My boyfriend and I are from Sydney, Australia and we traveled to Wanaka for a ski holiday. We choose Wanaka because of its proximity to Treble Cone (a ski field ~30 minutes away for more advanced skiers), and because of its reputation for being more laid back and quiet, compared to Queenstown. It turned out to be our favorite destination in New Zealand and we already want to go back, and of course, stay at Websters again.
I have to admit, when I initially began searching for accommodation in Wanaka I simply went down the TA list of most popular B&Bs, and Websters' was the most popular one that was available for the 4 nights I requested - what luck! I can't imagine staying at a better place. I honestly think that they would be higher on the TA list, if not at the top of the list, had they been around for longer. They are a relatively new B&B and have only been operating for about 1.5 years.
I booked my room through their website which was easy and the confirmation was prompt. They took my credit card details to secure the booking, but payment was not necessary until I arrived.
Websters is located about 3 minutes drive from the center of town, down the road from the lake, and about 4 minutes from Puzzling World. The grounds are nicely tended and you have wonderful views of snow capped mountains from the house.
I stayed in the Cardrona room which costs about NZ$200/night. It was tucked away on top of a stair case offering lots of privacy. It was a spacious room with a super queen bed, 2 armchairs, a digital TV with DVD player, air conditioner (there is also central heating for colder months), a tea tray, mini fridge and a private bathroom just outside the door (on top of the stairs, your room is to your right and the bathroom is to your left. You can move between the rooms without anyone seeing you, which I thought was like an ensuite but better! as it separated your living space from the bathroom and gave you a spacious bathroom). There was also a balcony with beautiful views of the mountains and a small outdoor set if you wanted to sit outside. The room was very nicely decorated, with modern finishes and a warm ambiance. Similar to the rest of the house.
Sleep quality is an important feature for me when I am looking for accommodation, as my partner is a difficult sleeper. However he slept well in our room. Although the room offers beautiful light when the shutters and curtains are opened, when they are both drawn they provide a dark room with no light creeping in to wake you prematurely in the morning. The air conditioner on top of the central heating, and plenty of blankets also allow you to regulate the temperature throughout the night. And the location is very peaceful; there is no street noise and despite there being a chicken pen outside (which is fun to look at) we did not hear them at all.
Each morning, Liz prepares a generous and tasty breakfast at a time of your choosing. There are a selection of cereals and home made muesli with yogurt and fruits on the buffet to start, and a full cooked breakfast with toasts, croissants and spreads, bacon, sausages, eggs how you like, and beans to follow.
Liz and Neil are great hosts. As well as being friendly and warm, they were particularly thoughtful. They saw us off every time we went out and made sure we were prepared for the day; they brought out windscreen wipers and warm water to take the frost off our car in the morning, clarified directions to the ski fields and other places of interest, presented us with dinner menus from local restaurants and the use of their phone to make dinner arrangements, and knew when to offer help, like when I spent some time trying to figure out the laundry/drier, and greeted us at the front door when we came back from our outings. All this, yet Liz and Neil were never intrusive, offering the right amount of privacy and the feeling that we were being well looked after.
I am especially glad that I stayed here because on top of a comfortable stay, I feel like there was real value for money. There were so many little extras and facilities; the room was re-made each day, including replenishment of free tea and coffee, small chocolates and baked goods on the tea tray, milk in the fridge, shampoo AND conditioner (the only B&B to have offered conditioner on my trip), a small platter with drinks/wine before dinner each evening, spa, dry room for skiiers, laundry/drier, and a complimentary shuttle to/from town. There is no compromise on quality either, all the linens, furnishings and goodies that are provided to you are of high quality which makes the stay feel extra special.
Bottom line: Comfortable, good value, quality stay with beautiful views and hosts that make you feel well looked after
Thank you Liz and Neil, we hope to be back in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Websters on Wanaka Lodge and Apartments has both a boutique purpose built luxury accommodation Lodge and a choice of 1,2 or 3 bedroom luxury apartments in the Wanaka area. We are located just 1.5 Km from the lake and township. The lodge is well situated on the crest of a hill making the maximum of a sunny position on a fabulous 2 acres site in Wanaka. The alpine environment is such a picture postcard with sweeping picture windows throughout the Lodge to capture the panoramic view of the lofty Harris Mountain Range and World Heritage listed Mount Aspiring National Park.Our town apartments provide close proximity to town and only a few minutes walk to the lakefront.When your hosts Liz and Neil Webster took on the Lodge and Apartments that they have aptly refer to as Wanaka's Hidden Gem they instantly saw the huge appeal and its latent potential. They have both travelled extensively to most corners of the world so know first-hand what makes an ideal traveller or holiday maker retreat. This is such a perfect destination for those looking for a quiet retreat, a special event or a wedding with the added bonus of a real sense of privacy. They can accommodate individuals, couples or groups in a mix of either self-catering accommodation or full Bed and Breakfast service. ... more less
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