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“my goodness, my guinness”
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Cardrona Hotel
Ranked #3 of 52 Wanaka B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“my goodness, my guinness”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

they know how to pour a great guinness, & that is worth stopping in for!, the staff were really great, until the morning & nobody was around to check us out & then they didnt seem to know how too.
also the spa pool wasnt working, & that was something we were looking forward to using after a long day of travel, & we still had to pay full rate.
the rooms are really nice, & great bathrooms too. we did get moved from our original room, & given some odd excuse about the bathroom, but with the noise from the staff in the adjoining dinning area, i suspect they wanted us further from their little shindig, which was thoughtful of them to move us, but they were still rather loud.
i'd still go back here, but i think i'd check to make sure everything was in working order prior to booking.
the food was nothing to brag about, but its a good pub meal, in a historic pub... & did i mention the guinness?

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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CardronaHotel, Owner at Cardrona Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Hi,

Thank you for your feedback on your stay with us back in March. The spa pool is now up and running again.

We've also recently launched a new menu featuring dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, plus all the traditional favourites.
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Opua, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2013

A delightful historic building on the side road between Wanaka and Queenstown. You will have to stop for a photograph so you might as well pop in for a pint. Inside the pub you will find information on why this pub is so famous.

Even in the summer you will find a fire burning in the stone fireplace and the pub serves fairly good food. If you are looking for a light ale then try the Cadronna ale and if you fancy more taste then you can also find Guinness on tap

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank SVPromise
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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stopped for a beer and an evening meal. Always a lovely spot for a drink out in the gardens especially on a hot afternoon. However our meal was disappointing. My daughter and I decided to share the Waiorau Platter which is advertised on the menu as an option for two people to share. Keeping this in mind it was disappointing to find only one mussell and one scallop, the rest of the platter consisted of 4 squid rings, 2 small pieces of fish, two prawn twisters and two prawn cutlets. I did question a staff member regarding a platter for two only having one each of the mussells and scallops but she didn't seem to be up with what the platter should include. Always willing to give an eatery a chance to redeem itself,and after debating whether we should head back to Wanaka for our dessert, we relented and ordered the creme brulee. Unfortunately disappointment again, toppings hadn't been caramelised much and the we couldn't decide whether the custard was store bought or just a bad home made one, and definitely not made with real vanilla bean or paste. Lots of room for improvement!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Tarras
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Lovely setting in historic garden atmosphere. Food was excellent . Accommodation basic ,clean and priced accordingly.
Bad point was we were there for a wedding and the fire nearly smoked us out. Suggestion -Please extend the chimney!

Room Tip: Can be noisy in rooms near the garden.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ardgourtarras
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Tauranga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We did not stay at the Cardrona, but based on the recommendation of a friend, a family group of us went there for dinner in January 2013. The atmosphere is great and the waiting staff were really helpful. Their menu was a bit restricted so we asked if we could have half portions of some mains as entrees and it was agreed. The food when it came was ok, two of us had steaks which were disappointing. Our biggest gripe though was when we came to pay our bill. Peter the duty manager was most unprofessional and actually told off our waitress in front of us for allowing half portions for entrees even though the chef had agreed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Auckland
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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a beer in the garden bar on a beautiful sunny day.

Great spot for a couple of photos and break on the way to wanaka.

Bar staff are fine. Did not eat here as there was a limited menu. The fire was going which was relaxing.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Sumbawa, Indonesia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

Nice pub with good atmosphere and great garden out the back. Food is standard for the now common 'Alehouse'.
Accomodation is comfortable, clean and has good heating. Great location amongst the ranges and very close to Cardrona and Snow Park access roads, still close to Wanaka, about 15min drive.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Cardrona Hotel
Address: Crown Range Road, RD1, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cardrona Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown, the Cardrona Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Central Otago region. Twenty minutes from Wanaka, 40 minutes from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Arrowtown, the hotel is close to many major tourist attractions in the region. It's also close to four major ski areas, including Cardrona Alpine Resort. All ensuite rooms are all equipped with Sky TV, WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. A continental buffet breakfast served in the historic dining room is also included in the room rate. Make use of the cosy guest lounge, beautiful cottage gardens, laundry facilities and spa pool. Rooms are a mix of queen beds, twin queen beds, twin singles and family rooms with one queen bed and two singles. ... more   less 
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