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“Great location, friendly staff” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Clearbrook Motel Wanaka
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Nowra, Australia
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great location, friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

Nice place to stay, friendly helpful staff and a short stroll into town so a pretty perfect location. Room itself was quite comfortable, the kitchen and full utensils came in very handy (and good if you're trying to save a little bit of money instead of eating out all the time). Only a few things let the place down- mainly the sleep quality. There is a very bright porch light directly outside the front door, which would be fine normally but there is a narrow glass panel (/decorative feature) that runs down beside the door which means that harsh light completely illuminates the room of a night time. Perhaps installing a small blind or curtain or a dimmer bulb or one that can be switched off by the occupant would be a good idea. I understand these lights are probably a safety requirement but perhaps some measures could be taken to ensure a better nights sleep. Bathroom was pretty average; the shower is one of those ones that has no lip/barrier on the floor which means water gets everywhere when you have a shower. The layout of the toilet and vanity was a bit odd, if you were a particularly tall or long legged person I'd say sitting on the toilet would be almost impossible- as it was I was wedged in with my knees touching the vanity and I'm of an average height. Even if the vanity was moved another half a metre this would help a bit. Lovely listening to the babbling brook of a night time. No fans or aircon in the rooms and the curtains are quite thick which means the room gets a bit stuffy of a night. Furthermore the windows and doors have no screens which means if you leave them open of a night you gets lots of mosquitos coming in. I stayed on the upper floor and the balcony was a nice addition with a nice view. Did note a strong unpleasant chemical smell when I arrived (and it lingered somewhat) obviously from some cleaning solution they use, but I've noticed others have mentioned it also, so perhaps time to switch brands? The washer and dryer in room was particularly helpful- to be able to do your own washing in room rather than trudge down to a laundry block and shove in coins and hope your clothes don't get stolen is a massive bonus! Worth noting that the property has quite a steep driveway so take caution when parking and reversing etc, particularly if you're in a rental!
Overall a pretty good place to stay with lovely staff who did their best to make my stay pleasant and feel like home. Only a few little things letting the place down (mainly the light), but nothing that can't be fixed. Would recommend and probably stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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45 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

These apartments are amazing. The location is awesome the apartment was clean, well equiped, and very warm plus spacious. The bonus was a well equiped laundry. The staff were very accomodating in directing us to places to eat. The Cow has the best pizza's. Highly recommended. Also I left my battery charger I got a call whilst in Arrowtown to say they had found it and would post it to me. It was waiting when we got home.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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48 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Clean, comfortable place in Wanaka. Close walking distance to the scenic wonderful small town of Wanaka, one of our favorite places. Has a small balcony overlooking a creek. Large unit, comfortable bed, kitchen facilities, and washer and dryer for getting caught up on laundry which was very convenient. Great views to mountains and the night we had arrived it snowed overnight and woke up to beautiful fresh snow capped mountains. Wanaka is a wonderful place! This was a very good place but a bit pricey but had very good conveniences (kitchen & laundry appliances).

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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107 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

The location is just about perfect. No view of the lake but magnificent views of the mountains. The motel is located in the main street, one block from the main shopping area. it's great for walking into town and there is no traffic noise. Being built for the view means they don't get much sun, which would be a nice bonus in winter. The units are well equipped with a washing machine and dish washer and plus a decent TV. The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished. The Motel is not cheap but if you are willing to pay the price you will enjoy your stay.I must say it is a pity to have to pay for internet access. It's time this was provided as part of the service.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Credo505
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

The Location was great....but all the other places we stayed (which were much cheaper) at.. there was no charge for wi-fi or for local phone calls...all three light shades in the living room were full of flies and it hadnt been vacumed in a while....so for me and for the money spent I was not impressed

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cranage, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

In our 4 week tour of NZ this was one of the nicest motels we stayed at. Excellent location just outside town but easy to walk in to all the shops and restaurants. Lovely large apartments with super views to the mountains and a family of ducks wandering round near the very pretty creek that runs through the property. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Wish we had stayed longer it was so nice.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan J
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Horley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

Only stayed here one night but what a superb location. Great room overlooking the brook and great facilities. Washing and drying in the room was a great help! Will definitely be on our list for a longer stay next time we are in NZ.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TC1987
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Property: Clearbrook Motel Wanaka
Address: | Corner Helwick and Upton Streets, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearbrook Motel Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clearbrook offers affordable motel accommodation for all! Including families and groups visiting Lake Wanaka. Conveniently located close to Wanaka town centre, Clearbrook comprises 14 private self-catering apartments and two self-contained holiday homes, fully equipped for a Wanaka holiday.Clearbrook is set in a peaceful location by Bullock Creek and each self-contained apartment has a private balcony or courtyard with stunning mountain views. Clearbrook's spacious accommodation is ideal for corporate and wedding groups, families on ski and summer holidays and visitors on hunting and fishing trips. ... more   less 
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