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The Shadowman

A Very Strange Place To Stay

1.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Feb 2020
We booked online for three nights - big mistake. While the room is very modern and clean, there were a few oddities for a motel. There was a double and single bed, which on the face of it is good, BUT there was nowhere to hang your clothes i.e. No cupboard, no hangers. There was only one old wooden seat and a bar stool so nowhere comfortable to sit except the bed. There were coffee and tea making facilities, but instead of spoons there were only wooden stirrers, so no cutlery. There is no table to sit at to drink your coffee. There was a very unfriendly sign on the wall warning of a $100 fine if you prepare food in the room. Finally, there is no fridge in the room, only a communal fridge in the outside corridor. This fridge turned out to be unsafe to use as our food was stolen overnight. We left after one night.
Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Don't use this motel if you need decent seat and a table
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Reviewed 25 February 2020

Great accomodation with parking outside bedroom window, and a n apple tree with ready fruit to eat, yum. Very clean room and shower-room, whole place is immaculate. Laundry fACILITY, FRIDGE/FREEZER AVAILABLE, OUTSIDE SEATING AREA. Restaurant across the road for dinner and lovely cafe up the road for breakfast. Nice walks nearby, petrol station end of the road. This place was perfect for our travelling trip. Nice people too.

Room tip: all rooms good we prefered the rooms at the back.
Date of stay: February 2020
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Reviewed 14 February 2019

We were recently in New Zealand to visit Milford Sound and we found this lovely Hotel in the country. We booked a room with an on suite for 2 nights which was very comfortable and clean. Access and parking is great. There is a laundry and communal fridge which is very handy. Meals are available at the Railway hotel across the road and they were great and the service was excellent.

Room tip: Ask for a room with an on suite
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

The rooms are very nice and it does have a small laundry!
Cannot go wrong for the price! Thre is not much for food around but up the road about an housr there is plenty.

All and all a very good value!!!

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank gckhd55
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

This accommodation is new, having only opened a few months ago, and particularly catering to cyclists and fishermen, hence the name. I stayed here for two nights recently. The room I had wasn't big, but was enough for what I needed. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. I loved the pillows here.

There are no cooking facilities in the room, just a kettle for tea and coffee. There is also no fridge but there is a fridge in the building that can be shared with other guests.
There also wasn't a desk or table, but then, there's probably not many cyclists and fishermen who need one.

The motels are owned by the same people that have The Railway Hotel directly across the road, which is also where you check in and get your keys. You can also get a large range of evening meals there. They have quite an extensive range of meal options. The staff were very friendly and accommodating.

Room tip: Check-in is at The Railway Hotel across the road.
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

The highlight is the Railway Hotel across the road. Good clean modern accommodation at Wheels & Reels. Fully met our requirements. Evening meal across the road at the Railway Hotel. Warm welcome from Tom. I think this is close to authentic New Zealand food, service & decor as you can find. All the better for it.
The Gooseberry and Rubarb shortbread was grown in ‘the mother in laws garden’, I liked that, and it tasted good.
Mossburn is a small hamlet. No other restaurant for miles. We didn’t breakfast locally as we booked the 11am boat at Milford Sound, and on day 2 the 8am boat to Doubtful Sound. Mossburn worked quite well for both journeys. I’m sure most people would want a lakeside view/location. But if you don’t particularly want to mix it with the tourists and are looking for a rural stopover I think you would like this place - we did.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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