When I received an email from the Hotel St Moritz here in Queenstown, asking me if I’d like to stay a few nights in their recently renovated lake-view Alpine Suites, you can imagine I didn’t have too hard of a time writing a reply.
My other half had an upcoming birthday, and I decided it’d be a perfect chance to treat her to a birthday surprise – a staycation in Queenstown. After spending half a dozen years in Queenstown, it’s easy to forget how spectacular of a place it is. Breaking up the daily routine for a couple nights spent as a tourist is a great way to see the town through a refreshed lens.
I already knew of the hotel, not necessarily for the quality of the accommodation they provide, but for the outstanding food that is served up at their signature Lombardi Restaurant. It’s a place Maura and I often treat ourselves to dinner at, thanks to some great value dinner / drinks deals they offer throughout the week. The idea of treating ourselves to a meal at Lombardi, and then retreating to the comfort of a room at the hotel was oh-so appealing.
Based on the feel and ambiance of the restaurant and hotel lobby, I could only imagine how stunning their rooms would be. I’m pleased to say my imagination didn’t let me down.
In a bucket-list worthy destination like Queenstown, it’s fair to say you might want an equally bucket-list worthy place to stay for your few nights in town; the five star Hotel St Moritz offers this. It’s a big hotel, but thanks to its tastefully decorated rooms, lobby and hallways, the space feels quite small and boutique.
We stayed in their recently renovated and tastefully decorated One Bedroom Alpine Suite, which immediately felt like a home away from home.
The view couldn’t have been better – a small balcony opened up to panoramic views of Queenstown’s famous snow-capped mountains and Lake Wakatipu. The suite was enormous; with a kitchenette, separate room featuring a king-size bed, spacious bathroom with walk in shower, full sized sofa and large dining table (or workspace for me), we were spoilt for space and comfort.
It’s cliche to go on and on about how comfortable a hotel bed can be, but oh – my – goodness. This bed. Was. So. God. Damned. Comfortable.
It’s not very often we stay someplace with turndown service. Returning from dinner one evening, it was a delightful surprise to find the bed turned down with some bottles of water and chocolates by the bedside. If that wasn’t enough, we also were left with a Pillow Menu. Bliss.
I normally get quite claustrophobic if I spend too long in a hotel room, but here I struggled to find any reason to leave the hotel during my stay – let alone my room.
I did find a reason to leave the room though, and it was this: The hotel’s Hot Tub Garden.
Hotel St Moritz has recently installed two hot tubs, and on a cold winter’s day, it was the perfect place to soak up the alpine views that make Queenstown famous. A glass of wine, a book and the tranquility of a hot tub with mountain views – perfect.
And then there was this:
The buffet breakfast is worth returning for, if nothing else. Eggs made to order, fresh fruit, homemade muesli and breakfast smoothies and cakes. Add to this the views from the restaurant each morning, and somehow I was able to pull myself out of that incredibly comfortable bed to eat.
Hotel St Moritz is perfect if you’re looking for an excuse to treat yourself to an extra special stay in Queenstown. It’s centrally located enough that you can walk to town in 10 minutes or so, but far enough away that you escape the rush of the increasingly busy city centre.
Ideal for honeymooners, a romantic weekend away with the other half, or anyone looking for that extra bit of comfort and luxury during their adventure or snow holiday in Queenstown. The service was top notch – from the reception staff, to the restaurant staff, to the nightly turndown service, no expense is spared by the hotel to make sure you have an outstanding stay.
Disclaimer: Hotel St Moritz offered me complimentary accommodation for our Queenstown Staycation, but as always these opinions are my own.