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Villa del Lago
Ranked #5 of 58 Hotels in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We spent 3 nights here and were very happy with our choice. The one bedroom apartment is very spacious, comfortable and had every thing we needed for our stay. The underfloor bathroom heating was great as was the cosy gas fire and the internal laundry was a bonus. The apartment had a lovely view over the lake. Reception staff were most pleasant and attended to our needs including supplying umbrellas and videos. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Very spacious,modern apartments, close to town. Easy walking distance along the waters edge to restaurants and gardens. Beautiful views from all rooms looking across the water. Beds very comfortable with bathrooms for each room.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Forget about everything else, if you are looking for an amazing panoramic view of Lake Wakatipu, then you won't do better than the Villa Del Lago. This is not one of those places with an "ocean view" where you can only see the water if you twisted your body over the balcony and saw it from the corner of your eye. The water is your ONLY view. It is so serene and pristine and you're amazed that you can wake up to something so majestic.

PRO's:
1) Great staff and owners. I made a mistake in regards to our arrival date and didn't pick up on that until less than 7 days before my trip. The owners refunded the money without any hassle. Their understanding set the tone for the trip…They could have easily said "no" because I was past the change notification time period. We were really grateful!
2) Loved the washer and dryer. I had clean clothes everyday and left our trip with clean clothes.
3) Great water pressure and water quality.
4) Great recommendations on tours from the owners. They are the most knowledgable of all the staff…stick with them.
5) The location. It's a 20-30 minute walk into the town center. However, it's less than 7 minutes by car. It's also less than 10 minutes away from the airport and Remarkables Shopping Center. Also, it is so easy to get to Arrowtown, the wineries, and bungy jumping/ziplining from here.
6) Wifi was reliable most of the time.
7) Did I mention the view?

CON's:
1) The bed in the second bedroom felt lumpy. It reminded me of the only mattress I could afford right out of college.
2) I wouldn't say the kitchen was immaculate…but it was cleanly enough.
3) Oh, the television…remotes hardly worked, the DVD collection at the front desk is dated, and the only channel worth watching was CNN. I guess you're not supposed to be in Queenstown to watch television though.
4) No fitness center. However, there is a walking/running trail right in front of you.


If we went back to Queenstown, this is the only place I would stay at!!! I saw some of the other hotels that looked so amazing on the internet, but then when I saw them in person they were far from being waterfront.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We booked this place based on the previous good reviews on tripadvisor and I must say that all the good comments are all true. We booked 3 bedroom apartment and it's spacious, comfortable, spotless, full modern facilities with fantastic view of the lake. The staff are all very helpful and gave us (1st timer in Queenstown) some very good advice on activities and how to plan our days.
The place is around 20 minutes walk to town center along the river walk, perfect for me. But if you prefer not to walking so much, you can always drive which is 3 minutes drive to town center.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

My husband and I made this our first stop on our recent visit to South Island. What an ideal place! The view from our large windows in the living room and kitchen was stunning. Some of our best photos from our trip were taken right from our balcony. The place was spotlessly clean and the people who worked there were very helpful. We were impressed by the amount of space we had - a living room with a cozy gas fireplace, a well equipped kitchen, bedroom, bath and washer/dryer. We had an unobstructed view of the lake and the Remarkables. We also enjoyed the 25-minute walk into Queenstown, which was on a walking path right along the lake.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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VillaDelLago_11, Owner at Villa del Lago, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2014

Thanks for this, and for posting your gorgeous sunrise and sunset photos!

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Although apartment is gorgeous you just can't stop looking out through the glass wall to the lake view. After a friendly warm greeting and easy check in. we were made very comfortable here with lovely cosy romantic bed room (big bed), great shower, well equipped modern kitchen, dining / sitting room & wifi. Oh! and there is a full laundry included. All very spacious with good quality fittings and ,clean modern décor. Small balcony terrace overlooking THE view. Easy walk or reasonable taxi ride ( we didn't take the water taxi but would love to try it!) to/from town. We enjoyed two nights of lovely peaceful sleep in this excellent accommodation

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

My family of four arrived in Queenstown toward the end of our trip after staying in several places throughout New Zealand. The Villa was our favorite place to stay. It was private, quiet, and the views are breathtaking.

We booked a two bedroom apartment overlooking the lake. The furnishings were modern, clean and comfortable. Loved the shower, heated towel racks, and was thankful for the washer/dryer as well. Did not use the kitchen for more than snacks, but if anyone wants to cook while on vacation, the kitchen was stocked with anything one may need. We preferred wine and cheese on the balcony overlooking the lake and mountains.

The best part of our stay were the managers. We planned several activities ahead of time, but due to weather, had to change itinerary constantly. Charlotte and Nik booked and re-booked (many times) various trips for us, including Dart River Boat Ride, Bungee jumping, Heli and boat cruise to Milford Sound, Private Wine tasting tour, fishing and horseback riding. Their recommendations for restaurants were spot on as well. We were very grateful for their guidance and they single handedly enhanced our experience in Queenstown.

Not to be missed is stargazing from the balcony. Simply breathtaking.

Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a fantastic stay!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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VillaDelLago_11, Owner at Villa del Lago, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2014

Thank you for your very kind review. We really loved having your family to stay here. Come back anytime!

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Additional Information about Villa del Lago

Address: 249 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range: $224 - $431 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa del Lago 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This peaceful lakeside small luxury hotel comprises one bedroom Suites and two and three bedroom Villas. Unsurpassed views of the crystal clear lake and the sparkling mountains. Only 1.7km from the bustling town centre, the Villa del Lago offers a genuine lake front setting with its own pebbled beach and jetty - a rare combination of exceptional quality and convenience. ... more   less 
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