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All reviewsgreat locationseparate toilet and bathroomfresh milk on arrivalthe kitchensingle bedwe booked a bedroom apartmentwell equipped kitchenetteelectric blanketsclose to town centrebit datedleave the caroff street parkinggood sizewalking distancemountain viewmain bedroomfree wifi
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Booked late and got the only available room which turned out to be quite nice. Didn't interact with the staff much, but they were pleasant with I did.The room was a decent size with a pretty well equipped kitchenette. They also provided extra pillows and blankets and reasonably good WiFi. I think they have a self-service laundry, though I didn't use it.
The location is good, within walking distance of the centre of town, at the foot of the hill which meant a nice view without the uphill climb. All rooms seemed to have a view of the remarkable, but the rooms at the upper level offer you a glimpse of Lake Wakatipu.
It isn't cheap, but seemed better priced compared to a lot of other options in Queenstown, and since the point of Queenstown is to be outdoors, this is a pretty good option.
I didn't come across any common areas in the motel, which would've been nice, especially in the evening, since the location has everything you need for a great view and maybe a glass of wine at sunset.

Room Tip: Rooms at the upper level (towards the back) definitely seemed to be better.
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled solo
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1  Thank Nikhil_A_Pai
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

We stayed in a studio unit, downstairs, it was fine. The property is a little older, but there was everything we needed. Fully equipped kitchen, great bed, good size room, separate toilet and bathroom. there was a bit of an odd musty odour in the toilet, I'm not sure if it came from outside the building or inside. It wasn't noticeable in the rest of the unit. The location made up for any shortfall in quality of accommodation. We didn't expect perfection, the place was great for us. Accommodation in Queenstown is quite expensive these days, especially if you want to stay within easy walking distance of city centre.

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms have views, although downstairs rooms are cheaper.
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Astrid_4710
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

I doubt anyone expects to stay in Queenstown cheaply. When we booked here, it was probably around 75% to 100% more expensive than average for most of the rest of our South Island road trip. Amber Lodge is very close to Queenstown's centre. There's some noise from the road outside but it's really part of the location, which probably makes it worth it for many, especially as most people don't expect to spend too much in accomodation when in a place like this.

We booked a 1 bedroom apartment for 2 adults and 2 children (there are two single beds in the main room). The room was clean and hygenic which is by far the most important thing for us. Staff were also lovely. But for our family situation there were some things which would have made the room much more practical.

Several light bulbs weren't working, including the main light bulb for both the main bedroom and for part of the main living area. Wall lamps still made it workable, but occasional checking and replacing of $5 light bulbs could have made it so much better.

The room configuration had the double bed in the main bedroom at the back, with the singles in the front room right next to the front door, which couldn't be locked for people on the inside. For older children that's probably not an issue, but with our 2 and 4 year old, both of whom like opening doors, we weren't fully confident we could safely leave them unattended. Overnight was our main concern, with us being asleep in the back room whilst an awake 4 year old would be a door-opening away from wandering into major traffic a couple of metres away.

Some kind of lock or chain on the inside of the door, and more difficult to reach than the door handle, would have been really useful. Nearly as good (for us) might have been if the single beds were in the room at the back with the double bed in the front, so they'd at least have to go past us. (I guess the room's less useful that way for people without small children, though.)

The bathroom was the other odd thing. It seemed to have been through a low-quality renovation that was also unfinished.

There were no towel rails in the bathroom, despite ample space on the walls, and basic towel rails aren't exactly expensive to buy or install. This made it difficult to arrange towels because there was nowhere to place them, used or unused.

The soap dispenser over the basin was full, but it might have been because it was virtually impossible to get soap out of. (There was a soap dispenser in the shower that worked okay, if it was ordinary soap, but it was unlabeled so we didn't know with certainty what it was.)

The lino in the bathroom had some kind of air bubble underneath it which caused the door to scrape on it when opening and closing.

The shower door didn't have a proper seal on it, which meant water would easily escape onto the bathroom floor. After a couple of showers, and luckily realising that stuff we cared about couldn't be safely left anywhere on the floor, we had one and a half fully saturated towels.

Also, the shower door screeched (fingernails down a blackboard sort of thing, for a short duration) when pulling it closed.

Hopefully this is all a short term thing?


In the end, though, it's Queenstown and in high demand. As long as the place is hygenic, maybe it's worth compromising when nothing else is available for an affordable price.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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Thank iizogii
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

Very comfortable and convenient. Shower water pressure not the best but we would go back for convenience and beautiful view from our room. We absolutely love Queenstown and Amber Lodge will be our first choice for stay. Wi-fi is free and staff is helpful great kitchen and utensils provided.

Room Tip: best views
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Love N
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Our room was very cramped and dated and I think the powerpoint situation was dangerous - double adapters, etc. The bed was comfortable and clean and we had everything we needed - even if we did have to crawl on the floor to get to the crockery and cutlery. Location was fantastic, close to cafes, shops and supermarket. The walls were also thin and we could hear our neighbours. Was okay for a short stay.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
Thank Nanterry
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