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The St James
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

We come to Hanmer a lot and have stayed in soooo many places, and holiday homes, but I wanted to treat my partner and stay somewhere a bit flasher. From the moment we arrived, I knew I'd made a pretty good choice if I do say so myself.
Jan at reception was so welcoming, friendly and helpful during our stay. The room was well appointed and sparklingly clean. My partner LOVED the heated tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, and the spa bath was great.
This was a weekend stay, and altho we usually visit the hotpools, we didn't feel the need to battle the crowds ( its a lot quieter midweek), because we had our own fabulous spa bath, which was great on the muscles after a big walk.
We were both really happy at the St James, and have nothing but positives to say about it. Perhaps the only negative is that it was nor-west and no chance of getting snowed in, as we would have been quite happy to have stayed there longer!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed our three nights stay at The St. James.

Pros:
+ The balcony view is spectacular! You can see the greenery in the surrounding, and snow capped mountain in the backdrop.
+ The room facilities are modern and clean.
+ Most of the restaurants are near enough to be within easy strolling distance.
+ Free and fast WIFI connection. We used up our 1GB quota within 2 nights and the motel owner happily allocated us another GB.

Cons:
- Get used to big TV at home, I find the TV is a bit small.
- I think the basin in the bathroom is trendy, but a bit shallow. Water splashes out easily.

Room Tip: To get an unobstructed view, it is best to book room located on the first floor.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stayed here for two nights, and had a lovely stay. The rooms have great views to the Mountains, they are modern, clean and very comfortable. The location is a two minute walk to the restaurants and shops in Hanmer, and the awesome Hot Springs.

The owners are friendly and helpful, and we will definitely be back again soon!

Thanks for a great stay :)

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We booked 3 night stay here in a studio room. On arrival found the property on the outside to be extremely clean and well maintained.

The personal service from Rae was outstanding from the check in process to being personally shown the room and how the heating works, lights etc. The studio is extremely well equipped and set out, a lot of thought has gone into the design, layout, furniture and equipment. The curtains are fantastic, hard to tell if it's day or night and under floor heating is amazing.

The service from Rae and Paul is outstanding and on our next visit to Hanmer we will be back to The St James.

Best points for The St James personal service, any request no issue, free wifi, free self serve laundry's and the daily service better then a 5 star international hotel!

Stayed July 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teenage children. We had the St James Suite with an interconnecting room. Both rooms are lovely. Well presented, clean, luxurious and warm. The staff at the St James are a pleasure to deal with. It is certainly one of the best motels I have stayed in, and beats the hassle of hiring a holiday house. Hanmer is a great place to stay with plenty of opportunity for activity, and the St James an ideal base as it is within easy walking distance of the Hanmer Pools, shops and cafes. Happy to recommend.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

We stayed overnight in Hamner Springs on a trip from Nelson. It was close to all amenities, the pools etc and everything was of a very good quality. A luxury overnight stay in Hanmer Springs, look no further than here.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Once again The St James didn't disappoint. Lovely hosts, very accommodating. We enjoyed the view, balcony & gas fire in the St James suite upstairs. Immaculate rooms with tasteful decor. We were able to take our 6 month old this time & worked well with having a separate bedroom to the living area.

Stayed June 2014
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Additional Information about The St James

Property: The St James
Address: 20 Chisholm Crescent, Hanmer Springs 7360, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The St James 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hanmer Springs newest accommodation. 5 Star rating. The perfect place for couples to relax and recharge. Located in the centre of the village - park the car and stroll to the restaurants, cafes, shops and thermal pools. Self-contained studios and suites with panoramic alpine views, sunny patios/balconies, luxury bathrooms and oh, so comfortable beds. ... more   less 
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