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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

I have stayed in a lot of slef contained apartments around the country. I find that this place has all the amenities including a pool, a small rec room and a tennis court within the complex. Yet, they missed out on the really important bits. To start, all the bedside lights and even the alarm clock were unplugged. It was...

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments - it is appreciated to know where we can 'up' our service to our guests. Kind regards

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent three nights at Distinction apartments and found the complex very good. It is lovely and quiet and the apartments are positioned to give privacy. The amenities were good and views out to the lake was worth the extra dollars. Staff were very helpful and obliging. We would happily to stay here again

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you! Feedback is important to us.

Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed 2 nights at Distinction Wanaka. We had booked a two-bedroom unit but we were upgraded to a three-bedroom unit that was huge with a large balcony and sweeping mountain views. It is a fair distance from the lake and all of the restaurants but as a family with small children, we appreciated all of the space. The hosts...

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I will note your comment about the swimming pools.

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for three nights in an upstairs three bedroom/ two bathroom apartment. As we were just a couple, 2 beds and a bathroom were locked off but that still left a generous living/kitchen area, master bedroom, en suite and laundry. Whilst some of the furniture was a bit knocked-around and the mountain/lake view was limited, we were very...

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you!

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a 1 bedroom apartment .Given a large 3 bedroom, bright, modern and so big. Staff very helpful. Clean. Spa outside warm and great to look at the view. We would stay here again, kitchen equipped with everything we needed. Heating great. Also having washing machine and dryer a bonus. Away out of town but no dramas with a...

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you.

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed two nights at the mid point of our Sth island adventure and this is the perfect place to stay and stretch out after the long drive! It is modern, comfortable, clean and a short drive into town but most of all the apartments are huge with all the modern necessities! Definitely recommended.

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you Jarrod - your feedback is appreciated and I will ensure our staff are advised. See you again sometime!

Fraser Coast, Qld
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Stayed here for a week with another family who are repeat guests. The views from the upstairs units are fantastic. Kitchens are kitted out well, we stayed in and cooked most nights and there wasn't anything glaringly missing like there can be in holiday apartments. Another thing I noticed compared to other apartments I have stayed is that these ones...

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property, it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay. If you run out of WiFi on a future stay, please come down to reception as we will happily provide guests with more.

Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We recently stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment. We had a view of the mountains, but it's interrupted by the other apartments. The apartment was clean and equipped. Overall the stay was enjoyable. The location is slightly out of town, but we liked that. The drawbacks are - the bed wasn't very comfortable - the wifi is limited as they...

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DistinctionWanaka, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. Internet speed in Wanaka can be a little slower than some of our guests are used to, and we hope that access did not trouble you too much. We are happy to provide additional WiFi cards to our guests on request. We do our best to limit...

Dapto, Australia
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had a three bedroom apartment for a night on our drive through, and although this property isn't right on the lake, or right in town, it is a gorgeous property, and our balcony had stunning views out towards the lake and the snow-capped mountains beyond. The staff were friendly, the rooms were fully equipped and well maintained. The property...

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AlpineResortWakana, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, it is appreciated and I will let the staff know.

Reviewed 22 September 2016

Really enjoyed staying at Distinction apartments Wanaka. Its a beautiful part of the world and the perfect base for skiing in Cardrona. - lovely, clean and comfortable apartment with great views (#22) - free garage and extra parking - full kitchen with plates, cutlery, dishwasher, oven etc - fireplace, balcony, free laundry - dvd library, spa, pool and games area...

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AlpineResortWakana, Manager at Distinction Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments. When you return again, all you need to do is come to the office and request more wifi, we are happy to provide more to our guests. I will ensure the front office staff are aware of this.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The resort offers a choice of 58 large, stylish, self-contained, serviced apartments, each providing you with a high level of personal comfort and convenience, perfect for all seasons. Superior facilities include a gourmet kitchen, 50 channels of Sky TV (43" screens in 3brm apartments), under-floor heating in the bathrooms and so much more. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Distinction Wanaka

Address: 144 - 154 Anderson Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly Alpine Resort Wanaka)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Price Range: RM515 - RM974 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 58
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Also Known As:
Alpine Resort Wanaka Hotel Wanaka
Clarion Wanaka
Wanaka Clarion
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“Having a lake view is worth it”
 of 5 bubbles Kiwigolfer2011, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a view and avoid upstairs if mobility is an issue as the stairs are steep”
 of 5 bubbles PollardHackett, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms look great”
 of 5 bubbles Kathy265134, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Go for the upstairs apartments with a view over the lake. The downstairs ones are OK but upstairs is the bomb.”
 of 5 bubbles CaptainVegetable, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a lake view room”
 of 5 bubbles laureno806, 21 Sep 2016 | Read review
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