Been a busy week since arriving back home from our short visit to Queenstown. I don’t normally talk about accommodation as usually it’s pretty boring stuff but we stayed at a wonderful hotel in Queenstown and it’s worth a blog post. I have not been paid in any way to review this hotel – I just think that when something is good, it deserves praise.

Because it was my birthday last week, I left the accommodation to El Hubs who has a knack for selecting the unusual. Guess because he’s an architect, he has the ability to appreciate the grand design. He tells me he searched far and wide for the right place, preferably with a lake view (Lake Wakatipu). In the end, he decided on Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, a 5-star hotel. I hasten to add that we don’t normally stay in 5-star hotels, mainly because we don’t spend a lot of time in the room. However, the hotel had a special rate, including breakfast, so he booked three nights and it looked like our style of hotel.

Best accommodation ever people! And believe me, we have travelled far and wide. From the moment we arrived, it was excellent, personalised service. The hotel itself is quirky – from the silver and black colour scheme to the cosy reception and lounge area. We sacrificed a lake view because we wanted more of an experience during our stay. Our room had a wonderful, large window that looked out onto the adjacent park with glorious Winter foliage. Personally, I preferred this to any lake view.

The hotel staff (Karen, Eduardo and Francisco) couldn’t have been more helpful. We had more contact with Eduardo over the three days and he suggested a great restaurant (Botswana Butchery) as well as various wineries and places to visit.

Our room was spacious and I loved the decor. As it was my birthday, the chef had prepared small friands and chocolates, which were left in the room along with a handwritten card from the staff. Awesome touch! Also in the room on arrival was a small packet of fudge from Arrowtown (a quaint, historic village about 20 minutes from Queenstown).

I also don’t normally rave about hotel breakfasts but this hotel excelled. Being from Christchurch and being C4 lovers, we immediately recognised that they were using Krank coffee blend. Every morning, I had the Eggs Benedict, which was beautifully prepared.

The hotel itself is a short walk across the park to the centre of town. I’m not one for hotels situated in rowdy areas, so was very pleased that this architecturally-designed hotel is in a peaceful setting. We also look out for hotels that have complimentary undercover parking and WiFi. Nothing worse than booking your hotel only to arrive and find you have to pay for this and that. This hotel also has complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapés, which were scrumptious.

We actually spent some time in our room because of its comfort and the fact that it has a kitchenette area. One night, we dined in and had cheeses and nibbles we bought at the nearby Mediterranean Market. I also liked the fact that this hotel is on the smallish side with 19 rooms.

Really, nothing to complain about people! A great hotel and we’ll certainly stay there again if we revisit Queenstown.


Hotel lounge area with great views of the adjacent park.


Our room – loved the decor.


Loved the chandelier!


Large window overlooking the adjacent park. Also, check out that mirror – you could turn it around and there was your TV!


View into bathroom. I was so busy checking out Queenstown – I never managed to luxuriate in that bath 😦


Lovely birthday card from the hotel staff.


Small friands and chocolates from the chef.


Comfy bed.


View onto the park. Who needs a lake view?!


View from the other window in the room. I loved being surrounded by colourful Winter foliage.


Gourmet breakfast menu. I never got beyond the Eggs Benedict hahaha!



Checking out – Eduardo says goodbye to us.



The Eggs Benedict. Yummo!!!