We stopped at the Bealey Hotel from the 25 to 27 February, three nights, two days.
Having read the reviews on Trip Advisor we were a bit apprehensive as to what we would find. However on arrival we were very pleasantly surprised.
We had booked a Large Cabin - Cabin No 1.
This was very roomy with lots of room to move around in and plenty of windows so it was very light and airy. It was also very clean and nicely decorated in simple colours.
It had all the equipment promised on the web site: small fridge, electric frying pan, microwave, kettle, toaster, knives, cutlery, crockery, small table to seat 4 people, tea, coffee and sugar sachets, a carton of milk on arrival and a TV which we did not use.
There was a double bed and three single beds. We made use of the double and single bed both were very comfortable. Lots of sheets and blankets and a fan which we needed as it was very warm in the evenings and nights during our stay. But there was also a electric heater for those cold nights.
There was an excellent shower, with lots of hot water and good water pressure. If we were being picky the shower unit was a bit small but we managed fine. Plenty of towels.
The views from the cabin were spectacular and being in Cabin No 1 we had views from two sides.
We ate in the bar at the hotel on two of the three nights we were there. The food is acceptable without being spectacular. If you don't fancy eating at the Bealey there are couple of other options in Arthur's Pass Village.
We had brought our own breakfast cereals etc so did not take up the free breakfast.
All the staff were very welcoming, helpful and friendly, they left you to get on with your holiday but were always there if you needed them.
The Bealey is covered by a Zenbu Wi Fi hot spot, cost $10 for every 100MB you purchase. The reception is not great but we ran a blog and downloaded photos and videos onto Flickr while we were there without too many problems.
In the village there is an excellent Tourist Information Centre who can guide you to the many walks and places of interest in the area. They also have a static display about the history of Arthur's Pass and the village which is very interesting and a 17 minute video presentation which is excellent. Ask at the counter and they start the video presentation going for you, cost $2 per person.
In Arthurs Pass Village there is a couple of Cafes and a small store. However the store (Arthurs Pass Cafe & Store phone 03 318 9235) sells a very limited range of products, so you need to stock up before you arrive. There is also a one pump petrol station attached to the store which you need a credit card to use.
We had originally planned to arrive by the Tranz Alpine Train, but at the last minute decided to take our car. We were very glad we did.
The Bealey Hotel is situated 12k out of Arthur's Pass Village and to make the most of what the area has to offer you definitely need a car.
A lot of the walks start in Arthur's Pass Village which you need a car to get to from the Bealey Hotel. Others start from picnic areas to the North and South of the village, again which you need a car to get to.
If you definitely want to arrive on the Tranz Alpine train then you need to book into one of the accommodation providers situated in the village. The village Tourist Information Centre (03 318 9211) can provide details. The train stops in the village.
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- Also Known As:
- Bealey Hotel Arthurs Pass