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Spinnaker Bay Apartments
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Christchurch,New Zealand
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53 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Brilliant - a real home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2010

Stayed one week with 3 adults and 1 2 year old. The best equipped apartment I have ever stayed in with every kitchen instrument you could want, even your own outdoor bbq and patio, log burner, stereo, dvd, magazines. Fantastic luxury apartment but with a comfortable homely feel rather than the sterileness of most. Garage included. Definitely worth the price compared to others.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2009

Stayed two nights and had a lovely comfortable unit. Well decorated and equipped, glorious views of the lake, clean and well maintained. More than we had hoped for. Perhaps a bit more pricey than many motels but we decided to pay a little more as we were here for two days and felt this was good value. Drive is steep and quite hard to manouever but just take it slowly. Did not realy encounter staff very much, service on check in was fine, Efficient rather than welcoming. Would recommend.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Victoria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2009

I'd only read very positive reviews of Spinnaker on TripAdvisor so my expectations were high. They were mostly met. Great location, my family stayed in a spacious 3 bedroom apartment. The 5-star accommodation rating doesn't match with what 5-stars means in Austraila; the decor was quite dated and the kitchen utensils were minimal. Service was average, we had trouble connecting to the internet and little help was offered. We were attracted by the heated swimming pool, but found it's open only in summer.
We would return again, with more moderate expectations.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Thank DaveFel
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christchurch nz
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2008

This is our fourth stay at Spinnaker, we didnt want a hotel experience, been there done that. My children are early teens and wouldnt appreciate being cooped up in a hotel room.

We have stayed in 2 of the three bedroom units and 2 of the two bed units. All have been furnished to the individual owners taste, so all units are different. Each has a log burner, heaters, electric blankets so being cold will not be an issue. All apartments have fab views over lake Wakatipu and all our very very comfortable. It also gives us the choice to eat in instead of looking for somewhere to eat.

There is a heated pool, sauna, the driveway is heated in winter months to prevent it icing over. The driveway is steep, just takes a little skillfull driving to the garaging, we have a huge 4wd

Queenstown centre is a an easy 15 min walk along the lake side and through Jubilee park.

It is a great place to stay and I do not bother looking anywhere in QT for other accomodation, its a little expensive but two hotel rooms of equal standard would be the same and we would be separated, and another point, one of the local supermarkets provides online shopping and delivery, so you can have any essentials delivered.

  • Liked — good quality, views, pool
  • Disliked — nothing like it all
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank lic292
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Perth
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2007

Stayed here in August for 2 weeks. We were two couples. Appartment was perfect, full kitchen/ laundry etc, plenty of space. The view was unbelievable, right on the lake. I would definitely stay here again, much better than an ordinary hotel.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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Oxford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2007

This was the perfect place to stay in a large group. Although compact the house felt spacious and gave people room to get away from one another. Although a little twee in decor everthing was wonderfully clean and comfortable and the kitchen really had everything one could need. The DVDs and music were a nice touch as was the log stove.


The only criticism I would have is that I found it a little tight getting my people carrier into the garage and though service was absolutly fine it wasn't particularly friendly, but then maybe I had just been spoilt by the rest of New Zealand.

  • Liked — I forgot to mention it! The amazing view.
  • Disliked — Steep narrow driveway
  • Tips/Secrets — When coming into Queenstown from the airport side drive slowly or you'll miss the sign
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
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Thank Anlbe
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christchurch
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2005

Stayed in 3 units with 15 overseas visitors, couple managing these units very unfriendly and nearly spoilt New Zealand holiday, luckily beauty of Queenstown and friendliness of typical Kiwi made up. Good points: great view of Lake, large rooms, price paid had 30% discount due to very low occupancy, big TV and fireplace with plenty wood.
Bad points: Managed by couple on behalf of individual owners of units and appear to be unhappy with their reponsibility; not suited for the hospitality industry and unfriendy; very bad telephone manners by lady; accounting system overcharged and had to be readjusted; office not staffed and very rude when asked to fix oven.
Units very crowded with very poor access due to steep and narrow single road, turning circle too tight for fire-engine, garage too low for parking Ford Transit van or Toyota Hi-ace, each unit has varying standard of furniture and crockery due to each unit being furnished by owners. Heating was poor as underfloor heaters turned off, fireplace smoky and set off smoke alarms.
Bathrooms and toilets very clean on outside but spa bath pump system not cleaned out and spewed black stuff and hair when used due to stagnant water inthe system. Cabinets had door catches not working, Tv inside room cheap and has poor color showing tube end of life. Shows poor maintenance.
Would have been OK if management showed more concern to make visitors welcome rather than a cash cow

  • Stayed May 2005
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Property: Spinnaker Bay Apartments
Address: 151 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Spinnaker Bay Apartments 4.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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