I aboslutely loved our stay in Mt. Cook village in the motel section of the Hermitage. Our room was cozy and we had great views of the mountains, and we had a wonderful time hiking around the area. However, I wish I would have known that there are only 3 or 4 dining choices and that there is no food market in the village. Upon arrival, the reception staff told us that there are only two options: the Panorama Restaurant (horribly overpriced for sub-par food) or the buffet. We tried the Panorama on the first night and it was incredibly disappointing. Do yourself a favor and go to the Old Mountaineer restaurant instead - it's on the other side of the visitor's center outside of the hotel. Much better value and atmosphere. There's also the Chamois bar by the motel rooms that serves food until about 8:30. All restaurants close early, so keep that in mind. If I were to go back, I'd make sure to stock up on food before heading to the village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect 'base camp' to discover your Peak Experience. Choose from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cozy chalets. Add world-class activities such as Glacier Explorers, Tasman Valley 4WD and Argo Tours, Big Sky Stargazing, Encounter Day Walks, scenic flights or the visual extravaganza of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and you have a unique, year-round alpine adventure perfect for the family holiday or your next romantic getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook Village
- Hermitage New Zealand
- The Hermitage Hotel New Zealand/Mt. Cook Village