This was the only room I booked for our vacation without checking out what other reviewers had said about it first. When I read the reviews, I was beginning to worry about what it would be like particularly as we had prepaid. We were just looking to overnight somewhere on the west coast close to Arthur's Pass to give us more time on walking tracks in the pass.
We paid $145 NZD (approx $110 AUD) for a Lake View Getaway room. It was a very large room (B7 from memory) with a sofa, king sized bed, kitchenette, dining table and ensuite. The heater was also functional. It met our needs for a clean and comfortable overnight stay.
Yes the back of the pub is a bit unsightly but this could be easily rectified with a decent retaining wall and garden beds to provide a little privacy for guests. I also think that having large signs up in front of the units saying "check in at reception" is not helpful where reception is not clearly identified from the road (it is in the pub as mentioned by other reviewers). It would be better to say check in at the pub as this is what the process is.
The other thing that concerned me is that when the pub is unattended, there is a sign with mobile phone contact numbers to organise check in. That is great if you are with Telecom but if you are with Vodafone, you will have no coverage at all unless you drive back up to the service station. As it happened, the door bell was answered and we didn't have to worry about this.
The dining options are extremely limited being such a small town so we ended up going back to Greymouth to eat where there is more variety and self-catered our own breakfast as we wanted to depart early. There were no instructions as to what to do with the room key in the event of an early check out. The pub was locked at 8am and considering we had pre-paid, I just wanted to leave the key. I followed convention of other hotels/motels in Australia and left the key in the mailbox.
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