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“Clean, comfortable, standard motel” 3 of 5 stars
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Lakefront Lodge
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   58 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Fairfax, Virginia
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“Clean, comfortable, standard motel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2007

This is a motel, single story, drive up to your room motel. It was clean and comfortable. No complains, but no tremendous endorsements either. This was simply a place for us to sleep on the night before our drive into Milford Sound and the night of.

Don't expect Te Anau to have any fabulous places. This one was just fine for our needs. If you want fancy, good luck finding it in this town. Of all the accomodations in this town, I would imagine this one is pretty standard and comfortable.

Stayed January 2007
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2006

Whle the studio room was comfortable, the furnishings were quite basic. There was a meter box outside our room which was very loud at times during the night. There was no wardrobe, just a few coathooks by the bed. There was little privacy as all rooms face a busy main road. While the name of the establishment suggests lake frontage, there are no direct views of the lake, only views of the road. While our 3 night stay was quoted at $120 per night, we were charged $130. Overall, the only disappointing accommodation we experienced in our 2 weeks in New Zealand.

  • Liked — bed was comfortable
  • Disliked — lack and privacy, and thought it was overpriced
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  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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53 hotel reviews
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234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2006

The owner here is incredibly friendly and welcoming. We chose a studio suite and were extremely impressed. The room was large and spotlessly clean, and the kitchen looked almost new. The bed was also very comfortable. The bathroom was a good size and was also new-looking, with a good large shower and heated towel rails. It was also cheap at $120 NZD. We highly recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado, USA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2005

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at the Lakeshore Lodge and enjoyed our stay. The room was not facing the lake but there are picnic tables outside each room to enjoy the view of the lake. The hosts were great - they recommended tours and booked them for us, which was great. However, I would still recommend researching all the tour companies before going. The lodge is also conveniently located on a main road and is very easy to find. It is also fairly close to restaurants and shops - about a 10 to 15 minute walk to most restaurants. It is not a fancy place but comfortable and would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2005

This hotel isn't on the lakeside: it runs along a busy road at right angles to the lake. The rooms have a glass door and window filling the whole of the side facing the road, so if you want some privacy you'll probably keep the blinds closed. The parking and entrance to the rooms are on the side away from the road, which has only a small frosted window.

The furnishings are ok and the bed comfortable. The laundry is effectively unavailable as it is used by the hotel itself until late afternoon and is not to be used after 8 to avoid disturbing the occupants of the next room. The milk (which is universal in NZ hotels for morning tea or coffee) was not replenished on our second morning. Checking the bill later, I discovered we were charged 20 NZD more per night than quoted in the email confirming our booking. Combined with the eccentric design, these irritations left a bad impression on us. We'll look for a better choice next time.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2005

We stayed for 3 nights in March 2005. The accommodation was spacious and nicely appointed though without views of the lake - the units face a road. We were not bothered by road noise and the heating was quite adequate (it was chilly outside). The units are conveniently located and the host was friendly and helpful. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2005

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in early January 2005. Accommodation was very much as expected from the motel’s website – clean, attractive and well equipped. It was surprisingly spacious inside compared with the exterior view. Large living area with separate bedroom and the added bonus of a spa bath. Guest laundry available but you did have to pay $2 for the dryers (only place on a four week trip to New Zealand where we had to pay for this). The property is located directly across from the lake, sideways on so you have no lake view but only a two minute walk to the shore. Each unit has an outside area with a table and benches in the well tended gardens but this is directly on the side road.
The town centre is a five minute walk along the lakefront. If time permits we would recommend a trip to the cinema/wine bar in Te Anau. This was very civilised, sitting watching the film with a glass of local wine in “business class seats”, a far better experience than the usual multiplex. Also recommended for coffee and desserts is the Olive Tree Café in the main street – nice courtyard area at the rear.
Te Anau is ideally situated for the excellent scenic drive up to Milford Sound (allow a full day for the return trip). One word of warning – car parking can be a nightmare if you get there at peak times! Also highly recommended is the overnight boat trip on Doubtful Sound.

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Additional Information about Lakefront Lodge

Address: 58 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#5 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#6 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Lakefront Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable Units with a show of Luxury. Partial Lake and Mountain views. All units have kitchens. One Bedroom Double Spa Bath and Studio Units. Free Wireless Internet throughout.Continental Breakfast available. Only a 2min walk to town centre and restaurants.Tour Booking Desk. Luggage storeage for trampers. Free car parking ... more   less 
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Lakefront Hotel Te Anau
Lakefront Lodge Te Anau, Fiordland National Park

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