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“Good Motel for short stay. Great location”
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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Good Motel for short stay. Great location”
Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here one night on way to Milford Sound boat trip. We arrived early (just before 2.00pm), but we were able to book in straight away. Very helpful information about what to see, where to go and timings for walks. The muffins were excellent. We had room on second floor. Small, compact, but perfectly adequate, with good clothes hanging space. We used the on site laundry, with washing line for drying. As mentioned by others, the Internet free allowance ran out very quickly, so we bought some more. It would be helpful if owners indicated more clearly on their web sites, when they say that wifi is free, if there is a download limit, before you have to pay. Practice in New Zealand seems to vary enormously, with some totally free, some free for about 200Mb, and some charging for any access. I suspect that more and more customers use this. We Skype our kids and grandchildren nearly every day, and this uses up allowances quickly.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear BrianML
Janelle and I are delighted you enjoyed your brief stay with us. Your comments regarding WiFi access has echoed a number of other reviewers and as I have commented earlier, we have now increased our free allocation to 200mb per day. This would be considered more than most others in our tariff range. Some of the more expensive motels offer free unlimited access but we feel and in consultation with the majority of our guests, 200mb per day is generally more than adequate.
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Timaru
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

The Bella Vista was an excellent place to have 3 nights while exploring the Southern Lakes. We appreciated the ease of which our bookings were made to accommodate our overnight Doubtful Sound cruise. Janelle and Selby were wonderful hosts, very welcoming with lovely muffins but also helpful when it came to what to do and where to eat. The rooms were very clean with lovely linen, quiet at night too. We couldn't have been more comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear JaneTimaru
Thanks for your kind remarks. Te Anau is the gateway to fiordland and all it has to offer. Janelle and I enjoy meeting our guests and ensuring that your stay meets with your satisfaction.
We look forward to your return.
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is a good place to stay in Te Anau. Rooms are well appointed and clean. We got one bedroom unit and was spacious and with everything you may need for a short stay. Although not in the lakefront it is well located and you can go to the main restaurants and also a big supermarket in downtown area in just 10 minutes walking across a nice park behind the property. The owners make sure everything is in order and they gave us some very good muffins upon arrival. The only thing that does not make this property an excellent choice is that use of free Internet is limited to 50 MB per stay, although we got some extra later on, but if you just check a few webpages or your facebook page for a while it will be gone very fast. This is rather surprising as in other countries you don’t face such limitations in using Internet, especially when we are just doing normal web browsing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear reviewer,
There will always be a continual debate as to the allocation of free internet or even should it be free. I am aware of some countries that charge for internet usage and some don't even have internet.
It is also common for some computer devices to begin automatic downloads and updates without your knowledge, this can use large chunks of data.
However, we take our guests comments seriously and where possible implement changes to the benefit of our guests.
The good news is, we at Bella Vista Te Anau have decided to increase the free daily data allocation from 50mb per day to 200mb per day.
We thank-you once again for your comments.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights. Room very clean and tidy. Location very central. Hosts very helpful and a nice touch providing fresh muffins on arrival. Only 1 tiny soap for 2 people for 2 days is not enough. Just as well I had more myself. Price is at the higher end for a unit of this type.

  • Stayed February 2013
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear reviewer,
Your feedback is important and we do take note of our guests comments. We will ensure an extra soap is available at all times in our rooms as well as the liquid soap in the dispenser.
We look forward to a return visit.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Location was great, short walk to restaurants etc. But for the price, we had much better accomodation in many other towns in NZ. Main problem was the very small room, nowhere to put 2 suitcases so we didn't trip over them in the night. Much is made of the warm muffins on arrival, but I'd rather have better room facilities (eg only 1 small bar of soap for 2 people for 2 nights, not replaced when the room was serviced, had to go and ask for a second). "Free WiFi" turned out to be a measly 50MB per day, we don't use it a lot but still used our 2 nights allocation on the first night, none left the second day. Very nice town, but not great accomodation for the price.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Thank-you for your comments,
We have many sizes of rooms with different tariffs to suit our guests needs and budgets. If you have more luggage than the average traveler or have an extended stay I would suggest booking a larger room. I have noted your concern regarding the soap, we provide our guests the choice of either the cake of soap or liquid soap, both are available in your en-suite and of course if you run out we are happy to replace them.
Thank-you, once again for your comments, guest feedback is very important so we can provide the very best of service.
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Oregon
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed upstairs in two connecting rooms. The motel was quiet, clean, and a very good location. It was perfect for what we needed. We even cooked dinner in the room one night, which worked out well. The only negative for eating was that we had just a small table with two chairs, so two of us sat there, and the other two sat at the desk and on the bed. This was not a super big deal for us. Although seeming somewhat reluctant to do so, the owner kept our luggage in the office when we arrived early, and let us keep it in the garage until we left later in the day, which we appreciate.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Dear Travelmagic,
thank-you for your kind review. We are always available to attend to our guests requirements and we are happy to store guests belongings while you are away on activities.
We look forward to your return visit.
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

There are not that many options in Te Anau and Bella Vista is a reasonable choice. Rooms are on the small side (if you were so inclined you could wash the dishes in the kitchen sink while kneeling on the bed!) but very clean, with comfortable beds and hot showers. Electric blanket to warm the bed on cold nights and home made muffins at check in are a nice touch. Wifi is free but daily limit is quite low.

Short walk to town centre - don't miss Redcliff Restaurant for dinner (reservations a must).

  • Stayed January 2013
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selbya, Manager at Bella Vista Motel, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Dear Catsabroad
Thank-you for your comments. The Bella Vista group has many types of rooms and sizes available to our guests which suits all types of travellers and budgets. We are always available to assist in your choice of rooms and recommend a room most suited to your needs and budget if requested.
I am glad you had the opportunity to enjoy one of our many excellent restaurants.
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Property: Bella Vista Motel
Address: 9 Mokoroa Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Te Anau
#3 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#5 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#11 Family Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at a quiet location, adjacent to a park and the closest motel to the town centre, just minutes stroll from the lakefront. Bella Vista Te Anau Motel accommodation offers 18 superior quality units with kitchenettes and shower ensuites (3 with shower over spa bath).Te Anau is a beautiful picturesque township nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau, which is the largest lake in the South Island, and the second largest lake in New Zealand. It is a great place to base yourself when exploring Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. ... more   less 
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