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“Perfectly located with great views” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lakeside Motel & Apartments

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Lakeside Motel & Apartments
Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in Te Anau
Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Perfectly located with great views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights on a ground floor apartment, The location was perfect and a very beautiful view across the road of the lake. My apartment even had its own outdoor setting, which appeared to be the only one on the ground floor to have one. The room was very clean and comfortable, for some reason though was super warm in there and had to cool it down by leaving windows open, which was fine after that. Has a fully equipped kitchen and very comfortable overall, also had free wi-fi, which was a bonus! I dropped a rating as I didn't find the staff particularly friendly or overly helpful, but in all would definitely recommend this place as a perfect base in Te Anau and for exploring the ranging area and of course Milford Sound. Don't miss the mirror lakes on the way!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cindy E
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
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Leeston
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Lakeside Motel is one of the less expensive lakefront motels, yet the unobscured views across the lake are some of the best in the village. I stayed three nights in an upper storey lakeview room and enjoyed spectacular sunrises and sunsets on the lake. The room was spotlessly clean and well equipped with modern kitchen area, queen size bed and nice big bath in the bathroom. Free WiFi was a bonus. The motel is 10 minute walk to the main street of Te Anau, a lovely stroll along the lake. Outdoor seating was provided, but was not private, just benches outside each room along the balcony. Parking was sometimes a problem - the motel was fully booked and some rooms seemed to have extended families staying in them with up to 3 cars, which rapidly filled the available parking spaces, as did several boat and trailer units. Overall though the Lakeside was very good value for the views and quality of the room.

Room Tip: Lake-facing rooms cost a little more, but are still value compared to other motels in Te Anau.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 Tamora_12
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Shardlow, null, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights at a cost of $130 per night. This was good value as an adjacent Motel was charging $90 a night more. The room was comfortable & well equipped. It contained one double bed and a single. Free wifi was available, the TV had a very limited amount of channels. The location was perfect, overlooking Te Anau lake which was just across the road from the apartment. There are nicely laid out gardens to the front with picnic tablea at which to sit and enjoy the view. Staff are friendly, helpful and informative We enjoyed it here and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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1 Thank Ray S
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Turned up without booking. Liked the look of it from the road, as it was so impressive with it's lovely gardens facing the lake. We had an upper studio facing away from the lake, but a very pleasant outlook and very quiet. Large sitting/ dining room with cooking facilities,large TV and free Wi-Fi, bedroom and shower/toilet in separate rooms. Extremely friendly and helpful staff, will book your trip up Milford Sound, which is an absolute must. Lovely walks along the lake side toward the town, or taking the opposite direction go to the wildlife reserve. A nice walk through bush to find aviaries containing native birds, and if you're lucky, as we were, see Kea flying through the tree tops. Very good value for money.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 Brian B
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We got into Te Anau without having any reservations anywhere since we were passing by on our way to Milford Sounds. We had a look at few other motels but my wife liked Lakeside Motel and Appartments. We checked in and the host was super friendly. The room was great and the location can not be explained in words. Te Anau itself has a class of its own and people and businesses like this add those extra value to the place. So much loved the sunset and sunrise views. Accomodation plays a vital role on holiday and surely didn't regret using this motel.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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 Saif786
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Dallas
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43 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We rolled into Te Anau and began the lodging search checking out motels both on and off the lake. We decided on Lakeside Motel & Apartments and couldn't have been more pleased with our three-night stay. We took an upper floor lake front room. The entire lake-facing wall is window/sliding glass door and every morning we were greeted with an expansive view of the sunrise over Lake Te Anau. The place is spotless and very well maintained. We made use of the kitchen facilities and everything worked. Jodi was a whirlwind of activity and could take care of any request instantly. The small town center is an easy walk away along the lake. Evenings were spent drinking a glass of wine while looking out over the lake. We would return to Lakeside Motel & Apartments in a heartbeat and heartily recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Thank ezwriter
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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88 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had a wonderful suite in the immaculately kept gardens. The unit was very clean and well kept with everything we needed. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and always ready to help and give advice. The motel is well worth the money and more.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Harriet590
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Additional Information about Lakeside Motel & Apartments

Property: Lakeside Motel & Apartments
Address: 36 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Te Anau
#11 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lakeside Motel & Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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