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Lake Matheson Motel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Reviewed November 4, 2007

We stayed in this motel for a single night and it was perfect for our needs. The room was large, with a small kitchenette (although inadequate to actually cook any meals) and clean bathroom.

The motel is literally 2 minutes from the centre of Fox and ideal for getting to the glacier guiding centre. Can definitely recommend this motel.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2007

This motel is self contained and is suitable for people who are wanting to self cater whilst travelling the south island.

The room is basic with two double beds, clean bathroom and kitchen area. A BBQ is also available for use. The location is a short walk into the township.

For the cost we paid; NZ$75.00 p/n which is off season rate, I felt this was a good deal and suitable for our needs.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2007

Easy to find, good basic accommodation. Heating was barely adequate in mid-July (bathroom was v. cold), but there were electric blankets on the beds. Room was spacious with a good mini-kitchen. Beds were on castors which meant they moved around a lot. For a cheap place in a town with limited options this was ok.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 15, 2007

Though only here 1 night, our 2 bedroom unit was modern, clean, and had everything you could want. Compared with other 3 & 4 star motels,
our unit should be 4 star, though possibly the 1 bed units (older?) are not quite so good. Very good value, quiet location, good mountain
views. Should be listed under "Fox Glacier" as it's very close to the
village.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2007

Prior to making a two night reservation at this hotel, we had requested info on their cancellation policy. They advised by email that their cancellation policy was "Cancellation is 24 hours notice of change of plans.Regards jane." When checking in at 4:00 PM, we advised we only wanted to spend one night and per their polcy we were giving them 24 hour notice of our intent to cancell the second day. They told us we needed to advise them by 1:00 PM to cancel and would charge us for the second day if we left. When we advised them of their written polcy, they said we have to tell them by 1:00 PM no matter what the written polcy said.

We can only guess that their intent was to double book the room and get paid for it twice. Not following a written polcy is at least unethical if not illegal. If the management is unprofessional in one aspect they will be unethical in other areas. This hotel / managment should be avoided. There are better options.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2007

We arrived there after a full day of travelling and heli hiking on the Fox Glacier.

We were warmly welcomed.

Room was comfortable, clean, well appointed with small kitchen and small things like plunger coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits for that 'little something' that we needed in between the glacier walk, and walk around the lake.

Located close to all attractions and amenities.

Stayed: March 2007
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Reviewed March 1, 2007

This was one of the nicest motel we stayed in during our trip. It had a well equiped kitchen and was an easy walk into the town of Fox Glacier. It was quiet.

Stayed: February 2007
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Address: Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range: $88 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Matheson Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Matheson Motel is ideally located 400 metres from the town centre of Fox Glacier. While we have been proudly named after beautiful Lake Matheson for our 22 years in business, we are definitely a town based motel; while we are not on the edge of the Lake, we are only a ten drive away and the same for the Glacier. Our motto is 'simply nice'. This means we provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodation and focus on giving you good quality basics such as quality Sleepyhead beds, cotton linen, good showers, televisions and utensils. We have a 4 star grade with Qualmark. So come and enjoy our studio and 2 bedroom units, with mountain views, in a peaceful location. We have WIFI,undercover parking for all units, some spa units, King and Queen bed units, continental breakfasts, a portable BBQ and a Guest Laundry for your convenience. We hope to welcome you to Fox Glacier soon. Heather and Mike, Motel Managers. ... more   less 
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