This was our first stop on a 3-week south island trip. Luckily, it didn't set the tone for the rest of the trip. We'd asked our "agent" for something with a cooking facility, and the apartment did have that -- poorly equipped and no directions for use of the unusual cooktop. When we were trying to cook and couldn't figure it out, I called the manager for help. He was "busy eating dinner" and wouldn't come up. After our two engineer husbands kept trying to figure it out, we gave up and used an electric skillet. I called the manager back and insisted he send someone in to look at it in the a.m. Later, my husband actually got it to work, and the next a.m., as we left for the day, he left a note for the manager at the desk -- telling him we'd resolved it. Nevertheless, the manager came into the apartment, put a pot of water on the stove, left it to boil and did not return! He could've burned the building down, if we'd not come back at lunch time. When asked about it, he insisted he'd come back in and found it turned off -- however, we were there the entire time and saw no entrance by him. There are so many great little restaurants in Queenstown that we wouldn't waste the money to stay in a cooking facility -- particularly this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St James Apartments is centrally located in the level hub of downtown Queenstown giving you the opportunity to meander easily amongst the multitude of shopping, dining and adventure retailers. The closest café is a mere 30 metres from our doors and the beautiful Queenstown Garden's are but only a few steps away. You will find us set back amongst tranquil landscaped gardens and trees offering secure off-street under cover parking within our private courtyard. Lift access and a dry ski & storage room will ensure your convenience on arrival and during your stay with us year round. We offer a superb place to relax after a long journey, to enjoy a much-needed break, or to locate yourself centrally for your business trip. Ten apartments are within the St James Apartments complex. All are quiet and have convenient self-catering and bathroom facilities. The apartments range from Studio to our magnificent Executive 4 Bedroom Apartment, the diverse range is sure to meet your needs. Our helpful and experienced staff are only too happy to help you with suggestions as to where to go in Queenstown and its beautiful surrounds; whether you are interested in the local restaurants, wine tours and spa's; or whether you are interested in adventure sports such as the world famous bungy jump we are on hand to book any of the available activities at our friendly reception or assisting you to create an itinerary for your stay in Queenstown. We look forward to welcoming you to our special part of the world soon. ... more less
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