The rooms at the Lake Hawea Hotel are stylishly decorated and have stunning views of the lake from the spacious balconies. The beds are big and comfy and the bathroom nicely finished. Minor details around practicality let it down as our family room had just three coat hangers in the wardrobe, and the upstairs extra bedroom lacked any bed side tables, wardrobes or drawers. In fact it had just beds and nothing else.
The bathroom was a bit too dark and the water pressure was annoyingly low so showering took forever.
Wireless Internet was free but only really usable from the restaurant as the signal was just too low.
Generally staff were friendly and helpful apart from one girl who was really rude on our first night. Despite advertising food until 10pm we were told to "be quick about ordering" at 9.20pm and comments made behind our backs about what we thought this was! We chose to eat elsewhere.
Overall a nice enough place and the location and scenery make up for a few shortcomings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake Hawea Hotel is located in one of New Zealand's most popular holiday regions, with outstanding lake and mountain views. With only a short drive to Wanaka, Queenstown or the West Coast, it is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Join us at Lake Hawea Hotel for your family holiday, romantic getaway, function/school camp location or corporate retreat. We have three levels of accommodation, a restaurant and bars, an enviable lake location and activities galore! There is always something on the go at Hawea, with fishing competitions, top music line ups and various competitions and championships. Accommodation to suit all budgets and group sizes - hotel, budget backpacker lodge, Restaurant - a la carte, buffet and takeaway. Huge garden bar, enclosed outdoor area and pool tables. Perfect for events, conference facilities, weddings, & 21sts. Specializing in all inclusive group packages & ski accommodation. ... more less
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