Deciding where to stay when you’re on holiday isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Where will you rest your weary head after a big day living it up in beautiful Queenstown? From luxurious, lakefront hotels with million dollar views to party-friendly spots right in the centre of town, Queenstown has it all. Whether you’re heading to the adventure capital for a ski getaway or to dance the night away with your pals, we’ve done the research and found the very best digs in town. Take your pick, these are the best hotels in Queenstown.
For a relaxed and completely unique place to unwind, book your stay at The Sherwood. Set on three acres of alpine hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, the hotel is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Queenstown (but still only a short drive away). The Sherwood has a laid back "summer camp" feel to it—but with better views, amenities, and of course gourmet food. The in-house restaurant sources its ingredients from the garden on site, meaning you won't have to travel far to dine in one of the best places for breakfast, lunch and dinner in QT.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
We’re partial to the luxurious Eichardt’s Private Hotel, which is conveniently situated in the heart of Queenstown right on Lake Wakatipu's doorstep. This Queenstown icon is home to gorgeous suites, apartments, residences, and a penthouse, which has 24-hour butler service, a private chef and its own elevator to the hotel’s restaurant. If you're really wanting to up the ante, consider staying at Eichardt's The Elms, pictured above. Nestled on a hillside overlooking Lake Hayes with unsurpassed panoramic views, the Elms boasts two 3-bedroom and one 4-bedroom apartment featuring lavish interiors and huge outdoor spaces equipped with patio fireplaces, daybeds and hot tubs. This is luxury to the max.
Queenstown can be expensive, so it’s always nice to have central accommodation options that don’t cost an arm and a leg. If you’re looking to stay somewhere central that’s close to the hottest bars and restaurants, then look no further than Jucy Snooze. It’s a hostel and budget hotel with dorms and double rooms featuring some epic views of the snow-capped mountains. Jucy Snooze is also home to Miss Lucy’s, a rooftop restaurant and bar with a grammable interior and delicious pizza.
The high altitude and freshly renovated Kamana Lakehouse is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in everything Queenstown has to offer. The boutique retreat is an ultra-luxe lakehouse and an inspiring place with iconic views to match. Book a night in the lake house itself or in one of the upmarket motel rooms at the rear and make sure to treat yourself to dinner at the in-house restaurant, Nest.
Get on board with the small hotel trend and book a stay at mi-pad in the heart of Queenstown. This smart, sustainable hotel has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Your mobile phone acts as a digital concierge. All you have to do is download the app, mia to check in, access your room and speedily change the lighting and temperature. Everything is consciously designed and carefully considered with perfectly compact rooms and spectacular views.
QT Queenstown is the pinnacle of Queenstown cool. Sitting pretty in nature’s playground, this lush lakeside resort emulates nostalgic alpine and après-ski ambiance. Live your best life while taking in the views of Lake Wakatipu with a glass of bubbly at in-house Reds Bar. If you're travelling to QT for the food, then don't miss dining at Bazaar, the in-house restaurant—their breakfast buffet is what dreams are made of. If you can, score yourself a lakeside room and breathe in the fresh air from your balcony.
The Rees Hotel
If you're looking for five-star luxury, check out The Rees Hotel, which is conveniently situated right next to Lake Wakatipu. It's the ideal place to soak up all of Queenstown's alpine vistas. Consisting of 60 rooms and 90 luxury apartments, The Rees also has its own fine dining restaurant, wine cellar and private library. There's also a shuttle service that will transport you downtown and back, so you don't even have to worry about parking.
Best described as a luxurious bed and breakfast, The Dairy is an absolute hit with its prime location and elegant rooms. Guests looking for a little relaxation are invited to unwind in the hotel's cosy lounge and private library. Otherwise, soak up the gorgeous landscape from the outdoor jacuzzi and courtyard (there's a fireplace to keep you nice and toasty).
Head into town for a drink at one of Queenstown's Best bars.
Image credit: Eichardt’s, QT, Kamana Lakehouse