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“Older style motel” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Archway Motels

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Archway Motels
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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91 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Older style motel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

We planned to stay in Wanaka for 2 nights and ended up with two self-contained, 2-bedroom units at the Archway Motel as we wanted 2 bathrooms for 4 adults. The wood panelling made the place feel dark and dingy, but overall it was clean and the kitchen was well equipped. Each unit had a double bed and 2 singles. The bedrooms were small with minimal space for luggage so we used the living area for our bags. The bed was well slept in and we tended to roll into the middle - hence did not sleep well. We used the BBQ and laundry, and also 30 mins WiFi for each room. One of the units had a large fridge and a dishwasher - ours only had a small bar fridge. Hairdryer was provided but only one bedroom had a mirror near a socket.

Room Tip: Other rooms looked better and lighter than 8 & 9.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank cherry_bobby
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 11 March 2013
Thank you your valuable feedback. It is quite strange & ironic that the more we have upgraded our units and interiors the more little niggly comments have come through lately. We are guessing that for some unknown reason more guests are wanting to focus on small issues and more negatives than positives. This concerns us but we always accept constructive feedback and we take these issues seriously. We are only in this business because we love hosting & satisfying guests. We look forward to more positives Warm wishes- your hosts Bridgit & Paul
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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473 reviews
108 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

Imagine 1960's holiday camp accomodation and this is what rooms 1 - 9 are like. However rooms 10 - 16 are the rustic log cabins (built in 1990's) that alot of the TA reviews refer to.
Having said that, our room (4) had all the equipment we needed and it's a 15 minute walk (downhill) into town (restaurants / lake etc), so was situated in a convenient location. Paper thin walls to the units but there's a policy of no noise outside after 10pm, so we slept quite well. Owners helpful and onsite all the time.

Room Tip: rooms 10 - 16
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Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jinny232
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Thank you for your comments. However we feel your views are somewhat harsh and we do not hide the fact that we are an older style motel- many just love the older, comfortable feel. As responded as to a previous guest whom focus on the exterior outlook- please do not judge the book always by the cover.Our units are well insulated,most have been upgraded in Units 1-9 and we get very positive comments about no noise between units, tasteful decor and quiet location.

If you were correct about reviews we would have no problem supporting your views about these units but thankfully we have most guests enjoying the spacious, modernised & re-insulated accommodation and the hospitality. We wish you all the best on your trip. Regards Bridgit & Paul
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California
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175 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

This place is one of the largest rooms we had in a month of traveling in NZ. Wood paneling
does you feel like you are in a rustic log cabin. Good kitchen and a great individual
BBQ. Owner/manager was very helpful. Close walk to a very scenic town that overlooks a lake.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TheDukeCalifornia
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 30 March 2013
Thank you for your comments and feedback. We encourage all guests to provide this- hopefully directly to us and also to share on independent sites. We are pleased that you enjoyed your room and your stay and we really appreciate the time you have taken to pass on positive experiences. This is when we love our hosting position the most and see happy customers whom have had a comfortable stay and seen the best of what each place has to offer is very satisfying. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. Warm regards Bridgit & Paul
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Opua, New Zealand
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73 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

The location is just a few minutes walk from the center of town. Our room was a large size with beds for three and a generous sized kitchen area. The arm chairs were comfortable.
The wooden wall paneling gave the impression of being in a log cabin and contributed somewhat to the dark atmosphere caused by lack of sufficient window light. The water pressure in the shower seemed to be a little lower than one would expect.

After leaving I was surprised to discover a NZ $5 extra fee charged for paying by credit card as thus had not happened in any other place we stayed in New Zealand.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank SVPromise
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback we always welcome guests constructive comments.

Firstly we usually only charge a processing fee that guests are made very aware of- at the time of booking( Or check-in where our check-in slips do highlight our terms & conditions) where we will clearly advise that a small fee will be applied during the booking process.( Especially for AMEX transactions) as an example. We are sorry to hear that you did misunderstood or did not realise the terms & conditions of your booking and it may simply have been that these were overlooked.This may easily happen.We suggest you re-check your booking terms & conditions to see that this amount was indeed explained as an extra fee and for transactions ( Usually $2.50 for stays under $150 and also only when you book through only a very limited specific 3rd party site(s) whom then charge us 12-15% commission which does not include processing credit card fees.



As for the chalet log cabins they are designed and described as rustic, wooded units like log cabins and in hot Summer months most guests love the extra space and cooler units without getting too hot( This does depend which chalet you are in)

We suggest that guests carefully read all the descriptions & images which are transparent on our descriptions & images. No two rooms are the same and the chalets all face slighty different directions which is quite unique.

We are pleased that you enjoyed many aspects of your stay and we look forward to looking after you another time. Warm regards Your Archway Hostd

Bridgit & Paul
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

We stayed one night in a unit that has 2 rooms and a shared bathroom, lounge and kitchen. First thing to note is this is probably the most spacious place we've stayed in. There were 4 of us and at no time did we feel we were in each others way. Place is a tad bit old but this just added to the older cottage feel. Management was very welcoming and friendly. We will be back here when we come to Wanaka again.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Shan W
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 24 January 2013
Thank You Shan, We loved having you all to stay. We are pleased that you found the unit spacious & comfortable. We are an older motel but as you so aptly put this can add to the laid back charm & cottage feel.Our grounds too are 2 acres so there is always space to have fun or chill out. We really appreciate you taking the time to provide valuable feedback and we hope to see your family or friends or colleagues again. Wishing you all a very happy & successful 2013Your Archway Hosts-. Bridgit & Paul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013 via mobile

Our welcome was warm and informative. The room was clean and suitably appointed, only let down by the amount of varnished wood!

It looked a bit dated but only in terms of presentation not repair. We were put in a disabled unit which mean't the shower was designed for wheelchair - this felt a bit weird but once again there was nothing physically wrong with it.

Location is excellent. The DOC office is just across the road, shops five minutes walk away, while the town and lake front is 10 minutes away. It is also easy to find in the first place.

Made use of the laundry and discovered a room full of useful stuff like car washing stuff! (Handy for getting the dust off your hire car from those unsealed roads your not surpost to go on...)

Overall the experience was great - shame about the varnished wood :0(

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SpacedMonkey
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 24 January 2013
Thank you for your feedback- it is always much appreciated.

We do try to keep the facilities & units well equipped and thinking of the tools or services guests may need or find useful. Our units are well described as rustic with especially the chalets & spacious family units containing a significant amount of varnished wood.

Some guests just love all the wood and others prefer the light airy decorated units- everyone is different.

We are guessing you did not pre-book the unit as you would have read and seen all the images showing this feature.

If you casually visited- "off-road" we possibly had no other optiions for you to choose from. We welcome you back to experience another room. Wishing you all the best for 2013. Your ARchway Hosts Bridgit & Paul
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

Loved our stay at Archway Motels, will definitely be staying there the next time we visit Wanaka.

Bridgit and Paul are very welcoming hosts and have great recommendations on where to go, what to do, places to eat, etc.

The unit was also lovely, very clean and has everything you need, including super comfy beds :)

Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ali O
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, 24 January 2013
Thank You Ali,
Positive, constructive comments are always welcomed and appreciated.
We value what you have to say & we too- loved having you both to stay over a busy New Year period. It is always a mutual satisfaction to have happy guests and we look forward to looking after you again sometime soon. All the very Best Ali- Warm wishes Bridgit & Paul
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Property: Archway Motels
Address: 64 Hedditch Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Archway Motels 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to your-"Home away from Home" Archway motel is set in 2 acres of grounds and tree-lined hillside. Only 5 minutes walk to the lake- we offer quiet, comfortable & spacious accommodation with mountain and bush outlooks.All units are ground-floor,non-smoking, are self-contained (kitchens/bathrooms), serviced daily and offer a range of studio- king, Queen & single bed units-many redecorated and enjoy our private rustic chalets. We also have 4 2/3 bedroom family units with King/Queen beds along with 3/4 single beds.Services & facilities include-Free Wi-Fi allocation,Internet computer with Skype also available, office/business services, DVDs & free DVD library. Large grounds/outdoor seating areas, 8 BBQ's,large playground.Soak & relax in New hillside cedar hot tubs with bush or panoramic views of the surrounding mountains & golf-course.(Fee normally applies but watch for inclusive offers/ package deals)Experience warm, southern hospitality with your Hosts- Bridgit & Paul. We are here to help make your visit the best it can be! ... more   less 
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