Room review: Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is a delight from the lobby

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Pamela Wade finds everything she needs in Queenstown’s bright new hotel.

The place

Nestled under the Remarkables, this hotel opened its doors last December. With 182 rooms spread over four floors, two restaurants and a gym, it has everything guests will need between getting out to explore and enjoying this glorious destination.

IHG Group’s new Open Lobby concept means the space is large and airy, with a flickering fire that will be particularly inviting in winter. There are no divisions between here and the lounge, bar and restaurant, all merged and linked by a bold and elegant decoration that still manages to create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

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The setting of the new Holiday Inn is magnificent.

Location

Just a five minute drive from the airport, the hotel is 15 minutes from central Queenstown and 30 minutes from the Remarkables ski slopes.

Well stocked with brand new shopping malls and non-touristy shops easily accessible from ample parking spaces, Frankton is growing rapidly but remains quiet at night.

The lobby is bright, spacious and welcoming.

Pamela Wade

The lobby is bright, spacious and welcoming.

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It’s well placed to access most of the area’s attractions, without having to submit to the often congested crawl in and out of Queenstown.

Space

The living room in our corner suite was comfortable, but supplied with everything we needed: suitcase space, large TV, free wi-fi, coffee machine and fridge, sofa and table.

Comfort and view in a twin room.

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Comfort and view in a twin room.

The bedroom was larger, very quiet, and dominated by a huge, extremely comfortable bed with giant pillows. The elegantly decorated bathroom had both a walk-in shower and bath, twin sinks and Soak toiletries.

The living room is part of a corner suite.

Pamela Wade

The living room is part of a corner suite.

Get out of

As well as the many shops, including the new Five Mile Shopping Centre, Frankton has a leisure center and a range of restaurants. On Saturdays, from December to April, a varied open-air market is popular with locals, and there is also a twilight market on Thursdays.

Many of the area’s most famous attractions are easily accessible: Lake Hayes, Arrowtown and Cromwell, Kingston, ski slopes, wineries, golf courses, and biking and walking trails. A popular route crosses the nearby Kawarau River to the historic TSS Earnslaw slipway on Kelvin Heights point.

The food

Giants Restaurant is bright and airy.

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Giants Restaurant is bright and airy.

Adjoining the bar, Giants is the main restaurant, bright and sunny, with floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek decor. The menu is short, with around six dishes to choose from in each section, but it’s fresh, rustic and full of flavor, prepared in the open kitchen and served by friendly waiters. The choice of drinks is wide, with a natural focus on local drinks: gin, beer and wine. Accompanied children under 13, whether hotel guests or not, eat there for free.

The Giants restaurant is warmly welcoming.

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The Giants restaurant is warmly welcoming.

A Rolling Giants Cafe is also on the way, offering barista coffee, light meals and a selection of on-the-go supplies to fuel your day’s adventures.

Highlight

The hotel is so new and bright that it is a delight from the entrance hall; but the best part was the huge and very comfortable bed, with its choice of pillows. Soft and cozy, in a dark and quiet bedroom, it meant sleep came easily here, even if it wasn’t gained by vigorous exercise outside.

Low light

The living room in our corner suite, unlike the bedroom, was rather dark as it was difficult to open the curtains to make the most of the wonderful view of the Remarkables.

Holiday Inn Remarkables Park has been open since December.

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Holiday Inn Remarkables Park has been open since December.

Essential

Room rental starts at $143. Children under 13 eat and sleep free in their parents’ room (rollaway beds and cribs are available, suites have a sofa bed). Wi-Fi and the fitness center are also free. There’s free tea, coffee, and bottled water, eco-friendly toiletries dispensers in the bathroom, and each room has a pillow menu.

Stay safe: New Zealand is currently under Covid-19 restrictions. Face coverings are mandatory on all flights and public transport. Proof of vaccination and vaccine exemption may be required at some locations under the traffic light system. Follow the instructions on covid19.govt.nz.

The writer was hosted by Holiday Inn Remarkables Park.


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