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Lakeside Apartments
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
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“Best place we stayed in NZ”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

We stayed in different places in Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef, Ashburton, Mt Cook, Greymouth, Christchurch. Lakeside Apartments was where we felt our stay was the best. I couldn't believe when the reception told me that the property is 10 yes old because everything is so new and so well kept. It felt like a 1-2 yr old property. The reception told me that they refurbish the place regularly. The location is fantastic, right in town, yet very quiet with great lakeside view. There is a wonderful playground ( great for kids ) just opposite the apartment. If you are Wanaka, don't bother looking elsewhere, this is the place to stay.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We booked a two-bedroom for our three nights' stay at Wanaka. Perfectly happy with our choice!! The location cannot be better - one minute's walk to town centre and yet away from the noises and hazzles of all the business. The apartment is very spacious and well appointed. Everything for a short vacation stay is provided for.

Nice to have a balcony looking out to the lake and park. Great to have our dinner on the balcony while enjoying the breathtaking view.

Daily housekeeping service is included in the rent which is also a nice touch. I was happily impressed when the housekeeping team works on boxing day.

This would be my choice if I come back to Wanaka - and I will!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We could not believe how lucky we were to find this place on internet. We have traveled for one month in New Zealand and Lakeside Apartments was our best accommodation. We felt in love with this apartment and Wanaka, so we asked Gary if we could stay two more nights at the same rate. We were so happy he agreed. Everything was perfect: location, amenities, view, quiet, pool, BBQ, and a course the hospitality of Gary. Don't hesitate if you go to Wanaka and consider yourself lucky if you can get an apartment there.

Room Tip: Wanaka is a nice place to relax and our favorite town in New Zealand. A secret Jewel....
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

Rented an absolutely stunning apartment here for five days. Great spot right on the edge of the town center so everything is in walking distance but it is still quiet. Great pools for the whole family (including our 2 year old). Right across the road from the walkway around Lake Wanaka and a very big playground. Apartments are very clean and very well set up. Views over the lake are absolutely stunning. Very friendly staff that will help with anything you could possibly want. Secure parking. Free Wifi. We have re-booked for next year...

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

I booked this apartment due to the fantastic reviews on trip advisor and what a decision it was! We walked into the apartments and both went WOW! The apartment was massive, beautifully clean, great furnishing and very comfortable and quiet. To be honest we are sad to leave! The staff went out their way and offered an excellent level of service. Also the location is amazing!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Broadbeach, Australia
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Stayed here numerous times over the past 5 years, the most recent being in early December 2013 for 3 nights. Lakeside at Wanaka would have to be one of the best places to stay in NZ. Proximity to town is perfect, views over the lake and to the mountains surpass anything Queenstown can offer, and units themselves are spacious with all the mod cons you would expect. Price wise they are at the upper end but are worth every cent. No one would or could be dissapointed after staying at Lakeside. Great for couples or families, and the site management team are friendley and exteremely helpful. We'll be back again next October 2014.

Room Tip: All units verandah areas face west so we would suggest selecting either the northern end units in th...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We stayed here for one night after our time in Queenstown, frankly we felt that the views from Wanaka of the snow covered mountains were better than those in Queenstown. The room that we had was on the ground floor and although the view was ok, I would avoid anything on that level. The proprietors here were a standout, they were very welcoming and in our opinion made the stay worth the effort. We had a 1 bedroom unit which was a 4 bedroom unit with the rooms locked preventing access. The whole unit if opened up would be huge. The management provide free WiFi which was one of the few that actually did and for this reason alone we would revisit.

The bed that we had was a queen size and although not the best that we had on our trip, proved comfortable. The pillows however need to be replaced. The bathroom was very good as was the fully equiped kitchen and the very handy laundry.

A cafe is next door and provided a good value breakfast, The apartment was very clean and organised and is more focused on a family stay than that of a couple like us. This is a greatr resort but not five star.

Best features - The proprietors, Its location overlooking the lake and mountains, and its proximity to the many great restaurants in town.

Room Tip: Ensure that you take advantage of the fantastic views that this accomodation commands by booking a r...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pete M, Public Relations Manager at Lakeside Apartments, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review of Lakeside Apartments. The Wanaka views are truly spectacular, no matter what time of year.

All our apartments have lake and mountain views and as you point out, they get better and better as you go up to the second, third and forth levels. The ground floor apartments that are poolside are very hand for guests who prefer direct access to the pool. The free WiFi certainly is attractive to many of our guests.

The apartment you stayed in is new to the management pool and quite clearly and unfortunately, was not up to our usual five star Qualmark rating. A new bed and bedding is ordered and in hindsight we should have arranged this prior to our first guests.

The luxurious, spacious apartments are flexible enough to be perfect for a couple with just the master bedroom open, and for a family or couples holidaying together with all three bedrooms and two bathrooms open. Being so central and having the spectacular views, makes Lakeside a perfect place to stay and I do hope we can welcome you back in the not too distant future.

Thanks again for your review.
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Property: Lakeside Apartments
Address: 9 Lakeside Road, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Wanaka
#1 Family Hotel in Wanaka
#1 Luxury Hotel in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Lakeside Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of picturesque Wanaka and a stone’s throw from the lake edge, these luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are the perfect place to stay. Relaxation, romance, business, adventure … whatever your reason to visit Wanaka, these spacious and serviced apartments can cater for your every need.Enjoy awesome views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond, while relaxing on your private balcony. All apartments have a designer kitchen, two bathrooms, including one en-suite and one with spa bath, spacious living and dining areas and secure garages. Facilities on site include swimming pools, spas and BBQ area. Within two minutes walk are Wanaka’s restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. ... more   less 
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