We stayed earlier in the week at the Hilton Auckland and learned that the Queenstown Hilton was just opening. This was perfect timing as we were travelling to the South Island for a week. After staying 3 nights at the St. Moritz in Queenstown (reviewed separately), we decided to extend our stay in the Queenstown area and reserved for three nights at this new Hilton using my accumulated Hilton Honors points.
After just one day, we have been truly impressed. We were given a wonderful lake-view suite as a result of our Diamond Hilton Honors status. The staff have been incredibly professional, helpful, and friendly. The room is first class, with excellent furnishings, a nice dark wood color scheme, a fireplace, a large lake-view patio, and a great bathroom with separate tub and shower. In addition, we were unexpectedly given a nice cheese and fruit plate on arrival, likely a consequence of being one of the hotel's first guests.
One of the initial highlights has been the restaurant, which is truly a gem. We've eaten at some nice restaurants worldwide over the years, but the Wakatipu Grill ranks among the very best. The staff were engaging and helpful. The menu was inspired. My prime rib was excellent and my wife ordered the sole with clams, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Everything about the meals, from presentation to taste were great. And the deserts were just outworldly excellent. My wife's creme brulee was artfully done and my orange sponge cake was terrific. We even received a few extra minature desert samples from the pasty chef which were wonderful.
We're looking forward to a few more nights at this new Hilton, but we have been just so imperessed that I wanted to post a quick review of this new property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you set foot inside the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, you'll discover a place that not only celebrates the world-renowned beauty of this region, but immerses you completely in that beauty. Welcome to a new way to experience Queenstown. Welcome to Hilton. This is an exhilarating setting, and one without compromise. The only hotel positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa faces north, delivering full afternoon sun and showcasing panoramic views over an unspoilt terrain famed the world over. Watch the deep blue hues of the lake shimmer and glisten and savour this most intensely beautiful destination. In the heart of vibrant Kawarau Village and just 15 minutes via lake or land from Queenstown, you'll enjoy effortless access to all the excitement on offer in the region - and the closest accommodation to The Remarkables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Queenstown Hotel Queenstown