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Lake Tekapo Cottages
Narbonne, France
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Not a very warm welcome and we were asked to pay for our 3 night stay right away but the credit card machine didn't work. We were told we would have to draw the money out of the local ATM and use cash. Before we left we asked them to try the card again without any luck. This was a really good quiet location for visiting Lake Tekapo. The discription furnishings to a very high standard is not quite as we would describe it but adequate for a 2 or 3 night stay. The bed was very comfortable. It didn't help when we were woken up on our last morning by a strimmer which kept going until we left at 10am! We don't think it was the owner but still very annoying and nothing done about it.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Arezzo, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
529 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2013 via mobile

Stayed only one night on our way to Queenstown. Simple , basic little cottage with a kitchenette . Great shower !! Good value for money. Close by various place to have dinner but please note that at 21 kitchen close everywhere

  • Stayed January 2013
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Melbourne
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2013

We were booked at this place to stay for one night while touring the South Island. Upon arrival, we were told that they had double booked us and that were getting moved to a B&B at the owner's expense (which was lovely of them to organise). The only problem was that we were travelling with a toddler and had on purpose booked self contained accomodation with a spare bed. Instead we were moved to a B&B with the smallest bedroom (no bed for the toddler) and no private living space. It was rather disappointing for us and would have preferred to have been told of this ahead of time so could have organised a more appropriate accomodation. Our experience in lake tekapo as a result was pretty average and we left at 7am the next morning as we had no desire to stay longer.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2012 via mobile

This was a last minute booking for us as our original accommodation was cancelled. What a stroke of luck as the cottage was great! We booked the Potting Shed which looked like a garden shed from the outside but inside it was charming and had everything we needed. There was a TV with Sky channels, kitchenette with fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and a small amount of crockery. You couldn't actually cook here but enough for breakfast and to make lunch. The ensuite bathroom had a good shower and there were plenty of towels. On check in the owner gave us a bottle of milk and wifi access codes. He also recommended the Japanese restaurant for dinner which we went to and it was delicious. We had a great stay in Tekapo and would recommend the cottages as good value accommodation.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Auckland
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2012 via mobile

Not as glam as the website made out and the sleepouts were a bit unconventional but all in all a cosy stay. More wood was needed for the fire and the kitchen is petite. Very gd location, wish we'd had longer there.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

We were here on our honeymoon late last year and this was just the place we were looking for. While most of the other hotels we stayed at during our honeymoon and on our other travels were great too, but this was just what you want - absolute privacy, great location, perfect hosts, just the right amount of services that you need in your cottage.
The lake and the church are just a few minutes away and you dont have to worry about walking around a lot, even if its late at night. The restaurants were walking distance away with good amount of choices.
The cottage was clean, kitchen had the minimum requirements on a short stay and the hosts were just superb. Infact on one of the evenings, when we were out for dinner at a local restaurant, it started pouring badly. Since we were without a car, we decided to call the hotel owner on what the options were and he came up with something we couldnt have thought of or certainly not expected of, he decided to jump into his car and came over to pick us up.
Just the experience and service which makes you remember the special time for a long time.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2012

I like the location of this cottage the most. You can walk to the lake and visit Church of the Good Shephard and a bronze statue of Collie sheepdog. This cottage is the best value for money choice for one whom would like to stay a night in Lake Tekapo.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank Ong-ard H
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Property: Lake Tekapo Cottages
Address: 12 Sealy Street | PO Box 133, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Tekapo Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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