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“Accommodation is a bit dated... but hospitality was great and food was excellent!” 4 of 5 stars
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Bealey Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   SH 73, | (12km east of Arthur's Pass), Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand   |  
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Kingston, Canada
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25 hotel reviews
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“Accommodation is a bit dated... but hospitality was great and food was excellent!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The cabin rooms are rustic. However, the bed was comfortable and the shower was strong and hot -- always key for me. We spotted lots of bug carcases around some windows, so a potential problem there in warmer weather (no screens on main windows). Also we expect the room would be hot and stuffy in summer (but mid autumn was fine).
Loved the view from our room out over the Waimakariri River and mountains. Easy walk to the river bed (though just a stream when we visited). See photos.
Wifi is available, but the signal is good only in the main lodge (and does not carry to the cabins).
Hotel provides better value than alternatives in Arthur's Pass village, and very quiet with very friendly staff.
The food that the Czech cook provided from the main lodge kitchen was absolutely outstanding(!) and compensated for any concerns about the rooms.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Friendly, helpful staff. They pointed us to a great spot to see a Kea, and we saw one immediately. We were the only ones in the restaurant for breakfast (we went during shoulder season) and they whipped up the best eggs Benedict I've had in a long time, complete with herbs from the herb garden!

Rooms were very clean, with comfortable beds and shared kitchen/living spaces with a few other rooms.

Great location, very scenic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Called in for lunch Easter Monday 2013. Fed the family. I had a home made pie which was delicious. The views are fantastic everywhere you look up in here in the Southern alps. This is a great spot to stay with everything on site, restaurant, bar with a pool table and some of the best views in the world from the outdoor area. National park walks nearby

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Overall we would recommend this hotel. The only realistic alternatives are the hotels in Arthurs pass, unless you can afford the 2 expensive Lodges which are in the vicinity. Arthurs pass is nice for a visit but it is a very busy little place and Bealey's which is a few miles outside is a much quieter and more peaceful location. The views from the lodges are fantastic, certainly better than anything in Arthurs Pass, but we would have to agree with other reviewers that the rooms do let it down a bit. Our room and Kitchen area were ok, but the crockery/cutlery was not very clean and we had to wash everything before we used it. The shower was the worst aspect of the whole stay - it did not look like it had ever been cleaned! I used it and survived! but my wife did not fancy it, she reckoned she could survive without a shower for one day. The hotel staff were all very nice and friendly and the food provided in the Hotel bar was really quite nice, although the smell of cooking was a little off putting (investing in an extractor fan for the kitchen would be a great idea). None the less it was a good meal one of the better ones from a month long trip. The price was above average, which was entirely appropriate for the location, but not for the standard of the room. Overall it was a very enjoyable stay, but it would be greatly improved by a little freshening up in the rooms.

Room Tip: The lodges all have similar views although the extreme end one is best, there are also rooms in the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

As soon as we saw this place, and especially our cabin (#1), we looked at our schedule to see whether we could stay longer than we had initially planned. This was the best view of any place we stayed in New Zealand - I could have lived in our cabin to write or paint for weeks, watching the light and the colors change across the stunning valley and mountains.

Our cabin was spacious (as has been previously described: one double bed and three singles) and had good kitchen facilities, including a nice covered electric cooking pan. All the kitchen stuff was clean and in good shape.

The bathroom did look a bit "tired," as others have commented, but it seemed perfectly clean.

The staff were just terrific - friendly and solicitous. My partner got into good conversations with several of them, and tells stories about the conversation to illustrate how wonderful Kiwis are.

We would love to come back and stay for longer next time.

Room Tip: Cabin #1, for sure - on the end so that you have views in two directions, and fewer neighbors.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stopped at the Bealey Hotel from the 25 to 27 February, three nights, two days.

Having read the reviews on Trip Advisor we were a bit apprehensive as to what we would find. However on arrival we were very pleasantly surprised.

We had booked a Large Cabin - Cabin No 1.

This was very roomy with lots of room to move around in and plenty of windows so it was very light and airy. It was also very clean and nicely decorated in simple colours.

It had all the equipment promised on the web site: small fridge, electric frying pan, microwave, kettle, toaster, knives, cutlery, crockery, small table to seat 4 people, tea, coffee and sugar sachets, a carton of milk on arrival and a TV which we did not use.

There was a double bed and three single beds. We made use of the double and single bed both were very comfortable. Lots of sheets and blankets and a fan which we needed as it was very warm in the evenings and nights during our stay. But there was also a electric heater for those cold nights.

There was an excellent shower, with lots of hot water and good water pressure. If we were being picky the shower unit was a bit small but we managed fine. Plenty of towels.

The views from the cabin were spectacular and being in Cabin No 1 we had views from two sides.

We ate in the bar at the hotel on two of the three nights we were there. The food is acceptable without being spectacular. If you don't fancy eating at the Bealey there are couple of other options in Arthur's Pass Village.

We had brought our own breakfast cereals etc so did not take up the free breakfast.

All the staff were very welcoming, helpful and friendly, they left you to get on with your holiday but were always there if you needed them.

The Bealey is covered by a Zenbu Wi Fi hot spot, cost $10 for every 100MB you purchase. The reception is not great but we ran a blog and downloaded photos and videos onto Flickr while we were there without too many problems.

In the village there is an excellent Tourist Information Centre who can guide you to the many walks and places of interest in the area. They also have a static display about the history of Arthur's Pass and the village which is very interesting and a 17 minute video presentation which is excellent. Ask at the counter and they start the video presentation going for you, cost $2 per person.

In Arthurs Pass Village there is a couple of Cafes and a small store. However the store (Arthurs Pass Cafe & Store phone 03 318 9235) sells a very limited range of products, so you need to stock up before you arrive. There is also a one pump petrol station attached to the store which you need a credit card to use.

We had originally planned to arrive by the Tranz Alpine Train, but at the last minute decided to take our car. We were very glad we did.

The Bealey Hotel is situated 12k out of Arthur's Pass Village and to make the most of what the area has to offer you definitely need a car.

A lot of the walks start in Arthur's Pass Village which you need a car to get to from the Bealey Hotel. Others start from picnic areas to the North and South of the village, again which you need a car to get to.

If you definitely want to arrive on the Tranz Alpine train then you need to book into one of the accommodation providers situated in the village. The village Tourist Information Centre (03 318 9211) can provide details. The train stops in the village.

Room Tip: Cabin No 1 - the one nearest the river, very roomy, spectacular views from two sides
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Lismore
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I was really looking forward to the stay at this hotel, and we had deliberately aimed to arrive early (2:30 p.m) so that we could enjoy the views and what we thought would be a great room and atmosphere. Unfortunately, the place was being painted when we arrived, and not only was our accommodation covered in scaffolding, two painters were scraping paint off our windows when we arrived, affording us ZERO privacy! So much for the romantic afternoon together!

We decided to go for a walk on the moraine below the hotel, and possibly have a dip while we waited for the painters to finish-assuming they would at a reasonable hour, given that it was Saturday afternoon. We did have a splash in the river-running fast over rocks in a mini rapid! The water was icy, but once you get wet, you stop noticing it. The water was so clean a swim was irresistible, and this turned out to be the only good think about the stay.

Anyway, when we came back up to our room, the painters were still at it. We had to sit out the front to have a beer (beside the driveway) instead of on our balcony with the views. As it turned out, this was right where the painters liked to come for a smoke! There was no relief! Yobbo uni students had taken over the hotel, engaged in a drinking comp for orientation week celebrations, so we couldn't head up there for a beer either. At 5:30 I went out onto the balcony and growled at the painter and indicated my displeasure at not being able to use my room.

We did see one of the smoking painters running up the hill to the hotel, and assumed at least he was knocking off for the day (maybe to go and grab an ale). Not so! When we went up to eat dinner, the painter was working in the kitchen in the same clothes he'd worn painting. Not sure if he had washed before hand. Dinner was 'served' by a woman who referred to us as 'her dears' , and which nearly drove us bonkers. She was a bit busy talking to the other painter to attend to all our needs over the meal, but hey, we've got legs! We can walk to the counter to order, can't we? Very ordinary, tired meal. $10 PER BEER!!!!

Bathroom was old and very worn, and it was a dreadful, dreadful shower! The hot water tap on the sink was loose, and when we turned the handle, the whole tap rotated, but the water didn't shut off. All our food froze in the refrigerator overnight. There were exposed wires on the jug. Uncomfortable bed and pillows. We woke up in the morning to a pile of dirt on the bed near our heads, presumably it fell out of the ceiling onto us while we slept. All up, a very disappointing say. The place has a bad vibe, if you're into that sort of thing! I reckon I was in a bad mood the entire time I was there (except for when we went walking and swimming in the stream below). I couldn't wait to leave in the morning, and felt totally ripped off. No way would I recommend this place unless they halved their prices and gave the food away!.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: SH 73, | (12km east of Arthur's Pass), Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Arthur's Pass National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in Arthur's Pass National Park
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bealey Hotel 3*
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