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“Another peaceful relax and rest” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Select Braemar Lodge & Spa
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Another peaceful relax and rest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

This was the most restful one night break we have had for a long time, this place is three kms of the main road 7 kms before you reach the township. What can I say, for us, being in the (hmm) older age bracket, it was great. On arrival, lovely well mannered staff greeted us, explained everything, showed us around, then on to our luxurious room, the meal at the restaurant that night
was faultless, and once again, wonderful table service, (could I get used to that treatment) everything was very clean and neat, in the morning a lovely breakfast was consumed, then later on, the relaxing massage was had, wonderful. Thank you to all the staff and management for this mid week break. Could I mention, we thought it was the best time to go, also the hot pools were not quite as busy.

  • Stayed April 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
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank casino69
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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 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamilton, NZ
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157 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

This is a lovely hotel!

The bedrooms are huge and luxurious. The shower had at least 4 jets of water coming out (and there was also a spa bath). We had a room with our own spa pool on our deck (the rail is glass so doesn't impose on the view). The hotel is is very quiet!

The meal in the restaurant was of a very high standard but was expensive.

The views in the bedroom and restaurant are to die for! Very relaxing. The town is only a ten minute drive so we went into town and had a drink before dinner. There is also a lounge for guests to use.

Good service overall.

  • Stayed January 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank guynz
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Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States
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42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

This is an outstanding property set on a mountain overlooking Hanmer Springs. Huge suites, covered patios, some with hot tubs, lush baths, etc., however staff could use a bit of training in service. Our group of 23 people arrived for a two night stay after having been traveling for 21 days. Naturally the first thing we did was try to book a massage--this is a spa, right? We were told the massage therapist was off the next day and the only one from town who came out was already booked. We were served a nice dinner and a lovely plated breakfast the next morning. At breakfast we were asked if any of us planned on having dinner that evening because the chef hadn't had a day off and would be off if possible. No one opted to stay for dinner, which meant that there was also nothing available for lunch. This is in a remote location. When housekeeping refreshed our room, they forgot to leave any bathmats which were certainly needed in the beautiful bath with large jetted tub for two and over sized shower. As we went out to dinner, we stopped by the front desk and asked for bathmats. We received a sincere apology and were told they would be delivered to our room. After returning, we found no mats and tried to call the front desk only to find all staff had left for the day. Breakfast the second morning was an exact duplicate of the first morning's. If this were an ordinary "run of the mill" hotel, we wouldn't have been surprised at any of the above incidents, however, given the fact that this is such an outstanding facility with prices to match, we were disappointed at the service level. I still gave it a four star rating, but be aware that you should book any spa treatments prior to arrival and expect to drive into town to have dinner if you happen to hit the chef's night off.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Linda H
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Director09, Owner at Select Braemar Lodge & Spa, responded to this review, 14 March 2013
We thank your reveiwer for their glowing comments on our property and were only sorry they felt our service levels were lacking on this occassion. Hanmer is primarily a weekend destination and staff tend to have their days off mid week. Accordingly we do stress the need to book in advance for spa treatments and on this occassion we were unable to accommodate your reviewers request at short notice. Regarding dinner, the group chose not to eat with us on the second night and instead to check out the Hanmer bars, cafes and restaurants. A limited lunch time menu of antipasto platter, cheeseboard, soup and salad was available but not a full menu. Naturally we apologise for the lack of replacement bath mats.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

On a trip up through the south island we decided to stop overnight in Hanmer Springs, we had stayed in Hanmer before but not as this hotel. We booked late on a saturday afternoon for that evening and the booking process was smooth and you get quite a few options when booking! We arrived to a fantastic location. If you want to stay in town then this won't be the place for you, but if you are looking for a peaceful location away from it all then this is just that!

On arrival at the hotel we received a fantastic greeting and were shown around the facilities. We asked at the time about un upgrade to a Spa room which we got at a great discount as they had an offer on at the time. The room was large with a lovely comfy king bed, well decorated and comfortable. The bathroom was huge.

There were a couple of points that let the room down, the shower head was spraying slightly from the connection and the leather chair in the sitting room had a missing button. There were a couple of other minor points that stopped it from being 100% perfect but otherwise everything else was superb.

We ordered a lovely cheese platter to have in our room with the bottle of port supplied in the mini bar (the mini bar prices were fairly priced too) and enjoyed an evening in, enjoying the spa and clear skies!

I would definitely use this hotel again on another trip to Hanmer.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank UK_Rob_000
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

We have just spent two nights at Braemar Lodge and completely fell in love with this beautiful establishment. Our room was superb and the views were unsurpassed. It is so quiet....truly felt like we were the only people there. Breakfast was a treat with the lovely Estee taking superb care of us including bringing us special little, unexpected treats. Dinner was exceptional. We are already planning our return in winter. It is the perfect place to just chill out in any season

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Magnolia27-11
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

We stayed at Braemar Lodge for one night, but wished we had stayed for longer. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the room was large, clean and well appointed. The view from the room was beautiful and the location was so peaceful.
We had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant and the food was amazing. We will be back again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Guinney
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

We stayed in this beautiful place for my partners 30th birthday and loved the special touches they did to make this a special occasion for him and for us. The staff were very friendly and we were especially impressed with the waiter and chef's work. The room is just so lovely with the outside spa and bubbles included in our package and the views are just spectacular. We had a lovely, relaxing, intimate and special time here and will definitely return again and recommend to others.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Nikki L
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Additional Information about Select Braemar Lodge & Spa

Property: Select Braemar Lodge & Spa
Address: 283 Medway Road, Hanmer Springs 7360, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Hanmer Springs
#5 Romantic Hotel in Hanmer Springs
#9 Luxury Hotel in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Select Braemar Lodge & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 24
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