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Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
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Adelaide, Australia
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105 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Great alternative to Hermitage”
Reviewed 13 May 2011

We wanted to do lots of walking in the Mount Cook National Park so stayed two nights at Aoraki/Mount Cook Alpine Lodge and then two at The Hermitage. We had the self contained studio room with its own ground floor patio and great view of Mount Cook, but was a bit pricey but other rooms with not so great a view were much less. Hotel has a huge lounge with picture windows looking out onto Mount Cook and a communual kitchen so if you have brought provisions in you can cook, meet other guests over dinner and swap tales of what you have been up to and find out tips and recommendations on what to do. Don't skimp with your visit to Mount Cook, it's a walking haven if the weather is kind. We had four days of glorious autumn sunshine with unforgettable views.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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alpinelodgemanager, Manager at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
Thank you so much for your nice review. We really appreciate the feedback. It is great to know that our guests enjoy their time with us, and make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed 8 May 2011

The Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Lodge was for me a perfect place to stay if you want some contact with other travellers but also have your privacy. If you're not after the extravagant luxery but a place with all you need and more.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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alpinelodgemanager, Manager at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
Hello,
Thank you so much for the great review. We are so pleased that our guests enjoy the lounge. It is a great place to rest, relax and meet fellow travellers. We hope you can visit us again in the future.
Kind regards,
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

The team at he lodge where all extremely helpful and friendly. Due to there local knoledge we were abel to see sties in the moutn Cook area that we had not expected, liek the lakes wiht floating iceburgs the kids & us parents where so excited to see such an amazing site
The lodge was so clean and tiday with the most relaxing atmosphere especially in the Lounge room looking out onto Mount Cook WOW what an amaxing room!!! and lodge a truely amaxing hooliday spot.

Signed a very happy family :)

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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alpinelodgemanager, Manager at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge, responded to this review, 22 May 2011
Thank you for the great review. We are so pleased that your family enjoyed your time with us. We do find it is an easy place for families to come and relax in. Children seem to appreciate the relaxed environment.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Stayed here one night. Stunning views of mount Cook in the sunshine. Hotel retaraunt a bit pricey but good food and they have the monopoly .Interesting visitor centre ,friendly helpful staff.Noisy possums running over the roof at night !!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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alpinelodgemanager, Manager at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge, responded to this review, 23 May 2011
Thank you for your nice review and for saying the staff were friendly and helpful. We appreciate that, as we try to be as helpful as possible. We are pleased you found Mount Cook beautiful and hope you can visit us again.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2011

This was a big disappointment. For a start the welcome we received was off hand and unhelpful, almost as if we should be grateful that the place existed for us. Very little attempt to introduce or explain the place to us. The hotel promised that the room we had - the kitchenette/studio - were the best in the hotel. I think they were tradfing on the view here which would indeed be good if you could see anything, which we couldn't. But the idea that this would be some spectacular panorama as described in the hotel blurb is unlikely to materilaise as the overhang of the upper floor to the hotel cuts the view in half. So you would probably have to bend down to get the full view of Aoraki/Mt Cook! The room was cramped and badfly laid out. The position of the advertised leather sofa - faded and scuffed - was such as to be virtually unusable. The main window gave little privacy unless the curtains were drawn. Overall a very overpriced average hotel room, cramped at that, which we didn't enjoy.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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alpinelodgemanager, Manager at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge, responded to this review, 23 May 2011
Hello. Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge. I am sorry that you were so disappointed by us, the staff and also by the room. All of the staff try their hardest to be helpful to our guests so I am not sure what happened on the day you were here. But I do apologize that you had this problem.
Kind regards,
Mary, on behalf of the staff.
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jakarta
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

We stayed for 1 night at a kitchenette studio room with great snow-capped mountain view and we enjoyed it a lot. The lodge provides a convenient parking area for guests and it did help as it was raining heavily when we were there. The location, which was within a short walk to the Visitor Center and Hermitage Hotel/Sir Hillary Alpine Center where we could book our activities, was a plus point. The room itself was roomy and comfortable but nothing special. They have however a spacious lounge with view of Mount Cook and big kitchen accessible by all guests. Friendly, efficient staff.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Derby, UK
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Reviewed 14 February 2011

Situated next to the Visitor Centre and close to the famous Hermitage Hotel. Rooms have about the same view but at a much lower price - but still expensive as we paid $189. Advantage is that the hotel has a huge lounge and modern, clean and well-equipped kitchen. If you're staying here try and bring your own breakfast and lunch (at least) as all options in Mt Cook village are expensive. Unlike some other reviewers we didn't have any problem with noise from other rooms and slept well in a comfortable bed. Views from the lounge and the rooms at the front are fantastic.
Biggest complaint is that they charge for the internet even with your own laptop - at the inflated room price wireless internet should be free.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
Address: 101 Bowen Drive, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Mt. Cook Village
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Mt. Cook Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Aoraki Mount Cook Village our accommodation is designed to meet the needs of the budget conscious traveller whilst providing the highest standard of service, cleanliness and comfort.We have 16 ensuite rooms, 24 hr onsite management, reception open 830am-800pm daily with 24hour check in available. Free WiFi is included in the room rate as is free off street parking onsite. ... more   less 
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