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“Best Place in Queenstown” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Del Lago
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   249 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 57 Hotels in Queenstown
Mumbai
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“Best Place in Queenstown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2009

I stayed with my partner in Queenstown for about a week... and i think it was the best holiday of my life thanks to Villa Del Lago.. We travelled entire New Zealand but found Queenstown and particularly Villa Del Lago as the best place to stay.. The apartments had a breathtaking view... Even if one has nothing to do in Queenstown (which is seldom possible), you can spend an entire day .. just chilling in the apartment and enjoying the view... The apartments offered a private space and since we were on our honeymoon .. it was a perfect setting for us... We had booked a spacious one bed room apartment with all the modern facilities like laundry, dishwasher, fire place.. and so on.. Lynn and her husband were very helpful.. They even helped us in paying our parking ticket.. I must say that if you are planning to go to Queenstown and if you are with your partner... Villa Del Lago is the MOST ROMANTIC place to stay

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

Hi - We (me and my wife) stayed at Villa Del Lago in end of November. We have traveled all over the world but this was the best experience we have had. This place is amazing with great views and a beautiful location (we had a car and it was less than 5 min drive to the main city which is really small but an amazing activity filled place). In fact we liked the place so much that we ended up staying for 4 nights after booking for only 2. This was the highlight of our trip, the best amongst all the places we stayed in both South and North Island.

Hosts Lynn and Keith were just awesome and went out of their way many times to make sure we had a very comfortable stay. In fact it was a lot of fun to chat with them at the end of the day. So in short great facility, awesome apartments, great hosts, modern facilities (laundry, kitchen, bathroom etc) - definitely staying here next time we are in Queenstown.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2009

After a week of doing a Tui trip with ACTIVE NZ (I'll post a review for that soon), my husband and I just wanted to relax, and Villa del Lago was the PERFECT place for it... After finishing an activity-filled trip of running around the South Island hiking (tramping), biking, jet-boating, kayaking, etc, we really wanted to take it easy in Queenstown and do some of thrill-seeking activities (with minimal exertion involved). We specifically needed a place that had in-room laundry to wash the loads of dirty laundry after all the hiking, etc. both in the sun and in the rain, so as soon as we got there, we did about 5 loads... It was wonderful.. we did the laundry (they provide detergent, but no fabric softener) and took part of the afternoon planning the next half week in Queenstown... We stared out at the lake most of the time.. They have the most awesome views ... with two sliding glass doors from our room (16) to step out onto the balcony .. It was a little chilly so we didn't sit outside too much.... Let me summarize this so that it's easier to read:
PROS:
1. Great view from every apt. (the view of Lake Wakatipu was absolutely stunning!)
2. All the amenities of an apt. (made us look forward to coming back after having fun during our daytime Queenstown activities)... washing machine, dryer (but no fabric softener), dishwasher, fridge (we cooked breakfasts and lunches there and it made it easy), heated tiles in the bathroom, a towel warmer, nice tub and shower - great for a bath in the evenings, DVD/ TV - in the living area (we borrowed movies from the reception area for free!), TV in the bedroom - for relaxing the evenings, fireplace that warms up the place really nicely... wonderful to snuggle up with hot cocoa in front of the fire in the evenings...
3. Good service.. the maid also worked at the reception and drove us down to our room b/c of our heavy luggage
4. Pristine rooms (all living areas were modern - appliances and all, and were in great condition, great furnishings); extremely roomy and cozy

CONS:
1. We didn't have a car, so it's a walk to Queenstown each and every day for the activities that we booked.. it's a little inconvenient, but we saw it as a good motivator to continue exercising and not being too lazy.. The fasted way to get the city is by using Frankton Road, not the path (w/c takes you to the garden). If you have any disabilities, this definitely not the place for you.. lots of steps going up and down between the apts and the main road.
2. If you don't have a car and your apt is on the bottom (like ours) you have to drag your suitcases all the way to the top (up lots and lots of steps) to get it up... Kind of a pain.. The maid drove us down to our room, but there are still lots of steps to get the stuff down. We didn't have her drive us up.
3. They don't have free wireless internet!! It's very expensive, so we just went to internet cafes in the QT... also a little inconvenient..
4. DVDs to borrow are a little outdated, but not bad... it's free!

All in all, loved this place.. would stay here again for a return trip, but probably consider renting a car (or not take so much stuff to lug up and down after checking in and checking out)...

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

Villa Del Lago is situated in a beautiful location with only 15 minutes walking to the center of town. We stayed in a one bedroom fully self contained apartment which was very comfortable & practical, making it handy for cooking meals and washing clothes.
And not to forget the wonderful fireplace that kept us warm each night. Our Apartment was serviced each morning and kept incredibly clean.

We had undisturbed views of Lake Wakatipu & the Remarkable mountains, which was just amazing to wake up to each morning. Keith & Lynn were a pleasure, very friendly & helpful, making our stay extremely enjoyable.

I booked our stay with Villa Del Lago based on the reviews from Trip advisor and I couldn’t be more happy and satisfied with the choice we made.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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QLD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

Fantastic location, the views of the lake and Queenstown are stunning. It snowed during our trip which made it even more special. We stayed in apartment 1 and everything was perfect, heated floors in the bathrooms, cosy lounge and views of the Remarkables.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

Just THE perfect place to stay in Queenstown. You have the best view of the lake and the mountains from the rooms. There is no road in front of you which is a definite advantage. Only very few accomodations can offer that in Queenstown. Just below there is a jogging/walking trak that leads to town, just a 10 minutes walk away. The rooms are spacious and very nice. Best of all the people who run it, just great hosts. Thanks for the time we had there!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chipping Norton, Sydney
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2009

What can I say about this wonderful, amazing place that hasnt already been said. My husband and I, together with our daughter and her family stayed here in late October in Villa 11 and 12 and had one amazing week that we will long remember. Our only regret was the week was over too soon. The location is superb and even though it is on a main road, it is set back, so you feel completely isolated from any of the everyday noise to just enjoy the most amazing views of Lake Wakitipu and the Remarkables. The rooms are very spacious and best of all was waking up to the see snow on the mountains and the sun shimmering over the lake while lying in bed at this time of the year. The feel is cozy with the gas log fire which was well used during our stay. The apartments are extremely modern, spacious and well equipped with daily servicing, which is quite unheard of usually in holiday apartments. The walk into town along the waterfront is a leisurely 20-30 mins. To top all this off are the most wonderful owner/managers, Lynn and Keith. They go above and beyond the call of duty to make everyone feel welcome, and attend to your every need to make sure your stay is extremely memorable for all the right reasons. Thank you so much Lynn for giving us a holiday all our family will remember for a long time to come, and we cant wait to visit Queenstown again and of course stay at Villa Del Lago.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 249 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Del Lago 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This peaceful lakeside small luxury hotel comprises one bedroom Suites and two and three bedroom Villas. Unsurpassed views of the crystal clear lake and the sparkling mountains. Only 1.7km from the bustling town centre, the Villa del Lago offers a genuine lake front setting with it's own pebbled beach and jetty - a rare combination of exceptional quality and convenience. ... more   less 
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