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“Yearly Holiday Destination”
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Chalets Motel
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Yearly Holiday Destination”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

This is the third New Years we have spent at the Chalets ( the fourth total visit) and I must say we have once again had an outstanding holiday. Pat and Jock Johnston are wonderful hosts with a stunning facility, sporting breathtaking scenery and a tranquil location. After a full day of tramping,quad biking or whatever your pleasure, followed by an evening soaking in the pools, one came come back to the quiet, sparkling jewel that is the Chalets. Perfect in every way. Reservations already made for next New Years:-)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 12 January 2013
Thanks Stacey for your awesome review of your stay with us, and thanks heaps for taking the time to do it! We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday here again this year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!! Meanwhile have a great 2013 =) Pat & Jock
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 31 December 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at Chalets Motel. It is a stunning, peaceful location within easy walking distance of the spa complex and retaurants/pubs but far enough away to feel quite secluded. Opening the curtains each morning to survey the gorgeous mountain views and watching the sun slowly set over them in the evening while cooking our bbq steaks, were absolute highlights. The owners were most welcoming and helpful on our arrival and the cabins, spacious, clean and most comfortable.
Hanmer Springs itself and the Chalets Motel get a 10/10 from us!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Hi Sharyn, we are rapt you enjoyed your time with us so much and want to say thanks heaps for the great review you gave us. Yes, the sunsets can be pretty spectacular here, and steaks on the barby to go with it ~ it doesn't get much better than that! =) Pat & Jock
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London
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Reviewed 25 December 2012

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.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Wow, thanks for your great review of our Chalets and our lovely alpine village. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We can assure you that it's not hard at all to stay longer than 2 nights in lovely Hanmer Springs! Thanks for taking the time to write such a good comprehensive review for us, it's much appreciated =) Pat & Jock
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

Pat and Jock were lovely, very approachable and accomodating. When I emailed and explained that we were unable to arrive until late evening I was told this was no problem. We arrived at 23.00, milk in the fridge for us and lights left on, plus the heating had been on to warm the chalet for us arriving. The chalet lovely, very clean, seperate bedroom to lounge area, and fully equipt kitchen area. Beautiful views and we would have been happy to stay there for the duration of our holiday had we not been travelling around NZ.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Thanks heaps Bernadette for your lovely positive review of your stay with us ~ we are most appreciative of you taking timeout to do it for us. We are very glad you enjoyed staying with us in lovely Hanmer Springs and yes, hopefully you will be able to stay longer next time! =) Pat & Jock
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Fonthill, Canada
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

This was the last stop on our road trip, before we returned to Kaikoura.
Beautiful chalet, large and inviting and very quiet. We were there for the night. Very hospitable and quiet location.
Many people are there to enjoy the hot springs and we saw them walking into town to do so.
We decided to do it in the morning, hoping it would not be so busy.

Very inviting town with great shops. Got beautiful Merino wool gloves at The Woolshed Gallery.
I would recommend doing what a woman was doing and putting in her order to be shipped to her home.
Very quaint town. A great place to retire to in the future.
Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
A big thankyou Louise for your wonderful review of you stay with us. Bet you are getting some good use from those merino gloves you bought at The Woolshed now that Canada is in the grip of winter! Keep warm and hopefully we will see you again one day. =) Pat & Jock
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

This was everything one could expect - a warm welcome, escort to the chalet, explanation of how everything worked, offers of advice on attractions and eating out. The chalet was attractive and spotlessly clean with everything looking new, well cared for and in full working order. Wifi was very fast. The kitchen area was well equipped with good quality utensils and crockery. The furnishings and style all made it a very pleasant, quiet yet not too far from town place to stay. No hesitation in recommending it and I will stay again. All the 5 star reviews for this place are very well deserved.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Thanks for your good constructive review Ross ~ we very much appreciate you taking timeout to do it for us. =) Pat & Jock
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

This motel consists of a number of standalone wooden chalets. Ours was well appointed, well equipped and comfortable; I was pleasantly surprised to find it had decent blockout curtains. It was very peaceful and quiet, with a fantastic view of the mountains. The hosts make a point of keeping out of your way after you've checked in, so if you're looking for a secluded getaway spot, this may very well be it.

The location is just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Hanmer. (The chalets are situated on a gravel track up a little hill, so it might be a tricky walk if you have mobility issues.) Each chalet has its own parking space. We found the chalet got a bit warm in the blazing summer sun, but the hosts will provide a fan on request, and it cooled overnight.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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ChaletsMotel, Owner at Chalets Motel, responded to this review, 2 January 2013
Hi Ross,

Many thanks indeed for your great informative review of our complex. I am sure it helps people decide on their choice of accommodation when they have a review such as yours to read. We really do appreciate you taking the time to do it for us. =) Pat & Jock
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Property: Chalets Motel
Address: 56 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Chalets Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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