My husband and I went to Villa Del Lago with the intention of staying only 4 nights. We ended up staying 6 nights! We stayed in apartment #8, a one-bedroom apartment. It had a gorgeous view of the lake and mountains (see pictures). It is a very clean apartment with a fireplace, fully-stocked kitchen, washer & dryer (which was great for the extended stay), heated bathroom floors, heated towel rack, and comfortable bed. The lodge is actually located on the side of the mountain so you have to go down steep steps to get to your apartment. The beauty of the scenery makes it worth the extra steps though.
You can access a path into town, going down the hill towards the lake, and walking beside the lake, if you are up to a 20-minute walk into town. On a nice day, it is a good way to get familiar with Queenstown, but you need to be somewhat fit for the walk. I recommend you drive closer in to town to eat meals. If you are new to Queenstown, like we were, we found it easy to drive to the park, and park along the street. That way, you can access restaurants located by the lake in downtown Queenstown and avoid the traffic directly in town. We were traveling the South Island for two weeks so we actually enjoyed cooking our breakfast in the apartment. The grocery store we used was in a nice shopping area located close to the Queenstown airport.
You can pay extra for an internet connection, through a wireless network called SurfSpot. I paid $20 for 120 minutes of internet usage. You can purchase 30 & 60 minutes at another rate. SurfSpot is also available at the Queenstown airport if you have leftover minutes.
Claire and her husband are excellent lodge managers. They went out of their way to assure we had everything we needed. They helped us with arranging tours and giving directions. They even allowed us to check out late since our plane did not leave until 3 in the afternoon. Claire suggested it without me having to ask. That shows how in-tune they are with their guests. The young lady that cleans the apartment each day is also very pleasant and conscientious. Overall, our stay was very nice at this location.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Del Lago Hotel Queenstown