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Villa Del Lago
Ranked #3 of 58 Hotels in Queenstown
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Shanghai
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“Great”
Reviewed March 1, 2010

Made a mistake that did not check out the day before as we needed to catch an early flight. The hosts were very understanding. Sorry Lynn. The place itself is also great with nice view and easy walk to the town center.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

We were blown away by our hosts Lynn and Keith from the moment we walked into the office.They were amazing. So helpful with hints on what sights to see and things to do.They booked everything for us even changing some times and days for us up to twice. The Unit we had was superb with amazing facilities and fabulous views.We would highly reccommend to other Kiwis looking for a holiday at home. We will be returning for sure.Thanks Lynn and Keith

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Orange County, California
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

Queenstown is home to TWO Remarkables!
1) A beautiful majestic mountain range gracing the the horizon overlooking Queenstown! 2) Villa Del Lago, a majestic apartment style luxury hotel gracing the edge of lake Wakatipu and overlooking the Remarkables!

My mate and I have spent the past 6 months traveling throughout Australia and New Zealand staying at dozens of leading apartment style hotels and without a doubt Villa Del Lago rates HEAD AND SHOULDERS #1

The Villa Del Lago location is stunning, sitting directly on the waters edge of Lake Wakitipu with uninterrupted views of the lake and the stunning Remarkables mountain range! The location is peaceful, serene and tranquil. It avoids the traffic noise that most other Queenstown properties suffer which sit on the other side of noisy Frankton road with a constant flow of traffic spoiling the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains.

At the base of the property just in front of the lake is a wonderful jogging/walking/biking trail providing for a lovely way to head into the heart of Queenstown as it meanders along the lake with the option of a shortcut through the beautiful Queenstown Gardens. The other direction of the trail continues along the lake toward Frankton and all the way around the entire Kelvin peninsula towards the Queenstown golf course.

We stayed for close to a month in a one bedroom apartment which was very spacious, comfortable, and clean! The furnishings were simple, yet tasteful and stylish. The apartment has large expansive glass and sliding glass doors across the entire front of the apartment maximizing the amazing views which are absolutely STUNNING!! (The curtains can be drawn closed across the entire glass area if you want to keep the light out for a good morning sleep in!.....zzzzzzz....;~)

The proprietor's of Villa Del Lago are a truly lovely couple! Keith and Lyn live onsite and are detailed hands-on managers making personally sure that ALL of their guests are comfortable and well cared for! They, as well as their staff are delightful, always smiling, and keenly looking for opportunities go out of their way to make you feel warmly welcome and at home!

We arrived Villa Del Lago near the beginning of the Australian tennis open and were disappointed that the SKY TV channel that was broadcasting the tournament was not one of the channels on the Villa Del Lago SKY subscription. When we mentioned that we were disappointed to not be able to watch the tourney they immediately contacted SKY and subscribed to the channel!! My mate decided to make her special "Chicken Chilli" dish one evening but needed a food processing blender......Lyn loaned us her personal one, thus assuring a masterful meal! My mate wanted to sit outside on the patio with her computer but her cord would not reach the outlet. Keith brought us an electrical extension cord. We had a friend visit us from Australia for several days near the end of our stay. Knowing that he would not have a bike to join us on our treks into town, Keith offered his personal bike for our friend to use while he was visiting!! Knowing that our friend was sleeping on the pull-out sofa bed and surmising that we may be feeling a bit cramped, and in view of the length of time we had stayed at the property, they offered to move our friend to one of the vacant one bedroom apartments on the last night of our stay at NO CHARGE!! so as to provide a last night of comfy privacy for me and my mate!! When I asked Keith about fishing on the lake, Keith offered to take me on a fishing outing in his motor boat which is parked alongside the dock at the front of the property! When we were looking through the selection of DVD's that Keith and Lyn have in the reception area for guest use, I made mention that we were fans of the TV show "24". Keith went into his apartment and returned with 4 complete seasons of "24" from his personal library and loaned them to us for use during our stay. When we were leaving we still had 5 episodes left to view of season four. Keith let us take the final two DVD's of the series to watch while we were in Christchurch allowing us to then mail them back!

Needless to say we were thoroughly pleased and impressed with Keith and Lyn's "whatever it takes" , "out of their way", approach to delighting their guests and making them feel at home, while completely blowing away and far exceeding our every expectation!

Since my mate and I were staying at Villa Del Lago for almost a month and in view of the lovely trail so easily accessible at the base of the property, we purchased mountain bikes which became our sole form of transportation as we enjoyed the trail daily for excursions into the center of Queenstown. (Note: we sold the bikes at the conclusion of our stay on an EBAY styled site called Trademe.co.nz and received approx 70% of the cost back from the bikes which we had purchased new for $1000. If you are planning to stay for at least 3-4 weeks this is a recommended option since bike rentals cost approx 30-50 per day.)

Queenstown is a friendly yet vibrant city with a peaceful beauty all its own nestled in among the mountains sitting directly on Lake Wakitipu with stunning views of the Remarkables! The variety of restaurants and sidewalk cafes are incredibly exceptional and the quality of food and presentation are outstanding! YUM!! YUM!! Pier 19, and The Flame Grill, were our favorites for dining, wining, ambience and views! Winnies was our favorite for a more casual atmosphere of pizza and beer and a bit of entertainment, as well as a great place to meet up with friends!

We absolutely loved our month long stay at Villa Del Lago in Queenstown!! We will definitely return and look forward to once again staying as guest's of Keith & Lyn. We cannot over emphasis our resounding recommendation that if you are planning to visit Queenstown there is no place better to stay then Villa Del Lago!

Jeff & Vanessa.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Orange County
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

I've been touring Australia and New Zealand for the past 5 months with my mate, and I must admit this has been the most fantastic place we've stayed at thus far! From the beginning, Lynn and Keith made sure we had the best room with a spectacular view, all the comforts of a home away from home, and added little personal touches without missing a beat.

Their team made sure to accommodate our need for "late" room service, provided us with fresh towels, milk, coffee and tea on a daily basis. Lynn even let me borrow her personal food processor so I can make a nice meal for my boyfriend and Keith brought me an extension cord so I can use my computer on the patio while enjoying the breathtaking lake view .

The location is something you can't beat either! It's right on the water and there are steps that lead to a beautiful walking/biking path to take you straight to the downtown area. You can easily grab a public bus just up the street since they are perfectly located on Frankton Road.

Stay tuned for pics from this wonderful experience at Villa Del Lago! =0)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

On a 16 day tour of the South Island, we stayed at Villa Del Lago for the 3 days we were in Queenstown. The apartment had all that one would need for a relaxing holiday. The hosts were wonderful and very helpful on what to do in not only Queenstown, but also for adventures to take for the remainder of our trip. Sitting outside on the balcony while tasting some of the great local wines was a real treat. The apartments are close enough to the town centre but without giving the feeling of being too close to all the hustle and bustle. We definitely recommend these apartments to anyone who wants to spend the late afternoons relaxing and taking in some of the best views of Queenstown.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Carlisle
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Reviewed January 19, 2010

I hve stayed at Villa del Lago several times now while on holiday in Queenstown, The last time we were on our honeymoon.

The appartments are very very well equipped and immaculately clean. There is a large tv, laundry facilities, dishwasher etc..
The reception staff are very helpful making bookings for excursions or for any infomation you may need.

Looking out of the window you see the remarkables mountain range straight in front of you which is lovely at sunset.

It is about a 10 minute walk along the lake side into the town centre, this is nice in the evening as the views are exceptional.

The location is perfect, on the outskirts of queenstown, with loverly views

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Beira, Mozambique
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

I stayed at Villa del Lago for two nights- before and after a 7 days trip into the mountains. The owners were so kind to let me check out early on the morning of my departure and also store my bags while I was on my other trip. The view from the apartment was fantastic- the lake was so calm. It took me about 15 minutes to walk into town along the dirt trail along the lake- perfect! The kitchen and laundry were convenient to have and use- much better than a simple hotel room. Really friendly owners. Happy to help with any questions, incliding, "where to buy good New Zealand cheese!?"

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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Property: 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:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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