Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown – MGallery Collection
What We Love
- The comforts of an urban hotel with the beauty of a mountain lodge
- Dramatic setting on Lake Wakatipu with views to the Remarkable Mountains
- The steamy hot tub garden
What To Know
- There’s a parking fee of $12 per night
- In-room WiFi costs around $8 for 2 hours; high-speed Internet (wired) costs around $24 for 24 hours
- There’s a rollaway bed fee of $48 per night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This stunning property on pristine Lake Wakatipu close to Queenstown’s bars and restaurants offers something for stylish urbanites and outdoorsy types alike with stone fireplaces, wood beams and rustic chandeliers. The 142 comfortable rooms and suites have balconies to help you make the most of the dramatic vistas. Inside, they’re decorated in neutral shades with restrained use of gem-inspired hues. The Lombardy Restaurant, which serves international dishes, has bold black and white striped chairs and a central wood-paneled bar; The Library is a quieter area with comfy leather seats where guests can curl up and read. Other highlights include a hot tub garden straight out of the Swiss Alps.
In the Area
Brunswick Street, which runs along Queenstown’s Lake Esplanade, is well placed for Queenstown Beach — a summer hotspot on the edge of crystal clear waters. Go kayaking, take a jetboat ride or book a more leisurely cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steam ship that dates back to 1912. It’s a short walk to the resort town’s restaurants and bars, including Barmuda, which has a courtyard fireplace for chilly evenings. It’s when the temperatures drop (June to October), that the party scene really gets going thanks to the four excellent ski resorts within easy reach.
How to Get There
I found the hotel to be very cozy. The main lobby of the hotel is always very warm because of the fire place. The restaurant at the lobby level is also a nice play with very warm staff. The morning view from the restaurant balcony is terrific.
Great place to stay
We had a 4 night stay booked in this hotel. Certainly not what I was expecting.
Arrived and we were told we had a room on the 7th floor which has no lift.
The room itself is at the back of the hotel. It had a view only of the car park and the room is under or close to all the hotels air con units. These are without doubt some of the loudest I have ever encountered. I Knew I would get no sleep.
Went down to reception and asked to be moved, even offered to pay more. Discovered at this time that rooms with a view over the lake are $100.00NZ per night more than the room we had booked. The receptionist told me that these were fully booked. No surprise there then.
To their credit the hotel found us another room on a lower floor with another superb view of the car park, just no air con units this time. The windows we’re overlooked as people came in to the hotel and were “just” the right height for all the coaches that arrived. At least we got some sleep.
Everything at this hotel seems to be overpriced. Guest Laundry 3 times more pricey than anywhere lease, and the gym was out of bounds, I guess as we were in baggage class rooms.
So my message is, be very careful if you book at this hotel. I am sure that they do have some lovely rooms but they are much more expensive than the room I booked back in the U.K. and this was very unclear from their promotional material I reviewed. Our room was described as having a street view, this is just totally untrue.
There is also the issue of parking. This hotel charges $35.00 per day for valet parking There are very few choices. We tried to research this from the U.K. but could find nothing on their web site. Even better, when we arrived, the reception staff told us we could park on the road but there are road works outside this hotel currently so space is very limited and again poor advice about parking rules in NZ left me with a $40.00 fine as I got it wrong on the one day I tried.
I do understand caveat emptor, but I really feel that after 16 days in NZ prior to this hotel, this hotel has managed to knock the shine off a really lovely holiday. Very sad.
What a brilliant place to stay. the rooms were quite Iarge with fantastic beds. St Moritz is conveniently located in town close to shops and restaurants. It looks fantastic with a lovely fireplace in the foyer.
Excellent place to stay.