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Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

We stayed here for two nights in January, with an upper-floor room with mountain view. The view was great, the room was reasonable given the circumstances. It was fairly dated but clean, and quite small. It is expensive but this is understandable given the location. No real complaints to speak of, but 'basic' is probably the best word to describe it.

If you can stomach the price for the view and location, this place is a good choice. Staff were helpful too.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

Stayed here for one night, a nice comfortable lodge with a stunning view. The lady at the desk was very helpful. It's quite pricey but I suppose that's what you have to pay when you stay in Mount Cook.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

Firstly, note that a recent review here titled 'Clearly a lack of competition' sounds like it's probably about the Hermitage hotel rather than this lodge. Although the sentiment can be applied to the township as a whole I think.

Aoraki Mt Cook village is not your normal town or location, being within a national park and a fair distance from any major town or city. It's small, expensive, and being close to the mountains and the west coast of the South Island, you never know what the weather will do.

This was our first stay at the village and I only really researched Hermitage and this lodge. The reviews of Hermitage were variable and it's expensive. This place rated better, but it's still not cheap to get a room with a view. We paid $240 for room 7, one of the rooms with a view, albeit on the ground floor so to get much of the view you really have to be standing at the sliding doors or out on the deck area.

For some perspective, we are staying at Sofitel in central Sydney in a couple of weeks time and are paying the equivilent of NZ$306 a night, only 27.5% more for a luxury hotel in the middle of a major international city. Obviously not with alpine views in that case!

Nevertheless if you want a private self contained room at the Mt Cook Village, especially one with a half decent view in the direction of Mt Cook itself (bear in mind the weather can spoil the way of the view on a regular basis), this may well be as good as you are going to get.

In reality the room was small, but it did have everything we needed. If we were staying longer than one night we would have used the communal kitchen and lounge upstairs, but staying only one night we only needed the microwave, small fridge, and basic crockery & glassware in our room.

I was appreciative that they stored my luggage case for a few hours after checking out, while we did a tour activity.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

The location is great, the staff were very pleasant, the view extraordinary: in fact all round good marks ---- but: the bed was absolutely hopeless. It was WAY too soft, and every time one of us moved (it was a double bed) the other got thrown around as if we were on a trampoline. I eventually gave up and slept on the floor. I didnt get to sleep until 3:00 am. The price of NZ$229 for a night would have been totally acceptable if I hadn't had to sleep on the floor. I must make positive mention of one staff member who was very helpful, when I couldn't get the wifi to work. The kitchen was a little cramped, but all else being equal, I would have overlooked that.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

High marks all around, comfortable bedding, very clean, and especially the stupendous views of Mt Cook from the community kitchen and living area. The kitchen was very tidy and clean, remarkable for a shared space. The room was perfect for us with one queen and bunk beds for the youngsters. Price was very reasonable. The bathroom had a shower with curtain but no divider to keep the shower water corralled, but not a major concern. Wi-fi was available by purchasing a card to access the system. There was a stand alone set-up which also offered internet for a fee.
Some of the other lodgings seemed to have too many rooms to pick from which ran the gamut in quality. I liked that this lodge has consistently good rooms at excellent value which made it easy to decide upon.
Very pleased with this stay and would be happy to return!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

We stayed here with a group while hiking the park. Close to everything, visitor center, museums, cafe up the hill. You can walk 20 min to trailheads or drive. Rustic room with tv without remote, hairdryer coffee pot. Internet upstairs machine starts at $1. There is a big lounge area with lots of tables and a kitchen clean to cook your dinner. Tv and lots of couches. There is one window kind of stuffy. Shower tended to run out of hot water. Nice at the desk . They closed early. Nice queen bed but took up the whole room. Very low shower rod my husband hit his head.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 December 2012

A very comfortable lodge with outstanding views, especially from the large communal area. We had a ground floor studio with a great view to Mt Cook, which was comfortable but no storage space.

The staff were helpful and polite and I we were glad to have stayed here rather than anywhere else.

A really incredible location - I strongly recommend it, as mentioned above, I doubt there are many places in the world that can top the views from Mt Cook Village.

Room Tip: Ground floor studio has outdoor patio space.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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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: £79 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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