We booked this not expecting much, but it was clean and quiet especially for a motel - but then, Hanmer Springs is not a mad town! Just on the edge of town, about a 10-15 min walk into the high street and to the springs, it's run by a very friendly couple who are very helpful and make you feel welcome. The rooms are standard Bella Vista, with a double bed with electric blanket, tv and kitchenette, and a bathroom with a blistering heater! All you need. We only stayed one night and have to say that the drive from Hanmer to Kaikoura is one of the most spectacular we've ever done, beautiful hilly countryside to feast your eyes on and enjoy. Hanmer itself is a nice alpine town with plenty of money judging from some of the lovely houses, and has an excellent view from the top of the hill of the main road. The springs - hmm, bit unsure about - great for the family, for the romantics not so great! The water felt good in terms of warmth, but if you go - take flip flops, and a dressing gown - you will be freezing in winter, just from the changing rooms to the pools, the concrete is wet and very very cold. You also obviously share mostly large pools with lots of people and kids splashing around. I was told by a friend it was a bit Disney-fied and have to agree - it's certainly not a 'spa' experience. The joining spa salon however has some very nice treatments, although sitting in a fancy shower that has lights and music is a bit overpriced in my opinion! I would recommend the facials and massages and scrubs though. After being given a little hard sell about the products, they didn't have what I wanted which was quite funny. All in all, a quaint place and probably a fabulous place to have a holiday home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bella Vista Motel Hanmer Springs NZ has 16 studio units and 2 x 1 bedroom family units along with an onsite tennis court . We have great views of the local mountains and free onsite parking. We cater for wheel chair bound and mobility restricted guests with 2 Access Studios with parking outside the door. Easy 8-10 minute walk to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa and the Local Cafes and Bars. ... more less
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