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“Well appointed room with great views – strange hospital appearance in corridors.” 4 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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Ranked #17 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Central Coast, NSW
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“Well appointed room with great views – strange hospital appearance in corridors.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2010

We agree with “BraDandZoE”’s comments (1 Oct 2009) in that it the corridors looked like an old hospital. It was funny to read their review after staying there, as their review is almost word for word on how to describe it!

We too had asked a local if the hotel was converted from a hospital. They advised us that it was definitely a hotel for at least the last 20 years that they could recall. There was no lift to the first floor, wide hallways and very wide staircase.

I would like to mention that the rooms were very well presented and themed and I would recommend staying there. I would definitely stay there again.

The lake side rooms had an amazing view of the lake, with easy access to the walkway, and walking distance to town.

This was a good stop-over place for a day at Milford Sound.

The food in the restaurant was above average, with attentive service from the waitress.

The parking was a little far away from the room - we should have asked for assistance with our luggage to our room.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Rating summary
  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

I guess I didn't read the reviews carefully enough, because I booked a 2-bedroom "Villa" for our family of 4. Eeeeeeek! This hotel has an interesting history from way back when guest lodgings generally had stables and the like...and I think the villas may have been originally intended as animal housing...? They are elderly, sad, decrepit, depressing cinderblock hovels. Whatever you do, DON'T BOOK one!
When we arrived, I took one look and immediately asked to change our reservation to two rooms in the main hotel, instead. To their credit, they allowed the switch. It seems the rooms were recently redecorated---they were clean and nice, though as others have said, the hallways are a bit dated. The location is excellent, the desk staff grumpy. Yuck.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

Hotel is situated within 2 minutes walk to main street. Rooms are very roomy and well appointed. Rooms face either the lake or a Garden. Both types of rooms have similar features. Venue has been well maintained and is quiet. A good nights sleep is almost guaranteed. Staff take an active interest in Guests and are very well versed in making Guests welcome. Restaurant provides quality dining and if you wish to have a leisurely breakfast, miss the early morning rush - it starts at 6.30 am.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

When reviewing this hotel there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, Te Anau is really a just a launching pad for the Fiordland National Park. So you are sort of stuck because there are no other towns close by from which you can base yourself (Queesntown is two hours away). Second, there is little choice when it comes to accomodations as most appear to be two or three star motels.

Keeping that in mind we choose the Distinction. The lobby, restaruant and bar have recently been renovated to four star qualiy. The rooms have also been half renovated, with new plasma TV's and a sterio/DVD system. However we ( a familly of five) stayed in a so called "villa" and were not impressed. First you get to your room by using an access road (a.k.a. alley) behind the hotel. Our villa was right on this access road with views of a toursit bus outside our windows (no lake views from any villa). Inside we found the lounge area to have tired leather sofas and tables. The beds were ok and the pillows were very flat. The bathroom was very old and in desperate need of a renovation!

While the breakfast was decent, it was also included in the price. I don't think we would have choosen to eat there otherwise. The pool is small and probably rarely used. The location is nice right across the street from lake.

In the end this is a three star hotel and should only be used as a pit stop on your way to Milford Sound. I would recommend it only if you can get a rate of under $150 NZ per night and don't stay for more than two nights.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

We managed to book 2 special offers so stayed for four nights. The hotel is conveniently situated for the 'Sound' trips and the visitor centre is next door.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

Old and dated trash!! The hotel looks like sh... The staff looked very depressed, no wonder when you work at this dump.....
We first stay at room 101 (lakeview.....). This room is directly under the staircase and next to the laundry. So in the evening the noise is coming from all directions. At 22:00 we demanded another room, so we had to drag our stuff through the immense hall.
I don't understand that you want your guests to stay at this room. Well they realy don't give a ......
There is no atmosphere in the hotel, the bar was empty and a few lost people were having diner at the terrible restaurant.
Our tip is DON'T GO TO THIS HOTEL!!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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TeAnau1, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, February 1, 2010
Dear Reviewer , It is very disappointing to read your review and I am very sorry that you had a such a negative experience while staying with us. All of your comments are taken on board and we will certainly review our own service ethic and make changes where appropriate.

Kind Regards,

Brendan Cadigan
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2010

We stayed here on our honeymoon tour of New Zealand. Our room was nice and very spacious, although the view was of the villas behind as Lake view rooms incurred and extra charge as did breakfast.
The location of the hotel was good, it overlooks the lake and is only a coulpe of minutes walk into the centre of Te Anau.
Parking was free but limited in the hotel grounds. Also in the grounds was an outdoor pool although it was not warm and did not appear too clean.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand
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
#10 Luxury 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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