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“I enjoyed the retro vibe”
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Wanaka Hotel
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Vancouver Island
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36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“I enjoyed the retro vibe”
Reviewed 28 February 2011

Is it old? Yes
A bit dated? Yes
Charming? Absolutely!

I loved the lobby area and stairs with their floor to ceiling windows and (clearly original) brass and wood finishings. The rooms are definitely not up to date, but we found ours comfortable and for the price and location we thought it was a-ok. Good little balcony facing the lake. And VERY friendly and helpful desk staff, which goes a long way with me.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

I have never stayed in a 'Hotel' with so few room amenities. Even the most basic hotels in the poorest countries have coffee making facilities. Our room contained a bed, two towells and a TV! That was it. No shower gel, soap or hair drier or anything else. Information on opening time of restaurant next door was inaccurate - in fact it failed to open the night we got there. The only redeeming feature was the friendly receptionist who seemed to be the only one on duty in the entire place. When the bar was due to open she had to leave reception and hurry across to the lounge to serve us.
I get the impression that this is an establishment in decline that has seen better days. It just about qualifies for the title of 'Hostel' accomodation but in no way should it bear the title of a 'Hotel', nor should it be listed as such on any website.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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new england
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2010

...is the only thing this hotel had going for it. I was here as part of a tour group (so I didn't select the hotel), and the guide warned us that it was an "older" place. That wasn't the half of it.

It was very hot when we were there. I can understand not having a/c, many places we stayed in NZ didn't. But there were no fans or other means of ventilation other than opening doors and windows. That's fine, but people in ground floor rooms couldn't leave the windows or patio doors open when they were out, or overnight. The rooms faced west, and even with the curtains closed, the afternoon/early evening sun came in, and heated up the room, and it didn't cool down until well into the early morning hours.

The room was small and everything was old and shabby. The bed practically sank to the floor when you sat on it. The bathroom was tiny and dingy.

They had computers in the main area hooked up to the Global Gossip network, cost $4/hour, which was pretty reasonable. However, the computers were in a small, dark, windowless room, which was unbearably hot and sticky. The other public areas were also dark, and seemed empty the entire time we were there.

Positives...it was right near the center of town and had a view of the lake. The other decent thing was the food--we ate in the Cheeky Monkey cafe, and they provided very good and plentiful cold salads.

Don't stay here if you have a choice--I've already voiced my complaints to our tour company.

  • Stayed February 2010
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1 Thank saab_sister07
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Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2009

The travel agent accidentally booked us here for a week and it was not what we expected. The location is excellent but everything else is awful. There was a funny smell throughout the whole place and our room was small and really old. Worth mentioning is the real lack of service. The desk staff were different to all the other New Zealanders we met in that they didn't seem particularly keen to help us. They had a good set-up but it just didn't seem to work. There was a bar but it was seldom open. There was a massive lounge but it was unwelcoming and always empty. The internet was massively over-priced. We not only wouldn't stay there again but it's now jokingly our point of reference for poor accommodation.

  • Disliked — just about everything
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank elenathequiet
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Ingatestone, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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Reviewed 4 February 2008

We stayed in an upstairs room at the Wanaka Hotel in early January.

From outside appearances, the hotel didn't look too bad, but unfortunately the rooms are less attractive! Our room was in need of a makeover - everything was old and faded, and not particularly clean (especially the bathroom). We had a small window with a view of the carpark. It was also very hot in the room; we asked at reception if they had any electric fans, and were advised that all the guests had been asking for them, but they didn't have any.

One saving grace for this hotel is the location - easy walking distance to all of the shops, bars and restaurants.

As we only paid $115 for one night (about £40), I suppose we can't expect luxury!

  • Liked — Location - just round the corner from the lake, shops and restaurants
  • Disliked — Run-down bedrooms, in need of modernisation. No air con or fans.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank polarbear
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Sussex
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2007

I booked a suite at the Wanaka hotel for 3 of us, and paid more than I had paid for a good room at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland. The sitting room and bedroom themselves were OK, although the furnishings were a bit dated. However, the real issue is that the hotel is used by backpacker tour groups, and I found the noise at night totally unacceptable. I believed that I was paying to stay in a decent quality hotel, not a backpacker's hostel. I think the hotel management are seriously at fault in trying to accommodate standard hotel guests and backpackers in the same establishment. I would not consider staying here again. If you are looking for a decent quality hotel or motel, I would suggest you avoid the Wanaka Hotel, as there are plenty of other choices in the town.

  • Liked — location was OK
  • Disliked — noise at night
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with family
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3 Thank residentuk
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Tempe, Arizona
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94 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2007

This place may seem a bit dated when you get there and are navagating to your room but it was one of the best places I stayed on a month of Hosteling in New Zealand.

We were in a 4 person dorm but for once the beds had REAL full mattress on them. We had a normal ensuite bath with a tub. It was the best shower I had the whole trip!! There were great patios and though we didn't have a balcony we had a giant greassy area with fantastic views. They also have tvs in everyroom that play free movies all night which is always a bonus for us poor backpackers looking to take an easy night in.

  • Stayed January 2007
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1 Thank Penny A
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Property: Wanaka Hotel
Address: 71 Ardmore Street, P.O. Box 26,, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Wanaka Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great Value Hotel right in the center of Wanaka, only one-minute walk to the Lake and Town Center. Full Restaurant and Bar Facilities on-site. Plenty of free, off street parking. ... more   less 
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