Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Scout loves

  • Central to everything in Queenstown.
  • Some rooms have great lake views (for a surcharge).
  • This hotel is our pick for unbeatable value in an equally unbeatable location.

Scout tips

  • Valet parking is $20/day, but the nearby parking station costs around $11/day.
  • Wi-Fi is complimentary in the lobby for 30 minutes. It’s $15 for 500mb in your room.
  • With the rooms, the only difference between superior and standard is the bathroom – the superior room bathrooms have been recently updated.
  • The rooms facing Horne Creek may be darker, but they have a peaceful Alpine style outlook over trees and the Botanical Gardens.

SCOUT REVIEW

If you’re visiting Queenstown to ski hard and then head out each night, what you need is a hotel that’s clean and convenient, with comfortable beds. You probably won’t be spending much time in your room, so why waste money on luxuries you don’t need? If this sounds like you, Novotel Queenstown is a great choice.

With over 270 rooms, this is a busy hotel. This first sign of this is the busy lobby, which is always buzzing with people arriving, departing, and getting organized for the day’s activities – all in a relatively small space.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar (both of which are called Element), are right off the lobby. The restaurant offers what is claimed to be “Queenstown’s most extensive buffet breakfast” – serving up waffles and cooked-to-order omelets (among other things) for $29.95.

The rooms (both the standard and superior) are simple, comfortable and of the quality you would imagine from a chain hotel like Novotel. At 26sqm they are on the small side and the bathrooms are pretty tiny. Each room has a balcony (or patio for ground floor rooms). There’s nothing special about the views which generally face onto a courtyard or a road and other buildings (unless you get a Horne Creek room at the back or pay a significant amount extra for a lake view). 

All-in-all, the rooms are perfectly adequate for the unfussy traveller. As with all Novotels, children under 16 stay free if using existing bedding in their parents’ room (cots are also included free of charge) and up to 2 children per room will get a free daily breakfast.

The best part about this hotel is the location. All of Queenstown’s bars, restaurants and shops are just a hop, skip and a jump away, as is the lakefront. The hotel is right on the lake’s edge without a main road nearby, so it doesn’t get a lot of noise from traffic or late night revelers. Even better, the shuttle busses for all the nearby ski resorts stop right outside the front door.

The rest of the facilities are pretty basic. There are coin-op laundries – great for longer stays. There’s no pool and the one hot tub is located in a small room requiring a booking and key collection from reception. Furthermore, there is no gym (although one is being planned). But there is a 24-hour Yoga Channel on the TV. You might just have to shuffle the furniture around to do your downward dog.

Who should stay here

Scout thinks this would be the perfect place for groups of friends who want to be right near the action.

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