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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Agoda, Expedia, Booking.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Central Ridge Boutique Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Central Ridge Boutique Queenstown
- Hotel Central Ridge Boutique