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Alpine Village
Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews
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“Good Family apartments”
Reviewed September 18, 2008

Booked this apartment to house a family of 4 for a week of skiing at Cardrona

The accommodation was very new when we stayed there, the apartment was clean and tidy and all items in the property were in working order. We had a room that looked out over the lake and onto the Remarkables mountain range, Beautiful!!

The apartment we had was split over 3 levels due to the steepness of the site, the top level and bottom level is both at ground level, level 1 garage, level 2 bedrooms, bathroom and ensuite, level 3 (top) lounge room, kitchen and balcony.

TV had Foxtel as well as local stations

The property is 5 Km out of town, we had a car so getting around was quite easy, local supermarket was 2 min drive up the street, we only went in to the centre of town a few times and were happy we stayed out of town as it was noisy and busy.

We drove to Cardrona to ski each day (1hour) but was worth it

This property was excellent for a family holiday as it was well priced, comfortable with plenty of room for the kids to move. If there was a down side to this apartment was the steep staircase, which did worry us with young kids (5 and 6), you would not want to stay here with toddlers or if elderly due to the stairs (kept us fit)

There was no washing machine in the room but there was a laundry on the property, also as with any rented apartment you need to wash dishes and take your rubbish out and generally tidy up, but housekeeping come through and do beds and towels. We were fine with this

All in all were loved our experience in Queenstown and would recommend this property to others

  • Liked — Veiws and room to move when relaxing with family after being out all day
  • Disliked — steep stairs
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 19, 2008

Our accommodation fell thought the week we were leaving for New Zealand (through fault of our travel agent) and BreakFree Alpine Village was the only accommodation I could find at the last minute that had vacancies and was affordable. Having booked our holiday months in advance, we had plenty to choose from and got a discounted rate. Now, nearly everywhere was booked out and what was available was too expensive. For this reason, I was very worried about what to expect from BreakFree Alpine Village and thought there had to be something wrong with these apartments. But I needn’t have worried. Our apartment was awesome and way better then where we had originally booked to stay. My boyfriend and I loved everything about it and it was the perfect place to relax after a day of snowboarding.

The apartments are clean and modern. Everything is new and in good condition. The view is amazing. The apartments have everything you could want and I could not fault anything. The apartment we had was on one level but there were external stairs you had to climb to access it. We didn’t have a garage but parking was not a problem.

The bedroom was a good size with plenty of room to unpack our stuff. The beds were comfortable with good linen (I am very fussy about this). As our apartment faced onto the road, it can be a bit noisy and the blinds didn’t block out much light but we were out late and up early to hit the snow anyway so it wasn’t a big problem. The bed is made daily (not sure if the sheets were changed).

The bathroom is huge and very nice. It has a heated floor and towel rail. As there is no ski storage/drying room we used this to dry and store all or snow gear (clothes rack provided). Yes, there is no shower curtain and water did go everywhere but it is no big deal. The towels were changed daily.

The kitchen is fully equipped (except for a can opener as we discovered one night). They only have a mini bar fridge but it is all you need. The stove, oven, and microwave worked fine. There is a breakfast bar, which is the only dining area.

The living room is great and has two comfortable lounges, a tv (with lots of channels) and dvd player. It adjoins the kitchens and opens out onto the balcony. There are bi-fold doors that would be great in summer to open up and fully take in the view but being winter it was a bit cold for us.

BreakFree Alpine Village is a few minutes drive out of town but we had a car so it wasn’t a problem. A taxi into town isn’t that expensive either. It is close to the airport, Frankton and ski fields.

We were told several times during the booking process about the construction work but as we were going to be at the snow all day this didn’t bother us. I thought it was good that they made sure we were fully aware of this but the construction work didn’t end up being a problem at all. Most of the building work was complete and they were only doing internal finishings on the apartments closest to the water, which were furthest from us.

We want to go back to New Zealand and would definitely stay here again. I would recommend BreakFree Alpine Village as the place to stay in Queenstown.

  • Liked — The accomodation itself
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2008

We got this apartment for an exceptionally good price (under NZ $100) online for a five night stay. We had a one bedroom apartment that had fantastic views over the lake (our room was 15a) - not sure that all rooms would have this so specify if you want a view. Seemed to be like an apartment for a disabled person as there was an open shower and rails in the bathroom but this wasn't a problem for us (yes water did go everywhere) but we liked the cleanliness, the heated towel rail and nice bathroom products.

The bedroom was very small and there was barely any room to squeeze in our baby's portacot. We found the beds ok but they were firm. Kitchen was good but using the oven will probably set off the fire alarm as it is directly above.

Reception were helpful letting us check in early and providing us with supplies that housekeeping had forgotten. TV reception is pretty average but the DVD was good for keeping baby entertained, however as the weather was good we were out often.

Although these are pretty new units there are some signs of poor quality ie chipped furniture, worn fabric and loose light fixtures but these were fairly minor and did not affect us too greatly.

The complex itself seems to be under a very slow development program although it sort of looks like most the apartments are finished and just the main reception area needs doing.

I would avoid apartments situated directly on the main road as this road is quite busy and could disturb light sleepers.

It is a long distance (not walkable) to Queenstown. About a 10 minute drive, however Frankton town is closer and has a very good shopping complex near the airport and a small strip of shops near the BP petrol station that has good fish and chips and a reasonably priced pub.

Queenstown itself is pretty expensive and touristy but we enjoyed the gondola, going out to look at the Shotover jet, drives to Arrowtown and Glenorchy. We were a little limited with baby but had a great time in May when it is much quieter but still getting days with sunshine albeit quite cold.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — small bedroom that barely fitted our very small portacot
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Melbourne
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Reviewed May 14, 2008

Firstly, we got ripped off by booking this place at full price in January because there was a half-price sign up when we pulled into the driveway last week. My husband accidently clicked the pay button twice on their website in early April & is still waiting for his credit card to be refunded.
The TV didn't work so we were moved next door, the oven was dirty & we changed our own lightbulb in one of the rooms rather than go back down to reception. If I remember correctly, we also had to take our rubbish away with us & wash the dishes or be charged extra.
Using the shower got water EVERYWHERE as there was no shower screen & the smell of bleach in the spa bath was so overpowering that we had to get out after 10 minutes & I ended up with a rash. The beds were awfully hard & unless you like a hard bed, this alone should be enough to keep you away.
Go somewhere else.

  • Liked — OK views of the mountains
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2007

The apartment was great. I will be back. The Apartments are nice and cheerful being of good size and the reception staff i found always happy to help. It’s like a calm oasis in the middle fantastic views of lake and montain and it’s such a luxury. Vijay Booked our trip to Milford Sound with the option of flying back. That was amazing. My wife and i enjoyed our stay at Breakfree Alpine village and would like to thank Vijay & team for a great stay.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2006

The resort was still partly under construction when we stayed here and we got a very good deal for the place ( NZ $ 150/ Night) for the 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the lake , spread over 3 levels with a lock up garage. Great Property at a very attractive price !

  • Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed March 18, 2006

My wife and I stayed there last week and aside from a few minor gripes we had a pleasant experience. The units are a way out of town and would be a long walk if you don't have your own transport, but this is advertised. The buildings are 3 level buildings arranged up the hill between the waters edge and the road. Four rows all up. The bottom floor is a garage that has direct access to the middle floor. The top floor accesses the driveways between the buildings and has no defined car accomodation, though there seemed to be ample room for about one car per unit to park just outside. The units are numbered with a whole number for the bottom unit (with garage) and a number followed by an "A" for the top unit (ie 5 and 5A). Apart from the front row of units the only view the bottom unit has is of the building in front. The top units can look over the top of the unit in front. The units number from the top of the hill down to the water, so if you are in unit 2 for example you are on the bottom furtherest from the lake. We were first placed in a bottom unit which I didn't really like, so my lovely wife used her manners and politely asked if we could have a unit with a view. We were pleased when the girl from reception said it was possible. It made for a more enjoyable time to have a view. The staff were friendly and helpful in our experience. The units were modern and clean. They are not serviced daily. Don't expect new towels and your bed made every day. The beds are very hard!! The first night we spent there my wife was in fits of laughter over just how hard they were. I've been to motels where they leave the plastic on the mattress but they were never that hard. They would have to go to a special shop to get those. Necessity is the mother of invention, so the next night we remade the bed with the extra blanket underneath. You could probably get extra blankets from reception to beef it up a bit more. I haven't suffered any ill effects. The TV did have crappy reception, but I don't go on holidays to watch TV. The kitchen has an oven, microwave, 2 burner gas stove, small fridge and a breakfast bar. The loungeroom adjoins the balcony. Large modern bathroom with heated towel rails, fan heater and hair dryer. No shower screens, but didn't have that much of a problem with water. The windows in the bedroom only have wooden blinds and the front door is glass, which means lots of light from the ample outside lighting comes in. If you like it pitch black when you sleep you'd better take blinkers. There is still construction happening on the site off to the left of view. This didn't pose any problems, with work happening only during the regular hours. In conclusion, I think that I would stay there again if it came at the right price. We had a voucher which made it worth while. There is no way that I'd pay top dollar to stay there.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Property: Alpine Village
Address: 643 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand (Formerly BreakFree Alpine Village Resort)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Alpine Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
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