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Ramada Resort Wanaka
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
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Fairfax, Virginia
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40 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Overpriced but good for families”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

I could see this hotel being attractive for families, especially those with children. The staff definitely were a bit more friendly to the families than we felt they were to us. It is not really designed for couples. The price is quite high to not have breakfast included and extra fees for WiFi. (The only reason we stayed here was because everything else was booked.) In terms of location, it is a nice stroll over to the Rippon Vinyard, but a little ways from the main downtown area of Wanaka.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

We had a studio room, it was immaculately clean and spacious. It has a ceiling fan which comes in very handy in the hot summer night. All guests are asked to observe the quiet period between 10pm and 7am, so if you are a light sleeper like me, rest assured. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet in the hotel, and having breakfast at balcony was particularly blissful. The staffs were helpful and friendly. Our room was quite close to the open fire / BBQ area and that meant food smell could sometimes get into our room. But we were normally out during the day and at dinner time so it wasn’t really a problem for us. I only felt the pillows were a bit too hard but it didn’t bother me enough to ask if there were other types of pillows. All in all, a very lovely stay and I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Beringen, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 March 2013 via mobile

After a long travel day it was nice to arrive here. Friendly and helpful staff directed us to the room. It was nice to have a terrace allowing outside air comfort. We did not use the pool facilities although they looked very inviting. The room was modern with very good bathroom facilities. We took the breakfast in a cozy corner and this is the only weaker point...the breakfast was kind of average.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Habere-Poche, France
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

I cannot rate this hotel highly enough, from its position on the lake to the friendly and helpful staff - take a bow, Bruno, and the lady who photocopied some sudoku for me.
My room was lovely and equipped with a small kitchen if I did not want to go out for a meal. I loved the crisp white bed linen and what better way to end the day than with a soak in the hot pool.

Room Tip: I had room 304 and could park my car right outside.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Visited Wanaka and stayed a week in a two bedroom apartment with four adults and a 12 year old.
Found the staff very friendly at all times and very helpful with local advice.
Loved the scenery and walks along the lake.
The facilities at the resort were first class - spent a lot of time in the pool.
Wanaka is a great place - a lot more laid back than Queenstown but still relaxing with good facilities.
We drove into Queenstown both ways and enjoyed the drive. The one over the mountains is very spectacular and quite steep in places. Spectacular views.
Recommend a visit to the warbird museum at the airport and Puzzling World is great fun for all ages.
I was fortunate to get on a helicopter flight with Mt Aspring helicopters and greatly enjoyed the flight which included landing on the mountain - dont forget the camera as the views are unbelievable
My wife took a walk into the glaciers for the day and also had a great time
Highly recommended - would return here with any opportunity and would certainly stay again at this resort

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We spent 4 days at this resort and was impressed firstly with the spacious room and the layout of the room. It was clean and well equipped. The position of the resort was out of the town and a car was needed to travel to and fro,but having said that it is a pleasant 20 min (or less for the more energetic) walk along the lake side to the activities of Wanaka.
We found the staff helpful and friendly but very few facilities when we were there, the restaurant was not open. The negative sides were that we found the shower floor quite slippery and dangerous especially for older persons with no rubber mat provided. The other negative thing was the creaking of the roof rafters especially at night- it was quite frightening at first until we were told it was the contracting of the wooden beams, and was reassured.
On the whole the holiday was very good value and would certainly go again when in Wanaka.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2013

Overall Wyndham resort is a comfortable and conveniently located place to stay within Wanaka. Just outside through main township, Wyndham is a short, leisurely walk for the town centre which is wonderful as it is nice and quiet in the evenings.

The downfalls however are:

1) Extremely overpriced wifi - $40NZD for one weeks access - (cheaper accommodation offers this for FREE)
2) If you are not already a Wyndham owner/member you will be asked to attend a sales pitch asking you to join for a large sum of money.
3) Unless you are staying 8 nights or more, there is NO housekeeping.
4) The studio room amenities are in very small supply and you will need to purchase additional necessities from the supermarket (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper etc) - again these are all provided free at cheaper establishments.
5) Check in for RCI members isn't until 4:30pm (considerably late given the location) with a 12:00 checkout.

On the upside:

The staff are all exceptionally friendly and helpful (apart from getting a scolding for arriving before 4:30pm) and Dani, who shows you to your room is an absolute delight!

Overall the stay was enjoyable but I would expect more for their nightly rate...

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Ramada Resort Wanaka
Address: 109 Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly Wyndham Vacation Resorts Wanaka)
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Wanaka
#8 Family Hotel in Wanaka
#9 Romantic Hotel in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Resort Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ramada Resort Wanaka is nestled on a quiet street just a short stroll from Lake Wanaka and the heart of the village. Recently refurbished rooms ensure you will be comfortable, offering a range of room types ideal for both relaxation and entertaining family and friends. The resort boasts superb facilities including a heated pool with water slide (seasonal), hot tub, sauna and barbecue area, as well as a café & bar. Lake Wanaka, located in the heart of the Southern Alps, is the ideal base for your holiday adventure. It offers something for everyone all year round including an abundance of activities and attractions, as well as breathtaking mountains, glaciers, rivers & lakes. The village offers a relaxed lifestyle - the perfect place to unwind or seek adventure. About an hour's drive from Queenstown, Wanaka is near a number of excellent ski areas such as Treble Cone and Cardrona. Extreme sports lovers have the opportunity to go canyoning, eco-rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing and so much more. Warmer weather provides a myriad of activities including golf courses, hiking, walking, vineyards and water sports on Lake Wanaka. The area is a natural paradise close to awe-inspiring wonders including Mount Aspiring National Park, Rob Roy Glacier and the Clutha River. ... more   less 
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