Comparison: We looked into five luxury hotels in Queenstown: Spire, Eichardt’s Private, Sofitel, Blanket Bay, and Azur. We narrowed down to Azur for the below reasons: Spire and Sofitel doesn’t have good unobstructed lake view and you can’t go to Queenstown and miss the lake view. Eichardt’s Private is on the waterfront, not private or relaxing as the area is full of tourists. Blanket Bay is too remote, located in Glenorchy, a sleepy town that has nothing to offer and is about an hour from Queenstown.
Azur is our favorite hotels in New Zealand (compared to Grasmere, Solitaire, and Mollies). The picturesque lake with a mountain backdrop was splendid. The staffs were the most dedicated and competent we’ve came across in the world. They would do anything to make you a pleasant stay. My family on a later flight was re-routed to Invercargill, Gavin, the manager, and the Japanese staff (whose name I don’t know how to spell), made multiple calls to keep me updated and let me make numerous international phone calls for free. Maria, the breakfast/pastry chef, cooked porridge, something she never made, for my family for breakfast. Hotel provided complementary transportation, a very nice touch that made the secluded location not so remote. On the night you don’t want to go out for dinner, they would help you order take-out food, bring it to the villa, set up beautifully in the outdoor terrace and provide you with wine, all are complementary. Azur doesn’t nickel and dime you. Mini-bar in the room and all alcohol and spirit in the public bar area are free.
Another interesting note, the staffs are very diverse and well-traveled. Gavin was from England, Maria (the chef) was from Indonesia but was trained in France or Switzerland, Jennifer just finished a 7-weeks around-the-world tour, and the staff in charge of the evening shift was from Japan.
Room: Beautiful and spacious, around 900sqf. View is awe-inspiring. Even though all villas are the same, my favorite villas are #5 and #9, on the eastern edge that have the least unobstructed view. Room has heated floor and heated towel rack.
Location: Five minutes drive to the town area. But the complementary transport eliminated the need for taxi or a car.
Conclusion: Many thanks to all the staffs to make our stay a memorable one. We will return in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It would be hard to imagine a perfect view than the one from Azur. Set to best capture the views of both Lake Wakatipu & the surrounding mountains, Azur is a beautiful property set amongst 3.5 Acres of native bush. Featuring the main lodge and nine identical 79sqm freestanding villas. Azur captures the best of both worlds; amazing views and a tranquil setting yet only 5 minutes from downtown Queenstown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Azur Hotel Queenstown
- Azur Queenstown