After a couple of nights at the neighbouring Kawarau Hotel when we were last in NZ, being a fan of the brand, I was keen to give the neighbouring Hilton a whirl. Passed through for a few days on the slopes so we grabbed the opportunity to stay.
One of the newest Hilton properties, they really have done a good job with this one. Whilst I preferred the bright and modern interior design within the Kawarau, the Hilton is a step up and is really a good attempt at modern Kiwi Alpine inspired architecture. Lots of decadent wall trimmings, extensive use of woodwork and good attention to detail; the kind of place that looks sweet draped in winter snow.
The room was great with the in-room gas fireplace providing a deft touch.
Facilities are excellent; a well-equipped gym, 25 metre lap pool and a large hot tub. Unfortunately the hot tub wasn’t a proper spa tub but that appears to be par for the course in NZ (they do seem to love sitting in pools of hot water with hardly any bubbles!).
Breakfast was nice but, in all honesty, they could probably replace the chef on hand with the massive buffet as per many other Hilton properties. Their full breakfast buffet is generally a sight to see!
As per previous comments (see review for Kawarau Hotel), the location won’t suit everyone I actually think of it as a strength. Close to the airport, close to the only decent shopping centre and away from the Queenstown tourist traps.
For the price and, you are generally paying through the nose to be a guest, the lack of complimentary internet access is a particularly bitter pill to swallow. Most mid-range NZ hotels now offer a complimentary in-room allowance. For a hotel of this calibre to have not joined the revolution is really pretty average. It is something that they have to address in what is otherwise a very good Hilton property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you set foot inside the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, you'll discover a place that not only celebrates the world-renowned beauty of this region, but immerses you completely in that beauty. Welcome to a new way to experience Queenstown. Welcome to Hilton. This is an exhilarating setting, and one without compromise. The only hotel positioned directly on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa faces north, delivering full afternoon sun and showcasing panoramic views over an unspoilt terrain famed the world over. Watch the deep blue hues of the lake shimmer and glisten and savour this most intensely beautiful destination. In the heart of vibrant Kawarau Village and just 15 minutes via lake or land from Queenstown, you'll enjoy effortless access to all the excitement on offer in the region - and the closest accommodation to The Remarkables. ... more less
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