Which Hotel to Choose in Queenstown
A road trip around the South Island simply has to include the island’s “adventure capital”, Queenstown. In between jet boating, skiing, white water rafting or perhaps touring from winery to winery and indulging in Fergburgers, you’re going to want to find a place to stay. We can help you there! We’ve hand-picked some of our favourite hotels in Queenstown, including options for budget travellers, couples, business travellers, families and luxury seekers.
1. QT Queenstown – The Best Hotel in Queenstown
Boasting spectacular views from your rooms kitted out with this hotel chain’s signature quirk, no wonder QT Queenstown is one of the trendiest establishments in town. With its eclectic design choices, artwork that invites you to step through the frame, and funky places to eat and meet, you can be forgiven if you find this hotel hard to leave. Enjoy a tipple at Reds Bar or sample a bit of everything at the gourmet buffet of Bazaar. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to work it off at the pool or one of the 15 Best Walks in Queenstown.
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2. Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel – Romantic Boutique Hotel in Queenstown
Far enough for a quiet retreat yet close enough for a stroll into town, Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel not only offers convenience but five-star luxury. The 22-room hotel treats guests to pre-dinner drinks and canapes each day, as well as an indulgent breakfast to fuel the day’s adventures. Rooms either feature views across the park to The Remarkables mountains or alpine views of the Queenstown Gondola. Either way, your room features sleek, contemporary and romantic design choices which make this boutique hotel a top choice for couples. See more hotels like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Queenstown.
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- Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel on Booking.com
- Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel on Trip.com
- Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel on Expedia
3. Sherwood – Eco-Friendly Hotel in Queenstown
Sherwood is an eco-friendly hotel with refurbished rooms made with recycled materials and their restaurant serves meals made with organic food. The hotel is a good place to relax, set on a hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Sherwood is a 5-minute drive from the city centre. Free WiFi and free parking are available. What’s more, their queen rooms are some of the best-priced on this list. For more budget-friendly options, take a look at the 15 Best Budget Accommodations in Queenstown.
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4. Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road – Hotel Where Kids Stay Free
For great value accommodation, choose the Holiday Inn Queenstown. From standard double rooms to family suites, there’s something for every kind of traveller. Plus, the hotel allows kids under 12 to stay and eat for free as long as they are sharing their parents’ room. The hotel is situated along Frankton Road between the ski fields, airport and town, so it’s best to have your own transport available or be prepared to take the bus or a taxi. Other facilities at the hotel include a furnished deck and barbecue area, bar and restaurant and tennis courts.
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- Holiday Inn Queenstown on Booking.com
- Holiday Inn Queenstown on Trip.com
- Holiday Inn Queenstown on Expedia
5. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside – Waterfront Hotel in Queenstown City Centre
This four-star hotel offers a double whammy when it comes to location: in the centre of town and on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It makes for a stunning location to enjoy the buffet breakfast from the fabulous restaurant or a glass of wine from your balcony. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is great for families, especially with babysitting services available while couples can spend their downtime at the on-site bar or in the spa pool. Rooms are simple, contemporary and stylish, with an option of “Standard Rooms” with either a king or two doubles or more premium “Lakeview Rooms” with the same bed layout.
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- Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on Booking.com
- Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on Trip.com
- Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on Expedia
6. The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels – Unique Hotel in Queenstown
Certainly one of the most unique hotels in Queenstown, The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels boasts a central location and bold design choices that make for more than a memorable stay in Queenstown. You’ll either love or hate the style choices of this four-star hotel with its lashings of intricate wallpapers adorning the walls (and ceilings) of every room. Aside from the guest rooms, the hotel has some wonderful spaces to enjoy between “The Lounge” by the fire where drinks are on the house during happy hour and the “Sweet Station” with a candy bar and espresso coffee to indulge in.
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- The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels on Booking.com
- The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels on Trip.com
- The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi Hotels on Expedia
7. The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments – Luxury Hotel in Queenstown
Treat your loved one or tribe to five-star luxury and an amazing lakefront location at The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments. While hotel rooms are available for solo travellers and couples, most of the accommodation options at The Rees consist of luxury apartments with separate bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and multiple bathrooms. Amenities in most rooms include an electric fireplace, iPod dock, satellite and cable TV, in-house movies, free WiFi, free parking and more. While the hotel is a little out of town, complimentary shuttles are available, as well as a water taxi service from its own wharf. For more stays with apartments, take a look at the 15 BEST Holiday Apartments in Queenstown.
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8. The Spire Hotel – Boutique Hotel in Queenstown Town Centre
Jutting out over the vibrant central streets of Queenstown, The Spire Hotel offers tastefully decorated five-star rooms with a stone-clad fireplace for a cosy ambience in winter and a large balcony to soak up the sun in summer. The boutique hotel has just 10 spacious suites which can be arranged in super-king or twin bed layouts, while there’s also plenty of room to lounge by the fire or in front of the TV with streaming services. You’ll also find the hotel’s sister restaurant just across the road, as well as most of Queenstown’s top dining options just a stone’s throw away – check them out in The Food Guide to Queenstown: Places to Eat & Food Tours.
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9. DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown – Hotel in Kawarau Village (Near The Remarkables)
An ideal base for skiing at The Remarkables in winter or to escape the hustle and bustle of the town in summer, DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown offers a lakeside retreat in Kawarau Village. Spend your downtime hiring a bike, watching a movie in the 10-seat executive cinema, divulging in one of the three on-site restaurants, bar, cafe or ordering room service. There’s even the option to prepare your own home-cooked meals with your room’s kitchenette facilities. There are king and twin guest rooms available with modern alpine-themed interiors and your choice of view – an excellent choice for couples!
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- DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown on Booking.com
- DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown on Trip.com
- DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown on Expedia
10. Kamana Lakehouse – Hotel with Hot Tubs in Queenstown
A breathtaking boutique hotel on the hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Kamana Lakehouse not only offers the “highest-altitude accommodation” but boasts some of the best private hot pools offered by any accommodation in Queenstown. Choose between an array of view-capturing king and twin rooms and apartments. Either way, you’ll have a room that’s modernly styled, perhaps with its own outdoor hot tub, and that’s effortlessly romantic.
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11. Nugget Point Resort & Spa – Spa Hotel in Queenstown
Swap your ultra-modern hotels for something stylishly traditional at Nugget Point Resort & Spa. Enjoy a truly unique stay at the base of the Coronet Peak ski field in Arthur’s Point with alternative views, not of the lake but of the Shotover River and the surrounding mountains. Nugget Point offers a Roman-style spa, as well as a gym, squash court, private movie theatre, library, WiFi and oh-so-much more. The on-site restaurant, AWA Restaurant and Bar is one you’ll want to enjoy time and time again with floor-to-ceiling windows, and cuisine to showcase the best of the region. As for the hotel-style rooms, you have a choice of views and adequate space to lounge with some rooms having decks and spa pools. See more hotels like this in the 20 Best Luxury Accommodations in Queenstown.
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12. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Mgallery by Sofitel – Five-Star Hotel in Queenstown
A five-star design-driven hotel just a short walk from town, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown is well worth considering for a special occasion. Choose between “Guest Rooms” with your choice of lake or garden view, opt for a balcony, or enjoy more space in one of the “Suites”. Many of the rooms have luxurious extras such as an espresso machine, Sky TV, removable mattress toppers and pay-per-view movies. As for dining, enjoy the enthralling views from Lombardi, a casual retreat in the living room-style The Library, or enjoy a local varietal of wine at the Lombardi Bar.
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13. Sudima Queenstown Five Mile – Hotel in Frankton (Near Queenstown Airport)
Need a place to stay in Queenstown’s main shopping hub, by the airport or closer to the ski fields? Sudima Queenstown Five Mile in the Frankton suburb is your 4.5-star go-to. Rooms are well-appointed yet simplistically styled and feature an ensuite, entertainment through your room’s Amazon Echo, and the option to upgrade to bigger rooms with grander mountain views. Kids stay free at this hotel, while all guests can appreciate the ease of rolling out of bed to get breakfast at the on-site Podium restaurant.
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- Sudima Queenstown Five Mile on Booking.com
- Sudima Queenstown Five Mile on Trip.com
- Sudima Queenstown Five Mile on Expedia
14. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa – Five-Star Hotel Near Queenstown (Kelvin Heights)
Located on the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu with Queenstown a mere 10-minute water taxi ride away and Queenstown Airport only a five minutes drive, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is a breathtaking yet convenient retreat. The five-star resort has 178 rooms, each complete with a private balcony, cosy fireplace, TV and WiFi. A real treat is the “Relaxation Rooms” featuring their own hot tub deck overlooking the lake and mountains. Hilton provides a home away from home with a full kitchen and lounge amenities while providing its own fantastic eateries. Dine surrounding an open kitchen at the Wakatipu Grill or enjoy other facilities at the Hilton including an indoor heated pool, jogging/hiking trail, fitness room, family packages, day spa and more.
Check Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa out:
- Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa on Booking.com
- Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa on Trip.com
- Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa on Expedia
15. Peppers Beacon Queenstown – Family Hotel in Queenstown
An idyllic lakeside location only five minutes walk from town, Peppers Beacon is a five-star luxury option for apartments in Queenstown. However large your tribe, you’ll find the right fit with a wealth of two to five-bedroom apartments available. Many of the apartments and penthouses have luxurious features such as schist stone fireplaces, a full kitchen with an espresso machine and more. Alternatively, there are slightly more affordable two-bedroom garden suites with a kitchenette. With babysitting services, cots and plenty to keep the kids entertained, Peppers Beacon is a good choice for families. See more apartments like this in the 15 Best Family Accommodations in Queenstown.
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16. Heritage Queenstown – Self-Catering Hotel in Fernhill
Crafted from schist stone and cedar, Heritage Queenstown elevates the ambience of this alpine town. There’s accommodation for all traveller types including those who wish to have their own kitchen space in the hotel’s “Suites”. Suites feature full kitchens, a lounge and separate bedrooms. As for amenities, Heritage Queenstown has a spa, pool, sauna and gym, and dining in the Mackenzies Restaurant. See more self-contained stays like this in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Queenstown.
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17. Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown – Lakefront Hotel in Queenstown
Convenience and idyllic views unite here at Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown with its lakeshore location only a five-minute walk from town. While the hotel’s exterior is nothing short of grand, standing majestically over Lake Wakatipu, the room interiors are far from innovative… Nevertheless, there are room types to suit all travellers with lake views that are hard to beat. The eateries here are superb, with design and cuisine that are bound to be a memorable part of your stay.
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- Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown on Booking.com
- Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown on Trip.com
- Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown on Expedia
18. Heartland Hotel Queenstown – Cheap Hotel in Queenstown
Boasting a central location and unique A-frame buildings, the Heartland Hotel Queenstown is a great choice for couples, friends and families looking for a value hotel in Queenstown. The hotel offers alpine-themed “Chalet Rooms”, “Standard Rooms”, “Executive Rooms” and “Family Rooms” with some including a kitchenette. Sky TV, WiFi and parking are included in the nightly rates. Guests also have access to the Hillside Brasserie serving a buffet breakfast and an a la carte dinner.
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19. Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview – Apartment Hotel in Queenstown
Nestled in gardens and with many rooms overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is an excellent choice in town. The four-star hotel has both “Superior Rooms” and “Superior Lakeview Rooms” with a private patio or balcony and offers free WiFi. Enjoy the convenience of on-site parking, a spa pool, gym, ski lockers and an on-site bar and restaurant specialising in classic Kiwi cuisine.
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20. Mercure Queenstown Resort – Four-Star Hotel in Fernhill
Located on the hillside of Fernhill, Mercure Queenstown Resort features elevated views of Lake Wakatipu. The hotel is a five-minute drive from town offering a more tranquil destination for your business trip or couple’s getaway. Treat yourself to a “Superior Lake View Room” with a king bed or make it more affordable by staying in a “Garden View Room”. Either way, you’ll have access to Sky TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and the hotel’s array of amenities such as a seasonal pool, sauna and spa, fitness centre and two restaurants with breathtaking views of the lake.
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- Mercure Queenstown Resort on Booking.com
- Mercure Queenstown Resort on Trip.com
- Mercure Queenstown Resort on Expedia
21. Millennium Hotel Queenstown – Harmless Hotel in Queenstown
Couples, business travellers and families alike will love what’s on offer at the four-star Millennium Hotel Queenstown. The Queenstown hotel based on Frankton Road in between town and the ski fields has “Superior Rooms”, “Junior Suites” and “Executive Suites”, each sleeping one to two adults and two children. Facilities at the hotel include shuttle service, gym, spa pool, free WiFi and a marvellous on-site restaurant.
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More About Hotels in Queenstown
That’s it for our list of the best hotels in Queenstown, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel advice! Check out these articles for more inspiration for your trip:
- The 50 Best Accommodations in Queenstown
- 45 Best Things to Do in Queenstown
- The Food Guide to Queenstown: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Queenstown.