Firstly, I have to say this is probably one of the most relaxing, tranquil and scenic hotels I have ever stayed in. The location is wonderful, and the morning views from the room are quite exquisite. Rooms are wonderful (as an HHonors gold member we were kindly upgraded to a Lake Wakitipu suite), and the gas fireplaces are a lovely touch.
The hotel décor is fantastic and its warm, cosy and great for a winter getaway. I can imagine it would be just as nice in summer too.
Breakfast is amazing...I would put it right up there with some of the best I have had in my 10 years of extensive travelling. The views from the restaurant just add that extra touch too.
All in all, a wonderful hotel and a great stay......
However, there were just a few things that let this gem of a hotel down....Firstly, the business centre. My partner had an online exam to write whilst on our holiday. After checking and researching that the hotel had a 24 hour business centre, we made the decision not to cart a laptop half way round the world. However, upon entering the business centre (yes our room cards opened the door), we were met by a somewhat startled guest who told us that the business centre was off limits to other guests for the week because they had hired it out). So after checking with reception what alternatives were available to us, we were informed that the 2 computers next to reception could be used. Well, every night there was a function in the hotel lobby bar in excess of 100 guests...so eventually my girlfriend had to resort to writing the exam on her smart phone in our room.
There was a conference on in the hotel for the duration of our stay, and so many of the hotel passages and corridors were off limits to hotel guests. The hotel is a maze of passages and elevators as it is, so this didn't help in terms of getting to and from the room, lobby, gym, etc
The "magic button" on the phone is also a nice touch, but on some occasions doesn't always create any magic...and on one occasion I eventually had to go and fetch my own wine glasses from the bar.....
All that being said, it is a wonderful hotel....and I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind staying in Queenstown central itself. The location is 5 mins from the airport, Frankton, etc...and makes for very easy travel to Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, etc....
Will definitely be back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you set foot inside the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, you'll discover a place that not only celebrates the world-renowned beauty of this region, but immerses you completely in that beauty. Welcome to a new way to experience Queenstown. Welcome to Hilton. This is an exhilarating setting, and one without compromise. The only hotel positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa faces north, delivering full afternoon sun and showcasing panoramic views over an unspoilt terrain famed the world over. Watch the deep blue hues of the lake shimmer and glisten and savour this most intensely beautiful destination. In the heart of vibrant Kawarau Village and just 15 minutes via lake or land from Queenstown, you'll enjoy effortless access to all the excitement on offer in the region - and the closest accommodation to The Remarkables. ... more less
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