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Aspiring Lodge Motel
Ranked #15 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Cambridge, England
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Worst place we stayed in the South Island”
Reviewed 2 March 2007

My wife, brother-in-law and I spent one night here on a tour of the South Island. After staying in some lovely places, this was a real disappointment, and we were glad we only stayed one night. We were expecting a suite, but all we had was two adjoining rooms, one with the bathroom closed. The place was cramped and basic in the extreme, with an ancient microwave and tiny fridge. We didn't use the bath, having noticed that the sink overflowed into it! The Motel was on a busy road, which kept us awake at night. We paid NZ$185/night, which was the same price as much better places elsewhere. Avoid.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Cramped, couldn't use bath, poorly equipped, noisy
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank james2anne
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huntsman56, Manager at Aspiring Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 14 December 2007
When email booking our 2 room unit I give a general discription of the unit set up ( and definitely do not descirbe it as a suite)and we do advise that we are in the town centre. Over January/February the town population increases from approx 4000 to over 15000 so yes it becomes very busy. Yes the microwave is an older one but is still in good working order, it just is a bit more difficult to programme and operate.( It has now been replaced with a new sharp).
The unit has a small fridge in the kitchen area but there is also another small fridge in the other room.
Other cooking facilities are available on request (electric frypans/small grill ovens/portable barbecues)
The other bathroom is a disbled bathroom and we usually open on request.
I am sorry you were disappointed but for us to improve our service we need the feedback when you leave.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2006

The motel was a little hard to find because we didn't have a map of Wanaka. The room we had was very comfortable, good sized and clean. We were very pleased with our little garden in the backyard and the TV (with Sky). The shower was very strong and steady but the hot water was not enough for 3 people. The bathroom is right next to the main walk path outside our room, and other motel residents could have seen us through the bathroom window - we didn't feel very comfortable about that.

However, the customer service the motel provided was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c. The motel manager/owner (Ian??) was a great man, he and his daughter gave us HEAPS of information on what to do, where to eat..etc. We were looked after very well, and they even saw us off after we checked out.

Thank you for looking after us, Aspiring Lodge Motel.

  • Liked — Customer service
  • Disliked — Bathroom location and hot water shortage
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with friends
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huntsman56, Manager at Aspiring Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 14 December 2007
Thanks for the great feedback.
Each unit has it own water cylinder ( 135 litres) and as you say the shower is very strong (17 litres per min) so as you can work out it does not take long to empty the hot water but it has a good recovery and is usually hot again within approx 4 hours. We are unable to reduce the flow.
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Property: Aspiring Lodge Motel
Address: 16 Dungarvon Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Aspiring Lodge Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aspiring Lodge Motel is nestled in the heart of the Southern Lakes tourist resort of Wanaka and the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park. Being one of the only motels situated right in the center of town, you can easily access many of the exciting activites that Wanaka has to offer by foot. Wanaka is a playground with an abundance of activities for everyone to enjoy. ... more   less 
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