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Pounamu Apartments
Ranked #11 of 58 Hotels in Queenstown
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“Studio Apartment”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

Excellent apartment, very clean. It has beautiful views when you step out of the apartment. Studio is small as advised but has everything you need. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the spa pool is amazing after a day on the slopes. Highly recommend and would definitely revisit if back in Queenstown.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

First of all let me start by saying that if I was rating service alone this place would be 10 stars. The management are just brilliant and nothing is too much trouble.

I read the reviews in detail before booking and had found that most of the negative comments were for people who had booked the 'rear studio' apartments and commented about how small and boxy they were. We were in a front (premier) apartment which had enough space for entertaining a group of four.

I would definitely recommend paying the upgrade for the view and space if you are spending anything more than a couple of nights here.

We were at Pounamu for just over two weeks and really enjoyed our stay. We had guests over for dinner, cooked roasts, watched movies and made it our home (in NZ for five weeks total) and were able to avoid having to eat out every night.

We would happily return and stay here again. Things to consider on the downside (none of which were major or would impact our decision to come back)
- Considerable traffic noise from Frankton Rd (busy) compared with Rees which is down lower and on the lake-side of Frankton
- No restaurant or gym on site
- About a 10 min walk from the heart of Queenstown (if you wanted to be part of the action - we enjoyed the walk)

Room Tip: Absolutely go with the premier / front apartments. Rear studios cheaper but not no view and really...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We booked a studio room to stay in luxury and weren't to concerned about the views as we were staying in other places with as good views. I did realise it would be on smaller size when booking but found it to be smaller than I had imagined. The "kitchenette" was very hard to do anything in apart from tea and coffee. Also my bad for overlooking this on the booking but the rooms are not daily serviced which for the price & size of the studios we found a little annoying. We then had to buy shampoo/conditioner etc just for a 4 day stay, the supplied toiletries only lasted 2 showers.
The mattress topper was very soft but bumpy and I found my side of the bed to be uncomfortable. All in all in Queenstown you spend most of your time out n about anyways... Would I stay here again? Probably not in a studio, the 1 bedroom apartments etc looked amazing.
It was a nice modern stay in a great location so thank you!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Loved it, wife loved it, back this year with family, now has Spa, great views, esp. on 2 floor, close to town, clean, modern beautiful, well built and maintained, good service, yeap Im on holiday at Pounamu!

Room Tip: 2nd floor otherwise you are looking at the rd and veiw.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Pounamou apartments are located in a prime position. 10 minute walk from the town centre and a 10 minute drive from the airport. Even though it is close to the main road, it still offers enough privacy and we found it peaceful. The apartments themselves are gorgeous with a stunning view of the lake and 'Remarkables' mountains. They are equipped with everything you need - as if you were a home away from home. The team at Pounamou are friendly and hospitable and I could not speak more highly of recommending this accomodation if you are looking for a romantic and affordable getaway.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The apartment was lovely and had all the mod cons, including gas fire, tv and underfloor heating. The kitchen was well appointed and had a dishwasher and everything you could need was in the cupboards. The views were a huge selling point from the apartments. You get an uninterrupted view of the Remarkables. The road noise was there but it didn't really bother me particularly. There is a outdoor heated spa in the apartment block also. There is a computer and printer with internet which was really useful for us to keep in touch with friends back home. The beds were very comfortable and in the 2 bedroom apartment and each room had their own bathroom which was really helpful for getting through showers and getting out the door to do activities with our teenagers. I think its a very luxurious apartment. A bit expensive but certainly had everything you could want. TV has cable and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Book directly and you get some prada perfume free.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed here on the recommendation of a friend and decided to pay a little extra for some luxury. The apartment was wonderfully appointed and had a fantastic view out over Queensland, beautiful gas open fire and everything needed for a longer stay. We were quite disappointed about the road noise which even with the windows close was quite noticeable. The bed was a shocker and needs replacing. I would recommend to friends, but would warn about the proximity to the road.

Room Tip: Just be aware that the apartments are on the main road into town. Whilst you get road noise, at leas...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Pounamu Apartments

Property: Pounamu Apartments
Address: Pounamu Apartments 110 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Queenstown
#2 Spa Hotel in Queenstown
#5 Family Hotel in Queenstown
#8 Romantic Hotel in Queenstown
#10 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
#10 Business Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pounamu Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Travellers' Choice(R) 2015 Winner - Voted #3 in New Zealand. Relax in style and soak up the spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables in our 1 or 2 bedroom spacious, self-contained or serviced Apartments. Each Apartment has an open plan lounge, dining and full kitchen facilities, gas fire, under-floor heating, Sky TV, ensuite bathroom with shared laundry amenities. A separate office area with computer/printer/fax. Our Studio Rooms are similar to small hotel rooms with kitchenette and ensuite bathroom (NO Views). Facilities include FREE unlimited Wi-Fi Internet and FREE local calls. Complimentary secure under cover Car Park with Ski/Golf Locker, BBQ area and outside Spa Pool. We also have a "Pet Friendly" Apartment. Sleeping configuration King Beds. Single beds can be requested at the time of your booking. Just a 10 min walk to Queenstown town centre and approx 20 min drive to the ski fields makes these beautifully appointed Apartments a must for your stay.Enquire about special seasonal rates and tempting promotional offers, and at Pounamu Apartments, be assured of a warm, welcoming visit to this 'Remarkable' region. ... more   less 
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