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Archway Motels
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Convenient self catering”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Archway is not luxurious but the owners have done an excellent job of providing all that one might need for a self catering stay with them. The motel is also well back from the road and is quiet. There is a nice place out side the room to have a meal or just sit and relax. The motel is also not too far from stores, restaurants and the lake. We went for a nice walk along the lake after our meal. Nice way to end the day. Would come back again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Welcome & thank you for your positive comments. As a 3 star plus property luxury is not really our priority focus although we are adding little touches of luxury all the time. However based on your comments- we are pleased that the positive features of Archway were very much appreciated and we are always looking for ways to keep our guests, comfortable & satisfied. We really look forward to looking after you next time. Warm regards Bridgit & Paul
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Stayed over Easter. Very peaceful location. The motel was very spacious and very clean. We had a handicapped person with us and she was not able to step into the shower. The owner constructed steps for us. As ex-motel owners we know what good service is and we certainly received it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank 743AlanB
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thank you Alan, what a pleasure it was to host your party at Archway. We always believe that more guest satisfaction would occur every time if guests actually ask for what they actually need, including providing specific information or instruction especially when guests are struggling to work something out. We love helping make your stay the best it can be- and this was only possible in your case because you asked for specific help or requests. We wish you all the very best & hopefully we will see you again soon. Bridgit & Paul
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Surrey, UK
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85 reviews
72 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

We stayed in a superior chalet studio in February 2013 as part of a nine week trip round NZ. The room was spacious, clean and well-equipped and well-serviced. The motel is in a quiet location set back from the road. Pleasant helpful owners. Recommended

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Globetraveller1
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback not only for us but for the travelling public. We are always looking to look after our guests and to make their stay & experience as comfortable & pleasant as possible. All the best & warmest wishes Bridgit & Paul
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Melbourne
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55 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment for one night. Comfortable, well-equipped and quiet motel just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Wanaka. The host was very friendly and helpful. There is also a very friendly cat in residence.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Kevin B
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
It is always a pleasure to find guests making the effort to share their Archway experiences. We enjoyed having you to stay as well and Archie the friendly Burmese cat is very much a part of the family & motel. We are always looking to add and improve our units and facilities but it is also lovely to find guests whom are really satisfied with what we are currently providing. All the best for your future travels and may they continue to be rewarding & fun. Warm regards Bridgit & Paul
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We planned to stay in Wanaka for 2 nights and ended up with two self-contained, 2-bedroom units at the Archway Motel as we wanted 2 bathrooms for 4 adults. The wood panelling made the place feel dark and dingy, but overall it was clean and the kitchen was well equipped. Each unit had a double bed and 2 singles. The bedrooms were small with minimal space for luggage so we used the living area for our bags. The bed was well slept in and we tended to roll into the middle - hence did not sleep well. We used the BBQ and laundry, and also 30 mins WiFi for each room. One of the units had a large fridge and a dishwasher - ours only had a small bar fridge. Hairdryer was provided but only one bedroom had a mirror near a socket.

Room Tip: Other rooms looked better and lighter than 8 & 9.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank cherry_bobby
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you your valuable feedback. It is quite strange & ironic that the more we have upgraded our units and interiors the more little niggly comments have come through lately. We are guessing that for some unknown reason more guests are wanting to focus on small issues and more negatives than positives. This concerns us but we always accept constructive feedback and we take these issues seriously. We are only in this business because we love hosting & satisfying guests. We look forward to more positives Warm wishes- your hosts Bridgit & Paul
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
508 reviews
116 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Imagine 1960's holiday camp accomodation and this is what rooms 1 - 9 are like. However rooms 10 - 16 are the rustic log cabins (built in 1990's) that alot of the TA reviews refer to.
Having said that, our room (4) had all the equipment we needed and it's a 15 minute walk (downhill) into town (restaurants / lake etc), so was situated in a convenient location. Paper thin walls to the units but there's a policy of no noise outside after 10pm, so we slept quite well. Owners helpful and onsite all the time.

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Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jinny232
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for your comments. However we feel your views are somewhat harsh and we do not hide the fact that we are an older style motel- many just love the older, comfortable feel. As responded as to a previous guest whom focus on the exterior outlook- please do not judge the book always by the cover.Our units are well insulated,most have been upgraded in Units 1-9 and we get very positive comments about no noise between units, tasteful decor and quiet location.

If you were correct about reviews we would have no problem supporting your views about these units but thankfully we have most guests enjoying the spacious, modernised & re-insulated accommodation and the hospitality. We wish you all the best on your trip. Regards Bridgit & Paul
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California
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198 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2013

This place is one of the largest rooms we had in a month of traveling in NZ. Wood paneling
does you feel like you are in a rustic log cabin. Good kitchen and a great individual
BBQ. Owner/manager was very helpful. Close walk to a very scenic town that overlooks a lake.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank TheDukeCalifornia
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Bridg58, Owner at Archway Motels, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments and feedback. We encourage all guests to provide this- hopefully directly to us and also to share on independent sites. We are pleased that you enjoyed your room and your stay and we really appreciate the time you have taken to pass on positive experiences. This is when we love our hosting position the most and see happy customers whom have had a comfortable stay and seen the best of what each place has to offer is very satisfying. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. Warm regards Bridgit & Paul
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Property: Archway Motels
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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