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Shakespeare House
Ranked #4 of 29 Te Anau B&B and Inns
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frisbeetraveller
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22 reviews
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“Friendly and welcoming”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is a great value b&b a short walk from the centre of Te Anau. What some would call dated we would call character; our room was comfortable, spotlessly clean and we were welcomed with the smell of lavender on our arrival with the fresh sprig on the bedside. Recommend a meal at the Redcliffe for great food and atmosphere.
Overall a lovely stay!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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suffolk
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Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

Absolute pleasure from the moment we walked in. Ray and Margaret made us feel like old friends, but not in an overbearing way whatsoever, they have a lovely manner and we felt so welcome but also the right level of privacy. Amazing breakfasts as the other reviewers said. Request the Romeo and Juliet room, it's huge! We will be back...

Stayed November 2013
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

We came to Shakespeare House as part of our honeymoon. We had stayed in quite a few B&Bs as part of our honeymoon and found this one to be average. The rooms are small and you can hear through the walls quite easily. We found that the B&B could use some modernising and thought that it felt more like a motel than a B&B. The Internet was also a bit slow, the bathrooms were small and the beds were a bit uncomfortable. That being said, breakfast is good and it is quiet at night, which helps get some sleep. We rate this B&B as average and more could be done to improve it.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, OH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2013

We stayed here two nights, to make a day long trip to Milford Sound, based on TripAdvisor reviews. We were not disappointed. Our room was the "Henry V" room. It is on the very end and because of that it has windows on three sides. It had an oversize king bed and another single bed, two chairs and a table. It and the bathroom were clean and well appointed. It was large and and airy. The only disadvantage of this room, according to Ray our host, is that it is furthest from the WiFi and therefore can be spotty. We found we had no trouble connecting while in bed. I mean the WiFi. Ray was a gracious host making suggestions for restaurants, to suggestions on things to do in Queenstown, our next stop. Breakfast was outstanding and ranged from fruits, juices, cereals, breads and cooked to order items.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Canada
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Like most guests we spent 2 nights in this B & B. They were among the best nights on our trip to NZ. We slept in the "Romeo & Juliette" room - clean, comfortable and well appointed. Breakfast, which was included (unlike some other B & Bs), was amazing - delicious, generous and cooked to order. But the highlight of this B & B is the owner, who just can't do enough for his guests. makes every one of his guests feel very special.
Very highly recommended.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2013

A very pleasant stay. Ray is a great host, very friendly and always willing to help you for any need. The house is very cozy and the Shakespeare theme makes it even prettier. Breakfast is superb. You may want more?

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

My wife and I stayed for one night at the Shakespeare House prior to our Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. First impressions were a little odd, as the "House" is set up more like a motel with the rooms connected by a shared sort of hallway. It's also a slightly older place, so it's certainly not a high end lodging although it was clean and comfortable. But, this was more than made up for by the extremely friendly hospitality and very helpful owner, and for our needs, it was a great place to stay.

A few other positives about the Shakespeare House ...
- The motel-like setup allows for parking very close to the rooms, which was great for us because we used our one night at the House to bring everything in from the car and repack our bags.
- The gardens around the House are very nice, and it's a generally comfortable atmosphere.
- It's very easy to find, and in a great location close to downtown Te Anau.
- Free Internet!
- The cooked breakfast in the morning was great. Lots of options, and delicious!

A couple minor negatives, that would probably be fairly easy to resolve ...
- No shampoo in bathroom. Not a huge deal, but it's a cheap amenity that just about every other place we stayed did offer.
- The shower door was terrible.
- It'd be great if there were screens on the windows. It did get a little warm in our room, but opening the windows let in all kinds of bugs.

Overall, I do recommend staying here for a reasonably priced, comfortable and clean stay in Te Anau.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shakespeare House

Property: Shakespeare House
Address: 10 Dusky St | Fiordland, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9680, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shakespeare House 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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