How to get there:
From Queenstown we drove over the steep and winding Crown Range Rd, enjoying the outstanding Central Otago scenery. Yellows, browns and reds everywhere.
Check-in experience: Warm, basic, and very friendly. It helped that the hotel had great parking around the back.
The room: Small, but bigger than expected, warm and clean, a tad dated. They forgot to replace our towels on one occasion but were very apologetic.
Also on site: Beanies Cafe and a slightly tired Mexican restaurant named Amigos.
What's in the neighbourhood: The Wanaka Library and Centre, Tussocks homeware store, a liquor store with prices that made my eyes water, and Bullock Bar, which didn't get rowdy at all.
Poky. The toilet was too close to the wall. But the shower had great water pressure and the bathroom was spotless.
The bed: Big, firm and comfy.
Noise: The hotel was jam-packed but there wasn't much noise to report on, except for the odd toilet flush from the neighbours or footsteps from the room above.
What's so good: The garden was beautiful and we loved the amazing sunrise .
What's not so good: Windows left open all day and evening after a room service.
Value for money: Definitely. Right on the lakefront and it's a quick stroll to all of the shops.
Would I return? Yes, it was clean and warm and in a great location.
The Wanaka Hotel is at 71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka. Phone: (03) 443 7826.