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“Great old pub, lovely food ...abit noisy at night” 4 of 5 stars
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Cardrona Hotel
2312 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 56 Wanaka B&B and Inns
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“Great old pub, lovely food ...abit noisy at night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

Stayed here for one night on our way to Burt Munro...lovely room opening out to courtyard and gardens...great dinner menu food too and a continental breakfast is included including gorgeous croissaints in the rate of $135 a night..unfortunately though the spa had not been heated up in time for our stay which was disappointing and is noisy with the music still playing outside until middnight...so ok if you dont go too bed until then ! Parking is offstreet on stones.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2009

We stayed mid-winter for three nights as a base for skiing nearby Cardrona, and we were very very happy. There is no hustle and bustle, no shops, just a comfortable bar and a great chef. Though not as cheap as accommodation in town, we found it worth every cent. Remember it is a pub, not a modern hotel, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2009

We cannot comment on the rooms here as we didn't stay, but it would have been good to try them out. We stayed down the road and found ourselves returning again and again rather than going into town. The Hotel is all it presents itself to be - historic, warm and friendly. The main bar area is a great place to get to know the locals and other visitors after a day on the slopes. There is a big lounge with a huge roaring fire, and of course the dining room. The place is busy but the service remains efficient and excellent. The food is hearty and hits the spot on a cold wintery night. And mulled wine is plentiful. This is the type of place where you feel you have just visited friends, and also where the atmosphere encourages you to make new friends. Must visit if in the area, even if it's just to have a mulled wine in front of the fire.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2008

We spontaneously decided to stay at the Cardrona hotel on our way to Wanaka and had a great time. The room was very comfortable and the restaurant was cozy with great food. The staff was very friendly as was the hotel cat - Whiskers. The grounds were just starting to come into bloom and I can see why the hotel is often booked for weddings as the setting is comfortable, welcoming and cozy. We definitely recommend a stay here if you're in the area.

  • Liked — The gardens, the food, the atmosphere.
  • Disliked — A fair drive from Wanaka, but its isolation is part of the appeal.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2006

I stayed here a for a weekend to go skiing at Cardrona. Firstly, I'll mention the excellent parts of this trip: the food in the hotel's restaurant is excellent (we had it every night and tried almost every dish on the menu). The ambience of the hotel is beautiful, with two open fires, and even an outdoor fireplace (and various fire braziers). The rooms are very clean and comfortable and have been done-up very recently. The only two problems we had all weekend was getting lost trying to find the reception when we arrived (there are no signs directing you there from the carpark, and it was pouring with rain so we got soaked trying to find it) and the squeaking door leading to our ensuite bathroom (it was rather loud, and I could tell that it wasn't just our room's door because I could hear the door of the room next to ours as well). I asked if the door's hinges could be oiled and was told that they were too busy and even offered to do it myself but wasn't allowed (this was coming from the manager as well).
The staff, many of whom are English, are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2312 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown, the Cardrona Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Central Otago region. Twenty minutes from Wanaka, 40 minutes from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Arrowtown, the hotel is close to many major tourist attractions in the region. It's also close to four major ski areas, including Cardrona Alpine Resort. All ensuite rooms are all equipped with Sky TV, WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. A continental buffet breakfast served in the historic dining room is also included in the room rate. Make use of the cosy guest lounge, beautiful cottage gardens, laundry facilities and spa pool. Rooms are a mix of queen beds, twin queen beds, twin singles and family rooms with one queen bed and two singles. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Cardrona Hotel South Island

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