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Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Te Anau
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Great views, close to town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

Great convenient hotel right in the heart of town. Beautiful lake views, comfortable rooms and very affordable.
No wifi in rooms, but nice to sit in the warm bar with a glass of red if you needed to connect.
Great drive to Milford Sound with plenty of stops along the way - Make sure you stop at the Mirror Lakes

Room Tip: Lake view room on the ground floor was convenient
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rebecca C
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Beck C
Thanks for your review and I trust you had a safe trip back home to Sydney. I am glad to hear you have the right idea about relaxing in the bar with a glass of wine.

Regards
Brent Stander
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Springfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

This is a really nice hotel. The rooms are well appoint and our room was large. The staff was very well trained, friendly, accommodating, and professional. We had dinner at there bar which was served promptly and very good, and we also had breakfast at it was fine as well. It is located ideally across the street from Lake Te Anau. I would gladly stay here again if in the area and would recommend it as a place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Whiskersr

Thanks for your glowing review and I am delighted to read the staff exceeded your expectations during your time in Fiordland and you found them well trained. We are blessed with a great location and difficult to beat the stunning lake views we have. I hope you had a safe trip back home.

Regards
Brent Stander
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

We got a 1 bedroom villa as we were travelling with our 9 month old. The villa was quite small nothing flash about but just average. Bathroom was great! The room was clean and tidy and close to the Main Street. Staff were all very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Lozzasoss
I hope your comments about the limited space did not impede on your stay here in Fiordland. I am happy to hear you found the bathroom sufficient and the staff helpful and friendly.

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Brent Stander
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Super location right opposite the lake, you will see planes parked, boats come and go, nice pool, bonus of spa with sauna/steam a lovely bar with great views. Food was average.

The property itself has lovely flora and fauna, beautiful trees, we were there when the leaves on trees were in all sorts of colors.

Staff was courteous and helpful. Lovely place to stay if you are going with family as the villas are very spacious, 2 bedrooms, a drawing cum dining room. Loved the place !

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Onshukla
I am delighted to hear you found our staff courteous and helpful and you love the hotel.
We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back in the not too distant future.

Regards
Brent Stander
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Hotel is ideally situated on the lake just a few minutes' walk from the centre of town and the main shopping street. An excellent base for sporting activities and exploring the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound area.
Very clean, comfortable rooms (a bit dark) and excellent cuisine. The Hotel offers a number of recreational facilities (spa, sauna, pool, massage), a conference centre and free wi-fi in the bar-lobby and adjacent terrace.
All the staff and Manager Brent Stander were very friendly and helfpul and ensured that we had a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Front rooms with beautiful lake view. The rooms on the ground floor open directly onto the garden a...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Brenda

We really enjoyed having you stay with us and it was lovely meeting you. I hope you had a safe trip back to Vienna and sincerely hope our paths will cross again.

Regards
Brent Stander
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Southport, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stayed here on our final night in Te Anau after completing the Kepler Track and spending a day at Milford Sound. Our feet were very fragile and unfortunately there were no lifts to the second floor where our room was located. We stayed in room 221.

Overall the room was good. A simple room with a queen bed that was nice and clean and had a tidy ensuite. We were lucky to score a lake view room which was nice though I must admit we did not stay in the room very long to appreciate it.

We ventured down to the bar for a drink. The waiter was not very helpful i must admit. On arrival he told us that the wifi was down and that it would be fixed "shortly". He never returned to tell us it was fixed and after a while when i went to enquire at the main reception I found out that the wifi had been up and running for a while. Aside from that the waiter did not return to see if we wished to order another round but rather we went up to the bar to re-order.

We went to the hotel restaurant for breakfast we ordered the cooked breakfast buffet. It was quite average and in retrospect we wished we had just ordered a meal off the menu.

So overall, not a bad place to stay but certainly not the best.

Room Tip: As for lake view as this is really what the hotel has going for it!!!!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank KatanTravel
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Katan Travel
I am disappointed to hear our services failed you in the Restaurant and we have taken the steps to correct this and ensure we are looking after all our guests needs. Please accept my sincere apologies we did not get right for your stay and I hope this did not impede on the rest of your time in Fiordland.
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Brent Stander
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

Overnight stay in a Garden Villa, kind of towards the back of the place.
Very small, but adequate villa.
Highlight was probably the spa/sauna and making use of the free wifi in the lobby, while ordering drinks.
Served its purpose as we were booked in for a glow worm tour and had a Milford Sound cruise the following day.
Busy little hub, but a doable little alternate to the small choice of stay in Te Anau.

Room Tip: Don't expect too much
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ben H
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Brent S, General Manager at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Ben H
Great to hear you enjoyed the spa, sauna facilities and free wifi and we hope to see you back again in the future.

Regards
Brent Stander
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Additional Information about Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Property: 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
#7 Luxury Hotel in Te Anau
#13 Romantic Hotel in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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