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“Great rooms, but stay upstairs if you are a light sleeper!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Radfords Lakeview Motel
5.0 of 5 Motel   |   56 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great rooms, but stay upstairs if you are a light sleeper!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012 via mobile

We liked it here very much. The rooms are very clean and nice. The service was excellent, the reccomendations for things to do were perfect and overall this place deserves its high ranking!! My only caution is that I wish we had stayed upstairs instead of chosing a downstairs room. The family above us woke up EARLY and you could hear EVERYthing they did. Seriously, hearing them use the toilet first thing in the morning was not fun. But if you're not a light sleeper you'll have no problems. I'm just very picky in this area.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords Lakeview Motel, responded to this review, January 15, 2012
We appreciate you taking the time to review our facilities and for your positive comments. We sincerely apologise that you were inconvenienced by the guests above you rising early. We do try where possible to put large family groups on the ground floor but sometimes this is out of our control and we do very much regret that your sleep was disturbed.
Kind regards Kerri & Steve
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Dad and I stayed here for two nights in November during our visit to New Zealand. This was absolutely our favorite accommodation on the whole trip! The suite was well appointed, spacious, super clean, and very comfortable. It had a great view of the lake and was within a very short walk to the main street. However, the best part was the owner, Kerri, who totally looked after us in every way. She arranged our tours, made great dining suggestions, helped make sure we dressed properly for the variable Fiordland weather, provided us with back packs and sun screen, etc....what an angel! If you visit Te Anau, be sure to stay here!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords Lakeview Motel, responded to this review, January 15, 2012
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us - hopefully we may see you back again. Kind regards Kerri & Steve
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Auburn, California
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

We spent five nights here and can't say enough about it. It has a wonderful lake view, very comfortable one bedroom apartment within walking distance of town. The owner/manager was very helpful and very involved in the operations of the place. Quiet and very clean.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords Lakeview Motel, responded to this review, January 15, 2012
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is very pleasing to receive such positive feedback on our facilities and we very much appreciate you taking the time to post this review. Kind regards Kerri & Steve
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

We tend to stay in hotels rather than motels but as many of the accommodation options outside the major cities are more motel and self catering accommodation we thought we would try Radfords. The motel manager was very helpful and the accommodation was very clean and tidy. The rooms also provided free Sky paid TV which was great to chill out and watch after a long day visiting the sites. My tip for dinner is Dolce Vita a great Italian restaurant! Overall Te Anau is quite a lively town also so is a much better option than traveling on a coach up and back from Queenstown to Milford Sound in the one day.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords Lakeview Motel, responded to this review, January 3, 2012
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your kind review. We are pleased your enjoyed your time in Te Anau and that you had a nice meal at La Dolce Vita. We are fully in agreement with you that it is a much better to stay in Te Anau than to endure the long bus ride from Queenstown to either Milford or Doubtful Sound and to enjoy the slighter slower pace of life here in Te Anau.
Kind regards
Kerri & Steve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Expensive, but excellent place.
The motel is constructed in a way that all units have a full view of the lake. The room was spotlessly clear.
Nice, semi-separated kitchen in our studio, convenient common laundry facilities.
On the first floor the view may be blocked if a large car is parked in front of the door, but motel’s owner usually asks owners of large cars to park on the other side (we parked our SUV there once and were immediately asked to move it).
We lived on the second floor and initially I was worried about common walkway in front of our windows (foot traffic and noise) but it turned out that motel is very small so the foot traffic on that walkway was very light, it has not bothered us at all. Overall, very quiet place.

Short walk (5-10min) to town’s center.
The owner is onsite most of the time, is very helpful and seems to be doing everything to keep the reputation of the motel at its current height.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords Lakeview Motel, responded to this review, January 3, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our property and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We like all our guests to enjoy the best views possible from their units and ask all booked on the upper level to park vehicles across the car park so that those on the groundfloor can enjoy their view without having to look around someone elses vehicle. We thank you for kindly moving your vehicle when asked.
Kind regards
Kerri & Steve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We had a very brief 1-night stay at the Radfords Lakeview Motel, but were very pleasantly surprised by it. It's a lovely motel and the pictures don't quite do it justice. Nice setting across the street from tranquil Lake Te Anau, but still very walkable to restaurants on the main street. Kerri was very helpful and courteous, despite us arriving late and catching her right before bed. Because it was a quiet night, she upgraded us to a ground level room with a spa bath and gave us lots of good advice for our upcoming trip to Milford Sound. She even loaned us some bug spray for those pesky sand flies. Would highly recommend the motel for anyone staying in Te Anau.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

When planning our NZ vacation, we weren't sure about hotels in Te Anau as none really seemed to stand out on Trip Advisor. However we were very pleasantly surprised by Radfords - nice room, overlooking the lake (suggest going for an upstairs room for the view) with a well-equipped kitchenette. The manageress was a star - she gave us three suggestions all of which worked well. First, as when we arrived we were short of time before a trip to the glow-worm caves, she recommended a fish and chip van. Best fish I've had for a long time. Then a restaurant the next night (the Redcliff) turned out to be fabulous. Finally she recommended seeing a film about Fiordland in the local cinema which, although I was a bit cynical about the idea, was superb. Watching the sunset over the lake from our room was a great way to end our visit to Te Anau.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords Lakeview Motel, responded to this review, December 21, 2011
So glad you enjoyed your time in Te Anau. Very pleased that you enjoyed the suggestions made to you regarding dining out. We are very lucky to have some fantastic restaurants with lovely fresh local produce in our small town and the film Ata Whenua really is well worth seeing. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday
Regards Kerri & Steve
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Address: 56 Lakefront Dr, 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 Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#4 Business Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Radfords Lakeview Motel 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in affordable style at Radfords Lakeview Motel. Our well equipped units have a warm and luxurious feel. With attention to detail and complete commitment to your stay, our service is sure to make you feel welcome. Lake and mountain views from every unit and conveniently located close to the town centre. Look out for those little extras like candles, flowers, 50+ channel SKY TV and a great selection of DVDs for guests enjoyment. With guest laundry, continental breakfasts, kitchenette, off road parking, free wireless internet and a laptop available for use in your room, our aim is to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Winners of the NZ AA Supreme host of the year award 2013 ... more   less 
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