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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Booked two nights via recommendation from Information Centre. Was told hotel was one of the newer ones in town. We arrived and straight away realised that it was definitely not new at all and very tired looking. Service desk was friendly. Cleaning of room was poor. Meal had in lobby was nice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Kaylene R
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Dear Kaylene R
Thanks for your comments, we have had a refurbishment in all hotel rooms and public areas and are in process of updating our villa bathrooms. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in NZ and I am happy to hear the staff were friendly and meal in restaurant was good.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

The hotel just infront of the te anau lake, the best hotel in ta anau, has laundry machines, near food center, just 5 minutes by walk. Free wifi in the lobby, restaurant in hotel is average. Has ballroom for marriage. Free parking .

Room Tip: Choose the lake view room, view is so beautiful.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Jeffri_bong
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear Jeffri Bong
Thanks for your review, we really enjoyed having you stay with us and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and the South island.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Prime location, about 1 min walk from the office of one of the main tourist operators - easy to catch your early bus to Milford Sound!
Rooms are comfortable, very clean and in excellent condition. Helpful staff. Wifi (free) is only available in the bar/lobby area - weird lock-up procedures @10.30pm, so don't read your mail after that unless you are planning to hop along the main corridor (rather chilli at this time of the year!).

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear 100NowWhereTo
Thanks for your kind words about the hotel facilities and staff. We do find free wifi is appealing and appreciated by our guests and are happy to offer this complimentary.
Winters can be cold in Te Anau but on a positive note you do get to see more waterfalls and white snow capped peaks which does add to the beautiful atmosphere of the town. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay very much. It was like being on a honeymoon and the setting by the lake is brilliant.

Personally after staying at both Rydges and Mecure in Queenstown, Distinction surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed the hotel much more than those mentioned in Queenstown.

With that said, however, I would recommend this more for a brief stopover. There is not much in Te Anau itself which could benefit more by having the bus trips stop in the centre of the town rather on the lake itself.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank AustaliasMentalist
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear AustraliasMentalist
I am delighted to hear you felt as if you were on honeymoon and enjoyed your stay in Te Anau. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Nearly forgot to review this property, excellent location very close to the township on the lakeside. We booked a garden villa and was very surprised with the size and facilities of the villa. Nice and quiet at the rear of the property. The villa itself was large with excellent facilities and modern furniture it was great to have a lounge room as well as the bedroom to relax at the end of the day. Sitting in the Explorer bar having a quiet drink or coffee overlooking the lake is a very relaxing experience. Very friendly and helpful staff made sure our stay was very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend and will return on our next trip to the south island.

Room Tip: Book a garden villa, excellent value and great facilities.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank patnan54
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear Patnan
Thanks for taking the time to write and remembering us during your trip. I am delighted to hear you found the villa facilities conducive to your stay and we are very happy that you could relax and enjoy yourselves while in the South Island. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

The staff is really nice, the breakfast is really good and if you have a food intolerance like myself they even cook special plates for you! The room was good and the bathroom ok, with a great view to the lake and confortable beds. The corridors were strangely freezing, but we asked the staff once againg for help and they gave us a small radiator - problem solved! Really nice living room with bar and a separate restaurant at night time.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ana_RN92
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear Ana
It is very comforting to hear you found our staff really nice and the breakfast really good. We are blessed with unsurpassed views of Lake Te Anau and it is a definite draw card for our hotel. I apologise the corridors were cold but happy to hear the issue was rectified. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand and had a safe trip back home.
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Brent Stander

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We would like to thank Distinction Hotel & Villa's for the fantastic meal and superb service that was provided on Saturday night. We were there with our staff celebrating a recent award and we were all blown away by the top notch service and friendliness of all the staff. The meal was excellent with perfect timing for all the courses. The way the room was decorated with the congratulations sign, balloons, cocktails and port was totally unexpected and truly appreciated by all. We will definitely be recommending your facilities.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Shel87
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear Shel 87
Congratulations on your recent award. It is a great achievement and it was a pleasure hosting you and your fantastic team. Thank you for your glowing review and appreciate you recommending our facilities to travellers to Te Anau.
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Brent Stander

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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: $117 - $224 (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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