- Reviews: 11
Skyview vacation home: Queenstown's best stay
What can I say? It was fantastic.
Skyview holiday home is amazing - not a house in sight, delightful interior and atonishingly beautiful views of the surrounding areas.
I honestly can't fault it - I stayed for a week and I found it difficult to leave.
It has a swimming pool, out-door bath, a rather good dvd collection (if you feel like staying in). There is even a climbing wall :)
Another lovely bit that my brother loved was the arrival of what seemed the resident cat 'Tiger' - he was friendly and not too annoying.
It is in close proximity to Arrowtown and a bit further down the road is Queenstown.
Finally there is a wood burner and some really good walks around the site.
This made my stay in New Zealand and I cannot wait to get back.
Fantastic facilities like pool and bath.
Enough bedrooms for your extended family too.
If you have children it will keep them content.
- Reviews: 1053
Maxwell Lodge: Perfect for large groups
Maxwell Lodge is a large, privately owned home perched on a hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.
It has four large double bedrooms each with its own ensuite and all rooms have spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu, especially from the large kitchen and open-plan living/dining area.
Maxwell Lodge sleeps 12 people comfortably and is ideal for large group or family vacations.
There is a stereo and television with Sky Digital in the living area.
All linen and towelling is provided with full laundry facilities located in the garage.
The kitchen includes a dishwasher, crockery, cutlery and glassware, pots & pans, tablemats, microwave, etc.
Maxwell Lodge is available for $295 per night and $595 per night during peak season and school holidays.
Cost is for the entire lodge with 4 bedrooms - this will sleep up to 12 people and is cost effective for larger groups.
- Reviews: 1
Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel: Oasis of peace in Queenstown
This place is for those who love food! Amazing pre-dinner appetisers & a breakfast that inclines you to either go back to bed or head out for a hike.
Very professionally run by a charming couple .........I see now why they have won so many awards.
Room generously sized - free Wi-Fi & computer access was much appreciated. Girlfriend loved the heated bathroom floor & 2-person bath - she said I could do the laundry........which was so easy as our room had it's own washing machine & clothes dryer
This was a very relaxing stay - everything we needed was at our fingertips. We really loved the privacy of our own outdoor garden.
We're regular visitors to the outdoor playground that is Queenstown..........but in recent years we have bemoaned the fact that the city has lost some of its charm as it has become something of a victim of its own popularity.
Our solution was to pick the historic quarter of Arrowtown. 15-min from the city centre, charming & peaceful.
Instead of looking out over construction sites we were surrounded by mountains & golf courses - my golf unimproved however!
A special bonus was the historic quarter has an art-house cinema & many restaurants within 2-minutes walk of Arrowtown House. Queenstown best restaurant 'Saffron' [it's on the Conde Nast Top 100 List!!] is just one of the great restaurants we dined at
Some of the restaurants even offer courtesy transfers if the 2-minute walk home is too much after the second bottle of wine!
Peaceful-charming-indulgent-romantic-convenient..........we'll be back
- Reviews: 1
Vacation Villas Queenstown: Very Bad Experience at Vacation Villas Queenstown
Had booked for five nights accommodation at one of the homes managed by Vacation Villas Queenstown. We were two families. We we not greeted upon arrival. The house was left open for us. Would have been nice to have been explained on how things functioned (appliances, etc.). We attempted to have a BBQ that night for dinner. The BBQ was heavily rusted and had the remains of possibly all of it's previous uses (in short had never been cleaned). This was reported to one of the Hosts Sharn. We unpacked and progressively found the following: All the crockery and glassware had to be washed as it was filthy. Some of the glassware was chipped. Most of stoneware crockery was chipped. The dishwasher did not function correctly. The laundry was not at all functional. The clothes dryer was placed so high you had to be at least 7 foot tall to access it. No stool or chair supplied to assist with accessing the clothes dryer. The front loading washing machine not only did not wash properly but was placed incorrectly with very little access to add or remove clothing. The shower was full of mould and looked like it had not been cleaned. There were powerpoints not functioning in the living room. There were loose open electrical wires on the wall in the living room.
This was all reported by telephone to the Host David. Whilst on the telephone he became defensive, abrupt and totally unprofessional. He argued with me on the phone. He did not believe that we were telling him the truth. He came out to the property to meet with us. He defended all of the problems by claiming that it was not a five star property and that it was acceptable. We had paid a deposit of $900 for two nights some six months earlier and at the time of booking the 5 nights. We told him that $450 per night was excessive for what we were given. He told us that we would not find anything better. We begged to differ.
We no longer wished to deal with him or stay for the remainder of our booking (3 more nights). We decided to leave and stay elsewhere.
After numerous emails to Vacation Villas Queenstown, David's compensation for all of the problems we encountered was to offer two nights free accommodation for us or our friends/family when we were next in Queenstown. I refused this offer as I don't believe we would ever want deal with him or his company again. Nor would I recommend my friends or family. I wouldn't wish dealing with him on my enemy. Extremely unprofessional, lack of understanding, would not listen, lack of genuine or any customer service. A complete waste of money, time and effort on our behalf.
Contrary to what David the Host had stated, we found other accommodation in Central Queenstown for the remaining three nights in Central Queenstown whom were exceptional.
I would never recommend this business to anyone else. Very unprofessional and definitely not worth the money.
Location views were reasonable, but way out of Queenstown central.
- Reviews: 755
Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park: Campground with a view!
This sure is the campground with a view. Elevated up not far from the Skyline Gondola Terminal, this campground looks out over Lake Wakatipu. This is a Park of 9 acres and great facilities, especially the modern stylish utility building with Laundry, kitchen and ablutions.
Lakeview is very close to town, just a couple of minutes' walk going downhill, and just a little longer returning uphill from town. This makes it a very convenient place to stay, with top class facilities. Quite unique for a resort town.
Great views over the lake and mountains.
Plenty of room for vehicles. Staff can arrange babysitters, and do bookings for adventure activities.
Internet, tv room and activities room. BBQs. Playground.
- Reviews: 583
Best Western Golden View Motel: COMFY SC MOTEL at ARROWTOWN
Our stay in this little family owned motel was most pleasant and satisfying. I always try to choose self-contained accommodation with two bedrooms for our family of four. I was not disappointed with the Golden View.
Our rooms were comfy, with electric blankets in each of our beds - with two beds in one room and three in the other room so we had lots of spare pillows which made me awfully glad.
The kitchen was well maintained with basic cooking amenities, though we didn't really have a chance to cook our meals much! Most of our meals were eaten out while exploring, a couple of brekkies were cooked here- bacon and eggs or toasted sandwiches and some snacks. As we drove from Christchurch to Queenstown on a rented 4 wheel drive, we just had difficulty parking at Queenstown!
The motel is in a very quiet part of Arrowtown, a good 15 minutes' drive from Queenstown so it was not so bad! We prefer peace and quiet and happy to be far from the chaos of the very popular Queenstown.
It is family-oriented, with self contained family units - with two bedrooms, more than enough for a family of four like us as the rooms are spacious withe electric blankets and ample heating. Hot water is also in abundance.
It is also serviced daily so we found our place always neat when we came back, though once, the cleaning lady knocked to apologise as she forgot to clean it just once and we didn't mind. She just took the rubbish.
- Reviews: 40
Wakatipu Heights: A room with a view
Triangle shaped houses on the slope of the hill, great for a couple or a family with children alike. The kids will love the bunk beds on the little roof bedroom and awake with such a fantastic scenery.
Nice surrundings, a short drive from the city center. Lovely views over the lake and Queenstown's Gardens and Hill, with the Remarkables as background.
- Reviews: 138
Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park: Centrally Located
They certainly pack em in here. Not much space between the motorhomes. No trees. Facilities are big & quite new but with the large number of people using them is quite hard to maintain clean & neat. But overall it served our purpose well.
The best thing about the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park is the Location. For a caravan/motorhome park to be so central is awesome. Walking distance to town centre & wharf and the Skyline Gondola just up the behind the park. Views are great to.
- Reviews: 613
Goldfield Motel: Something near the Lake
We had two things in mind when choosing a lodging. One, It should not be too expensive bearing in mind that the hotels here can cost quite a bit. Two, we had wanted to stay as close to Lake Wakitipu as possible. We definitely do not want a lodging that was located too far inland.
spartan living, nothing great but a value for money accommodation especially in the main hotel area of Queensland. We also had our own little kitchenette that allowed us to cook our own meals. This was one true opportunity to live as a local. Though, the cooking style is still Asian.
- Reviews: 82
Downtown Backpackers Lodge: Avoid this hostel in Queenstown
From first appearance, Backpackers Downtown Logde looks like a nice little place to stay, and the sign outside the door advertises a low rate, which includes breakfast. You might think you have landed yourself a deal! The staff at Downtown are laid back and chilled. However, this is a flaw when you require information about the Queenstown and Wanaka area.
When first entering the dorm accommodation, the impression is that it's mainly used by long-stay travelers. The walls are shabby and dirty and the en-suite bathroom is dirty and looks like it hasn't been cleaned for months. The shared toilets and showers are dirty with hair and mud smeared on the walls. The bunks themselves are dirty, the sheets look as if they haven't been cleaned, and the mattresses are lumpy.
If you fancy some entertainment by watching television, you may have to fight with the long-termers for the remote control. Although once you have the remote, the hostel does have some cable television channels -- good for a rainy day. However, the seats are scruffy, old, and again, dirty!
Breakfast is somewhat of a let-down -- just some bread left in the middle of the kitchen -- and you find yourself washing up knives and forks before you can even start having your toast! The hostel does have free internet, on two Apple computers in reception and two in the kitchen, but speeds are slow.
near lake otherwise NONE
- Reviews: 4
The Gleeb Apartments: Excellent Value - comfortable and upscale
The hotel is fairly new (within the last 5-7 years) it is an amazing value. I stayed with a couple of friends in a 3 bedroom apartment for roughly $50USD per person/night. The apartments are huge and very nicely appointed. All of the modern conveniences you could ever want. Fully equipped kitchen, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher etc, clothes washer and dryer.
The Gleeb is located a short 5-10 minute walk to the city center. Great location - beautiful views.
I would stay here every visit!!!
- Reviews: 1973
Deco Backpackers: Deco Backpackers
Deco Backpackers is located near the Gondola and Luge station.
It has a garden with deck chair where you can enjoy the paranomic view of the town, Remarkables and Lake.
Avoid room #22 at all cost. We stayed there for 2nights. It is located just opposite the toilet where people walk in and out and if you are a light sleeper you will not get much sleep. The wall is thin so you can hear people talking just outside your room because it is where they put a bench for smoking area. We were glad that they could move us to another room the very next day.
You may book the tours directly from the reception as the prices are fixed and they could earn some commissions.
Free coffee every morning. They have a common kitchen but beware of the pity looking dog seeking for food. Free parking availabe along the street.
Frankly speaking, I would not recommend this place. There are many others to choose from.
- Reviews: 6
The Stone House: Comfortable and friendly in Queenstown
We found this place through the Rough Guide and it was one of our best stays in NZ. The hosts were helpful and friendly and put drinks and snacks out for us each evening. Breakfasts were so big we never needed lunch. Easy walk downtown - bit more challenging up the hill again. Room was not massive but perfectly set up and a really comfortable bed.
We loved meeting other guests over drinks and the owners were really laid back but ran the place professionally. Great hospitality and it was handy being so close to town. The place was built in the 1870s so it had a lovely old style feel to it.
- Reviews: 1280
Resort Lodge: Good but cramped
I stayed at The Resort Lodge on Henry street, just a 2 minute walk to town. Its a modern hostel with good facilities but the rooms are very cramped. A dorm is $25, they have 2 good kitchens, a tiny tv room, and internet room. Its not bad, but i ended up moving on to Hippo lodge.
- Reviews: 21
Arthurs Point Top Ten Holiday Park: Camping in Queenstown...
The camping ground was 6km out of the town, down a road with no footpath, so you really need your own transport if you are planning on staying there.
As camping grounds go, it was ok - nothing flash, nothing too bad.
It had a kitchen but no pots were provided. It also had a tv.
The showers were really terrible - the pressure was so bad you had to stay in for ages to get the shampoo out of your hair. They had a hairdryer in the bathroom though.
The internet was really slow when I tried to use it too.
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