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Victoria Railway Hotel
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Reviewed December 16, 2010

I made my way to the famous “Gerrards Hotel’, now back to its original name ‘The Victorian Railway Hotel”. It is owned and operated by Trudy and Eoin Read. They took it over in 2006, closed it down to renovate and restore. They have done an amazing job and have won an award from the Invercargill City Council for this. It is also listed by the Historic Places Trust.

Trudy and Eoin are warm hosts who go out of their way to welcome you. It is a guest and hosted experience similar to what The Great Ponsonby offers. This is not a faceless hotel with plastic smiles, it is not a brand. It is quirky, interesting, and friendly. They offer a restaurant and have a bar for guests.

I met some other guests including two couples, one English, the other Australian, in the house bar. We talked of Nightcaps, a Southland coal mining town, and Trudy piped up that when she qualified as a teacher she headed off to Nightcaps in her old Morris 1100. She told of a wonderful community and how when the mines were corporatised, shops closed, and the heart was ripped out of these communities. All of us were interested in her story and surprised there was no monument to the miners and their industry in these coalfields. We talked of the beauty of Invercargill and in particular the beautiful restored buildings including the Opera House and of course the Victoria Railway House. Trudy also had lots of travel advice about driving up the the Catlins.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Thank Gerry H
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

We stayed here in December 2010 and found this to be the most friendly and relaxing of our accommodations across New Zealand. It really felt like we were coming home, from the warm welcome from Eian and Trudy, to the friendly and relaxing guest bar, where our hosts and other guests chatted with us about how they always came back here because it was just like coming home... we quickly felt like we were part of the family - beautiful leadlights adorn this heritage hotel, making for lovely reflections in the dining room. This surely the most beautiful building in the city, which has many lovely heritage buildings. We made the mistake of not eating at the hotel restaurant - will be a must do next time. Our room was large and comfortable, free parking was available, this place ticked all the boxes.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

We stayed here for four nights for Burt Munro at $140 a night for a Executive Suite. WOW WOW WOW the southern hospitality you receive from Trudy & Eian is fantastic ! Such lovely people ..was made to feel at home by them both and daughter Kelsey. We loved the inhouse bar and Gerards restaurant..very large meals...reccommend the morrocon lamb and sticky date pudding ..was the best ever. Actually the meals are the best you will find in Invers .Parking is next door at the ICC carpark . Rooms are serviced daily and are roomy. Also recommend Louies for dinner on the main street Dee Street.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank DesignerLas
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

If you are looking for a treat in a great cozy hotel where you are treated like a human being then this is the place to go.
Eian and Trudy go out of their way to make you comfortable and are exceptional hosts.
This is my home in the South.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Thank spiwiz
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Reviewed November 4, 2010

During our trip around New Zealand, my wife and I decided to stay at Bed and Breakfasts, to meet some of the locals and experience New Zealand’s famous country hospitality. I was not happy with the choices available in Invercargill, so decided to take a chance on a hotel. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice of Victoria Railway Hotel. This beautiful old hotel in the centre of town has been restored and appointed to the highest standard and the rooms are clean and spacious. We were so pleased after a busy day, driving from Te Anau and exploring the area, to have a quiet place to have a drink and evening meal, without having to leave the hotel. The meal was delicious, the room was warm and quiet, and we would certainly recommend this perfectly situated Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank muz58
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