I have been to quite a lot of hotels in NZ during the trip and this is definitely one of the best! The receptionist is nice and friendly (though she has mistaken my dad as my husband which is a little bit... odd, HAHA).
The parking! great! indoor parking and we can go upstairs to our room directly. The room, we got a nice little kitchenette and a living room. Nice. The twins beds was a little bit............ small but anyways.
However, the hotel is NOT in Queenstown, and I think it can only be accessible by car. Even if you have a car, it's hard to locate in the dark. Basically it's a 5 minutes drive from the airport. When you passed thru the airport, which would be on your left, you need to first drive thru the REALLY narrow bridge over the river. Then the hotel should be on your right. BUT you can't go there directly. You would need to make a left turn and drive around 2-3 minutes, then there's a slip road on your right. The sign should be "Kelvin's height", turn right to the slip road and drive, it would be a little bit odd if you arrived there late, it's like you're driving to some haunted castle in scary movie but keep going, and then after 2 minutes you would see a sign "Kawarau Village" on your right(which is NOT that illuminated even in complete darkness). Then you are now in the Hilton village and the end of the road is "Kawarau Hotel". Even I got the GPS, I was wondering if I drove correctly even at the entrance of the village (as the sign is super dim).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a warm welcome at DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown. Savor our delicious DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and settle into one of our comfortable and inviting guest rooms. Ideally located in the heart of Kawarau Village, this modern Queenstown hotel boasts breath-taking views of the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is situated just five minutes' drive from Queenstown International Airport. Central Queenstown is also just minutes away via water taxi or by our complimentary shuttle service upon availability. Surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery, this Queenstown hotel presents the closest hotel accommodation to The Remarkables Ski Field. Go skiing or snowboarding in the winter months or try exciting outdoor activities. Hire a hotel bicycle and explore the local sites or simply relax in the hotel's 10-seated executive cinema. The hotel also offers an ideal setting for business meetings and special events, with over 2,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space for events with up to 190 guests. Feel at home in a stylish guest room at DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown. Each room boasts breath-taking views and modern amenities including WiFi access and an LCD TV. Prepare a home cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchenette, complete with oven, microwave and fridge/freezer, or visit our onsite eateries such as Me&Mee Chinese Restaurant, Wakatipu Grill, Stacks Pub, and The Lake Counter Café. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kawarau Hotel, Managed By Hilton Hotel Queenstown