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This entry is a wee bit delayed (I've been a bit behind!!).
I flew out to Queenstown for a work conference on 26AUG where I stayed at the beautiful Heritage Hotel for a few days. I was meeting with my Lighthouse Global Team for us to nut out all the good stuff to solve our Lighthouse problems and stuff!! :)
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Today is the day, Bungy booked and waiting for me.
The plan today is we leave Queenstown for a leisurely drive via Arrowtown to our next stop Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand and we will have been lucky enough to see all four of them. First a stop at Kawarau Gorge, home of the bungy jump. Commercial bungy jumping started …
Saturday 26th November off to Queenstown
Awoke to the most stunning sunny morning and not a cloud in the sky and the gale of the day before replaced by a light breeze. Pity today wasn't the Tasman glacier trip, but never mind maybe next time lol. Off to Queenstown this morning a leisurely 4 hour drive through Twizel across the …
hi All been hectic since we hit Queenstown Friday afternoon not much freetime to blog. We have lots to blog might be Wednesday before can update about this amazing place. But will I have done the bungy jump? Watch this space.
Before we went to bed last night, our hosts announced that an earthquake was expected and gave us instructions on how to respond. It was like the old air raid drills that we did in the fifties, "Drop, hide, cover." We did not practice and luckily didn't need to. The last thing New Zealand needs is another earthquake. We did learn something new, …
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The scenery is breathtaking, and the staff were really attentive.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHeritage Queenstown
Historical Traveler Reviews Heritage Queenstown
We just returned from New Zealand, and spent two nights at the Heritage. The hotel is quite nice, with the feel of a mountain lodge inside. The restaurant and food were both very good. Although it is outside of town, a regularly scheduled bus gets you down to the city center and back in ten minutes or so each way. I consider this an excellent place to stay while in Queenstown. Also, the hotel staff were very accommodating.
My wife and I stayed here for just one night in early January 2005. Originally, we had planned to stay in a character B&B up the road in Arrowtown but it was sold off (and the new owners were not going to run it as a B&B) just before we were due to travel, so chose this at the last minute on the internet. We had no great expectations of this hotel but were pleasantly surprised by the hotel and wished we could have stayed longer. We were lucky enough to be upgraded at no cost to a very large suite with full kitchen, in-room laundry facilities and balcony overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and mountains. The property was built in typical Alpine style, lots of stonework and wood. The pool looked very inviting but unfortunately we didn't have time to sample it.
We stayed at the Heritage from 12th February for three nights. The hotel was described as a four star but I didn't think that it rated this as our room was a little jaded. The bathroom was lovely it had a separate bath and shower and there were plenty of tea and coffee facilities. Staff were really friendly and the in-room catering was hot and cheap. We didn't have a balcony as we had been promised but we did arrive at noon so there were probably not many rooms ready and it was peak season. The problem that we had was with noise. The sound-proofing left a lot to be desired and noise from other rooms was a nightmare. The first night the noise didn't stop until 2.30 a.m. and started again at six. The second night I called reception at midnight and they sent someone over and the noise stopped until 5 a.m. and the third night was the same except the first person banging around was at 3.59 a.m. The staff said that these were guests but I am not sure where they would have been going so early. I should mention that we live in a very quiet area so other guests may not find this a problem. I can sleep through traffic noise but the noise we experienced was similar to the bass on a music system. There was also at least one group of tourists travelling together who came in late and shouted goodnight to each other and rose early and knocked loudly on all the doors to let others know that they were ready to go. This wasn't the fault of the hotel just inconsiderate guests. Sorry this sounds so negative - I get very moody with no sleep.
Nothing Special Here
This is a nice hotel for Heritage, but nothing special in terms of location, food or customer service, even by New Zealand standards. The staff obviously can't read, as trying to catch up on some sleep into late morning, with DO NOT DISTURB on the door, the maid tried to enter twice waking me up. Also, if you're there and it's hot, FYI, this place has no AC or ceiling fans, so you get to sweat. Food available on site was very average. If you have other alternatives, go with them.
We did not mind the 20 minute walk along the waterfront to reach "downtown" and the view from the hotel's sundeck was magnificent. The room we had was nicely appointed and the bed was very comfortable. Although it was Spring in NZ, it cooled off at night time as Queenstown is in an alpine region. There was no method of control the heat coming into our room except to open the door to our sundeck - therefore the room became uncomfortably hot during the night.
Fab position overlooking lake
What a lovely room we had overlooking the lake. It's worth the extra for the view. Our room had EVERYTHING: washingmachine/dryer, fridge, dishwasher. We'd only booked 2 nights and I wish we could have stayed for a week! Huge bed. Ours was a family room and our daughter had a double bed to herself. It wasn't too far from the centre of town- a short bus ride but the energetic could walk it easily.
Comfortable and Peaceful
Just spent 3 nights here in October 2004. Was surprised to find how far out of town it was - not clear from web site. However, they do provide free bus passes that worked just fine. Staff was very busy, but helpful. The room was spacious and immaculate. Used the laundry facilities and they were well located and easy to use. Only had coffee and toast in morning, so can't comment on restaurant. Loved Queenstown.
Arrived in Queenstown with no reservation for a 1-night stay in June 2004. The Heritage was recommended by the tourist office in town with a very cheap rate (mid-week and out of season as was before skiing kicked in). Had transport but hotel was a good bit further out of town than expected but not really that far in real terms, plus free bus pass available to and from town during stay. Room was excellent - best bathroom I saw on a 2 month trip around the world!! Very clean and seperate bath and shower. Beds very good. Room spacious enough etc. Heating a little laboured as only a mini heater provided. Highlight of stay was actually walking down hill into town - on a bright sunny day the view over the lake was just awesome!!! It was like looking at a painting!! Ate in the hotel (most restaurants in town were shut for refurbishment..) Seafood chowder was out of this world! Followed by a main fish course which was also very good. Loved it here - very cheap deal was just an added bonus.
Peace and quiet
I think I was expecting more, but the hotel was still very nice. The staff was really helpful in recommending and booking activities. The room, although it didn't have a Lake view, was quite large. My husband and I also got massages, which were just amazing! The hotel is located a good 20-minute walk away from the town, but I think a lot of the hotels in town would get a lot of noise at night. It was incredibly peaceful and quiet up on the hill at the Heritage.
Doesn't quite match the hype
Stayed for Xmas week. A nice place but not as good as the marketing suggests. Located 15-20 minutes walk up a hill from the centre of the town - a free shuttle operates. Nice decor in the public areas, reasonable rooms (although not many with lake views) and excellent bathrooms. Staff seem quite young and customer service lags a little as a result. Restaurant has no view (!) and is a little like a cafeteria. Insufficient catering facilities left many without a Xmas dinner - no help offered to find an alternative. Low rates often available on wotif. but understand that deluxe room = standard room.