All the hotels we recommend offer rooms with views and are within easy reach of, but not in, Queenstown’s central downtown area (which can be lively until the early hours of the morning).
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based on 85 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Stunning lake views. Luxurious rooms. Superb dining.
A favourite choice with gay travellers, Hotel St Moritz by MGallery enjoys sublime views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range.
Located just outside the centre of Queenstown, this luxury hotel creates the impression of an alpine ski lodge. It offers a fine selection of rooms and facilities, jacuzzi in the garden and a gym.
Guest rooms are stylishly designed and generously furnished with 40″ satellite TV and iPod dock. One-bedroom suites and two-bedroom apartments are also available, both with gorgeous lake views.
The Lombardi Dining Room is the star attraction of the hotel. It features an open kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven. The hotel’s bar and library with its stacked stone fireplace add further to the luxury retreat ambience.
based on 245 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Lakeside location. Fantastic service. Ski gear for hire. Free WiFi.
The Rees offers 5-star rooms and apartments on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, close to Queenstown city centre, all with a private balcony for you to appreciate the wonderful views over the lake and the Remarkables mountains.
Guest rooms are contemporary in style and feature Italian-designed spa baths. The True South Dining restaurant serves creative, award-winning dishes using local ingredients from the region.
Facilities include a day spa and a gym. More uniquely, you can access the hotel’s observatory and a private lake jetty. Ski storage, ski school and ski equipment rental available. Free WiFi and a free shuttle service to the town centre completes the luxury experience.
based on 463 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Fabulous location. Contemporary design. Great value.
The location of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the opposite shore of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, delivers amazing views – great for appreciating the incredible natural surroundings. Downtown is easily accessible by water taxi in 8 minutes or by driving around the lakeside road in about 20 minutes.
Guest rooms are very modern and stylish, all with floor-to-ceiling windows to take full advantage of the surrounding lake and mountain views.
The hotel has its own restaurant and bar. Guests have access to the 25-metre indoor pool, gym and the largest spa in Queenstown. Many local dining options can be found in the nearby Kawarau village area.
8.5 Excellent - based on 131 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? On Lake Wakatipu. Fabulous bar. Excellent views. Free WiFi.
Enjoying a great location on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, the Crowne Plaza Queenstown has been designed to take full advantage of the stunning scenery.
Most rooms offer lakeside views and private balconies. Each room has soundproofing, air conditioning, and free WiFi for a limited time daily (otherwise charged).
The in-house Threesixty restaurant serves international dishes, and the locally famous Central Otago Pinot Noir wine is available at the hotel’s bar. There is also a gym and ski storage onsite.
All of Queenstown’s popular restaurant and gay-friendly bars are within easy walking distance of the hotel.
8.5 Excellent - based on 274 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Stylish apartments. Close to town centre. Great value. Free WiFi.
Scenic Suites lives up to its name with apartment-style rooms with large windows for great views over the surrounding lakeside scenery.
The rooms are well-furnished and feature a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, dishwasher and dryer. There is a free WiFi allocation of one hour per day.
The Hillside Brasserie and Bar is shared with the adjacent Heartland Hotel and serves a good selection of locally sourced dishes.
Scenic Suites is a good-value and highly-rated option in central Queenstown, so you can take advantage of the the stunning local scenery and all the gay-popular restaurants and bars nearby.