© Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

10 Best Hotels in Queenstown

© Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Where to Stay 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 Ferg Burgers 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.

While you’re here, don’t miss 10 Epic Adventure Activities in Queenstown and The Complete Guide to Queenstown.

1. DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

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! See more like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Queenstown.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown© DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

2. Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Boasting a central location and unique A-frame buildings, the Heartland Hotel 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. See more hotels in Queenstown like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Queenstown.

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Heartland Hotel Queenstown© Heartland Hotel Queenstown

3. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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. The hotel is great for families, especially with babysitting services available while couples can spend their downtime at the on-site bar or in the Jacuzzi. 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© Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

4. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Mgallery by Sofitel

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. See more Queenstown hotels with excellent restaurants in 10 Best Accommodation in Queenstown for Foodies.

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Hotel St Moritz Queenstown Mgallery by Sofitel© Hotel St Moritz Queenstown Mgallery by Sofitel

5. Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road

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. See more hotels like this in 11 Best Budget Accommodation in Queenstown.

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Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road© Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road

6. Rydges Queenstown

Convenience and idyllic views unite here at Rydges 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. The Bazaar Interactive Marketplace offers a unique buffet dining experience, showcasing international cuisine across various stations set up like a European deli.

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Rydges Queenstown© Rydges Queenstown

7. Nugget Point, A THC Group Hotel

Swap your ultra-modern hotels for something stylishly traditional at Nugget Point. 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, Kanuka Kitchen 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 view and adequate space to lounge with some rooms having decks and spa pools. See more hotels like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Queenstown.

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Nugget Point© Nugget Point

8. Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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 Jacuzzi, gym, ski lockers and an on-site bar and restaurant specialising in classic Kiwi cuisine.

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Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview© Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

9. Mercure Queenstown Resort

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© Mercure Queenstown Resort

10. Millennium Hotel 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, Jacuzzi, free WiFi and a marvellous on-site restaurant.

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Millennium Hotel Queenstown© Millennium Hotel Queenstown


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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