Proper 4* luxury. Staff mostly professional and effective, rooms peaceful and luxurious. Beds ultra-comfortable, bath huge, deck hot tub fabulous (worth it). The valet parking is very quick and great value, the Wakatipu Grill holds its own against the best restaurants of Queenstown, but it is high-end and there is no mid-range option (we didn't try the Stacks Pub). The onsite ski rental is a bit pricey but very convenient. Not skiing for a day ? Leave the skis with the valet and no rental is charged. The location is not as much of an issue as one might expect - the water taxi to town is fast and cheap, as long as you catch it by 6pm and get the return at 9pm. Otherwise you're looking at a 30min bus ride at 11pm or a $50 cab fare. 9pm seems early, but it works well with the opening hours and drive times to the ski fields (Remarkables 30m, Coronet Peak 45m, Cardrona 70m, Treble Cone 120m).
The hotel could do with a big TV in reception showing the day's ski field weather / webcams etc. There is NO pay-per-view movie channel ! The front desk staff are mostly very good.
- 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:
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