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Radfords on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2011

We stayed at Radfords Lakeview Motel for one night so we could do a Milford Sound Trip. We booked a one bedroom executive room and got a very nice room on the upper floor facing the lake. The upper floor rooms are accessed by stairs so we had to carry our luggage up the stairs (not a problem for us) and the entrance is via large glass patio doors. The place was spotlessly clean with nice decor, a good standard of furniture and the kitchenette had everything you would need. The bedding was more plush than many motels/hotels and the bed was comfortable. Both the lady who checked us in and the lady who handled our check out the next morning were friendly, pleasant and helpful

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

My husband and I have just spent a night at Radfords and we certainly weren't disappointed. We went for the romantic night away and attention to detail was amazing with lavender sachets, bottle of wine, robes, burning oil, chocolates on the bed, breakfast and lots of other personal touches. Kerri our host was fabulous and organised a platter, movie tickets and our restaurant booking. This motel is one of a kind and we will definitely be returning in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights in September 2011 and although the town of Te Anau was quiet (pre summer trade), there was plenty to keep us entertained. Kerri at Radfords Lakeview Motel is very welcoming and provides good advice. The motel units are a good size with defined sleeping, eating, seating and cooking areas. With a lovely view directly over to the lake, this accommodation is perfect. Well laid out motel room, with a very comfortable bed and was by far the best motel we stayed in during our tour of the south island. One recommendation was for us to visit The Ranch for Sunday lunch - surprisingly the lamb wasn't very good quality!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights in October 2011. Don't let the word "Motel" put you off, we enjoyed staying here more than many hotels and B&Bs which we have visited in the past.

The basics were impossible to fault; spotlessly clean, nicely decorated, warm and friendly welcome, comfortable bed. It was the extra, thoughtful touches were what delighted us throughout our stay; ear plugs in the bedside table (you'd only need these for a restless partner!), tea lights in the bathroom along with a lighter, DVDs in reception, great view, beautifully kept gardens, plentiful advice on trips, restaurants etc. All this and with excellent value made our trip very enjoyable.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We chanced upon this Motel on the lakefront. Lovely owner, very friendly and knowledgeable. The room was superb, more 4 star hotel than motel. Luxury bedding on superbly comfortable queen size bed, large spa bath, sky TV, luxury tea/coffee selection. Very tasteful decor. Great lake view. In fact after walking in we immediately went back to reception to book a second night as it was the most opulent room we'd seen in NZ and we needed some luxury! It wasn't expensive either so really is superb value. I would recommend this motel to anybody visiting Te Anau. Also visit the Fat Duck restaurant too, it is equally superb!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Without a doubt the BEST hotel we have ever visited. Right on the lake in Te Anau, New Zealand all the rooms are angled for a view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Kerri James is the proprietor and is a great host and hotelier. Great suggestions on what to do and where to go in the area with all kinds of connections for good deals on tours and trips. She really enjoys what she does and is a genuine pleasure to talk to. And she knows how to win customers: the room we booked had an issue so Kerri put us in better room and threw in free Internet. The best part was the room: rustic, yet exquisitely appointed with attention to the smallest details: full kitchen, spa tub, great TV with tons of SKY cable channels, one of the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in, sachets in the closet and on the nightstands (pillow chocolates), cedar paneled ceiling and great lighting effects. The lake is right across the street and there are all kinds of restaurants and shops a block away...but not IN the way. There’s also a grocery store nearby if you decide to cook in. Te Anau is four hour drive from Dunedin, two hours from Queenstown and a short, challenging, but amazing two hour drive to Milford Sound and some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you will ever experience. We will definitely be back and the Radfords is where we will stay. Hats off to the best hotel in the southern hemisphere.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms; Rm 7 was the best
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Te Anau, and staying at Radfords was certainly part of that. Kerri is simply the best host I've ever encountered and we travel a lot. Her attention to our every need went above and beyond the usual expectations of a host. The service was very personalised and I felt she was a friend by the time we left (after only 3 days). The units were very clean and tidy, very well presented with lovely little extras like chocolates and bath packs. I would certainly return again to Radfords and have no hesitation recommending this accommodation to others.

Room Tip: We had a 2 bdrm unit - good size, but only one bathroom. Room 3, nice and close to the laundry!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2011

Hi Stan061
Thank you for your kind comments regarding your stay with us. It was a pleasure to
have you and we would love to have you come back and stay with us again.

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Additional Information about Radfords on the Lake

Address: 56 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand (Formerly Radfords Lakeview Motel)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: $171 - $402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Radfords on the Lake 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in style at Radfords on the Lake. Our well equipped units have a warm and luxurious feel. With attention to detail and complete commitment to your stay, our service is sure to make you feel welcome. Lake and mountain views from every suite and conveniently located close to the town centre. Look out for those little extras like candles, flowers, 50+ channel SKY TV and a great selection of DVDs for guests enjoyment. With guest laundry, continental breakfasts, kitchenette, off road parking, free wireless internet for use in your room, our aim is to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Winners of the NZ AA Supreme host of the year award 2013 ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Radfords Lakeview Hotel Te Anau
Radfords Lakeview Te Anau
Radfords On The Lake Te Anau, Fiordland National Park

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