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“Excellent Service and Great Location. A B&B Feel.”

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Central Ridge Boutique Hotel
Ranked #8 of 57 Hotels in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 17, 2013

I stayed at Central Ridge for one night during a recent spell of hiking in New Zealand. A few days previously I had stayed at Peppers Beacon on the lakeside but chose not to stay there again and looked for a better option.

Central Ridge was a good choice and only one of two hotels I have recently thought of as Excellent.

The things that mattered:

- the hostess (Ailey) is very friendly and efficient, well supported by family and other staff, it was a welcoming environment;

- at $190 a night for a large double bed room, with a good sized bathroom, this represents good value by the expensive standards of Queenstown accommodation;

- the location is excellent - 5 to 8 minutes walk from the centre of town and a pleasant walk at that (the walk along the lake front from lakeside hotels might seem nice at first glance but can be very exposed - and many would be longer);

- the room I had (T2) was roomy and really comfortable with a great sense of light and airiness with a pleasant view across the town (see picture attached) - NB I suspect only rooms T1 and T2 enjoy this particular aspect;

- I had a continental breakfast which included a small choice of cereals but with freshly cut fruit salad and yogurt followed by toast with Ailey's home made jam and marmalade which were both excellent (the breakfast room is also light, airy and a pleasant space to sit at start of day);

- my package included free WiFi;

- Ailey also offers a transport service to the airport (which is a margin cheaper than using a cab).

NB: It is better to book direct rather than through Wotif. The price looks the same but the former includes the price of the continental breakfast, the latter does not.

Room Tip: T2 was a very good room.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This hotel gave me the equal best communication of any other accommodation in New Zealand.

By email, you get the impression of a vast staff catering to your individual attention. On site, you realise that Ailey is the power behind the hotel and ensures everything runs like clockwork for her guests. Nothing is too difficult and her connections with the local restaurants and tour companies ensures a delightful stay. This extends to personal touches, like delicious home cooked food at the breakfast table.

The location is ideal, within minutes walk of the centre of town and the Botanic Gardens.

Our room was spacious, comfortable, extremely private and very well equipped.

I just wish I'd had the time to stay longer. I definitely plan us to return when we can.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Greg B
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Had a really nice stay for a few days in this hotel. The owner is super friendly, has good reccomendations for attractions in the area and she gives your stay a great personal touch. Its also in a awesome location - a few minutes walk to town. A very memorable stay

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Paara
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Stayed for 3 Nights in the Moonlight Room and was so impressed with the Service, Location, and Hospitality that we stayed for another 3 Nights in a Luxury Room.

A 5 minute stroll into town makes this a very convenient location.

The WiFi was fast, the Beds were super king and super comfy.

The Views to the Gondola and across Queenstown were fantastic.

The owner even does Massage and my partner tells me they are very good.

Would not hesitate to return to this hidden gem on the very edge of Central Queenstown.

Room Tip: The Moonlight Room is ideal for a romantic couple, but the Luxury Units on the top floor were ideal...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank motiv8ed
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

The hotel is far enough from downtown not to hear all the traffic and chatter when you want to finally get some sleep. On the other hand, it is close enough that you'll be in the heart of it all after just a 2 minute leisurely walk down the hill. The rooms are spacious and quiet. They contain all you'll need from a Hair dryer to shower robes. The staff is to die for, super friendly and very knowledge about the ins and outs of this magnificent travel destination.
I encourage anyone to chat up the hostess/manager/owner/travel agent/cook/masseuse.... she wears many hats lol. She is fun and really cares about her guest having a great time. She will make sure you have an agendaplanned out before leaving and is more than happy to help you make arrangements to fill any gaps you may have in your iitinerary. Oh and be sure to ask about her Jai products for natural health, their awesome! If you want a great cup of coffee, have it down in the eating area. It's organic and the best cup of Joe I've had since I got to New Zealand.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank seipeele
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Would recommend this hotel to anyone, close to central Queenstown and very comfortable. Wonderful owner.....must try her pumpkin muffins at breakfast! The friendliest welcome we have had in New Zealand.......and that's saying something!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Fiona T
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

While called a hotel, to me it fits the traditions of a B&B. The host, Ailey, is very welcoming and helpful. She has excellent recommendations for meals and activities around town and was a great help in arranging ski hire and lift tickets. Located in a side street off a main road into town, the setting is away from the madness and traffic noise yet only a few minutes walk into the city centre. Off street parking is limited to 5 vehicles but generally plenty of on street options if these are taken. The room I had was a great size and comfortable with good bathroom (and bath) plus adequate wardrobe space. Everything was clean, bed comfortable, good heating, no annoying noise at night. Wifi worked well but having to log in each day was annoying. Continental breakfast, served in a nice light filled area beside entry courtyard, was satisfying and there was something new in selection each day. Skis and boots are locked away for you each day and dried ready for next use. Only complaint was not changing towels. Using the internationally known 'leave towel on bath. get a new one' only resulted in it being hung up. Also no new soap provided during stay but plenty of shampoo. conditioner, tissues and toilet paper always restocked. Can't figure that out but sure it would have been remedied if required. Lounge area also a comfortable retreat with books and travel magazines available. Was a great base in Queenstown and most likely would stay there again if in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank Emanpee
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Additional Information about Central Ridge Boutique Hotel

Address: 4 Sydney Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand (Formerly Mountvista Boutique Hotel)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
#18 Romantic Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range: $151 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Central Ridge Boutique Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Ridge Boutique Hotel (“Central Ridge”) is perfectly positioned right in the heart of Queenstown, and it is a stone throw away from dozens of restaurants, outdoor cafes, and recreational activities that occupy the breezy waterfront and easy-going pedestrian malls. Central Ridge offers well-appointed, cozy and spacious rooms with a comfortable bed and continental breakfast. The team have plenty of local knowledge to guide and advice to you the best restaurants in town, fun filled outdoor activities. The attractions nearer to Central Ridge Boutique Hotel includes:- - Pedestrian mall at Queenstown centre (walking distance 2-3minutes); - Restaurants and outdoor cafe along side waterfront at Lake Wakatipu (walking distance 4-5 minutes); - Queenstown Garden (walking distance 2-3 minutes); - Steamer Whaft for the cruise “Lady of the Lake” to Walter Peak. They said no trip to Queenstown is complete without a cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm (walking distance 4-5 minutes to Steamer Whaft); - Skyline Gondola (walking distance 10 minutes); - Coronet Peak ski area (driving 20 minutes) - Remarkable ski area (driving 40 minutes) - Vineyard tour activities (driving about 20 minutes) Our boutique hotel offers a very unique experience. We balance the privacy of a large hotel with the personal service of a boutique bed & breakfast. Queenstown accommodation doesn't get any better than Central Ridge Boutique Hotel, with its excellent value for money, and exceptionally high standards of accommodation, in-room massage, cafe and guest customer service. ... more   less 
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