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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Te Anau
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

What a great stay we have had . We took a package for two nights which included dinner and a full breakfast. The hotel staff are friendly and efficient ,beautifully furnished rooms overlooking the lake. Dinner at the MacKinnon Restaurant was first class ( I would recommend the Scallop entrée Yum) .The Hotel has a laundry which came in handy as we are on a two week drive vacation. Every thing first class! It must have been our lucky day when we saw Special deal on their web site! Perfect weather and a perfect stay.
Susan & Ken Smith
Saratoga
N.S.W.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2013

Dear Susan and Ken
I am overjoyed to read your review and hear you found the facilities conducive to your stay and food first class. Hopefully we will have another opportunity in inviting you back to stay with us in beautiful Fiordland.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We checked in to our room and found that it had two Queens. Not sure how it was booked, but we called down to the front desk and asked for a King. She told me the King rooms had the Lake View and cost $40/night more. I didn't want to spend that much, so she spoke to her mgr and got the upgrade for $20/night which we did. The room was on the second floor and was very nice with large windows and a great view of the lake. The two-story hotel did not have an elevator (or lift as referred to in NZ) which we came to find out was somewhat common in the low-rise hotels. There was a manual lift for the luggage which worked just fine. The front desk was very helpful getting our luggage to the room.
We didn't use the pool or spa so I can't comment on that. We were pleased to find a laundry room which we found not to be so uncommon in NZ as it is rare to find this amenity in the US where we're from.
Overall a great place. We would stay again and definitely eat more of our meals there!
Room was nice and clean, though I thought a newer bedspread could have really improved the overall look of the room since it was quite nice other than that (just a bit tired looking). Service was great all around. Location was good and easily accessible to everything in town. The front desk recommended the best meat pie shop we found in our 3 week trip - MIles Better Pies which was just down the street from our hotel.
We didn't eat in the restaurant but had cocktails bar/lounge and one evening ended up having a light meal there as well. The lounge has a great view of the lake and was great for relaxing after a long day of exploring. We ordered off of their light meals menu and were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. We ordered the Fish Cakes which was excellent - the best we've ever had. It was actually one of the best meals we had in NZ.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2013

Dear Susan
Thanks for your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your food in the bar and our staff were able to upgrade you at a reasonable price.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Stayed during off season. Hotel is nice for this area. Nice room. Amenities & staff are good. Off season menu is great value. Beautiful lake view and close to shops & restaurants. Only stayed 1 night so we didn't try many services but main restaurant is closed for dinner.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2013

Dear wrok
Thanks for your review and I am happy to hear you found the staff good during your stay. Our Restaurant is open in the off season but on quieter nights we use our area with a fireplace as it is more intimate for our guests. Hopefully we will see you back again in the future. We do still have the same menu and options available for our guests
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

The Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is an A class hotel. The facilities are fantastic and I was even more impressed that there was an on-site spa for massages and beauty treatments. The location is superb and the hotel is situated right on Lake Te Anau so it provides amazing views. It is right in the town centre and is walking distance from everything. The rooms are comfortable with great heating facilities and the bed was super comfy. The buffet breakfast was plentiful and really yummy...not to mention the restaurant. The food we indulged in here was just spectacular!!! I really cannot fault this hotel and would stay here again without a doubt!!! I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Te Anau.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Michwood
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2013

Dear Michwood

Thanks for your kind words, we are blessed with our location and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and found the facilities conducive to your needs and food spectacular. We hopefully will see you back again soon.
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We booked a conference room for 2 days to sell our clothing range and also stayed in a lake view room and had our meals here as well. WELL we didn't even have to leave the premises, every thing we needed was here. A great well heated room for our clothing and extra friendly staff who would do anything for us. The accomdation was excellent, very comfty beds and clean and warm - Its was a cold & wet couple of days. The meals were also good with the help of staff with good sense of humors that went the extra mile . And thanks for the free drink vouches !

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2013

Dear Angie
Thanks for your review and it was a pleasure hosting you and meeting both of you. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. I am delighted to hear your comments about the staff, standards of the rooms and food and you are welcome for the free drink vouchers, I hope you enjoyed them!
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We really enjoyed one night's accommodation midweek in the first week of the holidays. Our check-in late afternoon was friendly and welcoming and a voucher for two free glasses of wine was a nice touch - thanks for that! Our room was spacious, beautifully clean with a lovely outlook to Lake Te Anau.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2013

Dear JSouthee
It was lovely to meet you and I am encouraged by your warm comments about the friendly and welcoming nature of the team here at the hotel. Please feel free to contact me should you be returning as we would love to have another opportunityin welcoming your return. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Southland.
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stopped at Distinction Te Anau as the last break before heading on to Milford Sound, we stayed in one of the two bedroom garden villas, they are slightly on the ageing side but very comfortable and plenty of space. It's great for privacy if you want that as you are not surrounded by other rooms and the price is very fair, would recommend for a stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2013

Dear Mark T
I am happy to hear you found the prices suitable and fair and room comfortable for your stay in Te Anau. We are in process of refurbishing our garden villas and have completed the main hotel a couple years ago. Hopefully we will have another opportunity in welcoming you back and please feel free to contact us if you are returning.
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Additional Information about Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Address: 64 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9681, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Te Anau
#5 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#13 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range: $135 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Te Anau Lake Front, a short stroll from the Te Anau Town Centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. Surrounded by extensive, colourful gardens and overlooking spectacular Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland ranges, this Hotel and Villa accommodation sets the tone for your stay in one of the world’s most breathtaking regions. Designed for your comfort, we offer 115 luxurious rooms, including Hotel rooms with Garden and breathtaking Lake Views, and a range of spacious One and Two Bedroom Garden View Villas. On-site is the renowned MacKinnon Room Restaurant offering the very best of South Island cuisine, and the Explorer Bar and Lakefront Terrace where you can relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Lake Te Anau. The hotel offers the largest hotel based conference centre in the area, and its very own lakefront wedding chapel, plus extensive recreational facilities, including a spa, sauna, heated outdoor swimming pool and massage services. ... more   less 
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