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“Very comfortable hotel! Loved it” 5 of 5 stars
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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand   |  
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Long Beach, California
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54 hotel reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Very comfortable hotel! Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Quite, cozy room, comfortable, stayed on the second floor , room 211. Nice view over the lake. Comfortable bedding. Restaurant on site was okey . Used sauna as a private session. Ask for a key on the front desk. Hotel is located walking distance to shopping. If you go to the left along the lake, it will take you for a wonderful 2 hour comfortable walk with beautiful scenery.

Room Tip: 211, good lake view, quite, cozy
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
Dear Olga

I agree the walks in TE Anau are breath-taking and I am happy to hear you enjoyed the magnificent views overlooking picturesque Lake Te Anau. I hope you had a safe trip back home and please keep in touch.

Regards
Brent Stander
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in a Garden View room-not much of a view but that didn't matter. Two queens sized beds suited our sleeping arrangements. Hotel was close to town and opposite the lovely lake. The staff were great-when we left behind some clothes, they arranged to have the items sent by courier to our next hotel straight away with minimal cost. They also were very helpful to assist in a non-hotel matter. We didn't eat at the hotel but the bar staff were efficient & friendly.
This was a very nice place to relax while exploring Milford Sound.

  • Stayed November 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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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
Dear hcondon
I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your time in Fiordland and our staff made an impression on your stay.

Hopefully we will see you back again

Regards
Brent Stander
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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59 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

On the Plus side: we loved the fact that this is a large hotel which "has it all": nice room, great lounge, some of the best dinner we have had in NZ, very friendly bar staff, great view, and even a small floater-plane waiting for passengers just across the street. Our room was nice and had some of the amenities we lacked in other hotels such as iron and iron board, lots of drawers etc.

On the Minus side: very surprisingly, no wifi in the room. You have to go to the lobby! Also I don't understand why the hotel has not upgraded the shower curtains which will stick to your body as soon as you start the shower. Last thing: very very weird fitted comforter (never seen that before: the comforter is fitted at two corners of the bed) which is so skimpy that it barely covers your chest. So unnerving.

If it weren't for those few things, I would give this place 4 stars.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
Dear Luc V
I am delighted to hear you found the dinner some of the best you tried while in New Zealand and the staff were friendly and accommodating. I hope the other comments you mentioned did not impact on your stay in New Zealand and you had a safe trip back home.
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Brent Stander
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kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We had requested a higher floor room and this was allocated to us. Very friendly welcome by reception staff and Brent. All very helpful.
Breakfast very busy one day with tour guests, not relaxing. 2 nd day a lot quieter. We would have had a cooked breakfast but were told that omelettes could only be made by special order and this would be extra over the full cooked breakfast price. Strange as eggs were available, but not as an omelette.
Overall though very good stay and one of the best locations. An alternative is the Lakeside Motel which has good views and a balcony on the upper floors.

Room Tip: Take a lake view room. We were on the first floor, hotel only two floors. Good view of lake, no balc...
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
Dear Mike 1946
It was a pleasure meeting you and I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay in Te Anau and the hotel. I am sorry to hear about omellete requests as this is wrong, we are happy for our guests to have their desired egg choice and I have personally sorted this out with the kitchen.

We hope to see you back soon!
Regards
Brent Stander
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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33 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

The hotel was clean, and the rooms were spacious. I really liked having choices of channels when watching television. It's a great place as a jumping off point for Milford Sound. The food in the restaurant was quite delicious, but the service (the time for me to get my food one night) in the restaurant was the slowest I may have ever seen. I was almost convinced that the chefs had gone fishing themselves for my meal.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
Dear Colorado Traveller
I am happy to hear that you found the room suitable to your needs and you enjoyed your dining experience. I apologise if the food took too long to come out and have followed up with the kitchen to ensure we are meeting our guests delivery needs with food timings. I trust the chef did not go fishing but if he had it would have been a good option to eat off the menu. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
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Brent Stander
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Peoria, Illinois
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48 hotel reviews
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Looked to us as the best choice in Te Anau.
Reception and waitstaff attentive with a "service" orientation.
Clean rooms, decent size. We had a view of the gardens and pool in the back.
Other side would have viewed the lake.
No elevators; internet (wireless) only available in the lobby/bar area. No charge for internet.
Due to narrow bandwidth , internet is slow when there are multiple users. We found using the internet early in the morning, before breakfast, worked best.
Dine one evening and elected two of their $15 NZ specials - my wife had the beef burger (what we would call a hamburger in the US) and I had the Classic Caesar Salad. Both were very good. My wife especially enjoyed a burger for the first time during our trip.
Nothing fancy; solid facility, food and service. Breakfast was better than average. Poached eggs were offered as an option to scrambled. Would recommend.

Room Tip: Back is gardens and pool; front is the lake.
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  • Stayed November 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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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
Dear Jeffrey S
Great to hear the staff were attentive to your needs and you enjoyed breakfast and dinner.
We hope you enjoyed your stay in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had a lovely one night stay in a hotel room at a good price (we got it at a discount than the normal price). Great location as we were able to walk into town for dinner. We will be back next time we are trout fishing in the area.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Dear Paulette
I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back again in the not too distant future.
Regards
Brent Stander
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Address: 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#9 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#13 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Te Anau Lake Front, a short stroll from the Te Anau Town Centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. Surrounded by extensive, colourful gardens and overlooking spectacular Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, this Hotel and Villa accommodation sets the tone for your stay in one of the world’s most breathtaking regions. Designed for your comfort, we offer 115 luxurious rooms, including Hotel rooms with Garden and breathtaking Lake Views, and a range of spacious One and Two Bedroom Garden View Villas. On-site is the renowned MacKinnon Room Restaurant offering the very best of South Island cuisine, and the Explorer Bar and Lakefront Terrace where you can relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Lake Te Anau. The hotel offers the largest hotel based conference centre in the area, and its very own lakefront wedding chapel, plus extensive recreational facilities, including a spa, sauna, heated outdoor swimming pool and massage services. ... more   less 
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