I stayed here a for a weekend to go skiing at Cardrona. Firstly, I'll mention the excellent parts of this trip: the food in the hotel's restaurant is excellent (we had it every night and tried almost every dish on the menu). The ambience of the hotel is beautiful, with two open fires, and even an outdoor fireplace (and various fire braziers). The rooms are very clean and comfortable and have been done-up very recently. The only two problems we had all weekend was getting lost trying to find the reception when we arrived (there are no signs directing you there from the carpark, and it was pouring with rain so we got soaked trying to find it) and the squeaking door leading to our ensuite bathroom (it was rather loud, and I could tell that it wasn't just our room's door because I could hear the door of the room next to ours as well). I asked if the door's hinges could be oiled and was told that they were too busy and even offered to do it myself but wasn't allowed (this was coming from the manager as well).
The staff, many of whom are English, are very friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown, the Cardrona Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning Central Otago region. Twenty minutes from Wanaka, 40 minutes from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Arrowtown, the hotel is close to many major tourist attractions in the region. It's also close to four major ski areas, including Cardrona Alpine Resort. All ensuite rooms are all equipped with Sky TV, WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. A continental buffet breakfast served in the historic dining room is also included in the room rate. Make use of the cosy guest lounge, beautiful cottage gardens, laundry facilities and spa pool. Rooms are a mix of queen beds, twin queen beds, twin singles and family rooms with one queen bed and two singles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cardrona Hotel South Island