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“Disappointing even for one night”
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The Godley Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Reviewed November 30, 2006

Everything about the Godley is run down and shabby. The carpets are threadbare and dirty. The bedspread was stained. Most of all the construction was so poor we could easily hear both the person in the room next to us snoring and the people above. The view is lovely.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2006

Driving from a to b in New Zealand is quite far due to a speed limit and distance. I don't want to over drive, long period driving time. I, therefore, choosed the hotel. I better stay here rather than in the Mt. Cook. This small village, Lake Tekapo, has restaurants and gas station convenience store.

My family stay in two rooms, one on the lake view and the other on the ground. I think the room is ok. The room is much bigger comparing to a swiss chalet hotel. The facilities are good comparing to another hotel. I read review here before staying there but I feel that the hotel is a lot better than a review, clean room, nice staff, and new electrical soccet. They may work upon the review

The only complain would be the shower, the water does not have enough pressure to make a shower flowing strong. The shower holder has a scratch that bruised my hand. If they could fix the water pressure problem and change the shower holder, I would have move to average or higher.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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Thank noiris
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Reviewed August 18, 2006

For an overnight stay hotel is OK...BOOK a lake view room as they have been SLIGHTY updated (newish Bathrooms). Room felt dirty (stained carpet, aweful curtains) at least the linen and towels were clean. Bring ear plugs as you can hear EVERYTHING going on in the room next door...including snoring!

For Dinner you're best going to Pepe's Pizza which is right next door. There is a Bakery next to the Fuel Station that cooks a good cheap breakfast and makes great coffee.

Just look out the window and admire the view, you'll soon forget about the décor!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2006

Stayed here for 2 nights during my honeymoon in March 2006.

The hotel is over-priced for the aged feel of the place - especially the phone calls back to the UK! Our room was ok but we had a cracked basin and generally it looked tired.

The buffet breakfast wasn't very appetising and expensive at $15 a head.

The communal hot tub was nice, but our time was far better spent on a fantastic trip over the Mount Cook region with Tekapo Helicopters and just sitting and watching the lake.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Thank ah135
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Reviewed April 1, 2006

We stayed at this hotel on 10 March 2006. I booked the hotel based upon the description given on the Internet and had paid AUD $186 in advance for the room inclusive of a cooked breakfast for two. We could not believe the room!! The electrical socket into which the TV was plugged did not work but now wonder - it was hanging from the wall with the wires showing - so dangerous! There were a multitude of stains on the carpet, the sink in the bathroom was badly cracked, the cistern was noisy, the shower was rusty and dirty. This has to be the worst place I have ever stayed in anywhere. Thank god we were only staying for one night. Needless to say we did not have dinner in the hotel - not prepared to risk it! The breakfast was very good but @ $30 per head it should have been. I would not recommend this hotel under any circumstance until the management does as it promises in its literature and that is totally renovate the place to a suitable standard. Until that time the Godley Resort should be re-named the GodAWFUL Resort!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed March 19, 2006

Hadn't booked ahead so the Godley Resort hotel was the only place we could find. It cost NZD 90 and we were given the choice of one of the last few rooms they had. All were described as needing an update, but were truly awful despite being poolside. The feel of the rooms were Swiss Chalet like, but the decor was far from anything Swiss and more like that from the set of a movie crime scene set in a seedy American motel from a the wrong side of the 70's. The room we stayed in had no curtain on one window, a TV with one corner smashed and broken, a loo with a broken cistern that kept hissing all night, a stained bath and basin, and no usable shower. There were electric blankets, but you were fearful of electricution in your sleep as their age and the sockets and controls had seen better days - many many better days.
Basically I wouldn't recommend this place to my dog. The staff were pleasant but unwilling to give extra value despite the failings of the rooms. Don't go here!

Thank willbandra
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Reviewed February 22, 2006

This hotel is nicely located right on the lake front, and offers large rooms and laundry facilities, an in house restaurant that was so so, and attractive grounds. Good as a stopover when driving between Christchurch and Queenstown.

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Additional Information about The Godley Hotel

Address: State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Lake Tekapo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Lake Tekapo
Price Range: $89 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Godley Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by the lake, overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains, the Godley Hotel offers comfortable and clean rooms in a beautiful and central location. It is a country style hotel with friendly staff and great service. Just 1.5 hours driving time from Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and 3 hours from Christchurch and Queenstown, the hotel is also only 40 minutes' drive from local skifields. The Church of Good Shepherd, the Sheepdog Statue, and all the restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Just a short distance away you can also find our beautiful tracks and walkways, world-class skiing, horse trekking, as well as the Tekapo Springs where you can enjoy an earth-fed natural hot spring bath and Mt John Observatory where you can view the galaxy of stars. With the wide range of outdoor activities available in Lake Tekapo, the convenience of the Godley Hotel makes it a great choice for the region. The hotel has a large restaurant and cosy bar with great Food and Beverage menu for you to choose, the hotel also offers indoor spa pool, outdoor swimming pool and a pool table for you to enjoy. A warm welcome from all of us at the Godley Hotel and we hope you enjoy your visit in the beautiful Lake Tekapo. ... more   less 
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