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The Godley Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   State Highway 8 | P.O. Box 63, Lake Tekapo 8770, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Lake Tekapo
New Zealand
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12 hotel reviews
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“Alright for a night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

After reading the trip advisor reviews AFTER we'd booked, we were down right scared about our upcoming stay. But here's what we found:
Pros: cheapest option for 2 adults, 2 kids in town (we booked on Wotif), staff were friendly and very accommodating, handy to town, clean, warm, basic but functional, big and warm communal lounge to watch rugby with other guests.
Cons: tatty bathroom, roll-together bed, abit noisy (when in downstairs room), sliding door didn't lock (but fixed with bit of wood by owner!).
It's not flash, but I'd stay there again rather than pay an extra $100 a night just for a place to sleep.
The owner did say they were in the process of doing it up. Watch this space I guess.

Room Tip: Upstairs might be quieter!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

I could write a story of how we found this hotel but a list is easier.
- dated decor (possibly from Noahs Ark)
- cracked tiles in bathroom
- cigarette melt marks in bathroom basin
- 2 temperature options in shower, freezing or boiling (no in between)
- shower head height for a dwarf
- electric jug power point didn't work
- double bed with maximum roll together
- bed spread worn through
- brick and mortar walls
- noisy doors screaching then slamming
- photos on Godley website aren't a true indication of what you get
- prices too high for the quality of this hotel

We were booked for 2 nights, cancelled second night (when the lady behind desk quoted that "The Hotel has WARTS!") and booked in elsewhere and was very happy so recommend that you look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Put this hotel last on your list of where to stay then rip it off your list and forget it exists
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

booked a standard room online for $95, was all good went to check in ladies were friendly which was a good start she gave us our key and went off to our room. First impression was a dingey outdated cardboard icebox, checked the room out the bathroom tap was leaking into a cracked calcium built up sink, the shower bottom was all cracked then checked out toilet to find it had not been cleaned at all, rung reception and they upgraded us to lakeview room was much nicer only issue i had with this room was the decor, cracks in walls, wallpaper peeling and the bath tap when turned on the hot & cold at same time boiling hot water leaked from cold faucet, bed was way too small &there were stains on the bedspread. Dinner was mediocre, the steak was really thin and over cooked, the tomatoes in the salad were old. Went to settle bill after dinner and receptionist tried to charge us $125 for accomodation because we got upgraded (their fault for not cleaning the room properly) soon put her in her place. Would have to be the worst place ive ever stayed at.

Room Tip: Dont go for standard or budget rooms go for lakeview room, check room thoroughly.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Soft double bed.
TV, fridge, jug, bathroom.
VERY dated decor.
VERY noisy front room (noise from adjoining rooms and from highway).
Pretty lukewarm welcome, more transactional than interactional.
A very uninviting bar (minus 5 outside but no fire lit) and restaurant (menu direct from 1978).

But...
$85 for a basic room.
Right next to a few decent bars and restaurants (if you like Japanese, you can't miss Kohan).

Probably would shell out $15 more next time and stay at Peppers.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

The room was clean & had an awesome view, great location. However the bed was very uncomfortable and the pillows were lumpy! Yuk! The shower was pathetic and quite disappointing. Won't book here again

Room Tip: take your own pillow!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shelly Beach, Australia
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Should have heeded the warnings on trip advisor! We were tired and needed a bed for the night and often its hard in the dark to locate accommodation when you arent familiar with the area. The room was old and dated, the bed was a shocker and the bathroom was old and shabby. I guess it was clean it just felt old musty and dated. Would I stay again - not a chance! The up side was we were 10 metres to a fantastic italian restaurant called 'Geppes' ! Its a really pretty area and theres a great cafe up next to the service station to have breakfast but do your research and find a better place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rolleston
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We had a problem with the room we were allocated on the first night, located at the end of the corridor nearest reception in the old block. It was an older room and in need of a refurb. In the early morning the door into Reception kept banging every few minutes before and during breakfast and so we were unable to rest. However, the Receptionist (Raphaela / Raphi) could not have been more helpful to us. As soon as we mentioned this, she very kindly and immediately allocated an upgrade room in the new block at no extra cost. The new room was fantastic with incredible views of the lake & mountains. The room was spacious and very clean! At breakfast, the hotel Manageress (Maree) was tremendous in helping us to find the best breakfast package in order to make our stay affordable for the duration. She looked after us really well. The waiting staff (Mercy & her team) were so friendly, and the breakfasts were FANTASTIC. We had a great stay and would happily go there again, nothing was too much trouble for them. What a great team! Thanks to you all, we look forward to seenig you again soon !!! Peter & Helen.

Room Tip: The newer '400' numbered block with views of the lake.
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: State Highway 8 | P.O. Box 63, Lake Tekapo 8770, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Lake Tekapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Godley Hotel 3*
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