The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments
The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Queenstown

© The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

Five-star Hotels in Queenstown

A location as beautiful of Queenstown, with its majestic mountains, tranquil lake and vibrant blue rivers, calls for a special kind of accommodation. Whether you’re visiting in the refreshing winter for some ski time, winery-hopping during the vineyard harvest, or ticking adrenaline experiences off your bucket list during summer, there is always a sublime hotel with incredible views and facilities to retreat to. We go through some of the most breathtaking in this list of best luxury accommodation in Queenstown.

Plus, while you’re here, don’t miss 5 Epic Queenstown Helicopter Tours and The Luxury Guide to Wellington.

1. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

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 your ultimate 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 full kitchen and lounge amenities while providing its own fantastic eateries. Dine surrounding an open kitchen at the Wakatipu Grill or indulge in a gourmet pizza at Stacks Pub. Other facilities at the Hilton include an indoor heated pool, jogging/hiking trail, fitness room, family packages, day spa and more.

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Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa© Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

2. The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

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, 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. The ample space and variety of apartment sizes available make The Rees an ideal stay for families. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Queenstown.

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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments© The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

3. Marina Apartments Element Escapes

Swap the hotel-style holiday for complete privacy and a more local’s experience at Marina Apartments Element Escapes. Choose from two locations in Queenstown, either in the heart of the town or along Frankton Road so you are closer to the ski fields, for instance. All apartments and studios boast an ultra-modern design with full kitchens, underfloor heating, complimentary consumables, Sky TV, ski storage area and much more.

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Element Escapes Apartments© Element Escapes Apartments

4. Nugget Point, a THC Group Hotel

Swap modern designs for something stylishly traditional at Nugget Point. Enjoy a truly unique stay at the base of Coronet Peak in Arthur’s Point with unbeatable views of the Shotover River and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Nugget Point offers a Roman-style spa, as well as a gym, squash court, private movie theatre, library, WiFi and 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. But what about the rooms? Enjoy hotel-style rooms with your choice of view and adequate space to lounge and some with decks and spa pools. See more hotels like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Queenstown.

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Nugget Point© Nugget Point

5. Heritage Queenstown

Crafted from schist stone and cedar, Heritage Queenstown embraces the dramatic ambience of your stay in this alpine town. There’s an accommodation for all traveller types: couples have the Deluxe Rooms with a private balcony, families have the Family Deluxe Room with a super king and two singles, and business travellers have ample space to work in the Executive Deluxe Room. Suites are also available featuring full kitchens, lounge and separate bedrooms. As for amenities, Heritage Queenstown has a spa, pool, sauna and gym, cosy dining by the fire in the Mackenzies Restaurant, as well as al fresco dining on the expansive balconies. See more like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Queenstown for Foodies.

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Heritage Queenstown© Heritage Queenstown

6. 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 luxury accommodation in Kawarau Village. Spend your downtime here 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. You can even prepare your own home-cooked meals with your room’s kitchenette facilities. There are king and twin guest rooms available with modern yet alpine-themed interiors and your choice of view.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown© DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

7. Rydges Queenstown

Convenience and idyllic views combine 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 a little uninspired. Nevertheless, there are room types for all travellers, including family rooms with many offering views of the lake that are hard to beat. The eateries here are superb though, with design and cuisine that are bound to be a memorable part of your stay. The Bazaar Interactive Marketplace offers a unique dining experience out of the luxury hotels in town, showcasing international cuisine across various stations set up like a European deli.

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Rydges Queenstown© Rydges Queenstown

8. Villa Del Lago

Choose from two or three-bedroom villas, as well as one-bedroom king suites at Villa Del Lago. The serviced luxury apartments are located in Fernhill, about a 25-minute walk from the town centre. Each apartment has a full kitchen where guests can pick fresh herbs from the herb garden. Enjoy warm nights in by the real-flame gas fires or summer evenings on your balcony or patio. Apartments are on multiple levels and accessible by stairs. Free parking, WiFi and ski storage lockers are included.

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Villa Del Lago© Villa Del Lago

9. Peppers Beacon

An idyllic lakeside location, only five minutes walk from town, and offering luxurious hotel rooms, suites and apartments, Peppers Beacon is a dreamy choice for just about any traveller. However large your tribe, you’ll find the right fit with a wealth of two to five-bedroom apartments available, as well as hotel rooms for couples. Many of the apartments and penthouses have schist stone fireplaces, a full kitchen, espresso machine and more.

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Peppers Beacon© Peppers Beacon

10. Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown

Enjoy contemporary furnishings, majestic views and home comforts when you stay at Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu. Each suite boasts underfloor heating and gas fire, full kitchen facilities, Sky TV in the lounge and bedrooms, DVD library, USB charging stations, iPod docking station, laundry machines and some suites have a private balcony. The apartment hotel offers free WiFi, undercover parking, gym access, bike/car/ski rental and a children’s playground. As for the location, you’re situated on Frankton Road overlooking the lake just a 10-minute walk from town.

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Swiss Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown© Swiss Belsuites Pounamu 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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