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“Strange but serviceable” 3 of 5 stars
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Settlers Cottage Motel
22 Hertford St, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 Arrowtown B&B and Inns
Newport Beach, California
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“Strange but serviceable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

There is a window that is held open by a 4" block of wood. You cannot open it any further or close it. It is the ONLY ventilation for a fairly large room, without leaving a door open. The bathroom is really tired looking, but clean. The kitchenette is adequate and the mattress is better than most. The carpet is a little creepy (I wore flip flops the whole time) and there are virtually no outlets without unplugging lamps or appliances (evidence of failure to modernize or recognize how people travel nowadays). Maybe the owners think this is a good way to pay homage to the settlers/miners whose history is evident in Arrowtown.

Personally, I have a more utilitarian view of hotel accommodations - they need to be comfortable and functional above all else. On that count, this place fails.

Room Tip: We were in a cottage with a queen bed and a futon/sofa. I did not see the other accommodations.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kobejohn, Owner at Settlers Cottage Motel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
While Cottages are not a style that suit everyone it is pleasing to us that your opinion is in the minority , I apologized for the window as I am waiting for new springs, it is difficult to keep everything old and original. Not sure what to say about Flip Flops and the carpet as I just find that very strange.... Oh I counted the plugs in the cottage and there is 7, so not sure how many is needed and in case you missed the latest LCD TV and Sky Television ( Just a couple of modern amenties we put in as owners). Maybe a modern bland motel would be more suited for your needs.........
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Very comfortable accommodation in garden setting. Hosts couldn't be more friendly and made our stay very enjoyable. They advised us of all the key places to visit and how to get there. We would highly recommend.

  • 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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Kobejohn, Owner at Settlers Cottage Motel, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Thank you and we hope to see you back here to stay here again, Thanks, Pete and Michelle.
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Beautiful setting in December (when we stayed) with roses in bloom all around the Settlers Cottage. The lovely hosts were friendly and abiding. Very attractive manchester and linen and appealing furnishing. Cute and homely accommodation.

Room Tip: Any room will do; they're all lovely. all grond floor and easy access -- even for wheelchair
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  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Stayed in this motel for 2 nights few weeks ago. Thought I would choose a cottage style accommodation to reflect Arrowtown. It fitted the atmosphere of Arrowtown perfectly.

The room has a double bed and a single bed and has more than adequate room to move around for the three of us.The decor is of a style that reflect the olde world. There is cooking facility for simple meals.

The front door opened out to a porch framed with wisteria. It was very peaceful and quiet despite fronting the road.

The motel is within a very short walk from the main streets of Arrowtown. The evening walk was lovely and sedate with all the day trippers gone for the day.

I would not hesitate to recommend this motel for its location and value.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

This was our second stay at the Settlers Motel. The first time was great and so was the second. We were in town for a 50th party with no car so staying at a nice and well located motel was mandatory. Pete is super friendly and welcoming, the rooms have that old style cottage charm, and the motel is perfect for a walk into town or the river. There is also nice sunny garden seating outside your rooms with great views of the surrounding central otago hills, perfect for a wine before wandering down into town for dinner. A must for visitors to Atown.

  • Stayed November 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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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We were really glad we selected Settlers Cottages during our recent stay in Arrowtown. Pete and Michelle provided lovely homelike accommodation, great advice and a convenient location close to the centre of town. Our cottage was spacious, well equipped and with a great bed - much appreciated after our busy time cycling, boating and generally trying out the various Queenstown attractions.

  • Stayed November 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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Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Second time we have stayed here, and will not be the last. We used this motel as a base for our daughters wedding. Away from the bustle and parking problems of Queenstown, but near enough to visit. A short stroll to the facilities in Arrowtown (especially the Fork and Tap.) We had a great 4 days, even the rain and snow could not spoil things. Top class facility at a good price.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 22 Hertford St, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Arrowtown
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Arrowtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amongst a 1/2 acre of beautiful cottage gardens, the cottages all have an "Old World Charm" but with all the modern amenities you would expect. ... more   less 
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