We booked in here for one night while in Te Anau. While the Village Inn describes itself as a hotel, I would describe it more as a classic New Zealand motel (this is meant as a good thing!)which has been converted/upgraded in a number of ways. Positive points about our room were that it had a modern decor/interior and the importantly the room was clean.
Notable additional features of the Village Inn (over and above a basic motel) were a restaurant and bar area and a slightly quirky series of individual colonial style frontages on many of the rooms. For example, we "stayed in" the Te Anau Outfitting Emporium as that was the frontage of our room. Presumably the owners are trying to bring to mind the old gold rush era days of the region. Depending on your perspective, this makes the rooms either an interesting novelty or slightly tacky (possibly harsh - but everyone's tastes differ).
The staff were professional and helpful, other positives were that we had a carpark right outside our room (not an uncommon set-up with NZ motels) and it was an easy 5 minute walk to the centre of town, restaurants etc. We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant, which was adequate.
There is a Fresh Choice supermarket about 5-10 mins walk away if you were staying a few days and wanted to use the kitchenette facilities in the room for your own cooking.
Overall, we have no complaints about the Village Inn - it was a decent place to stay. Don't expect an international style chain hotel (as some reviewers appeared to be expecting), because you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a clean, relatively modern motel with a bit of quirky charm and a few extra hotel-style facilities then you should have a happy stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern and unique hotel creates a feeling of 'stepping back in time' with its carefully recreated Pioneer Village facades and is within walking distance of the lake shore and town centre. Options include studio rooms, deluxe rooms, family units with kitchens and inter-connecting rooms, a disabled access unit and luxury penthouse honeymoon suite complete with spa bath and stereo system. There is also a laundry room for guest use, restaurant and bar and ample car parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Village Hotel Te Anau
- Village Inn Hotel Te Anau, Fiordland National Park