I stayed at Oakridge during the ski season of 09 with a large group. I thought that the rooms and faciliies were great. Rooms were really modern and nice as well as the grounds. The beds were REALLY comfortable, however the king 'zip' bed is annoying, but it is stated that this is the bedding format.
Bathrooms were great, LOVED the heated floors throught out the apartment. Also LOVED having 2 bathrooms for 2 bedrooms. Great not having to share.
We were a fair way out of town so a taxi or car is a must if you want to go out for the night. A 5 minute drive only though.
The only couple of things that were annoying were that room service would come daily, and unless you specifically pointed things out or left a note stuff would get missed. e.g. many of us had to specifically ask for our floors to be mopped...things like that.
Also a fair few people in the group got gastro and we were told by the chemist in town that it was common to get gastro from the hot tubs as they were not only open to people staying at the hotel, but anyone could pay a fee and use the pools and spas.
That was a real shame as the pools and hot tubs were lovely after a day skiing but i gave them a miss for the last 2 days after that.
I don't know if this is a 1 off, or if this is something that is common. A quick call to the local chemist will tell you!
Overall a great place to stay, with only a couple of small things that we weren't happy with. Defintely reccomend for a large group.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Oakridge Resort is 100 kilometres from Queenstown and 2 kilometres from Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. The resort features 173 hotel rooms and fully equipped apartments, a superb restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, heated swimming pool with poolside bar and a day spa. During the warmer months, local activities include bushwalking, mountain climbing and fishing, while in winter the snowfields of Treble Cone and Cardrona are within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka Hotel Wanaka
- Mercure Wanaka