Explorer Motel and Apartments
Explorer Motel and Apartments
Explorer Motel and Apartments
Explorer Motel and Apartments
Explorer Motel and Apartments
Explorer Motel and Apartments
Explorer Motel and Apartments

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9.3

Exceptional

846 reviews

846 reviews

Housekeeping18
Shops4
View4
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9

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Te Anau Gardens 270 m
Fiordland Events Centre 290 m
Fiordland Community Events Centre 320 m
Fiordland Community Pharmacy 380 m
Four Square 400 m
Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park 450 m
Te Anau Great Lakes Holiday Park 470 m
Fiordland Cinema 500 m
Fresh Choice 500 m
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves 500 m
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Explorer Motel and Apartments

City Center, Te Anau, New Zealand - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the City Center part of Te Anau, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Manapouri Airport. This 4-star property is packed with in-house facilities to improve the quality and joy of your stay.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Top Value

Excellent room comfort & quality

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Daily cleaning

Hygiene Plus
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Car park

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Contactless check-in/out

Laundry service

Tours

Concierge

Value for money8.6
Distance to city center0.65 KM
Location rating9.0

Rooms available at Explorer Motel and Apartments

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.8

2 Bedroom Apartment
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  • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed and 1 single bed...
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One Bedroom Family Apartment
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 3 single beds and 1 queen b...
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Queen Studio
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed
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Superior King Studio
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 queen bed and 1 single be...
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One-Bedroom Apartment
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 2 single beds and 1 double ...
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Family Apartment
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 3 single beds & 1 queen bed
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1 bedroom Suite
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed and 1 single be...
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Superior King
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed and 1 single bed
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Studio
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
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King / Single Studio Apartment
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  • Kitchenette
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The apartment offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Explorer Motel and Apartments?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Explorer Motel and Apartments has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the apartment.

Is breakfast offered at Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Explorer Motel and Apartments. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 15 NZD if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the apartment.

What is the smoking policy at Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Explorer Motel and Apartments does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What restaurants are nearby Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Explorer Motel and Apartments is located in City Center, famous for good restaurants such as The Village Inn, Olive Tree Cafe and Ming Garden Chinese Restaurant.

What popular shopping places are close to Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Explorer Motel and Apartments is located in City Center area which features shopping places such as Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

What are popular attractions near Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Explorer Motel and Apartments is located in City Center area, which is famous for attractions such as Te Anau Gardens, Water Park and Fergus Square.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Explorer Motel and Apartments?

Explorer Motel and Apartments is located in the City Center area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park, Te Anau Great Lakes Holiday Park and Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park.

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What people love about Explorer Motel and Apartments

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "Very spacious, well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds with electric blanket."

    Chris

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    June 25, 2022

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "We stopped for 3 nights in a one bedded suite, very clean, newly refurbished and you can hear a pin drop."

    Andrew

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    February 18, 2020

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "Big room and the bed is really comfortable."

    Chai

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    January 9, 2020

Property ranking|Compared to 76 Te Anau properties
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Room size
53 sqm.
Room comfort score
8.8/10
Service score
9.2/10
Location score
9.1/10
Bigger than
95
%
of Te Anau properties
Better than
91
%
of Te Anau properties
Better than
87
%
of Te Anau properties
Better than
86
%
of Te Anau properties
Overall rating:

9.3

Exceptional
846 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
8.6
Location
9.0
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More about Explorer Motel and Apartments

More about Explorer Motel and Apartments

Explorer Motel and Apartments

Getting in and around Te Anau is a breeze when staying at Explorer Motel and Apartments, located right in the heart of the city. Get ready for an adventure with a stay at Explorer Motel and Apartments. Not sure what you want to do in Te Anau? Keep your choices easy and open and go with the flow when staying at Explorer Motel and Apartments, just 14.0 km from Manapouri Airport.
Explorer Motel and Apartments offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to travelers. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the apartment's free parking, right on-site. The apartment provides front desk services such as concierge service and luggage storage for guests' convenience.
Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? At the apartment, your favorite travel outfits will be kept clean and available with dry cleaning service provided on-site. For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
Each guestroom at Explorer Motel and Apartments is furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Some rooms are equipped with linen service and blackout curtains for your convenience. In-room entertainment such as cable TV, is provided for guests in select rooms. The apartment also offers a refrigerator, instant coffee and instant tea in some rooms for when you feel like it is needed.
It's good to know that a hair dryer, toiletries and towels are provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at Explorer Motel and Apartments. Guest can choose to have groceries delivered to their room at Explorer Motel and Apartments, for exceptional convenience and ease of dining. Guests who prefer to make their own meals will love the in-house BBQ facilities available here.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms don't get much cheaper than here, being less than 87% of the city's accommodation.
It's hard to beat the room comfort here, which is rated higher than 90% of other accommodations in Te Anau.
This accommodation is highly rated for its staff and service, beating 85% of competition within the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.6

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

18 mentions

View

3 mentions

Internet

2 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Cashless payment service
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Grocery delivery

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily cleaning
  • Disabled facilities
  • Dry cleaning
  • Food delivery
  • Heating in public area
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]

Available in all rooms

  • Alarm clock
  • Blackout curtains
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Complimentary coffee (instant)
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Electric blanket
  • Free tea
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette
  • Kitchenware
  • Linens
  • Microwave
  • Mirror
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Seating area
  • Shower
  • Smoke alarm
  • Sofa
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi [complimentary]
Location
6 Cleddau Street, City Center, Te Anau, New Zealand, 9600
Exceptional
Location

9

Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-17 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 18 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • Children 3 years and older will be charged NZD 20 per child per night with extra bed included.
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-in until19:00
  • Check-out from08:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until20:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center0.65 KM

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)15 NZD

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of rooms 17
  • Year property opened1978
  • Most recent renovation2017
Property announcements

Reception is open from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM. Guests arriving outside these hours are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival so alternative arrangements can be made.

Reviews of Explorer Motel and Apartments from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.9
/
10
Cleanliness9.1
Facilities8.6
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality8.8
Service9.2
Value for money8.6
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Rating
9+ Exceptional (51)
8-9 Excellent (10)
7-8 Very Good (15)
6-7 Good (0)
<6 Below Expectation (3)
Time of the year
Mar - May (19)
Jun - Aug (10)
Sep - Nov (26)
Dec - Feb (24)
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9.6
Exceptional
Shyam from Singapore
Group
One-Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

Excellent accommodation in the heart of town”

An excellent option for travelers using Te Anau as a base to visit Milford Sound. Our two bedroom apartment was incredibly spacious and well stocked with basic kitchen amenities (but not equipped with full kitchen amenities) but was adequate given how much we paid. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom has a rather interesting design that partitions the sink, shower, and toilet. My only (minor) critique is that the sink had separate faucets for hot and cold water, which was rather outdated. We would suggest updating it with a single faucet to moderate the temperature. Regardless, the owners were incredibly friendly and helpful, suggesting many activities in the area. Overall, a great option and would highly recommend it!

Reviewed June 02, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
belina from Indonesia
Group
Queen Studio
Stayed 1 night in August 2017

Nice staying”

The location is very nice. Te anau is a small city btw. So it's close to city center. The owner manage it's own place, she was really nice offered us fresh milk as welcome drink. The room has warmer and also electric blanket that really help us since we traveling in winter Anyway it's a nice stay

Reviewed August 28, 2017

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9.6
Exceptional
Anthony from Australia
Couple
Superior King
Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

Clean and spacious with a lovely garden outlook”

Mary is a great host - friendly and helpful with local activities and bookings. The room was great with super comfy bed and lots of space. Short walk to town and the lake. A really positive experience. In Te Anau the Sandfly Cafe is the go for a good coffee and friendly staff. If you like Indian food, Radha’s is good for a curry.

Reviewed November 22, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Gary from Canada
Couple
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Great Place to Stay ”

We stayed for one night on our trip through the South Island of New Zealand. The proprietor Mary was so very helpful in giving us tips on what to do, where to eat and when to leave for Milford Sound. The accommodations were clean and the room very large with a splendid view of the park. Close to everything in Te Anau.

Reviewed May 12, 2018

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9.6
Exceptional
julapong from Thailand
Group
One-Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

Nice little motel in a quiet place”

This motel gives you convenient when travelling with your vehicle. Kitchen has no hoot to suck cooking smoke so microwave reheating maybe the suitable option. Beside making bed everyday they tidy the sink and floor too which was unexpected as other motel will just refill toiletry and towel. Mary assummably the motel owner was very nice and helpful she can arrange you dinner reservation and deals for day trip.

Reviewed December 10, 2018

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9.2
Exceptional
Andrew from United Kingdom
Couple
Queen Studio
Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

Perfect accommodation for a relaxing break”

We stopped for 3 nights in a one bedded suite, very clean, newly refurbished and you can hear a pin drop. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The motel is no more than a 5 minute walk to town/ lake. Our room is large, well equipped and we have a king sized bed. The price compares well with other accommodation we have stayed in during our tour around New Zealand.

Reviewed February 18, 2020

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8.8
Excellent
Nur from Malaysia
Group
Superior King
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Nice town”

The room was great. The town was beautiful. It really a regret that we only spent 1 night there. All my friends said that they definitly will come to Te Anau again.

Reviewed September 10, 2019

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8.7
Excellent
Samuel from Australia
Couple
Queen Studio
Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

Awesome place to stay with friendliest of staff!”

Staff, location

Our stay was extremely pleasant. The location of the Explorer hotel was awesome. The friendliest of staff who provided much more service than asked for. Super helpful and flexible. The view from the room was also really lovely. The proximity to our day trip locations was also very convenient. We enjoyed the Explorer so much we extended our stay by a night and the staff were super flexible in arranging it. Great place to stay and recommend it.

Reviewed December 19, 2012

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8.0
Excellent
aekarin from Australia
Group
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 1 night in October 2012

Comfortable hotel with excellent service and smile”

very warm welcome service and comfortable place, close to everything!

We choose the two bedrooms apartment for three people and was given a spacious and comfortable ground floor apartment that is huge and feel like a house, not just apartment. The staff is keen to help us to downgrade the room if we want to, but we love the place and decide to keep it. The hotel has a lovely front garden and is in a walking distance to the beautiful lake nearby and is close to local shopping as well. The con is the bathroom, which is large but a bit old, however it is clean enough. The staff is very helpful and willing to help us to book the sightseeing flight for us to Milford Sound, unfortunately the weather is not permit. Overall we are very happy with our stay and will go back to this place again if we have another holiday!

Reviewed November 02, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Patricia from United States
Family with teens
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

Spotless & spacious”

We had 4 adults in unit 18 and could not get over the large space that we had to spread out! From the moment we checked in and the owner/manager (?) chatted with me about activity options, to when we had to leave after two great nights in Fiordland, we loved this motel. Would highly recommend to a family looking for quiet and space. Within walking distance of anything you need in town.

Reviewed February 24, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Julie from United States
Couple
Superior King
Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

Awesome!”

We enjoyed our 2 night stay at the Explorer - close to town and the lake. Excellent accommodations and amenities in the room - everything we needed. Clean and modernly updated. Mary - the front desk clerk - was so courteous and helpful! Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed November 29, 2017

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9.6
Exceptional
John from United Kingdom
Couple
Queen Studio
Stayed 2 nights in April 2016

Exemplary service at Explorers in Te Anau”

Location is perfect for using as a base for exploring area as well as for walking to local shops and restaurants. As MJ states it is an old business but she makes up for this in her welcome and support, our room had balcony,armchairs so a relaxing place to be too.

Reviewed April 14, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
Mohammad from Malaysia
Group
1 bedroom Suite
Stayed 1 night in November 2016

Spacious room”

The room was great and located not that far from the city center and the lake. The room was clean as well and the facilties inside the room were good.

Reviewed November 08, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
Jennifer from Australia
Couple
Superior King Studio
Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

Great place to stay in Te Anu”

We were welcomed and shown to our large light filled room on the first floor over looking the beautiful lawn area at the front of the apartments. The view from our balcony was lovely with snow capped mountains in the background. We were less than a 5 minute walk through the park to the town centre. We would most definitely stay here again.

Reviewed September 16, 2018

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9.3
Exceptional
Anne from Australia
Family with teens
Family Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

Great location and very spacious”

Loved the spacious rooms

The apartments are older but clean and well catered for. The new owners are in the process of slowly renovating them. We stayed on the top floor and had a nice view over the town, our two children loved the space and the trampoline out the front. The owner was very friendly and helpful. I would definately stay here again and recommend to others.

Reviewed January 20, 2013

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9.3
Exceptional
Tamar from United Kingdom
Couple
Queen Studio
Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

A Te Anau delight!”

Location, facilities, lovely Manageress and Bertie the dog!

It was lovely to meet a Motel manageress so keen to make sure your stay was memorable. Small things, like lending us another pan, waiting with us for our tour guide and e-mailing him for us with our lunch order, all made for a really homey feel.

Reviewed February 03, 2013

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9.6
Exceptional
Hiromi from Japan
Family with teens
Family Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

Nice location, very spacious room, good for family and group”

Nicely located, very close to the city center(and very quiet at night), very clean rooms.

Reviewed January 08, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Wong from Australia
Family with teens
One-Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Great motel and very clean”

We arrived from Queenstown and had a cruise booked at Milford Sound . As we were running late , Mary was so nice to ring the company so we can board a later cruise . The motel is really clean and comfortable and well equipped .

Reviewed April 22, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Wei from Malaysia
Couple
Queen Studio
Stayed 1 night in July 2018

Good location, clean and near to Lake Te Anau”

Cozy room with cooking facilities. Walking distance to the lake, eateries, supermarket and visitor information center.

Reviewed December 04, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Pavandeep from Singapore
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

Zero regrets!”

Mary at the reception is lovely and went out of her way to help us confirm/book/amend existing/new bookings, etc. Very well stocked lovely apartments just minutes walk from town.

Reviewed September 09, 2017

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