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“A great and quirky place to stay”
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Bealey Hotel
Western Australia, Australia
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“A great and quirky place to stay”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Bealey Hotel is a great place for an overnight stop - excellent and very clean and roomy accommodation with the hotel's dining room providing really nice meals in a warm and comfortable environment. The staff are friendly and helpful and sitting around the bar for a drink is a very entertaining and fun experience. Added to this, the stunning views of the southern alps are wonderful. We will certainly be back!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Comox, Canada
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

The cabin rooms are rustic. However, the bed was comfortable and the shower was strong and hot -- always key for me. We spotted lots of bug carcases around some windows, so a potential problem there in warmer weather (no screens on main windows). Also we expect the room would be hot and stuffy in summer (but mid autumn was fine).
Loved the view from our room out over the Waimakariri River and mountains. Easy walk to the river bed (though just a stream when we visited). See photos.
Wifi is available, but the signal is good only in the main lodge (and does not carry to the cabins).
Hotel provides better value than alternatives in Arthur's Pass village, and very quiet with very friendly staff.
The food that the Czech cook provided from the main lodge kitchen was absolutely outstanding(!) and compensated for any concerns about the rooms.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Friendly, helpful staff. They pointed us to a great spot to see a Kea, and we saw one immediately. We were the only ones in the restaurant for breakfast (we went during shoulder season) and they whipped up the best eggs Benedict I've had in a long time, complete with herbs from the herb garden!

Rooms were very clean, with comfortable beds and shared kitchen/living spaces with a few other rooms.

Great location, very scenic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Called in for lunch Easter Monday 2013. Fed the family. I had a home made pie which was delicious. The views are fantastic everywhere you look up in here in the Southern alps. This is a great spot to stay with everything on site, restaurant, bar with a pool table and some of the best views in the world from the outdoor area. National park walks nearby

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Overall we would recommend this hotel. The only realistic alternatives are the hotels in Arthurs pass, unless you can afford the 2 expensive Lodges which are in the vicinity. Arthurs pass is nice for a visit but it is a very busy little place and Bealey's which is a few miles outside is a much quieter and more peaceful location. The views from the lodges are fantastic, certainly better than anything in Arthurs Pass, but we would have to agree with other reviewers that the rooms do let it down a bit. Our room and Kitchen area were ok, but the crockery/cutlery was not very clean and we had to wash everything before we used it. The shower was the worst aspect of the whole stay - it did not look like it had ever been cleaned! I used it and survived! but my wife did not fancy it, she reckoned she could survive without a shower for one day. The hotel staff were all very nice and friendly and the food provided in the Hotel bar was really quite nice, although the smell of cooking was a little off putting (investing in an extractor fan for the kitchen would be a great idea). None the less it was a good meal one of the better ones from a month long trip. The price was above average, which was entirely appropriate for the location, but not for the standard of the room. Overall it was a very enjoyable stay, but it would be greatly improved by a little freshening up in the rooms.

Room Tip: The lodges all have similar views although the extreme end one is best, there are also rooms in the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

As soon as we saw this place, and especially our cabin (#1), we looked at our schedule to see whether we could stay longer than we had initially planned. This was the best view of any place we stayed in New Zealand - I could have lived in our cabin to write or paint for weeks, watching the light and the colors change across the stunning valley and mountains.

Our cabin was spacious (as has been previously described: one double bed and three singles) and had good kitchen facilities, including a nice covered electric cooking pan. All the kitchen stuff was clean and in good shape.

The bathroom did look a bit "tired," as others have commented, but it seemed perfectly clean.

The staff were just terrific - friendly and solicitous. My partner got into good conversations with several of them, and tells stories about the conversation to illustrate how wonderful Kiwis are.

We would love to come back and stay for longer next time.

Room Tip: Cabin #1, for sure - on the end so that you have views in two directions, and fewer neighbors.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Cabin No 1 - the one nearest the river, very roomy, spectacular views from two sides
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bealey Hotel
Address: SH 73, | (12km east of Arthur's Pass), Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Arthur's Pass National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Arthur's Pass National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bealey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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