Twice in February and once in March 2012 I had the opportunity to stay at the Central Gateway Hotel in Cromwell, South Island. The hosts Dave and Leeza Smith became friends on my first stay and family on my subsequent stays. It was wonderful when Leeza remembered the room that I liked and made sure that I had the same room on subsequent stays. Dave shifted things around so that I had secure parking for my Harley. The rooms are new, spacious and quiet. Each room has a nice outdoor sitting area with a great view of the mountains. Although I didn't use it the motel also has a nice BBQ area in a grassy area adjacent to the motel. Best of all the wireless Internet worked perfectly for Skype calls to my family back in Canada. The internet was reasonably priced (free) and unlike most motel wireless internet in NZ, worked perfectly. The motel is a little off the beaten track in Cromwell but the nice thing is that it is located within easy walking (staggering) distance of a nice pub with good food and great beer. Being able to walk to and from the watering hole is an important consideration when you are traveling by motorcycle. The room rate was quite reasonable for NZ in 2012 although I expect that I got a discount from the posted rate. It will definitely be my home away from home when I am traveling again in that part of NZ.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer a quality stay at an affordable price here at Central Gateway Motel. Qualmark-rated 4-star. We offer free WiFi in our 8 comfortable, fully self-contained units. Our upstairs studios have fantastic views of the hills and a glimpse through to Lake Dunstan. Our downstairs studios and one-bedroom units get lovely afternoon sun and look out to our gardens. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, large LCD TV - the family units have 2 TVs, Super king-size beds and heat pump/air conditioners in most units. Continental breakfasts are available. Central Gateway Motel is situated 300m from Lake Dunstan and Cromwell Historic Precinct, Restaurant/Cafe's and the Cromwell Town & Country Club. The golf course, bowling club and swimming pool are a 3 minute drive. Five ski fields are within one-hour drive. We are members of Hospitality NZ. Visa, Mastercard and EFTPOS accepted. We welcome you on your next visit to Cromwell. ... more less
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