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“Excellent location, dated decor”
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Wanaka Hotel
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Wonderful location right in the heart of wanaka, friendly staff, beautiful view if you ask for a lakeview room. Communal kitchen was good, room only had coffee cups and water glasses, no bowls or cutlery- we were there for a week and eating cereal in the communal kitchen got a little old after a while. Excellent value though, we went through a package in Australia and they were very cheap compared to other places.

We were snowboarding and there was no issues with taking our gear in the apartment and there was a good amount of space in the room to store it.

Heating was great, we were warm and toasty all night. Lots of parking out the back for our rental car.

The only real downside was the dated decor and fittings- the bath, sink and shower were quite old and the water pressure wasn't that excellent. Would definitely stay again though!

Room Tip: Ask for a lakeside room
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Stayed one night at Wanaka hotel during our NZ vacation. In summary the hotel provides a decent stay despite looking old and dated. The location is good with restaurants and a minimart across the road. Check in and out was quick and smooth and the service was good.

The rooms seems to be going thru some upgrading and ours had a newly renovated toilet which had a proper mixer for hot and cold water. There are rooms where you have to turn on two seperate taps to get warm water. For those travelling with alot of luggage do take note that there's no lift and you have to carry your luggage up the stairs if you get a room on level 2.

Apart from the issues above the hotel satisfies the basic needs that one would look for comfortably. Just do not expect any luxuries. This is more of a budget hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank mkw-sg
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed here for a night during our recent tour of the south island. Despite only staying for one night, we needed all our cases for our family-of-three.

My initial impression was marred by the 10cm (3-inch) step from up to the hotel reception area, with no slope or other option nearby to gain access. This was far from ideal if you've got a big suitcase, a buggy, or a wheelchair. I didn't have an issue, but I was concerned that other residents would...

Then we were greeted by the rather grumpy receptionist who quickly processed our stay and stressed how important it was that we used the restaurant... we didn't.

We were disappointed to find that our room was one floor up, and there was no lift (elevator) to get up there. Cue Dad to hump three large-ish cases up the stairs to our room, which was nice enough when we got there.

If I wanted Mexican food I'd have gone to Mexico, and I certainly wasn't going to go to the hotel restaurant after that low-key welcome, so we went to the Speight's pub and restaurant next door, which was delicious, good value, and lots of facilities for kids and stuff. Great.

All the above happened in the dark, as we arrived on a winter's evening. We realised why we'd gone to Wanaka when we opened the window the next morning to see the incredible views of the mountains and lakes, which are particularly good from the restaurant where we ate breakfast. I had an excellent eggs benedict with an average coffee.

It's a good place in an excellent location, but I suggest you consider other options if you have a pushchair / buggy / wheelchair or would need assistance lifting bags up stairs...

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank sdfbailey
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Great little room, having selected a lakeview room we got just that and what a view it was!! Nice and cosy, very warm in the night which was great when the cool air settled across the lake at night. Cute wee balcony. As others have mentioned, he room was a bit dated but i liked it, thought it gave the place some character! Basic facilities, all you would need really for a nights stay and with restaurants/bars situated with the hotel or just a minutes walk away you are truly spoilt for choice. However i would only think it was suitable for a few nights stay. Lovely friendly staff. Will surely be back again!

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a lakeview room if it available, beautiful view to wake up to!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Loved the view from this hotel so spectacular and our room was really nice.
The building is oldish but retro cool.
Great massive bed so comfy. Really quiet too big sleep in!
service was really friendly check in check out.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

The room was quite comfortable, had a balcony, and was clean. The room view of the lake was spectacular and most pleasant to see first thing in the morning. Hotel staff were approachable and friendly. The location is most enjoyable.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Recently spent a night at the Wanaka Hotel, cost was $99 and for that we got a Queen sized bed plus a set of bunks, everything was clean and tidy including the bathroom, bed was reasonably comfortable, TV not large but adequate, even a small balcony with chairs. We never ate in either of the hotel restaurants, we cooked our own breakfast in the very well equipped kitchen for use by guests, an excellent idea to avoid eating out all the time.
Receptionist was pleasant and helpful, all in all pleasant night's stay.
Would recommend if you are not looking for superior accommodation but something adequate for a night's stay in a good location.

Room Tip: Bottom floor towards back of hotel.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janis W
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Address: 71 Ardmore Street, P.O. Box 26,, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range: $81 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wanaka Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great Value Hotel right in the center of Wanaka, only one-minute walk to the Lake and Town Center. Full Restaurant and Bar Facilities on-site. Plenty of free, off street parking. ... more   less 
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