The room was clean and basic, albeit a bit old and rundown. Right next door to the supermarket. The lake and restaurants a short walk away. Some rooms would have a good view. Enough wifi for emails and bit of internet surfing. The building creaked at night which constantly disturbed our sleep.
Like most places, the checkout time is 10am. I have stayed at many motels and hotels and they give you at least a little bit of tolerance if you are a few minutes late checking out. Especially in a place like Wanaka where many people go to relax and chill out. This is not what happens at Aspiring Lodge Motel
At 10.10am, we had a knock on our door asking us to leave. By 10.30am, we were packed and ready to start loading up the car. I was taking my last bathroom stop before hitting the road when we got an angry knock on the door, threatening a $20 charge if we did not leave immediately.
When I returned the key to the office, I explained that I had never been asked to leave so quickly from any motel before. Instead of apologising, the host started yelling rudely at me, saying that he had cleaners waiting to clean our room and people moving in soon. There was no sight of any cleaners, and by the number of cars in the car park, not many guests either! In any case, surely the cleaners could have cleaned another room first?
I have stayed in a lot of places in the past, but have never had a host who is prepared to argue with customers in such a rude and inappropriate manner.
- Also Known As:
- Aspiring Hotel Wanaka
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aspiring Lodge Motel is nestled in the heart of the Southern Lakes tourist resort of Wanaka and the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park. Being one of the only motels situated right in the center of town, you can easily access many of the exciting activites that Wanaka has to offer by foot. Wanaka is a playground with an abundance of activities for everyone to enjoy. ... more less
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