We booked 6 motels for our trip around the South Island in New Zealand. This was the ONLY dissapointing one.
We were in a block of holiday appartments. First of all, we got into the door very easily, the key was hardly needed. This concerned by partner so he fiddled around with it a bit once we got in, and soon came to the conclusion that anybody could get into our room without the correct key, without much trying. I went into the bathroom at this point to wash my hands, and try the the shower. Neither produced hot running water, even after 5 mins of the shower running. We then tried the tap in the kitchen, the same problem. We also noticed in the kitchen that there was a plug socket hanging off the wall. This meant we knew we didn't want to stay there as a working door lock, hot water and safe appliances are surely a mandatory and simple thing. We went to reception and she was very moody when we explained whats wrong, untill we refused to stay there. Before going to reception, we checked out the pool area (not sure how people are raving about this, if i had kids there would be no way i'd let them in there), the handles were rusty and the whole area seemed very dated and not looked after-god knows what you'd get from going in there. The whole place was extremely dated and theres no reason for it, with competition you'd think you'd want to keep the standards up, this was a very tacky place to stay. So we managed to get a room at "Lakefront Lodge", who had a very helpful and welcoming lady to greet us, and a lovely clean, comfortable room for our stay. She did mention that a lot of visitors had complained about Fiordland motels. We had originaly booked 2 nights stay at Fiordland, so that we could stay the night we got there (from Queenstown), go to Fiordland Milford Sound the next day, stay the night there again and then move on. Instead, sadly Lakefront lodge only had one night available, so we instead did milford sound the next day and then drove all the way to Queenstown, to stay at the lovely Hilton Kawarua again (only $20 more, so again i don't know why people think this hotel is good value for money). I really would not recomend this motel i'm afraid.
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- Also Known As:
- Fiordland Hotel/ Hotel Te Anau
- Fiordland Hotel/Motel Te Anau, Fiordland National Park