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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The welcome from the lady on reception was lovely and that sets the tone for the place. The suite we got was very spacious with a large comfortable seating area / kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Everything was nicely decorated and spotlessly clean. Its in a good location away from the main street but on the outskirts of the...

Thank Kenneth L
Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

I stayed there when visiting Fox glacier. The motel is good enough to stay for a day or two. Rooms are large and heating is good. I was not too impressed with the bathroom but it was adequate. For restaurants, in case of bad weather, you better drive as walking could be a bit far.

Thank dubai_UAE_traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst I didn't actually get to stay at this hotel, I wanted to recognise this hotel for their friendliness and willingness to help. "Heather" greeted me when I went in to enquire about a room only to be told that there was nothing but a dorm room left in town. She was so helpful that she googled all our other...

1Thank LizMontereo
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very clean and efficient operation. Really straightforward people and establishment. Friendly folk who provide great advice, fixed anything that needed fixed quickly without fuss. Rooms are a good size, clean and offer all you need for a two night stay when you are on the open road.

Thank IanEdinburgh1
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 22 January 2017

The Lake Madison Motel is perfectly situated in a most beautiful setting. It is very close to all the main attractions of New Zealand's remarkable glaciers. The accommodation is great and the staff very friendly and helpful, and will go the extra mile for you if necessary. A very nice feature is the covered parking outside the chalets - which...

Thank terencemccarthy
Roma Queensland
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Perfect place to stay...friendly reception with lots of good information provided about where to eat and what to do, spacious & clean room with a very comfortable bed. Nice and close to town centre...easy walk

Thank Thompnik
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Another one night stay during our NZ trip and it's clear to me that everywhere we've been is geared up for short term stays. This place has a good feel to it and is very clean and homely. Plenty of open space away from other cabins and easy parking right outside the room. 2 mins walk up to the main...

Thank LonelyBlade
Paris, France
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is a fine motel, you won't remember it as the best motel of your journey but it is very correct and the most important of all : it's doing the job! The room is clean, with a little bit of space to cook. The location is good : right between Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier.

Thank Mélanie B
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Great Motel and very good service and friendly staff. Nice location and rooms are clean. Quiet, peaceful and can recommend to anybody especially when traveling with kids. We also got a free upgrade :)

Thank Justus H
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Really liked this place and the friendly owners. Would have liked to stay another night. Good location, nice room, great views around. Well kept grounds. Highly recommend. We were able to see some nice views of Mount Cook and Fox Glacier thanks to the owners advice.

Thank flossy82

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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Accessible rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Parking
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Lake Matheson Motel is ideally located 400 metres from the town centre of Fox Glacier. While we have been proudly named after beautiful Lake Matheson for our 22 years in business, we are definitely a town based motel; while we are not on the edge of the Lake, we are only a ten drive away and the same for the Glacier. Our motto is 'simply nice'. This means we provide simple, clean and comfortable accommodation and focus on giving you good quality basics such as quality Sleepyhead beds, cotton linen, good showers, televisions and utensils. We have a 4 star grade with Qualmark. So come and enjoy our studio and 2 bedroom units, with mountain views, in a peaceful location. We have WIFI,undercover parking for all units, some spa units, King and Queen bed units, continental breakfasts, a portable BBQ and a Guest Laundry for your convenience. We hope to welcome you to Fox Glacier soon. Heather and Mike, Motel Managers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Lake Matheson Motel

Address: Corner Cook Flat Road & Pekanga Drive | PO Box 23, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Price Range: $148 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Matheson Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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Also Known As:
Lake Matheson Hotel Fox Glacier
Lake Matheson Fox Glacier
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#3 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
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