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Central Ridge Boutique Hotel
Ranked #7 of 58 Hotels in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Boutique Hotel has another meaning in this context - buyer beware”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We were attracted by the reviews here and the fact that we generally prefer small, boutiquey character hotels. Honestly I cant understand how these reviews have been posted- and apparently thisplace won a Trip Advisor award last year!! Have to say there are a few of these 'so called' awards that we have seen posted or advertised that suggests all is not well with the policing of the posters we have seen.
The staff are all family of the owners I think, and very friendly and welcoming- They assisted us in selecting a room ( they have regular rooms which is better than a deluxe which is what we had booked- go figure!). Thats the best that can be said of the hotel
It was tired, needed renovating and some TLC- the room space was large and town centre minutes away - but it was a throwback from the 80/90's really in need of updating- In places it was grimy (reception was dusty and had dead flowers in a vase) and the dining room was not inviting for breakfast - which is Queenstown can be bought at lots of great places inexpensively.
We got a rate of $197 - I think this is expensive for what we got- We moved to the excellent and brilliantly located, Crowne Plaza which was $50 more and worth every penny- We did see that rates for the rest of the week in this dump were over $400 , Caveat Emptor

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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64 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2014

I'm not sure what exactly constitutes a 'boutique hotel' these days - probably they just call it so to attract you. There's nothing particularly boutique about Central Ridge but not much to complain about either. Nice big sunny rooms, a friendly welcome, a bright little breakfast room and a great location slightly away from the noisy town centre. Ok, it might need a refresh sometime soon and it is quite expensive for what it offers, but pull back those curtains and take in the view and relax in your big double bath and big comfortable beds.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Stayed 2 nights, nice room, well furnished and maintained. Close to Queenstown centre, just a 5 minute walk down the hill. Very welcoming owner with plenty of good advice on local restaurants and things to do. Would stay again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Richardh552014
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2014

The owner runs a little beauty salon and I decided to go along for a much needed massage after hiking over the routeburn in a day. Must be the best massage I've ever had! And she, Eily(?) is a lovely lady to talk to.
Very homely, small family run hotel

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Auckland, NZ
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

I have stayed at this hotel numerous times as a corporate traveller booking my entire staff inand was always impressed with the cost/service/comfort ratio that it offered. I also loved the warm feel, and more boutique feel that it offered. Also, high on our favorites list was the wine and cheese evenings that created a great atmosphere.

That was then.

It would now appear to have changed hands, or at least management. My wife and extended family here from Russia stayed this this month

Whilst still the same building, it is not what it was as far as staff and feel goes.

WIne and cheese has been replaced with a Malaysian type snack. This was not told at booking - we had been charged extra for wine and cheese and my family looked forward to this, which was always held on the lower level. The place reeks of oriental type cooking and smelt like a Chinese takeaway shop. Baskets of unwashed laundry sat in public areas for hours and in general, it was felt, the place had gone backwards.

Not a bad place to stay, but we will now look elsewhere

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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CentralRidge, Owner at Central Ridge Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Hi Simon, thank you for your feedback. Correct we took over the Management since 2012.
Since then, you have sent through 2 group of guest, one being a very nice couple who stayed with us, and left us with fantastic review of their experience with us. The couple expressed the food from our little SweetHeart restaurant as "orgasmic" as we are a bunch of foodies and enjoy serving up very nice seasonal morsels whether at breakfast, as tapas or as pre dinner canapes. We do not just serve up Malaysian morsels.
We apologise that you feel we are going backwards because we do not serve the traditional cheese on crackers as canapes, instead we are serving up canapes that are not cheese on crackers.
We are glad that your wife and her family enjoyed their stay with us. We hope you yourself will consider to stay with us at least one time in the near future and experience first hand of this new management.
We have received very good feed back constantly of our good service, attention to details and our attendance to our traveller guest needs via this site as well as in our guest book . We do also receive mails and e mails of guest appreciation who have stayed with us. We are very much encouraged by this.
As always we welcome all feed back as our philosophy is to improve and provide only our best at all times. Traveller come to us as guest, they then leave as friends.
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

This boutique hotel was a gem! It was within walking distance to everything! The room was super clean and quaint.

We flew in from Auckland directly after our flight from the states so this was the first part of our vacation. I became very ill and was bedridden for a couple of days. The owner of the hotel, Ailey, took me in as if I was one of her own. She made me homemade soup, checked on me several times a day, and recommended I go to the local medical center for additional care. I have never come across someone that cared so much without even knowing me. I am grateful to have found Central Ridge and I would recommend this hotel to anyone!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
1 Thank Lisa I
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed for two nights in a superb room overlooking the town and gondola. Room was beautifully fitted out, bed was comfy and facilities were good. Nice and quiet place. Breakfast was superb, try the omelette but be prepared not to eat for the rest of the day. Host was very helpful, perhaps a little "in your space".

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Central Ridge Boutique Hotel
Address: 4 Sydney Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand (Formerly Mountvista Boutique Hotel)
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
#18 Romantic Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Central Ridge Boutique Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Ridge Boutique Hotel (“Central Ridge”) is perfectly positioned right in the heart of Queenstown, and it is a stone throw away from dozens of restaurants, outdoor cafes, and recreational activities that occupy the breezy waterfront and easy-going pedestrian malls. Central Ridge offers well-appointed, cozy and spacious rooms with a comfortable bed and continental breakfast. The team have plenty of local knowledge to guide and advice to you the best restaurants in town, fun filled outdoor activities. The attractions nearer to Central Ridge Boutique Hotel includes:- - Pedestrian mall at Queenstown centre (walking distance 2-3minutes); - Restaurants and outdoor cafe along side waterfront at Lake Wakatipu (walking distance 4-5 minutes); - Queenstown Garden (walking distance 2-3 minutes); - Steamer Whaft for the cruise “Lady of the Lake” to Walter Peak. They said no trip to Queenstown is complete without a cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm (walking distance 4-5 minutes to Steamer Whaft); - Skyline Gondola (walking distance 10 minutes); - Coronet Peak ski area (driving 20 minutes) - Remarkable ski area (driving 40 minutes) - Vineyard tour activities (driving about 20 minutes) Our boutique hotel offers a very unique experience. We balance the privacy of a large hotel with the personal service of a boutique bed & breakfast. Queenstown accommodation doesn't get any better than Central Ridge Boutique Hotel, with its excellent value for money, and exceptionally high standards of accommodation, in-room massage, cafe and guest customer service. ... more   less 
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