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“An ok motel in Hanmer Spring”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Chalets Motel

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Chalets Motel
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“An ok motel in Hanmer Spring”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2009

We were 2 couples and stayed in Chalets motel for one night in August, right in the middle of a busy winter season in Hanmer Spring. We each hired a one-bedroom chalet, and ended up getting chalets 2 and 3 (chalet 3 is actually 2-bedroom). Price was reasonable at $110 each, we just booked them directly with the motel through its website.

Overall it was an average stay I have to say...the location was ok, about 600 metres to the hot spring, but the private road leading up to the motel was not done properly and therefore quite dusty (might be temporary). Host was quite nice, warm greeting and check in was smooth. The chalets themselves are not real chalets (i.e. not all wood). Slightly dated, but still quite pleasant. However the three things that I would like to point out are:
- its not quiet. Middle of the night there were a few times that it all of a sudden got very very noisy, sounded like helicopter right above your roof. Never found out what it was but it happened at 11pm-2pm, and has disrupted our sleep;
-the shower was very average - not enough pressure.
-heater was very noisy.

Also the host advised that towel was available for hire at $2 each - as compared to the pool hiring them out for $5. While $2 is not a lot, I would have thought towel should be complementary, given that people go to Hanmer mainly to go to the hot pool.

Overall I think it's an ok motel, but there seemed to be a few others around that are better. I like Hanmer Spring and this is at least the 6th visit - but I probably will try somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 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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