What a great find in Hanmer Springs. We usually book accommodation at Greenacres in Hanmer Springs because it takes dogs, but this time we wanted somewhere smaller and, dare I say it, cheaper.
We settled on the Chalets Motel, persuaded mostly by its cost ($112 per one-bed chalet/night) and that it was on the slopes overlooking Hanmer so we'd get a good view.
The location is great, up a steep gravel drive. All the chalets are spaced out and have their own outdoor areas. Ours, Chalet No. 5, was a perfect location. No chalets in front of us and a lovely secluded deck and garden area with seating and a washing line (essential for those spa-dampened towels!).
On entering I was immediately struck by the cleanliness - the shower base was steel and I could see my face in it! The kitchen, too, was spotless as was the linen and towels provided. Great start.
I then noticed how quiet it was in the chalet and, sure enough, it was the double-glazing. It was warm, too! Both luxuries in a Kiwi chalet!
There was Sky satellite with 40 channels and a comfy sofa to sit on. The chalet also had a DVD player and free use of DVD's from the office - some great titles there.
Sure, the shower is small but you're only there to eat, sleep and shower! It was perfectly adequate and cosy for the two of us.
The chalet's small, private deck looks out across Hanmer and affords a fab view of the mountain range with stunning sunsets and beautiful sunrises. It was ever-changing and you could sit outside for hours. The stars at night are wonderful, too.
It's a short walk from the chalets to the hot springs and town centre along a quiet road bordering the golf-course.
We will definitely return to this chalet. As locals we go to Hanmer a few times a year to relax and unwind in the hot springs. Thanks Chalets Motel for giving my husband and I the place we needed to relax and unwind.
Mr & Mrs Leggatt
Canterbury, New Zealand
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your hosts, Andrew & Vera, welcome you to The Chalets Motel, a unique alpine retreat situated in the picturesque resort of Hanmer Springs. Famous for its Hot Thermal Pools. We offer 10 totally separate, modern, fully self-contained alpine-style chalets, including Luxury 1-Bedroom SPA chalet and 2-Bedroom Chalet with wheel-chair access. Each chalet has its own carpark with space for mountain bikes. All chalets have stunning views of the hills and surrounding mountains. Sunny & quiet. Spacious grounds ~ children's playarea with trampoline and swing. LCD TVs with 50+ SKY Channels, includes all Sport Channels. Free WiFi and DVDs. Easy 600 m stroll to the Hot Thermal Pools and village centre. ... more less
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