I stayed here on the second night of my cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail. It is a 1930s art deco style hotel which looks good from outside but that is probably the highlight of this hotel. The rooms look like they were last renovated in the 1970s (Im not being cheeky here, they really do) and most have shared bathroom facilities. If you stay here expecting a hotel you will be disappointed, the rooms are more like a backpackers than a hotel. The worst thing about it was the food. My wife ordered an (overpriced) chicken, cranberry and brie burger - the "chicken" in the burger was a deep fried frozen rissole with one small peice of brie and a smear of cranberry. It was inedible.
If you do decide to stay here, do yourself a favour and eat elsewhere. Next time I am in Ranfurly I will stay in one of the motels. There is a good size Four Square Superette about 50m from this hotel, and the rail trail is also about 50m away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are the historic rural Art Deco hotel of the South Island built in 1934, and conveniently situated on the Central Otago Rail Trail, which has become an icon of this area. Thousands of people bike the trail every year to see wide open spaces and breath-taking scenery. In winter, the snow capped mountains will leave you feeling like you've just found paradise. As an all year round destination the area offers the rail trail, cycling, hiking, fishing, historic gold mining sites and Indoor Curling year round and in the winter Outdoor Curling, ice-skating, and the popular ice-luge . Your hosts, Leonie and Barry along with their staff are looking forward welcoming you. OUR HISTORIC HOTEL OFFERS: •Breakfast, lunch & full a'la carte dining in our Art Deco restaurant/cafe with a wide selection of Central Otago wines • A Sports Bar with 60-inch TV, fantastic bar meals, pool table, self service TAB & gaming machines • Comfortable ensuite & share facilities rooms for up to 35 people (bookings essential during Rail Trail Season)• Guest lounge with TV, a balcony overlooking the main street and tea & coffee making facilities • Wi-fi facilities • Hot spa for those weary bones & muscles • Guest laundry facilities available • A bottle store with a wide selection of beer, wine & liquers. • A Secure place to lock up your bikes. Do consider us for your next stop in this Central Otago Oasis. ... more less
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