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Earnslaw Lodge
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This is a motel situated on a main road with the back overlooking Lake Wakatipu. We arrived early but as our room was ready we were allowed in. I had paid a bit extra for a lake facing room and was ready glad I had. The view is stunning as you don’t just see the lake – there is a golf course on a spit of land in the lake which is very green with a lot of trees, then there is of course the lake, plus the mountains in the background.

This is an old style motel and although the room itself is reasonably spacious, the walls of the room are just breeze blocks painted white and quite spartan in appearance. It was simply furnished with a queen sized bed, a single bed plus flat screen TV, fridge, tea-making facilities, 2 small armchairs and a coffee table. There is a shared balcony which extends across the back of the building. (My husband was not keen on this as people were walking by our window/patio door and there was no net curtain for privacy.) Each room has their own table and chairs to sit on the balcony and gaze at the wonderful view.

Minor niggles are – no hooks in ensuite to hang up clothes and the towels are on the small side, in fact the hand towels were really very large flannels. The room was adequately clean.

Breakfast is available and we had the full cooked breakfast which was good value for money, however I was not impressed that there is a charge for wifi – one of the few accommodations we stayed in New Zealand that didn’t even offer 30 minutes free.

It is about 900 metres into town – just under 10 minutes walk

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra for a view of the lake
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alrumatis
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

Stayed 2 nights after reading the reviews on trip advisor. Unfortunately, our experience was not like most reviews we read. Our shower had a urine odor with trickling water, beds are old with sinking mattresses that make you itch for a month (bed bugs), if you dial 800 numbers from the room they charge you a dollar per minute, breakfast is stale cereal for a hefty price, the managers are an old demented couple that smile all the time but nickle & dime you for everything you got. If can stay somewhere else please do. The only positive is if you get a room facing the lake (nice views)

  • Stayed: February 2012
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5  Thank Parmy007
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earnslawman, Director of Sales at Earnslaw Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2012

Dear Guest
Tha you for taking the time to log a review after staying with us recently. We are sorry that you where disappointed with some aspects of the motel. With regards to your comment on the beds we have since requested feedback from the next two guest we had booked "your" room and both where happy - with no sign of bed bugs anywhere.
We fail to see how you can comment on our breakfast when you didn't experience it. The comment about the Management are a personal attack, and are not warranted or constructive. Age is not reflective of capability.

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Reviewed February 28, 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights in a Lakeview Room. The view from our balcony of Lake Wakatipu was stunning. Especially during sunrise and sunset.

The hosts were really friendly and helpful. They organized tours for all the different types of things we wanted to do in Queenstown and suggested some others which were also great.

We never had any of our meals here so I cant comment about the food. It is located quite close to the city center which has a lot of fabulous restaurants.

The room however was not that great. It had a bit of a run-down feel. The bed wasn't very comfortable either.

If you would like a reasonably priced place close to the city center, then I guess the place is ok. But you could find a more comfortable place to stay in Queenstown for sure.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank sidadam
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Make sure you book a lake facing room for the views - it's really worth it.

Conveniently located only a few minutes walk from the town centre and with car parking on site - ticks all the boxes.

Rooms are comfortable and are reasonably priced. It's a motel so expect motel standards but with so much to do in and around Queenstown we were out and about all the time so luxury would have been wasted on us.

The owners are personally involved in running Earnslaw Lodge and are really helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank wirraldee
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Two nights here and an ideal base for our trip to Milford Sound and excursions locally. Just about the right distance from town and with a lake view stunning. Any trips book through the hosts they get you a good price and were full of useful information. Rooms were comfortable and breakfast worth the expense. All in all good value for money

Room Tip: Make sure you are away from the road it does get busy
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank digitalruggerman
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