We really enjoyed visiting Wanaka but not sure if this is the best place to stay. The hotel is located some distance out of Wanaka, meaning it is necessary to drive in to town to get to most restaurants and to see the lake etc. There were certainly hotels near the lake in town that would be a much better location. The location does have nice alpine views, but so does just about everywhere in Wanaka.
The room itself was fairly basic, with slightly dated furnishings. The bathroom had a large spa with a shower over it, with an unusual hinged glass shower screen setup that made it difficult to stop water going all over the bathroom floor.
The restaurant at the hotel offered a fairly ordinary breakfast and the customer service in the restaurant was somewhat lacking.
Of some concern was an issue upon check-in where we were issued keys to a room only to find when we opened the door to the room that it was already occupied by another couple. It turned out the staff had mixed up the room, a bit of care in this regard would have avoided this embarrassment.
On our next visit to Wanaka we will book somewhere closer to town near the lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Oakridge Resort is 100 kilometres from Queenstown and 2 kilometres from Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. The resort features 173 hotel rooms and fully equipped apartments, a superb restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, heated swimming pool with poolside bar and a day spa. During the warmer months, local activities include bushwalking, mountain climbing and fishing, while in winter the snowfields of Treble Cone and Cardrona are within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka Hotel Wanaka
- Mercure Wanaka