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“more then you would expect for the price”
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The Godley Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Queenstown, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“more then you would expect for the price”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

A friend and I stayed here as a last minute booking, we stayed in the budget room and werent expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised! Yes the room is dated but it was spotless, large and comfortable, and much more then a normal budget room. We had a bar fridge, tea and coffee and extras. There was more to this room then in most private rooms in a hostel and at a better price. I will stay here again if I am ever in need of a room in Lake Tekapo again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This is the WORST hotel I've ever had the displeasure to stay at - thank god it was only 1 night. Previous reviews have described the decor & furniture as outdated, tired and worn. This is the understatement of the decade. The mattress was as old as the original building, heater didn't work and either did most of the lights. The service was poor, as was the condition of the bathroom and the only view we had was of the main road. The only saving grace - we ate elsewhere.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

After I read previous reviews I nearly didn't stay here but it was absolutely fine. I stayed in the budget rooms which don't have a lake view but were very clean and comfortable. Service was friendly. I didn't use the restaurant having dinner at the very good Japanese Kohan Restaurant in the village and Breakfast at Cafe Run 77 which was also very good. It is a short walk down to the lake and the lupins were all out adding to the beautiful views. However reviewers may have suffered in the past, it certainly wasn't my experience and would recommend the Godley for a reasonably priced overnight stop. If you want to may loads more money you will find somewhere nicer but keep in mind what you paid and don't be put off.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reading
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2013

We stayed here as a last minute booking as there was limited availability in the rest of the village. The reception staff were very welcoming but we were very disappointed with our room. It seems that no money has been invested in the hotel for a long time and the rooms and communal areas seemed very tired and outdated. The room was clean enough and the bed comfortable, but it definitely wasn't luxury or worth the $130 per night, especially when compared to the other great places we had stayed in elsewhere. Some serious money needs to be invested in this place before the cost per night can be justified.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2013

It was my utter misfortune to forget my wallet when I left this morning. Fifteen minutes later when I returned Housekeepers had already stripped my room and no wallet was handed into Reception. When I left the door was locked and when I returned housekeeping had accessed the room but no wallet had been found. Yet it was left beside the key on the bedside table key was found by housekeeping but no wallet. I found Management unsupportive to a customer who was now in a situation where they had no money or access to all the other essentials held in a wallet. They didn't even offer a cup of coffee while I tried to sort the situation myself. I respect their repeated acts of loyalty to their staff that they are all 100% honest. As an employer myself we are only as good as our worst staff member on their worst day. Overall the place was disgusting with lack of Management. Customer Service was non existent

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Even minor repairs would improve this hotel eg in our room -mend tear in bedspread, get a small mat to cover worn piece by ranchsliders, paint touch-ups and nail/glue back loose trim and tiles in the bathroom. Probably a total bathroom refit would be the best way to greatly improve the rooms. Not good value for $130 a night be we had little choice as the town was pretty much booked out - pre- booking where you want to stay is recommended!
Positives: Receptionist was pleasant and helpful. Spa was good though spa/fitness room smelt mildewy. Quite good view of the lake over roofs of other units. And of course the lake and Mt John are fabulous.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2013

First impressions walking into the hotel were ok, as the reception area seems quite nice. The rest of the hotel though is liking walking through a wormhole into the past - the lounge/"entertainment" area is very outdated, it was like being in a retirement home. The restaurant is quite small, as is the bar area which doesn't have a very good range, and the staff aren't the most approachable people either.

The rooms were not good either. The lake view was pretty good, although still not what I expected, thought it would be a bit closer! Other than that, the room had limited supplies (including the smallest TV I have ever seen), our key card kept expiring and had to walk to reception to get it re-activated, the room above ours had very squeaky floor boards and could hear the occupants walking around all the time, even at very early hours in the morning.

We had the breakfast buffet included in our room price, and it was good enough for me, but could be very basic for others. However, the dinner buffet was not good and definitely not worth $30 each!

This place is definitely not value for money, so much work needs to be done! Won't be staying here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Godley Hotel
Address: State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Godley Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by the lake, overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains, the Godley Hotel offers comfortable and clean rooms in a beautiful and central location. It is a country style hotel with friendly staff and great service. Just 1.5 hours driving time from Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and 3 hours from Christchurch and Queenstown, the hotel is also only 40 minutes' drive from local skifields. The Church of Good Shepherd, the Sheepdog Statue, and all the restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Just a short distance away you can also find our beautiful tracks and walkways, world-class skiing, horse trekking, as well as the Tekapo Springs where you can enjoy an earth-fed natural hot spring bath and Mt John Observatory where you can view the galaxy of stars. With the wide range of outdoor activities available in Lake Tekapo, the convenience of the Godley Hotel makes it a great choice for the region. The hotel has a large restaurant and cosy bar with great Food and Beverage menu for you to choose, the hotel also offers indoor spa pool, outdoor swimming pool and a pool table for you to enjoy. A warm welcome from all of us at the Godley Hotel and we hope you enjoy your visit in the beautiful Lake Tekapo. ... more   less 
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