Hanmer itself is a delightful town. Full of caring, respectful and happy holidayers. In this regard, it would be hard for the Chalets to excel and mark itself out. But it does.
We were greeted by a warm New Zealand smile, and the owner showing us the chalet. I can only remember one other place in which I was showed my room like this (The Merrion Dublin). What a great way to start. And the hosts wanted us to be happy, and provided a whole load more guidance.
The accommodation was a typical New Zealand 'unit', but it has to be said that despite being two years old, it felt as if it were brand new:- homage to how clean the accommodation has been kept. The view was amazing.
The coil-sprung beds were nice enough and gave a good sleep, while the hot water was enough for a family of four to have a shower each, and for much more to be left. The only other essential (sun) is outside of the owners' control.
We would come here again. Our only 'niggle' is that in Hanmer itself, we would struggle to justify more than a two-day stay. But then again, we are 'busy Europeans' so maybe a longer stay would bring us back down to earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your hosts, Andrew & Vera, welcome you to The Chalets Motel, a unique alpine retreat situated in the picturesque resort of Hanmer Springs. Famous for its Hot Thermal Pools. We offer 10 totally separate, modern, fully self-contained alpine-style chalets, including Luxury 1-Bedroom SPA chalet and 2-Bedroom Chalet with wheel-chair access. Each chalet has its own carpark with space for mountain bikes. All chalets have stunning views of the hills and surrounding mountains. Sunny & quiet. Spacious grounds ~ children's playarea with trampoline and swing. LCD TVs with 50+ SKY Channels, includes all Sport Channels. Free WiFi and DVDs. Easy 600 m stroll to the Hot Thermal Pools and village centre. ... more less
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