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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern, clean apartments on the shores of Lake Wakatipu; all have fantastic mountain and lake views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alpine Village Hotel Queenstown
- Breakfree Alpine Village Hotel
- Breakfree Alpine Village Queenstown