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“Heaven In Hanmer” 5 of 5 stars
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Village Lake Apartments
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Rutherford Crescent, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Manukau, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Heaven In Hanmer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at these apartments in November 2013 and again in May 2014 and felt a review was justified.
We stayed in apartment 10 on both occasions which had a nice view of the Village Lake from the balcony. They cannot guarantee any particular apartment like most establishments, but if you wanted the best positioned apartment in the place, it is unit 9 - a three bedroomed unit on the first floor and on a corner with beautiful views of the small lake and mountains to the north of town.

When we first walked into the apartment, we said "wow". It was large and classy. A top quality kitchen with cutlery, crockery and appliances to match. There was a six seat dining table, a large lounge suite, built in electric fireplace, flat screen TV, DVD player and stereo. The living area was spacious. The two bedrooms were a good size with very comfortable beds and there was a large bathroom with another separate toilet and hand basin.

The apartments are located about 500 metres from the centre of town so only a 5-6 minute walk. The area is very quiet and sleep quality is great.
My only criticism is that the extraction fans in the bathrooms are very noisy and stay on for a long time (10-15 mins) after the lights are turned off - they operate automatically with the light switches and you have no control.

All in all, a great place to stay with friendly hosts and I would not hesitate to return.
If the hosts are reading this, cut down that pretty conifer at the end of the hedge, it will block the nice view from unit 10 one day!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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CANBERRA CITY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The service was lovely and they were so accommodating for our family (and crawling baby when it came to the fire etc.)
The bedding was so comfortable, the furnishings were new, modern but homey.
Everything we needed was in the kitchen and there was a laundry etc. and there were so many little things that were above and beyond (for example the wonderful shampoo, moisturiser, soaps etc. products were so lovely and I loved that they gave you normal milk instead of that horrible long life stuff).
It’s the little things that count and they all added up at this place.
Fantastic value for money, friendly reception and great for families. Close to facilities. We just parked and walked everywhere.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

There is a BIG problem with these apartments - you don't want to leave! We have stayed here 3 times and each time we are really comfortable. It's lovely and warm, situated well for the sun on a sunny day and a lovely gas fire when it's colder. The bed is like sleeping on a cloud. Love how management remembers that we have stayed before.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My second stay here and 'twas even better than the first time. 3bedroom apartment, absolutely gorgeous . . . gorgeous views from two walls of windows in lounge, gorgeous fittings and layout of apartment, soothing colour scheme, attractive floral arrangements and paintings, amazingly comfortable beds, warm, spacious, spotlessly clean, full kitchen, roomy showers, two toilets, 4 minute walk from town, and from that delightful bakery. . . . I could rave on and on .Lovely touch leaving 4 complimentary chocolates for us. Wanted to stay here for ages! Booked for a longer stay next time, in a couple of months.
Minuses would be - not being guaranteed a specific apartment as requested for next booking; having to park on street after evening at hot pools (have to get in early for a park); and coffee pot not large enough for 4 people's worth of morning coffee.
As for Hanmer, I think it's a lovely retreat for holiday-people. Shopkeepers and businesses treat visitors with courtesy and good cheer so one feels like shopping or visiting there again. Each time I go I find something different and new to do. I also like all the different ages out and about, walking around the town. It feels safe. And I have come to adore the hot pools - especially the HOT sulphur pool, and doing lengths in the cold pool. Wonderful. Money well spent . . .
Yay for Hanmer! :)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

After a great walk off down to the hot pools and then back to Apartment ...brilliant accommodation every conceivable furnishing & white ware appliance available....the icing on the cake was the luxurious bed... "Heaven on Earth". Amazingly didn't wake until 10 the next day...the heavy dark curtains tricked us into a false security lol

Room Tip: Set your alarm as it is very quite & rooms dark---otherwise you will sleep in!!
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Village Lake apartments , they are as described on the net.
We stayed in a two bedroom apartment , room to spread out is great .
Everything had been thought about, well equipped.
The Managers, very friendly and they obviously love their job in hospitality , it shows
Would recommend this hotel to all our friends and family.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stayed in a 2 bed apartment, in a word it was stunning. I would stay here again. The managers were most helpful too. Close to town for restaurants and pools, though we did drive. The beds were pure luxury.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Village Lake Apartments

Address: 1 Rutherford Crescent, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Village Lake Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Qualmark 5* Rated! Hanmer Springs Premier luxury 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in a fantastic location, balconies/patios, spa baths, gas fires.Complimentary daily newspapers (except Sundays)Complimentary use of Pool Towels for Thermal Pools Complimentary use of DVD's Complimentary Swap a Book Complimentary 400Mb daily internet use Complimentary booking Service. Rental cars available on site. Ask us about a 'Late checkout when staying mid week!' ... more   less 
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