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Alpine Motel and Lodge Ohakune
Ranked #16 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Ohakune
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Our dates shifted slightly so we ended up here last minute due to other places being fully booked, never again!! The booking process was tricky and somewhat misleading as it wasnt until the confirmation for our three person room came through that it stated it was in the back packers - we were expecting the motel lodge.

The quality of back packers across NZ is generally exceptional this place is not and is a nod to back packers of old, I'd struggle to find a redeeming feature.

The rooms are tiny, once you pop three people and three bags in there is no where to move. They are also freezing cold with tiny, thin questionably clean blankets upon thin worn mattresses - mattress may be pushing it, think small piece of foam.

The hostel is alsonot secure so those with valuable skis, possessions etc think carefully before booking the front and back doors are always open and never locked. It also attracts a rather yobbish crowd which wouldnt be an issue if the walls werent made of paper. The kitchen facilities are minimal and it isnt a place youd want to cook in. Cleaning is also very sporadic with over flowing rubbish bins daily and half empty beer bottles lining the bathroom. On the plus side showers were hot, if very dirty and frigidly cold once you stepped out of them.

No thought has been given to the clientle or the fact they are likely to have been up the mountain all day. There is no where for wet coats, boots etc in the tiny cold rooms, its coats or people!! Further annoyances are the lack of plug sockets, one in a three bed dorm?! if you're expecting to have the teeny tiny heater on and charge a phone forget it.

Over all a dismal place with ambivalent staff. If there's more than two of you you'd be much better placed to rent a batch from batchcare, which was our oringinal plan. Stay here only if you must particulalry as there is a wonderful breakfast place round the corner.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

I booked last minute so had little choice but this back packer accommodation is the worst I have ever stayed in. i booked a four bunk room for myself and three kids. It cost $120. It was extremely small and dusty. The sheets were thread bare and the duvet was extremely light weight (the receptionist had suggested we bring more blankets... she was nice and friendly but couldn't make up for the place). The bathrooms was old and dirty and so was the kitchen. Everything was squashed and grubby. The next night we stayed at another backpackers attached to a motel and it was $80 for a room for the four of us .....had clean warm bedding and a great clean big new shared bathroom and clean shared kitchen facilities. The Alpine Motel backpacker accommodation is not worth $30 a bunk...... maybe $15. It is squashed, shabby and grubby. I would have preferred to pay another $80 and had a motel room if I had known. Never again and I will actively spread the news on this.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was a great place to stay, me and my partner stay here every ski season and occasionally in the summer. Modern, clean rooms and the hosts are really friendly. Great location, just great in general! Super happy with it :)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Modern, very clean and comfortable. There is nothing nicer than having crisp white sheets on a bed. Friendly owners and staff made our stay at Ohakune that much more enjoyable. Would highly recommend to anybody.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

I have stayed here a couple of times. The rooms were clean and tidy and well heated.

The owners were really helpful and made us feel welcome. Great value for families coming to ski Turoa.

I would stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed here while doing the bike trails. Hosts was very friendly & helpful..Room were very clean & tidy but we didn't find the bed comfortable.. We enjoy our cooked breakfast.. Close to the main street

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

I stayed one night in the motel room, it was very clean great kitchen facilities and the host was very friendly commfy bed plenty of pillows very quiet location and good closing curtians. Close to supermarket short drive to local club

Room Tip: ground floor room was great backed car up to door to unload
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Alpine Motel and Lodge Ohakune

Address: 7 Miro Street, Ohakune, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Ohakune
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Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Ohakune
Price Range: $46 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Alpine Motel and Lodge Ohakune 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alpine Motel, Lodge & Sassi's Restaurant is located right in the heart of Ohakune township only a minutes stroll to bars, cafes, shops, banks, supermarket, picture theatre and the information centre....We have a wide range of accommodation to suit everyone,5 studio units / 1 one bedroomed unit / 3 chalets that sleep upto 10 persons / a four bedroomed Town house that sleeps upto 14 persons, and a backpackers lodge made up of 2, 3 and 4 berth rooms.Our units are modern, warm and comfortable with good heating, electric blankets, Sky satellite TV, telephone, Wireless internet, and most have kitchen facilities. ... more   less 
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