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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Glenorchy Road, Glenorchy 9197, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Orbost, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed five nights in the Mt Aspiring Suite .The room was large and well appointed. Bathroom was great including a steam shower. The huge private balcony was a great place to relax and take in the fabulous ever changing view of the lake and mountains. Pre-dinner drinks each evening allowed us to chat to other guests... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

What a lovely surprise to receive your review today. We were so pleased you chose Blanket Bay to celebrate your milestone birthday. It was wonderful to get you away to Milford Sound by helicopter and also to experience The Dart Rive Jet Boat adventure. As you say we are privileged to live and work in this beautiful region of New... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Thank you all the wonderful people who looked after us at our stay at Blanket Bay! Yes the lodge, our rooms, the food (OMG bring an extra stomach it's so delicious) and the unbelievable location are stunning. But it is the amazing people who make this experience unforgettable. Ruth you are a treasure ( Pumas World Cup 2015 ?!). Blanket... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

It’s not often I have to take issue with a review, despite the fact we agree Ruth is a real treasure, whatever she might dream, The Pumas will not overcome the mighty All Blacks in 2015! It was great fun having you with us, I have passed on your review to all the team. Chef Corey will be particularly pleased... More

Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
22 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We stayed for four nights in March and held our wedding ceremony at Earnslaw Peak. The team where unbelievable and nothing was too much trouble. I would put this venue as one of the best we have encountered in our travels around the world. Thank you to each and every staff member, management and especially Tom for welcoming us into... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

It is really special for us to look after small intimate marriages at the lodge. Yours was particularly fun as you chose to fly to The Earnslaw Burn for the ceremony; this has to be one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, further more you arranged the most magical weather day for the big event. I have passed... More

New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in mid Dec 2013. This was our 3rd lodge in NZ after Huka ( mind blowing ) and Matakauri ( also very good ). Glenorchy is heaven on earth and a must visit. The look and feel of the lodge is more American Ranch meets Ralph Lauren ( dark ) than the contemporary cleaner NZ... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Blanket Bay. First off let me say how disappointed I am you felt I and the management team let you down during your stay with us. I also apologise not personally being here when you stayed as I was indeed overseas at the time on annual leave. I have investigated your concerns.... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is a perfect hotel. Location must be one of the best in the world. Rooms exceptionally comfortable with views all round. Food and service are faultless. I so ehow forgot the memory card in my camera and Martin wiped one of his own and gave it to me . Someone then went to queens town to buy a replacement.... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

We all agree how lucky we are to live and work in this extraordinary environment. This in itself draws a special breed of hospitality staff of which Martin is one. It was a pleasure having you stay with us. Don’t leave it too long before you return. Thank you for choosing Blanket Bay. More

Buckinghamshire
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79 reviews 79 reviews
46 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Have just spent 2 nights at Blanket Bay and wish we had been able to stay for longer. Alright the weather was perfect during our stay so we could really appreciate the amazing scenery but I think it would be spectacular at any time. We stayed in the Mt Aspiring suite (I did not realise until later that we had... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

Ruth was delighted to read your review about Blanket Bay and was so pleased the weather behaved allowing you to take the helicopter to the glaciers and Milford Sound, it is a stunning trip. We were pleased to be able to upgrade you to one of our lodge suites. A good spot to enjoy the rugby, I hope the right... More

Houston, Texas
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238 reviews 238 reviews
60 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We were able to spend 3 nights here - and somehow we lucked into an upgrade to one of the 2 GIANT cottages up the hill. If you are seeking luxury lodges - this is on your list. It is a spectacular property in a GREAT setting. Wonderful staff. Fine dining. This was our second favorite of the higher end... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the trouble to review Blanket Bay. We are delighted to read you enjoyed the lodge. As you say there are many great lodges in New Zealand which all have their own unique character. Grasmere Lodge is always one of my favourites too. We hope this will be the first of many visits to New Zealand. Thank... More

Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We ended our trip to new Zealand with a 2 night stay at this hotel. What a way to end a marvelous trip. Judy from guest services was EXTRAORDINARY, I would go back just to spend time with her! Ana and the rest of the staff was INCREDIBLE.The food DELICIOUS. the views from our room like walking into a gorgeous... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words; Judy and Ana will be particularly thrilled to get a mention on Trip Advisor and I will certainly let the kitchen brigade know how much you enjoyed the food. I am delighted you ended your visit to New Zealand with such a positive Blanket Bay experience. Come back soon More

Red Bank, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My wife and daughter stayed three nights here just before Christmas. we had adjoining rooms the Mt.Earnslaw and the Rees for our daughter. have to say we have never stayed in a finer room than the Earnslaw suite the views of the lake and the mountains just glorious. the restaurants , the game room and spa were gorgeous. The resort... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

Engaging with Donna at NZ Travel was a great call. She really does have an extensive knowledge of the country from experience gleaned over many years personally visiting the operators and subsequent planning of itineraries. We are so pleased you enjoyed the Blanket Bay experience. I have passed on your comments to all of my team particularly our therapist Yumi... More

Charlottesville
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Our family stayed in some special places in New Zealand - Hapuku Lodge in Kaikoura, Fiordland Lodge in Te Anau among others - but all five of us would agree that Blanket Bay was hands down the best. Upon arrival and a tour of the facilities, the first thing we did was decide to book an extra night (we had... More

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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Blanket Bay. I am thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. I am sorry I missed meeting you but I know you were in good hands under the care of my team. There are so many things to do in the area but it is wonderful to hear how much pleasure you... More

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Additional Information about Blanket Bay

Also Known As:
Blanket Bay Hotel Queenstown
Blanket Bay Hotel
Address: Glenorchy Road, Glenorchy 9197, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Glenorchy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Glenorchy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Blanket Bay 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This stunning backcountry retreat sits on the lakeshore 45 minutes outside Queenstown in the Southern Alps New Zealand. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone and timber lodge housing the Great Room, Den, Game Room, Gym, spa and several indoor/outdoor dining venues.Thirteen rooms offer every conceivable amenity. Activities include an outdoor lap pool, bush walks, fly-fishing, jet boating, horse riding and scenic heli-flights ... more   less 
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