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“A little disapointing”
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High Peaks Hotel
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Pearl Beach, Australia
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148 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“A little disapointing”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We were expecting more, from the web site.
Despite what the owners say, this is not a Hotel (in our more than 50 years experience, all over the world). It is a very clean, smart, but rather dreary, upmarket Motel ... in our opinion.
It has no lounge.The Bar/ dinning room are excellent, & have the only really stunning views, but in a "U" shaped layout, surrounding a large gravel car park, hardly a "Hotel" situation.
The rooms are large, clean , neat, comfy, small bathroom, ancient TV, & useless , dare I say it "fridge".
A little more decoration, pictures, etc would make the rooms feel less "cold/stark.
The food in the resaurant, & the service from the waitress were excellent.
Alan & Marlene both work very hard at their "Hotel", Marlene being both receptionist & chef, & Alan doing laundry duty.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We had driven from Arthur's Pass with a stop on Hokitika (great museum) aiming to get to Fox Glacier in time for our helicopter trip (Mountain Helicopters - see review) and then to spend the night before moving on to Te Anau for Doubtful Sound etc.
So all we needed was a place to rest our heads for the night. And High Peaks Hotel fitted the bill, good sized rooms, quite comfortable, good washing machine/tumble dryer deal. No food (as ever in these New Zealand motels) but we drove down the road to Lake Matheson and found a great restaurant there (Matheson Cafe - see review) where we got an excellent dinner, so good we decided to go back next morning, walk round the lake and then have breakfast! Which we ate outside with stunning view of the mountains!
So High Peaks Hotel worked out OK - though it nearly didn't. I had booked through Hotels.com (I think, or was it Bookings.com) in any event the credit card I had given had been subject to fraud before we left UK and been cancelled and replaced. When the hotel came to verify it, a week or so before we arrived, it didn't work so they cancelled our booking. No attempt to contact us. Hotels.com sent us an e-mail and I rebooked. Irritating.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

My wife and I stayed overnight here during our drive down the west coast, and we were quite pleased. The room, unit 14, was spotless. It was near the end of the hall away from the road, but this part of Fox is the quietest, about a mile from Highway 6, with little traffic on Cook Flats road, so no problem with noise. The wifi Internet, always a must for me and my iPad, was speedy and reliable, contrary to prior reviews. They give 300 mb free, but I didn't run out. The onsite restaurant was of high quality, though not inexpensive (New Zealand food is pricey). My venison stew was tasty, and the chef who prepared it was the same woman who checked us in. High Peaks is a charming little establishment in the right part of this area. I also appreciate having an interior corridor for lugging luggage down a hall during a rainy day. We stayed dry.

Room Tip: Stay here to dine, but be willing to pay for some very good food.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Castle Donington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

The room, restaurant and facilities were spotlessly clean. Alan and Marlene were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble - giving advice on local sightseeing spots and helping to plan our activities during our 2 night stay. Dinner and breakfast in the restaraunt was cooked to order and delicious. Laundry facilities were excellent and very well priced. A real family run hotel where you are a guest not a room number! A thoroughly enjoyable stay. Thank you.

Room Tip: We had a lovely room(16) overlooking fields with Hereford cattle. There was also a spa bath which s...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Have nothing bad to say about this place; rooms were clean, owners friendly and everything worked well. I will say however that i think for what you get its a little pricey. Location was a little out of town and whilst the view was quiet pleasant it was not worth the 175 per night price tag.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We stayed 2 nights and really enjoyed it. The owners are locals, real Kiwis and so really friendly and helpful. Our waitress (sorry forgot her name) was brilliant and talked to us about all sorts of local issues, information, etc. The accommodation was great with all the necessary facilities and the evening meals cooked by Marlene (one of the owners) were really very good and excellent value.

We would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel.

Room Tip: our room had mountain views - not sure whether all do or do not
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Although it's not in the centre of Fox , it is walkable . A lovely place Bedroom and bathroom was spotlessly clean , breakfast was good and staff very friendly and welcoming . Thank you so much for arranging our trip to the glacier , it was such a perfect day and a memory we will cherish for always . I would definitely recommend this place

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: High Peaks Hotel
Address: 167 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly High Peaks Motor Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — High Peaks Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High Peaks is a modern hotel offering comfortable, relaxed accommodation in Fox Glacier, on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Set in a quiet, rural location, High Peaks provides you an ideal setting to enjoy some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The hotel is perfectly located as a base to explore the West Coast's glacier country and Lake Matheson, one of our local icons is only a hop skip and jump away. ... more   less 
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