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Belle_etrangere
Houston, Texas

Just a Regular Hotel

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Apr 2024
My standard room was tired, but clean. Not much of a view out of the window. Wifi worked well. The breakfast buffet was good and varied. Wish I could write more, but there was really not much that would make this hotel stand apart. The location to Lake Pukaki though is ideal.
Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 March 2024

The pork belly is among the best I have ever eaten. While limited, the dinner buffet is absolutely heavenly. I would come here solely for the pork. There is something about the charm and lovely man who carves the meat which hit a note within me. The meat carvers were the nicest people I have ever met. Give the all the people who carve the meat pay rises - they are absolutely delightful and the food is immaculate.

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 February 2024 via mobile

Good: bed was clean and it slept well

Bad:
1) hot room with no air this allowing mosquitoes in the room when you opened window
2) hair in bathroom tub and shower
3) lobby pitch black at 6 pm also dark at 9 pm; unusual that there was no one present
4) no bottled water or soda for purchase since we came back after the bar closed
5) front desk did not know and was not helpful in finding us a gas station or supermarket to purchase items
6) no hair dryer
7) carpet dirty - more dirty than just a vacuum could fix

I realize Twizel is remote but that facility could be a gold mine to tired travelers if managed properly.

Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2024 via mobile

Room is a good size and beds are comfortable. The lack of air conditioning is a bit of an issue on warmer evenings as the windows don't have screens on them to keep the mozzies out - this is the main reason for 3 stars. Food in the restaurant was good, and it's an easy stroll down to the shops.

Room tip: No air con may not suit if you feel the heat.
Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 December 2023

Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel (sorry Distinction- really liked your hotel in Christchurch and the staff there was wonderful -but sorry not this one at all)

Part of a GPT tour of New Zealand. One of the worst hotels we ever stayed at. Photos will be attached. Room ugly. Carpet old, tattered. Bathroom shower barely operable. Bathtub ugh. Sink faucet sputtered water. Bathroom door inside falling apart. Shower curtain we had to re-hook ourselves. Room door had a single lock like you might have on your home bathroom door. Had to stuff paper & tissue into door frame to keep door from rattling all night. Dresser where the Tv sat looked worse than something you might see at a give away or garage sale. And just in case anyone was desperate enough to want the very ugly bedside lamps, the hotel glued them to the ugly bedside tables. Breakfast was bad enough for me to get my energy bars from my suitcase. This ‘buffet’ didn’t even have muffins or pastries. When we asked if they had any, they looked at us like we came from another planet. Dinner was almost as bad. Thank goodness it was just 1 night. Had we been on our own we might have left.

Apparently this hotel was very recently taken over by the Distinction Chain. Guess they have not had time yet to fix it? Stayed at a few other Distinction hotels on tour. All better than this. (BTW- Especially liked Distinction in Christchurch) Hope the Distinction chain makes massive improvements; do not stay here until they do.
Btw the woman at the reception desk was nice. The bar people not so much. Wondering if GPT cant do better, maybe not travel with them either.

Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2023 via mobile

Twizel is a lovely place. We just stayed one night but wished we had more. There’s a great walk to your lake right outside the hotel. Our room was very very spacious, very clean and great sheets! Great value for money. Hotel restaurant is wonderful, order the salmon if that’s your thing; it’s amazing.

Room tip: The abundance of space creates a relaxing and calming environment, right at your window.
Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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