This hotel is situated right on the lake and the room that we had opened onto the lawns hugging the lake-shore. However, the hotel is about 10 mins drive from the town centre and hence only convenient if you have a vehicle with you. There is a bus stop outside the hotel and they ply at intervals of 20 mins or so (a bus schedule is affixed on the bus stop and even the reception will be able to help you with the timings). There isn't any shop/restaurant in the vicinity and hence you will have to drive/ take a bus to the town for meals and sundry shopping. In case you feel like walking, its a beautiful pleasant 30 min walk to the entrance of the Q'town Gardens.
As for the hotel, the lack of proximity to the town centre is more than made up by the proximity to the lake, however, given the nature of the landscape, the hotel is built in steps and hence navigating through the hotel is difficult. The reception is somewhere on the top floor and there are 2 banks of lifts which one has to traverse through to get to certain rooms. The car park is half way through the hotel (so saw 3 levels below the reception and 3 levels above the lowest floor) and lugging luggage wasn't easy for me (so if you are elderly group you may want to pay request a room closer to the reception or car park). However, I would like to mention that as it was peak season I did find it difficult to find parking space in the sheltered parking and had to park the car on the slope off the main road.
The room itself was great, one could see the lake and the mountains sitting on our bed. We had the lowest floor and hence our room door opened onto the lawns of the hotel. The bathroom was adequate. We didn't eat breakfast or any meals at the restaurants hence won't comment on that.
All-in-all, its a good hotel (especially the rooms) at decent rates, a little far from the town, a little inconvenient to get around but with a wonderful view, so depending on your mode of transport and size of luggage you can take a call.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the very scenic Lake Wakatipu, Oaks Shores is a luxuriously appointed Queenstown apartment-style hotel in the most popular New Zealand’s ski resort town, Queenstown. Each spacious apartment is impeccably appointed with chic, contemporary furnishings and balconies, most with stunning views over the lake and mountain ranges (Hotel Rooms do not have views). This perfectly located Queenstown accommodation includes 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, all with under floor heating, double glazed windows and superb kitchens or kitchenettes and ensuite bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oaks Shores Queenstown
- Oaks Shores Hotel Queenstown