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Radfords on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Superb package all-around!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

There's nothing amiss here. Amazing hospitality, very comfortable in all aspects, and superb location. Can't imagine a better place in town. If you're looking for homogenous chain hotels, this isn't for you. But if you want a family atmosphere, gracious and welcoming hosts, a thoughtful and tasteful decor and room, you won't find as great a mix as exists here.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to host you both. We are so pleased that you found your room to be comfortable and enjoyed our close proximity to the town centre being just a short walk away.

We hope that you are enjoying the rest of your holiday and look forward to hosting you both again one day soon.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Way beyond my expectation. Love almost everything there. Nice view, clean, fully equipped kitchen , very warm set up with details which is different from many other NZ hotels.

Kerri is very helpful. Wish I could stay longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChanChiYin
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear Reviewer,

Your comments are most appreciated. We are delighted that you found our units to be different to other places you have stayed. We strive to make sure our units are comfortable for our guests and by prividing the little extras such as flowers, candles etc our aim is to exceed our guests expectations and provide them with a unit that they can relax in and take in our amazing views of Lake Te Anau.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Radfords Lakeview Motel.

Kind Regards,

Kerri & Steve James
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Phoenix, AZ
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

This hotel was very nice and the room was spacious. It was clean, updated, and really a good value. It has free wi-fi and excellent hot water and water temperature in the shower. The hotel is situatted on the lake (but first floor rooms don't have a view) and is a short walk to town or the main tour operators. the room came with a little kitchenette with a sink, dishes, and a mini-fridge. There Was also coffee and tea to be made in the room if desired. We enjoyed our stay here. It was a bit expensive but we did rally like our room.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rrogoff
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Reveiwer,

Thank you for your lovely comments.
We are delighted that your unit met your expectations and that you were able to make use of the unlimited free wifi. With regards to your comment regarding the lake view we do understand that the first floor units have a better view of the lake than the ground floor unit #1 that you were in and we set our rates accordingly. We do hope that you can come back one day to visit and that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.

Kind Regards,

Kerri & Steve James
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Buckinghamshire
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71 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Based on TA reviews, this looked like a promising stop. We wanted an early pre-breakfast departure the following morning and a motel seemed more practicable than B&B. The lady on reception was warm and welcoming and gave us some good advice regarding our Milford Sound trip and recommended a spectacular movie (Ata Whenua - Shadowland) at the very comfortable local cinema.

Room 2 is a good size two room apartment although decor a bit gloomy. Very convenient for car parking/access and a short distance from restaurants, shops and lake. The big problem was the lack of sound insulation. We awoke several times during the night to the sound of "ablutions" from the room above us; we could hear everything with crystal clarity. Perhaps he was just very tall but at least he flushed and washed his hands vigorously each time! If the motel were to install some sound insulation, it would be a reasonable one-night stop though we decided to stick with B&Bs after this experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrandMrsT
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking time to review our motel.
We pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service so that our guests feel welcome it is so nice to hear that you appreciated this. We are very sorry that you were disturbed with the noise during the night we take this comment on board and will look into what we can do to eliminate this issue. We do appreciate you bringing this to our attention and hope the rest of your trip went well.

Kind Regards,

Kerri & Steve James
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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

My group of 3 stayed in this hotel for a night after touring Milford Sound and surrounding area. An excellent location and an easy walk to most local places, including the best restaurants. The motel manager was an excellent source of information and was extremely helpful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jimmclendon
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review.
We love to share our local knowledge with our guests and we are delighted that you enjoyed eating at one of Te Anau's great restaurants we are very spoilt for choice and only a short walk to the town centre.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey and have many fond memories of New Zealand.

Kind Regards,

Kerri & Steve James
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed three nights at Te Anau, using this as a base for exploring the surrounding areas and going on trips. The Radfords is very conveniently located on the lake side road close to the town center. We stayed in one of the ground floor rooms which has a double spa bath. It is very comfortable, clean and well equipped with a small kitchenette. Personal touch and care has gone into the setting up of the room. The free wifi is limitless which is great. There is a good selection of tv channels including bbc news. The shower head has good strong water pressure but the nozzle is not movable which was slightly limiting for the taller one of us. The bed is comfortable. The pillows are on the firm side.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sophie_travel01
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear Reveiwer,

Thank you for taking the time to review Radfords Lakeview Motel.
We are lucky to be located a short walk from the town centre and also the added bonus of Lake Te Anau being visable and a stones throw from all our units. We are pleased you enjoyed your unit and the little extras as well as the free wifi great for keeping in touch with family and friends back home. Thank you for your feedback regarding the shower head we will look at improving this for our future guests. We also have a selection of different pillows held here at reception to suit our guests preferences if you happen to stay with us again we would find one to suit your requirements.

We hope you have enjoyed the rest of your holiday and look forward to meeting you again one day.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

We arrived in Te Anau during the shoulder season and had a lot of lodging options. We originally stopped at Radfords because of the free internet offered. We were greeted by Kerri who was really friendly. She showed us a room and we were 'hooked'. The view of the lake was great, but above all the room was amazing! There was a king sized bed with one mattress (unlike other hotels we'd stayed at where they zip two twins together). The decor was warm and the attention to detail was exceptional!! ... We 'discovered' Radfords by complete accident but will only stay there on our future visits.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ian-mac-t
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your lovely review.
We are thrilled you enjoyed your room with the stunning views of Lake Te Anau. We have recently updated our beds from queen beds to super king and king beds and have gone with the king beds being one mattress instead of zipping two beds together for that very reason that the zip does not cause discomfort as our number one priority is that our guests have a nice restfull stay. We are so looking forward to your return visits one day soon.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James
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Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#1 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#4 Green Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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