Stayed here for a week in March 2012. Was a great choice and our two young children (ages 3 and 4) had a blast. The quality of the Esplanade is high, the fixtures and fittings are good and the beds are really really comfy. Yes it is on the main road but we honestly never woke with the traffic, nor were the kids. Its probably a 10 minute walk into the centre with toddlers but it is an easy one as its along side the lake, there is also a small playground a few minutes walk from the Esplanade.
A lightbulb needed replaced in the lounge, I contacted them and they were super speedy at replacing, was quite impressed as they could just have left it as it was just for a lamp.
My daughter also left some soft teddies in her bed at the property and these were posted onto Wanaka, where we were staying next. She was delighted that her friends appeared so quickly, I was really happy with the speedy postage, it was great customer service.
The only gripe I had about the Esplanade was that the knives needed sharpening (but this is a common gripe if I am honest). It irks me when places of this quality have blunt knives. If you are a serious cook you may want to think about taking your own.
The above is a really small gripe and I would not hesitate to stay there again. Great stay, fab choice and would definately recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Across the Esplanade from Lake Wakatipu, these luxury 3-bedroom villas are perfect for any season. Downtown Queenstown, with all its restaurants and shops is only a short five-minute stroll along the lake shore. Fabulous for those with young children as there is a playground in the park directly in front of the complex and each villa has its own private courtyard – which allows children to play outside yet be off the road and safe from traffic and if travelling by car, a private garage at the back of the villa it very easy to drop groceries (and the children) at the back door before putting the car away for the night! Inside; enjoy a bottle of local Pinot Noir in front of the large gas fire in the sitting room, dine alfresco in the courtyard or relax and soak up the holiday feel in Queenstown in the large bath in the master en-suite bathroom overlooking the lake...Each villa's ground floor comprises a fully equipped kitchen, dining and sitting room with a large flat screen TV, DVD/CD player and radio. TV coverage is digital Sky with all channels available for viewing. Upstairs, the three bedrooms: - master bedroom with its own en-suite bathroom and other two bedrooms with shared second bathroom. A maximum of 6 guests can be accommodated with a bed configuration to suit 4 singles OR 3 couples OR 2 couples and 2 singles. Also available, upon request are portacots, high chairs and stair safety-gates if travelling with infants (POA). Each villa also has a laundry with washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board.No keys are required for the villas - access is by digital key-pad, making access easy, simple and convenient. ... more less
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