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“Quiet location in beautiful old town” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   70 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 Arrowtown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Quiet location in beautiful old town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night on tour of South Island. We had room one, which is compact but perfectly adequate for one night. Great bed, good bathroom, but not much in the way of hanging space for clothes. Nice little veranda, where we had our pre dinner drinks. Saw owner for a brief chat and he recommended Saffron for restaurant dinner and Provisions for breakfast. Saffron food was magic and Provisions breakfast was excellent. Highly recommend this for short stay.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at Crawfords over New Years on a family vacation. It is a great, cozy location in historic Arrowtown with many fine restaurants, sites, and walking trails nearby. The beds were amazingly comfortable and almost as seductive as the amazing New Zealand landscape :D

The aspect of Crawfords we were most impressed by was the service. There are only 3 or 4 rooms so the owners can pay close attention to all the guests. When we ran into some trouble (we got locked out of our car in Milford Sound), Henry Crawford was extremely helpful and even loaned us his personal phone to use to call the car rental company (there are no landlines in the rooms). He also gave us umbrellas to use during the rain, as well as fresh towels for a whitewater rafting trip. Without Henry's help, I don't know how we could have managed to get through it!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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thebosso, Owner at Crawfords, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Great pleasure and thanks for the nice review. You left a HARVARD cap with us by accident (I presume). If you would like it back please let me know your address. Thanks again. Given your locked car dilemna, you remained quite calm!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed 4 nights at Crawfords. Henry and Nina are very friendly and helpful. The weather wasn't great during our stay and Henry gladly loaned us an umbrella and even checked road conditions for us. Henry also placed plates and a cheese knife in our room after noticing we had cheese and sausage in our mini fridge.

The bed and breakfast is located within minutes of all Arrowtown has to offer. The room itself isn't very big but we had no trouble fitting two people and two large suitcases. The bathroom is quite spacious and includes a large shower. The bed was very comfortable as well. We would happily recommend Crawfords to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Clean, comfortable, and in a beautiful setting.
The host is a veteran of hospitality.
We saw a cover band play dark side of the moon and abby road.
Great little town, good places to eat, historic bars.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We had a cosy few days at Crawfords and enjoyed the comfortable accommodation and beautiful, peaceful, surroundings. Given the bijoux size of the room, the large bathroom space was a pleasant surprise, though could use some small amount of updating. Very close walk to all the sites in Arrowtown which was great. Would stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My wife and I stayed over two nights at Crawfords, including the New Year's Eve. Loved this place. 5 minutes walk to the shops and restaurants, and a short stroll to the amazing Arrowtown River Trail and Tobin's Track.

The best part was the great hospitality of Henry and Nina. Their warmth and kindness made our stay very comfortable.

Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Henry and Nina!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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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thebosso, Owner at Crawfords, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
It was a pleasure having such a nice couple stay with us, especially for New Year. It was nice meeting you and thanks for the flattering comments. All the best to you both.
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Noosa Heads Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Nothing to much trouble, nice people, gave good fair information on restaurants and activities.
Lovely rooms, nice and quiet. Hospitality people - a dying breed.
Even gave me a lift back to the airport.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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thebosso, Owner at Crawfords, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thanks for the nice review. It was good to meet you. Of course it is easier to provide the hospitality you refer to when guests are prepared to engage in dialogue and/or make an effort to interact. You will see from other reviews that most guests are prepared to go this path, and therefore get the benefits of advice, hospitality Etc. We were happy to drive you to the airport - it was certainly no trouble. Hope to see you back here again one day
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Additional Information about Crawfords

Address: 70 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Arrowtown
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Arrowtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Crawfords 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Henry Crawford, international hotelier and founder of Fiji's five star resort, Vatulele, has renovated three rooms in a stable building attached to a police station built in 1900 (now the Crawford residence). Located on the main street, just 2 minutes walk from the center of historic Arrowtown (15 minutes drive from Queenstown NZ). Ideally located for all action adventures including golf, mountain hikes and skiing. ... more   less 

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