We booked a studio cottage for one night at this complex of cottages just outside Akaroa but feel we should have opted for a B&B after our experience. The steep downward drive to the reception was quite scary ( the usual road apparently undergoing repairs) Our studio cottage was very dark inside being right back onto the mountainside so no views from the back. The veranda area was ok but looked a little neglected. In fact that's the impression the whole studio had- needed a splash of cash. The mattress had seen better days, ie we rolled into the centre!! The old fashioned blue leather settee was showing signs of age too. Such a shame because the some of the larger cottages appeared more cared for. Spa bath was nice but overhead shower just satisfactory. The overhead fan in the living room was needed during the night as it was warm but the chord needed attention as it kept catching and so made an irritating clicking noise whilst in use ( only noticed once we turned the lights out) All these things are easily remedied with a little cash. Since arriving in NZ we have stayed in some fantastic B&Bs for around the same price so this experience was a little disappointing. The motel stay the night before in Kaikoura was only 145 NZ dollars but was actually alot newer and well maintained than this complex, granted it didn't have the view so maybe that's what we paid for at Akaroa??! No free Internet ( first time we have been charged during our stay) although on trying to contact we couldn't as we only had a MasterCard ( not accepted) small fridge containing ( opened from the wrong side) a large selection of alcohol ( all chargeable) had to empty out completely to keep our own small supplies cold. There's a small microwave and two ring electric stove but if staying for longer than a few nights this kitchen isn't the best for cooking own meals. Average accomodation only with room for improvement but with the potential of alot more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Akaroa Cottages is part of Heritage Hotels group (Heritage Hotels).We have recently upgraded most of our cottages with new curtains, carpet and paint with some new furnishings. Perfectly located just 1.5 kilometers from the historic and unique French settlement of Akaroa, this idyllic Heritage Collection resort offers luxurious self-contained accommodation in a truly magnificent setting. Capturing the charm of this special location, Akaroa Cottages are crafted from timber and stone and are surrounded by tranquil native bush. These Private spacious cottages are complemented by stunning views of the beautiful Akaroa Harbour and the undulating hills of Banks Peninsula. Most of the Cottages have Double Corner Spa baths, Log burners and Views and they are all privately set. We cater for groups, couples weddings and Families. ... more less
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