms are nice if a little tight (especially the bathroom). Would recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear souriz
Thanks for your comments and I am delighted to hear the view and restaurant breakfast and dinner appealed to you during your stay. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Fiordland and New Zealand.
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Brent Stander
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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

I liked this hotel. Location great, some rooms overlooking the beautiful Lake Te Anau. We had a villa which was great, really comfortable living room with a nice TV, the bed and bathroom were great and clean and there was a nice small kitchenette too. It's not a big town so you're close to everything. There are many facilities which we didn't use such as a heated outdoor pool and a spa which you need to book in advance. The restaurant looked nice too although we didn't dine there, although perhaps we should've done because dining options in Te Anau are not great.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear adamson
Thanks for your review and I am delighted to hear you found the villa great, clean and facilities conducive to your stay. Maybe we will have another opportunity to welcome you back and you can sample our food in the Restaurant.
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Brent Stander
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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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