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Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good enough, but not great.”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Our stay: 2 bedroom family unit for two nights in December, 2013. NZ$225 p/night.

Motel Location: on the road into town, but not in the heart of town as such. 10 min walk to the thermal pools, but if it is raining (which it often is), then you need to drive which is a pain as car parks can be hard to find.

Facilities: newish looking, clean and tidy. Our room had two bedrooms, one bathroom (disabled access), kitchen / meals and living room. My wife commented that she didn't like the layout. The beds could have been better positioned rather than having the head under the windows. Kitchen had 4 electric cooktops, but no oven or dishwasher. There was a courtyard.

Beds: Small queen in the master was overly firm. You get the feeling that it is 'industrial strength'. I struggled to get comfortable. Two singles in the second room were more comfortable. Window curtains were dusty, and I was sneezing given the bed head was under them. Pillows a little chunky / lumpy.

Bathroom: Shower (no bath) - ours was fitted for disabled access. Vanity. Toilet positioned behind door which was a little cramped. Mixer taps.

Electronic: wireless internet described as 'touchy' and was in fact not working (I paid to hook on to another provider and got slow speed access). TV in the living room, and a second smaller TV in the main bedroom. This was perched high on a cupboard and would have been much better off being bigger and wall mounted. Basic Sky TV.

Furnishings: good. Lounge in the living room was comfortable.

Parking: great - dedicated park right our front. Single story facility.

Windows: no fly screens, a pity as there are biting bugs that prevent you leaving the window open at night.

Servicing: Semi-service. New towels and rubbish removed only.

Owners: very friendly and happy to help. Seemed to be pet friendly based on others who were staying.

Warnings: Tiled entry. Beware if it is wet outside as it can be slippery in the hallway as people enter with wet shoes.

Bonus: Access to the DVD library to entertain the kids on wet weather days. Great idea.

Laundry: Communal pay facilities on site.

Ideas to improve: Pillowtops on beds. Wall mount TV in main bedroom. Re-orientate beds away from under curtains. Get internet working. Shuttle to / from town on wet days. Upgrade Sky TV to include more channels. More information on the local walks / hikes / drives. Provide one set of laundry tokens for one free wash / dry given no laundry facilities in the rooms. Oven / dishwasher.

Overall: Better than average, but not enough to be rated as very good.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Gosford, Australia
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We only stayed one night in this lovely location of Hanmer Springs. The motel is an easy walk to town and the Springs, it is just out of town so there is no hussle and bussle. The motel room was clean, comfortable and very reasonably priced. Staff were very friendly and willing to assist with local attractions and information. There are more up-market and expensive places to stay, however, this was very good value for money. The scenery was lovely looking at the mountain backdrop and sheep grazing next door. Highly recommended for a clean, comfortable stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2013

3 of stayed here for 1 night, good location close to the springs, easily walking there, rooms are as basic as you can get, no frills.location is good.no proble parking, I will say we had a amazing view out the back. snow covered mountains.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2013

This motel is only a few minutes walk from the centre of this lovely little town. The motel rooms are spacious, clean and quiet. Parking right outside the room helps with loading and unloading cars. A free voucher for some internet time to download emails etc was much appreciated and there was easily enough for what we needed. Staff pleasant and friendly.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We enjoyed our 2 night stay here in a studio unit which had everything we needed. The walk to the thermal pools was only a few minutes away which is why we chose this place. The studio was clean & it also had a fairly large bath room. The reception staff were friendly but on arrival we were told that they hadn't received our booking. After we showed them the confirmation, they said they hadn't checked their emails & quickly gave us a room. This was a bit of a let down after a tiring long drive!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We stayed two nights at this complex. Very well presented and excellent value for money. Studio unit lovely and clean with all the amenities.The staff were friendly and very welcoming without being in your face. Easy close access to city centre and pools. Would definitely stay again and have no hesitation recommending.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2013 via mobile

Clean well presented rooms. Good value. Lovely spot. We stayed in a studio which easily fit me, my wife and daughter. Would recommend. As we arrived late they even knocked $10 off the room price. In room is helpful extensive town information pack.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel
Address: 2 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Scenic Views Motel is proudly New Zealand owned and operated. We pride ourselves in offering our guests a warm, friendly hospitality and first class service. Built of natural stone and timbers, Scenic Views is situated only 400 meters from Hanmer Springs Famed Thermal Pools and village centre, yet offers a feel of country. Magnificent views of mountains and forest from most units. We offer our guests, fully equipped Studios, 2 & 3 Bedroom units, Spa Bath Studio and Private Spa Pool Studio. ... more   less 
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