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Archway Motels
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for a night and our room was very spacious. However we find it weird that the bathroom basin has 2 taps; one hot and one cold. As it was winter, the cold water was extremely cold... We had to use the basin at the pantry to wash up instead. Heater in the room has a timer and it was irritating.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2012

Thank you for your constructive comments. It is always difficult to please everyone and we are always trying to improve and upgrade our units as we can afford to do so. Nearly all our taps are separate and although it may seem annoying it is a safety standard requirement as more people burn themselves with mixers than with separate taps-clearly marking hot & cold.To change all to mixed taps would also require new hand basins at an extreme & unnecessary cost to us. In terms of heating options-We also try to balance heating options with comfort & cost. We actually provide up to 5 types of heating options in our rooms- including an oil column heater( Which can stay on all the time) plus heated towel rails, a bathroom fan heater( None on timers), electric bed heating and the only heater on a timer is a fan-boosted 2400Kw heater which is designed for shorter-term quick heating up of the unit- in the morning or evening but not appropriate to be left on all day & night. We have passed Qualmark high standards for offerring a great range of heating options and timers are recommended for these "high power" heaters as they not only consime a lot of power but can waste heat especially if left on when unnecessary -especially if guests go out all day. The timers last a generous 2 hours and can be pt on straight away or another 2 hours. We hope this helps to explain our position and hopefully over time we can alter & upgrade further the options & services we can offer our guests. We are sorry you found this irritating but hopefully you can appreciate our balancing the conservation & safety aspects with cost & comfort.Thank you

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in studio room. One of the fantastic stay we had in our NZ trip. The hosts were very kind and helpful. The rooms were very spacious and it had everthing possible inside, including towel warmer. Its kind of Hotel + Motel facilities. the property itself was very beautiful with many colorful trees. Try the green apple from their apple tree, it was amazingly delicious. My stay there was worth for the money.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2012

Thank you so much for your thoughts and feedback. We were pleased you enjoyed our 2 acres of grounds and our special apple tree. There were so many apples this season we were very pleased to be able to give these away-fresh from the tree to our guests.In the Summer we also grow a range of tasty small tomatoes that we can offer to our guests as well. We love hosting & helping our guests to have a great time and share and our beautiful Wanaka experience. A smiling & happy customer is a happy day for us.

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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Our cycle team stopped and stayed for one night in April. Wow! Clean units, friendly reception, obliging staff and quiet location. Highly recommended if looking for a great value, friendly Motel in Wanaka.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

Thank you so much spending the extra time & effort to write constructive & valuable feedback- you are the reason why we still love hosting guests and still enjoy owning the accommodation after 5 + years. Of couse living & visiting Wanaka is a priviledge in itself! It is a 2 way relationship & a "win-win" situation when we aim to take good care of you and you all appreciate the experience. We are always looking for ways to improve "the Stay"We look forward to meeting some or all of you again. A lovely bunch of happy & motivated guests! Thank you. Keep safe!

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Reviewed April 29, 2012

After a long day on the road (and walking tracksof the south island!) theres nothing better than checking into a motel with great service, friendly smiles and a very comfy and accomodating room.
The archway motel has all these things in spades. The hosts go well out of their way to mkae you feel at home, the facilities are great and the rooms are spacious and very cosy. Travelling with 7 of us (3 adults, 3 kids and 1 bub) we all fitted easily into the 2 bedrom appartment and slept like logs. Its warm, the beds are comfy and I have wonderful memories of making dinner for us all while the kids jumped, giggled and sang on the trampoline outside in the setting sun and glowing autumn leaves.
The thing that seals the deal is the value, the Archway has fantastic rates given the amout of room and the facilities you get. This is a comfy, cosy, welcoming and relaxing place to stay, where the whole family will be happy and hosts are top notch. You wont find a more memorable place to stay in Wanaka.

Room Tip: Family rooms have two separate bedrooms as well as two beds in the living area... Whith all the gear...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

We are always overwhelmed & pleasantly suprised by the effort & time guests go to to provide feedback. Thank you so much for all your positive & enthusiastic response. we loved having your family to stay and as we shared with you- the Television had just come back from the technician an hour before & alas what he thought was fixed and would link up to the DVD- was not. We look forward to meeting you all again and we share your love & passion that Wanaka prvides as a destination and a supportive town to live & work in. Keep happy ! Bridgit & Paul

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We stayed 1 night in April 2012, We wished we stayed longer... very friendly reception on arrival, a very well equipped kitchen, a comfortable bed and close to everything.highly recommend

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

Thank you for your thoughts & review- always appreciated & necessary in order to keep improving things and know what things work well & others not. Getting postive responses & satisfied guests whom enjoy the experience is our goal. We love meeting & looking after people & paul & I have both are continually learning how to-" assist further" which is all part of the reward & challenge.We would love to have you stay again- and yes-longer is advisable- especially if we get another Summer & Autumn like this next year- best in 30 years! All the very best!

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I stayed five nights in April while at Autumn Art School, The unit was spacious, clean and fresh with attractive furnishings. I was able to cook with the stovetop and microwave and it was in a great location to get to the school each day. On top of having a lovely place to call home for five days, hosts Brigit and Paul were extremely friendly and went out of their way to help me. Hoping to be back next year.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We booked here for three days and were satisfied with our stay. Our two bedroom unit was clean, spacious and had everything we needed in the kitchen although the stove top at that time was not working. This was quickly remedied with the grill that was available outside. There was also a table with chairs outside where we had our meals al fresco. Each bedroom had a portable heating unit to keep us warm from the cold autumn nights and had soft comfortable beds.

The property had a large outdoor garden with playground for kids. We did not try the hot tubs so cannot comment on that. We also used the coin-operated washer and dryer which was very convenient for us. Wifi though was not free so I paid for a couple of hours of usage.

We appreciated the quiet location of the motel since it was in a secluded area but it only took us a few minutes to walk to the center of town and Lake Wanaka itself.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 64 Hedditch Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range: $87 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Archway Motels 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to your-"Home away from Home" Archway motel is set in 2 acres of grounds and tree-lined hillside. Only 5 minutes walk to the lake- we offer quiet, comfortable & spacious accommodation with mountain and bush outlooks.All units are ground-floor,non-smoking, are self-contained (kitchens/bathrooms), serviced daily and offer a range of studio- king, Queen & single bed units-many redecorated and enjoy our private rustic chalets. We also have 4 2/3 bedroom family units with King/Queen beds along with 3/4 single beds.Services & facilities include-Free Wi-Fi allocation,Internet computer with Skype also available, office/business services, DVDs & free DVD library. Large grounds/outdoor seating areas, 8 BBQ's,large playground.Soak & relax in New hillside cedar hot tubs with bush or panoramic views of the surrounding mountains & golf-course.(Fee normally applies but watch for inclusive offers/ package deals)Experience warm, southern hospitality with your Hosts- Bridgit & Paul. We are here to help make your visit the best it can be! ... more   less 
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