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“We loved The Dairy and can't wait to go back!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Dairy Private Hotel
Ranked #3 of 57 Hotels in Queenstown
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“We loved The Dairy and can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2009

After spotting this little hotel on a previous trip I couldn't wait to get back and stay there. I wasn't disappointed! Like other reviewers we were warmly welcomed upon arrival and shown around the hotel. It felt like arriving at the home of a friend as we felt instantly comfortable and relaxed there and we were wishing we could stay longer than 2 nights. The lounge areas were excellent for curling up on the couch and doing some reading by the fire and it was so nice to be greeted each morning with a big smile, a good morning, and "what would you like for breakfast this morning?" Elspeth is lovely and was only too willing to suggest places for dinner and tips for places to stop on our next driving leg. The afternoon tea each day is a great touch and I'm missing those little scones already! I think the location is excellent and I would definitely recommend a stay at The Dairy!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kmn318
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2009

Stayed here for 3 nights in Sept and really enjoyed it. Have been to Queenstown many times before and this is in a top location - elevated with good outlook, welcoming hosts, excellent service and a set-up that allows privacy. Only downside for the price was bedroom size but you could ask for a larger room if necessary - good big bed and nice linen. I'd stay here again

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bagu2000
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2009

I chose this hotel for a romantic mini-break because of it's proximity to the town whilst simultaneously being far enough from the bars to be peaceful to stay in. It was perfectly located above the town, just below the Gondola. This meant a nice view of the Remarkables from our lovely room, but a short 5 minute walk into the main streets.
The manager warmly welcomed us and showed us around the hotel and it's gorgeous communal lounge, library, dining room, computer facilities etc. The NZ art all through the hotel was excellent and worked well with the rest of the decor. Great big leather couches to curl up on, an 'honesty bar' where you pour yourself a drink from their good selection of local wines and other drinks, then write it up in a book to be added to your bill. A delicious looking freshly baked cake was sitting in the kitchen ready for the complimentary afternoon tea, which we sadly missed. Also complimentary mulled wine was available in the evening. The cooked breakfast which was included in our package was fabulous and cooked just as we desired - and served in the stylish dining room - the original old Dairy (Corner Store).
I wish we could have stayed longer, but only had one free afternoon and evening to ourselves after visiting family for the weekend.
We'd definitely return for a long weekend, even with the huge range of other accommodation options in Queenstown. The relaxed, homely environment was hugely appealing, whilst at the same time The Dairy manages to also be a stylish and luxurious place to stay. You have your own space, but know that any help you need is just a press of a buzzer away.
Finally - I'd highly recommend strolling down the hill (or the stairs at the bottom of the street) and finding 'The Bunker' for a excellent meal in an incredibly intimate restaurant - approximately 6 tables only infront of a roaring fire. Excellent wine, really varied menu, attentive staff and a great atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Potiki_Aotearoa
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Hong Kong
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2009

Very pleasant b&b. I usually prefer larger luxury hotels, but this place may make me a B&B convert. Helpful staff. Good location in town. A little pricey, but most of queenstown is. I got one of the larger rooms was was fairly spacious. The bathroom was small but pleasant -- the air heater in the bathroom was especially nice.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alphonseallais
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Auckland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2009

We couldn’t have hoped for a better place to spend our honeymoon. Everything from the amazing food (hearty breakfast and scrummy afternoon tea) to the warm and hospitable staff was fantastic. The room was beautiful with a fantastic view and the cosy fireplace was irresistible. We look forward to going back there again to enjoy the spa and heated boot rack after a hard day’s skiing!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PurpleVoyageur
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2009

I was highly disappointed for my two night stay at the Dairy given all of the glowing reviews on this site. First of all I had an end room with a glimpse (and I mean glimpse) of the Remarkables - which I paid extra for - first disappointment. The breakfast was OK - nothing to write home about - second disappointment. The price was the MOST expensive of all of the places that I stayed and it was my least favorite - third disappointment. I would check out some other places before dropping the extra money on this place. The only things that were fabulous were the bed and the location.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank queenladyk
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Worcester
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2009

From the moment we entered The Dairy we were made so welcome by Elspeth. This was the first part of our honeymoon and could not have been a better start. The accommodation is luxury itself. Our room was amazing. And breakfast delicious, we met other travellers at breafast too - the large tables are a great way to get to know your other guests. The lounge area and honesty bar can make evenings pretty chilled out too, but it is only a five minute walk into the hustle and bustle of Queenstown. The extra touches are always what make a place stay in your memory - and there wasn't a member of staff who was too busy to stop and say hello, and the advice on what to see and do, and booking it for us, just made life that bit simpler.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrsP71
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Property: The Dairy Private Hotel
Address: 10 Isle Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Queenstown
#2 Family Hotel in Queenstown
#3 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
#13 Business Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dairy Private Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dairy Private Hotel, Queenstown is your perfect escape. Our boutique hotel is in the centre of Queenstown and yet private and quiet. The property is renowned for its excellent service from the minute that you walk through the door. We are able to assist with everything during your stay. We are happy to arrange forward travel, look after your luggage as you venture to Milford Sound or walk The Routeburn. Let us assist you with dinner reservations and some of the many activities that Queenstown has to offer. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Dairy Private Luxury Hotel
Dairy Private Luxury Queenstown

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