Wonderful vistas, lush facilities and a tonne of Kiwi hospitality to match. Queenstown’s boutique hotels are as exquisite as the attractions surrounding this epic New Zealand destination. Only the best is good enough for us: if you want to splurge on a serene getaway, make sure to check out these incredible accommodation options.
You can’t get more scenic than the luxurious Azur Lodge. Propped up on a serene hilltop location, this contemporary venue brings spectacular views alongside their fabulous room service. Guests will stay in one of nine private villas, which include a private sun deck, lounge, dining area, and bedding dressed with the finest linen. Those who need a special pick-me-up during their stay can enjoy an in-villa massage too.
The Rees Hotel
This five-star hotel is located right next to Lake Wakatipu – making it an ideal place to soak up Queenstown’s alluring alpine vistas. Along with a collection of 60 hotel rooms and 90 luxury apartments, The Rees Hotel also has its own fine dining restaurant, wine cellar, and private library. A special shuttle service will even take guests to downtown and back if they don’t feel like walking – how’s that for hospitality?
The Dairy is best described as a luxurious bed and breakfast – non-intimidating, but with plenty of finesse all around. Its prime location, right in the centre of Queenstown, is one of the reasons why this hotel is a hit among passing tourists. Other standout features in this lovely hotel include thirteen private suites, an on-site spa, and a chic common room.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
This historic hotel epitomises all things luxury. In fact, Eichardt’s Private Hotel’s most expensive suite might just be the priciest in the whole of New Zealand. Don’t let that scare you away, though – there are plenty of other, more accessible options, in this world-class establishment. Eichardt’s is in a great location, overlooking the wonderful Queenstown Bay. It features lush apartments, beautiful suites, and a signature lakefront restaurant.
Eichardt’s Hotel, 2 Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand, +64 3-441 0450
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Sophisticated, peaceful, and within close quarters to the dynamic township. Nestled in a private parkland setting, the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is an ideal retreat for those not wanting to stray away from all the action. The main designer suites are stylish, refined, and fully embellished by their expansive views and intimate outdoor spaces.
The Millennium Hotel is an inner-city gem: a downhill walk is all that’s needed to reach the Queenstown Gardens and the central township. An expansive collection of suites ensures all guests are able to have a comfortable stay. The boutique hotel’s lovely courtyard area, chilled-out Club Bar and chic Observatory Restaurant are a few added bonuses.
Browns Boutique Hotel
This pleasant, European-inspired, bed and breakfast is located just above Queenstown’s main street. Browns Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the South Island’s aptly-named Remarkable mountain ranges too. Ten guestrooms, lined with French doors and Juliet balconies, invite the hotel’s guests to unwind before departing on their daily adventures.
Browns Boutique Hotel, 26 Isle St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand, +64 3-441 2050
If a front-seat view of Lake Wakatipu is what you seek, Novotel Queenstown is the place to stay. The hotel is right by the lake’s shores, and also within walking distance of Queenstown’s prime restaurants and attractions. If you don’t want to go out for a meal, Novotel’s contemporary à la carte restaurant will fill you up with a fresh menu. There’s also a bar and a café on-site to make your visit worthy of a celebration.
A little further afield…
It’s not uncommon for travellers to find their refuge outside of Queenstown. Whether you’re looking for a temporary escape from the bustling resort town, or you’d simply like to be closer to the area’s best day trip destinations, you can always opt for these boutique gems.
Wanaka’s Altamont Lodge is reasonably priced, always well-maintained and incredibly homely. Keen skiers can snuggle up to the roaring fireplace at the communal lounge, while summer visitors will truly relish the site’s manicured barbecue area. If you want to explore your horizons, Altamont Lodge is located a short walk’s distance from Lake Wanaka and the town centre.
With only three en-suite cottages on offer, the Arrowtown Lodge is the definition of an exclusive experience. The charming hotel is nicely adorned with a lush garden and the trees. A quick walk will take on a journey across the lovely Arrowtown village, which is renowned for its rich mining history and autumnal colours. The town is also right between Wanaka and Queenstown, at an approximate 15-minute driving distance from the latter.
Arrowtown Lodge, 7 Anglesea St, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand, +64 3-442 1101