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“Cosy motel” 5 of 5 stars
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Aden Motel
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   57-59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
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“Cosy motel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Myself and a friend stayed in a 2 bedroom unit (No.4) for 2 nights.

Pros:
-Parking space outside unit
-Free WiFi - username & password listed in unit.
-Located in a quiet part of town
-Friendly manager - Irene
-Reception contains leaflet rack of local attractions, plus a book swap.
-2 metal chairs and a table, plus ashtray in front of unit.
-Our unit was accessed via a large sliding glass door. The front section of our unit contained a single bed, 4 chairs & a table, telephone, 2 upholstered tub chairs & low table, LG widescreen TV, wall heater and a kitchen area (cooker/hob, sink, storage with plates, bowls, glasses, cutlery etc, fridge, microwave). Bedroom with double bed, storage with hanging area & shelf, 2x mirrors, twin bedside cabinets & lamps, suitcase stand, TV. En suite bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, towels.
-DVDs available to hire - $2 from Reception.
-Umbrellas available to use.
-A small selection of adapters are available to borrow.
-Children's play area
-Guest laundry - washing machine $3 per load, dryer $4 for a 40 minute cycle.
-It's a 3 minute walk to Lake Te Anau. Use the cut-through walkway opposite/slightly-right of the motel. When you see the lake there's also a bronze sculpture of Quintin McPherson McKinnon, discoverer of the Milford Track.
-There's a nice paved lakeside path from the above McKinnon statue to the Te Anau Boating Club. A walk there and back would take approx 30-45 minutes. The path is lit at nightfall.
-It took me 11 minutes to walk from the motel, via the lakeside path, to the large-scale blue model of the Takahe bird at one end of the main street.
-Turn left at the above McKinnon statue and 30 seconds later you'll see the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre.

Cons:
-Checkout 10am, although this time wasn't uncommon in NZ.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IreneBenfell, Manager at Aden Motel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Both of you were fantastic guests to have and really enjoyed your company at a very quiet time for some unknown reason people dont come in winter when both Milford & Doubtful sounds are showing their best look with snow on the mountains, lots of waterfalls etc. We did actually have you in a lovely 1 Bedroom Apartment which is soon to be refurbished but yes guest tell us our rooms are great and our beds are very comfortable some even try to take our pillows as they like them so much !!.. Thanks for all your help as a guest with my poor wee dog she doesnt go far anymore. Your both very special people and Thankyou
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Te Anau was a really friendly and scenic place to spend a few days.Our self contained room was very warm and well equipped. Irene was a perfect host. She not only provided a delicious breakfast each day but also confirmed our excursion bookings and provided us with great suggestions for dinner and day trips. Te Anau is an ideal base for day trips to Milford and Doubtful Sound

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IreneBenfell, Manager at Aden Motel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
The best part of this job is the guests and having wonderful guests like you make my job so enjoyable and local knowledge is a great advantage when booking Trips, places to eat, etc. Te Anau is the perfect place to relax and catch you breath on Holiday. Its a shame when guests are only here for 1 night as should be a 2 night min as there is alot to do here in Te Anau. We do like our guest to be at home with us and relax. Thanks for your review.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Aden motel was a delight. Out host Irene was warm and extremely helpful. Her knowledge of the area was terrific. The room was slightly older but very warm and comfortable. If you were looking for a laid back and cosy place to stay, you'd do we'll to check this motel out.

Room Tip: Ring manager directly rather than use website. She will have a better idea of your needs and go out...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IreneBenfell, Manager at Aden Motel, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thanks Ruth for a great review it was lovely having you to stay are rooms maybe a bit dated but they are warm and cosy as we have only been in Motel since Oct 12 we are slowly working on redecoration in our winter season. Yes we do have different room styles so its great to be able to suit the guests needs. Hope your holiday went well.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Needed a place to crash for a night after hiking Kepler and Aden was recommended to us by another lakefront hotel. We wanted a unit with a kitchen as restaurant prices in New Zealand are...absurd. Irene offered us a very competitive rate for a studio unit and it had everything we needed - comfortable bed, large kitchen with a real stove (not a hot plate!) and a reasonably sized bathroom. She was extremely helpful and suggested several activities in the southland region for the following day.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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adenmotel, Manager at Aden Motel, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
You were a lovely couple to have and Thankyou for the lovely review we do try to make your stay with us the best we can. Electric Ranges are in 10 of our 12 Apartments the other two I would like to replace the hot plate perhpaps when we are re-decorating might be able to talk the owners of the motel into replacing them. Enjoy the rest of your holiday in NZ and tell everyone to come to Te Anau its worth it.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Really liked this place for its location, friendliness, garden seats and free internet (well done – one of the very few in NZ). It's located in a quiet part of town yet is only a short walk to the main street of Te Anau where all of the shops and restaurants etc are to be found. There is also a handy little cut through that takes you straight to the lake front. The owners are really helpful - they even phoned Real Journeys for us to confirm the 3 trips we had booked with them.
One of the best places we stopped on our whole trip and we would certainly stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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adenmotel, Manager at Aden Motel, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thankyou for your review not perfect but like the guest to feel at home and have a wonderful time with us but a lovely feedback. Please we were able to make your stay perfect for you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

the room allocated to us was very pleasant, opposite the garden and the kitchen was extremely well equipped. The bathroom was small but quite adequate and the new owners were extremely friendly and helpful. All in all I would recommend this motel as being good value for money. I wish we had had an extra night in the area.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms as I think some were larger than others
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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adenmotel, Owner at Aden Motel, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thanks for you lovely review of our Motel and yes alot of people say they wished they had another night or two in Te Anau its a quiet place to stay with so many things to do and see and one day is never long enough we just have to educate travel agents to let guests stay longer in Te Anau.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We spent two nights at the Aden Motel, our greating was friendly and advise where to visit was helpfull,glow worm caves a must.Our room was a good size and clean nice comfy bed.
The town was not to far to walk,the lake even closer.We had a problem when we washed our
clothes as the people before us washed something fluffy or box of tissues,the owner was was
brill when we told her she took all our clothes and rewashed them in her own machine and gave them back to us the next day in perfect condition.A big thank you.

Room Tip: All rooms were of good standard
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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adenmotel, Manager at Aden Motel, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
To Chris a big Thankyou and we try very hard to make sure our guests have the best stay possible and leave us with great memories of their stay and going away with clothing covered in white fluff isnt nice so it was no problem to re wash and dry the clothing for the guest its called giving service and we take pride in looking after our guests.
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Address: 57-59 Quintin Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aden Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aden Motels have 12 ground floor Apartments with 1 & 2 bedroom plus studio Apartments.Free Wifi. Quiet location with ample parking even for a boat. Childrens playground, BBQ area, Guest Vege patch,guest laundry. Chemical Free and eviromentally friendly. "Come and rest and relax". ... more   less 
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