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“A great place for a long weekend”
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Settlers Motel
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Hanmer Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A great place for a long weekend”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We recently had a weekend at the Settlers - the result of a gift voucher from family. We found the facilities provided covered all our expectations and the management made sure we were aware of all the extras that were available. There seemed to be nothing in the way of services that they charged for - something we had not experienced before after many years of using motels in both North & South Islands. We must also comment on the warmth of the rooms - we would happily stay there again in the middle of winter. Other motel operators could learn a lot from Sally & Alan on providing a warm & welcoming environment. We will be back - sooner rather than later.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms with the spa bath and small balcony are the best !!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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sallysettlers, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review which is much appreciated. We do try to ensure our guests are warm and cosy and that they have a memorable time at Settlers and in our lovely village. We look forward to your return!
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Wollongong, NSW, Australia
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39 reviews
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights with 2 kids in a 2BR apartment. The only thing we could fault the place on was no lock on the bathroom door. Large spacious bedrooms and living areas.
We stayed here when the South Island experienced terrible storms and damaging wind. We lost power for an hour or so and within 5 minutes of this happening someone came to check that we were all OK and to give us additional torches to use.
The range of DVDs was great and the towels for the pools. We were assisted with information on the closure of Lewis Pass Road also.
We will definitely be staying here again when we return to HS.
Thank you for a great start to our lap of the South Island.

Room Tip: Any room would be a good room!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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sallysettlers, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you for your review on our motel and we really appreciate your comments. There is a small button lock on our bathroom doors to the side of the handle, maybe you missed it!
We are glad our power cut did not go on too long during the storms. We hope we can welcome you all back some time in the near future!
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Townsville, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We needed a two bedroom apartment to share with an older relative, and the Settlers was a good choice. The location within easy walk of the thermal springs and the street of shops and cafes was perfect.
We appreciated the free towels for use at the baths, and the little extras like a bit of cooking oil and condiments in the well set out kitchen. This meant we could relax and breakfast in the room. We used one of the heaps of free to borrow videos, and loved that there were books too. The only niggle was that there is no lock on the bathroom door, and this is a problem when sharing with a hearing impaired person (fixed with a bit of a sticky note as an 'engaged' sign. There were free umbrellas too.
The only sound we heard on a busy Saturday was the birds twittering in the morning. The curtains were good at keeping out the sun and noise, and the heat pump worked a treat.

Thanks for a friendly welcome and (more unusual) a really friendly farewell.

Room Tip: Top floor was good for views of the mountains, if you can carry your gear upstairs.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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sallysettlers, Manager at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review on our motel. It is much appreciated and it is great to hear what our guests are saying about us and helps us strive to maintain our high standard and continuing improving the experience for our guests!
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

From start to finish we were treated like royalty! Just about every little freebie you could think of (even left extra chocolates dispite the day befores were uneaten!) Warm, great bed and very friendly service - the clincher was being greated by name as I went to check out! Great place to stay. Quiet and yet close to everything. Will be staying again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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sallysettlers, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our motel and we glad you had such a positive experience. We look forward to welcoming you again some time!
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canada
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Thanks Sally and Alan for the wonderful stay we enjoyed at your inn.Everything was perfect. Appreciated all the comforts. Warm cozy rooms, amazing beds with electric blankets, spacious modern bathrooms with wonderful amenities, including bath robes. Felt more like a 5 star hotel than a motel.
Cory and Amanda Gorham. Toronto Canada

  • Stayed September 2013
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sallysettlers, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review on Settlers and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and will take back happy memories of Hanmer Springs.
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Perth
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15 reviews
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Myself, my partner and son stayed here for 2 nights in August and LOVED it. Had everything that we needed and more. Just around the corner from the hot pools. Thank you so much for an enjoyable stay. We loved it!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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sallysettlers, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on our motel and we are so pleased that you enjoyed staying at Settlers and hope the trip was a memorable one!
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Sydney
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Good location, only short walk to hot spring pools. Very nice, warm and cosy room. Vivian &Alan were super friendly helping us in any matter as booking with Mt Lyford skying ect...Complimentary laudry facilities is a plus if you travelling many days or as a family with kids. The only negative was our bed in 1BR-aprtment is quite small and not very comfy, so may try other rooms next time. Also the owner was quite nice as giving us a "bonus package". Highly recommended this high standard motel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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sallysettlers, Owner at Settlers Motel, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
We thank you for writing a review on our motel and are very pleased to hear that you received excellent service from our Relief Managers, Alan and Vivien.
Settlers have Queen and King size beds (no superking-these generally are zipped in the middle). Our furniture is all hand custom made for Settlers and the beds are wooden slat beds with quality mattresses and topper pads. They provide a soft but firm bed. We hope you return some day and please contact us directly if you require a King sized bed.
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Property: Settlers Motel
Address: 6 Leamington Street, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Hanmer Springs
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hanmer Springs
#2 Best Value Hotel in Hanmer Springs
#2 Family Hotel in Hanmer Springs
#3 Luxury Hotel in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Settlers Motel 5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SETTLERS MOTEL is a 5 star boutique motel carefully designed for your comfort and privacy. With relaxing decor and quality fittings you can be assured of a totally rejuvenating holiday, short break or romantic weekend away in superb accommodation which has that special touch. We are situated just 60 metres from Amuri Avenue in lovely tranquil surroundings with no street or traffic noise. We are a Qualmark 5 Star rated motel - Self Contained and Serviced - "Exceptional, among the best available in New Zealand." ... more   less 
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