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Radfords on the Lake
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

My family and I vacationed in New Zealand for two weeks and stayed in several hotels and motels along the way. We were not expecting to much out of our motel in Te Anau but it WAS MY FAVORITE OF THE WHOLE VACATION. Why? Because after driving and touring since very early morning and arriving at the motel shortly before 8 PM - Kerri greeted me when I entered by "Hello Steven" and proceeded to make me feel at home. She was just like a mom making sure everything was in good order and that we were happy. I want to adopt her!
We rented a two bedroom suite which was spotless and well maintained. Location was across the street from the lake which was beautiful. Town center was a couple of minutes away by car for dinner. My only regret is that we did not stay there longer and enjoy the peace and beauty.
The next morning we drove about 20 minutes to get to our Doubtful Sound Excursion. (In another review)
This is a must stay at motel.
Thanks Kerri.

Stayed: January 2014
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Dear Steven

Thank you for your kind words and we delighted you had an enjoyable stay. We take great pride in making sure our guests have the most memorable time possible in our area and and try our best to make everyone feel at home. The team here do a great job in presenting our property in immaculate order and take great pride in doing so.

I certainly hoe that you get to come back to finalise the "adoption" papers and see more of our area.

Best Wishes

Kerri and Steve

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Quite frankly anyone who can find fault with this place does not deserve to stay here. I am lucky to stay in 5 star hotels the world over but these places cost over $800 NZ a night, here value for money is terrific, spotless apartment, every facility you could possibly need and friendly host. Terri works hard here and it shows, the flowers and planting at the entrance immediately tell you this is somewhere special. Would return here every time, loved it, deserves 6 stars if I could award them.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Dear AnthonyPit,

Thank you very much for your kind words and taking the time out of your busy day to review your stay with us. I am delighted that you enjoyed your experience staying here and I agree that our gardener Phyllis (my mum) does a terrific job and we constantly get raving comments about it - I will be sure to pass this on.
Should you come back this way we would love to host you again.

Best wishes,
Kerri & Steve James

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Very stylish. Sliding glass door entry. Separate bedroom in our unit. Just wonderful. Easy walk to the restaurants and shops in town. Lake just across the street but really didn't have a good view of it from the room. Easy 15 min drive in the morning to Manapouri to visit Doubtful Sound.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2014

Dear Charles B

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for taking the time to review your time here. I totally agree with you, our staff do an amazing job of presenting the units for our guests and I will be sure to past your comments on to them.

We hope that the rest of your travels have gone well and should you come this way again, would like the opportunity to host you again.

Kind Regards
Kerri and Steve

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

This is a very well appointed motel with all the conveniences you might need during a multi-day stay. Clean comfortable rooms are complimented by a generous sitting area with kitchenette, etc. We were traveling with 3 adult children and everyone was comfortable. There's even a card offering special pillows to those who might want them. Our tour operator, Real Journeys even picked us up right at the motel for our overnight trip to Doubtful Sound. They have a secure spot in the back to keep a vehicle safe while we were away. The staff were all very courteous and helpful. All in all, a great place to stay!

Room Tip: We enjoyer #213 upstairs because the views of Lake Te Anau were really nice.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2014

Dear RockridgeC

Thank you for taking the time to review you and your families experience while staying with us. It was a pleasure to met you all and I hope that you've taken away many happy memories of your time in Te Anau and Fiordland along with the rest of New Zealand.

Should you come this way again I hope we can be of assistance to you.

Kind Regards
Kerri and Steve

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We booked in for 4 nights and were not disappointed - we had the room on the ground floor nearest the lake which had a lovely view - table and chairs outside ( so nice in fact that someone else decided to come and sit at them one night despite the fact we were in our room !! ) the room itself was tastefully decorated and kept very clean with a chocolate left every day which was a nice touch. We had a nice big spa bath though the showerhead over the bath is very low so you either need to be about 5ft or have impressive limbo dancing moves to wash your hair !! Certainly cannot find fault with the motel and it is a good base for the Sounds and other walking tracks

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear BKain

Thank you for your lovely words, you were both a pleasure to host and I am delighted that you found your time in Te Anau to be "Memorable one". We love to be able to offer a locals prospective on places to eat and tips on what to do in our area.

I do hope that our paths cross again sometime in the future and experience more of our Southern Hospitiality.

Best Wishes

Kerri and Steve

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

We had a lovely 3 night stay in the front unit, whilst we visited Milford Sound & the Milford Track and Doubtful Sound.
The owner was very friendly and helpful with organising trips and recommending local restaurants.
The room was very well appointed with a great view out to the lake.
It is located central to everything. Easy close walk to local shops.
We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We had the lower floor on the lake end which made easy access for bags and of course closeness to th...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear Footballhells

Thank you for placing your Review about your stay with us. I am pleased that you found your accommodation suited your needs and enjoyed the lovely view despite having to share your Table and chairs ! I appreciate you advising about the shower head and will look into what we can do to improve this situation - thank you for this feedback.

Should you come back this way we would love to host you again.

Kind Regards
Kerri and Steve

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Radford's Lakeview Hotel was the perfect place for us for 3 nights while we visited Milford Sound and the Glow Worm Caves of Te Anau. Our apartment had a perfect view of the lake, and had a kitchenette as well. The rooms all have new carpeting and are newly painted, and most of the rooms have new furniture that is trendy and beautiful. Kerri is the warmest owner/host in the country, and was very helpful with restaurant advice and directions. Thank you, Kerri, for helping to make our NZ trip a wonderfully memorable one!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Radfords56, Owner at Radfords on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2014

Dear BHMima,

Thank you for your kind comments. Our guests are always blown away with the beautiful view of Lake Te Anau (a view we never tire of either!) We are delighted that you are taking away lovely memories of your time here.

We hope the remainder of your time spent in New Zealand was fantastic also.

Kind Regards,
Kerri & Steve James

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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: $191 - $396 (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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