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“In the land of sheep this lamb shank should have been left in the dip!”
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New Orleans Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Arrowtown
north yorkshire
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“In the land of sheep this lamb shank should have been left in the dip!”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

What can I say? I should have taken a picture of it . Most certainly the worst lamb shank I have ever been presented with.
My best description of it is "a dried up bone with a bit of meat stuck on the end, swimming in a sort of red gravy with a watery mash awash in the stuff". Ugh!
C'mon New Zealand . You can do better than that!
Or I hope you can.

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

Room booked was described as attached to the 'inner courtyard', which would have been accurate if by courtyard they meant 'back alley'. I called the hotel to book a room, as I wanted to make sure it was quiet enough to accommodate our 18 month old son. Was told the hotel was only noisy on the weekends (our stay was during the week) and they put us in what they described as the 'quietest' room. Literally five feet from our door were ten trash and recycling containers into which were dumped glass bottles day and night. Next to this was a plastic table (complete with cigarette butts outside our 'non-smoking' room) used as a break table for hotel/pub staff, and we could hear every word of conversations through our wall (which was a paper-thin sheet of glass with blinds). Mops, ladders, laundry and building materials were scattered throughout our tranquil 'courtyard'. The room itself was fine, reasonable for the 115/night we paid, although the shower drain clogged, flooding the bathroom on our last day. I have to say I was really not expecting a lot, as the room was priced similar to (not below) the cheaper motels and holiday parks in Arrowtown. Furthermore, I can certainly appreciate that much more effort is put into the restaurant patrons than hotel guests. It's a budget accommodation, attached to a restaurant. I get that. However, I am baffled by how a hotel can put its guests between its trash cans and employee break table, describe it as a 'quiet' room and 'sell' the property as possessing an 'inner courtyard', and expect 'guests' to leave content. Finally, while mentioning where we were staying to business associate living in Arrowtown, the New Orleans accommodations were twice described as a dive. I only wished I had asked their opinion before we booked our room. The only plus was that our son's inordinate love of 'trash trucks' was fulfilled by the rubbish lorry's visit to our room. Thank you, New Orleans Hotel, for providing our son with such unrivaled entertainment.

I've never left a 'terrible' review on trip advisor, but I felt compelled to do so after our stay at the New Orleans. Never again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 May 2011

Average accommodation and pleasant bar, however continental breakfast was miserly. Don't expect to feel satisfied or any extras.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 April 2007

I have stayed at The New Orleans in Arrowtown New Zealand many times on skiing trips. While it is not luxery it is comfortable. Rooms are motel style, food is hearty , staff a fantastic and it is not too expensive .It lies betwen three skifields , near Queenstown , an hours drive to Wanaka and its two fields. Arrowtown is a smmall historical village a few miles from Queenstown You need a car. Part of Lord of the Rings was filmed at the back of the hotel

Stayed August 2006
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Property: New Orleans Hotel
Address: 27 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Arrowtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Arrowtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — New Orleans Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in beautiful Arrowtown on famous Buckingham Street, The New Orleans (New O, as the locals call it) is one of the last historical running hotels in New Zealand. We pride ourselves on providing simple, honest old fashioned hospitality. The hotel has 9 well appointed rooms all featuring free wifi, new furniture, bedding and decor (updated 2012). Our award winning Bistro and Bar featuring local seafood, extensive wine list, NZ Craft Beer and much, much more is open 7 days from 8am. Recently we have extended our premises to Include Little Micky Finns, Arrowtown's very own Irish and Gourmet Pizza Bar. Featuring genuine Emerald Isle Memorabilia and boasting the best Whiskey collection in town. Book now. ... more   less 
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