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Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

A good standard motel. The rooms were clean. The beds were a bit too soft. And the sink was too narrow and close to wall so it was easy to spill things.

But overall a decent place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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1  Thank KiwiMikey
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

We stayed here over two nights either side of our Doubtful sound trip. First room had a problem with the bathroom but the staff sorted it and we were quickly moved. The views over the lake was fantastic and the room although quite basic and a bit "tired" was a good size and clean. Lovely walks down by the lake from across the road. Ate at the attached eatery up the road, copious quantities well cooked and good value, but advise going early. It got very busy and noisy later. Good value considering the lack of choice in the area.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank filly14
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Reviewed June 28, 2009

Basic and adequate is about all you can say. There is precious little choice around here and the accommodation, which is just about to be preferred to a caravan, reflects this. No money wasted on frills and not much spent on décor or style, either.

Just about recommend it as it appears to be the only place convenient for Doubtful Sound.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Avery-Little
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

Yes the motel is old and it's been let run down a bit. Probably 30 years over-due for an upgrade. BUT once you get over the shock of the "budget" accommodation, you appreciate that it provides you with what you need. The view is magnificent, but even if you took that away, at NZ$85 a night, it's a very fair price.

The bar/restaurant next door serves pretty good food and cold beer. Don't be tempted to use the internet station there, it is completely useless. Instead use the internet station next to the motels reception, it too is old (1990's model) but it's able to handle a few emails, and other essential internet business you may need to do.

The cleanliness was first rate (considering what the cleaning lady has to work with), and the whole motel takes on a very "communal" feeling when kicking back with a drink on the patio at the end of the day.

Less than 1km from the Doubtful sound tour origins, this is the motel you sleep at in between your tours. If a few dollars were spent around this motel it would make a world of difference, and I imagine that rates could easily be doubled and it still be fair value.

Don't come here looking for luxury, but you will get a good nights sleep even if the matress is from the 1970's and a bit lumpy :-)

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled solo
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7  Thank Fourb2
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

We stayed here for two nights that bookended a longer trip on Doubtful Sound. We stayed in two different rooms. The first was a bit older but still clean and functional. The second, which bordered the parking lot but faced the lake, was newer and actually quite nice. There's not a lot to do in the area other than Doubtful or Milford Sound, but this hotel makes a great base for doing either.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank valifornia
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