Lake Hawea Hostel is at back of the Lake Hawea Hotel complex. Double bedroom good size, clean linen and good bed. Bathroom outside was dated & desperately needs TLC. Showers flooded whole bathroom floor. No staff around and communal area messy, bins over flowing. No supervision of hostel. Impression halfway through upgrade - Perhaps stopped by Covid....
We stayed in a family room which had a bedroom upstairs and the king bed in the lounge. The views were so amazing. It was warm. I didn’t realise when I booked the room it doesn’t have a kitchenette so no toaster, microwave or sink. There is a fridge and you can use the small sink in the bathroom. There is a jug and hot drink making facilities. There is a restaurant on site which was great. The views out of the windows make this such a great place to stay, much nicer than Wanaka and only a short drive away. I’d stay here again for sure.
We arrived around dusk (5ish). The view was stunning. The Hotel is in a great location overlooking Lake Hawea. The room (#10) was pretty basic but was warm and had a lovely view. The food was awesome and the staff were great - very friendly.
Only concern was that it was a bit noisy at night. We were not sure what was going on but a child, or children were running around the next door unit and it made a racket on the floorboards. That’s not the hotel’s fault though.
We stayed for one night at Lake Hawea in a Kind Bed Deluxe Studio with lake views after our drive through the Haast Pass. We were pleasantly surprised when checking in and opening the door to find a large room with amazing views of the lake out the floor to ceiling windows, with a nice balcony too. The room was equipped with all you would need, with a large comfortable bed and big modern bathroom. There was a plug-in fragrance unit in the bathroom which I had to remove as the smell was so strong and over-powering, but after taking it out it settled quickly.
We had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant and were seated by the window both times. Dinner was excellent, the salmon salad starter we had with our mains was by far the best salad either of us had ever ordered. We found ourselves noting down the ingredients just to recreate it at home. Breakfast was reasonable, however it was meant to start at 8am and there was nobody around at that time.
Overall much better than expected, with gorgeous views out of a large comfortable room.
The room was well positioned for a great view across the lake. The building looks a little tired externally. The walls are quite thin so conversations from adjacent rooms can be annoying. Very comfortable bed.