Hotel Review: Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown – New Zealand

Hotel:  Hotel St Moritz

Location:  Queenstown, New Zealand

Room:  One Bedroom Alpine Suite Lake View with Balcony

Perfect for: City Break & Ski Holiday

Category:  Luxury 5 star, MGallery memorable moment

Hotel St Moritz is located within a 10-minute walk from central Queenstown and is perfectly situated overlooking Lake Wakatipu over to the Remarkables.

Our welcome experience…

Upon arrival at Hotel St Moritz, we jumped out of the taxi and were greeted by the concierge who took our bags and skis and took them directly to our room. We walked through to reception and were greeted by Tegan who had already retrieved our welcome pack and had our keys ready! Talk about service… Tegan told us about the hotel and gave us a debrief of the weather forecast for the next couple of days.

For something special, we were upgraded to the One Bedroom Alpine Suite Lake View with a balcony which again, is a nice touch.

The Room…

We arrived at our room, opened the door and were amazed at the view you see immediately – you’re looking right over Lake Wakatipu from your private balcony.

The rooms are decorated with style and elegance, our room provided a sense of calm and serenity.  The blend of textures, colours and light combine to make this alpine residence a unique haven.

Our room had a kitchenette and washing machine…

…which followed through to a very large lounge room which was filled with a lounge, single chair and dining room table and chairs which flowed out to the private balcony overlooking the lake.

There is a separate king size bedroom off the lounge room with enough cupboard space to hang up some items and store your suitcases.

The bathroom is pretty spacious and has a separate bath (which you need after a day on the slopes!!)

And the bit that Jenna loved the most was the Molton Brown toiletries that were supplied each day. She is absolutely obsessed with it, it reminds her of London and we use it at home so these were just perfect for us!

Take a look at our short video of the room.


Each morning we had the buffet breakfast in Lombardi Restaurant.

The variety of breakfast items was plentiful and always fresh produce on offer and the thing I love is that the eggs are made to order from the chef.

The food was always displayed so beautifully and the juices were changed daily, I’d recommend the kiwi juice for something different!

The views from the breakfast table are beautiful, overlooking the lake and the mountains. It is the perfect spot to start the day.

This view is taken from the balcony off the restaurant. Despite being a cloudy morning, it was still picture perfect.

We ate at the hotel restaurant for dinner twice, and without a doubt was the best food we had in Queenstown!  To read more about our experience at the restaurant, click here for our blog on where to eat in Queenstown

It is worth mentioning that Lombardi Restaurant received the 2016 award for achieving the highest culinary standard in beef and lamb and there is an award to prove it!

Health and Fitness…

The hotel is fully equipped with a gym, sauna and outdoor hot tubs.

The gym has everything you would need whilst on holidays. The complimentary apples are a nice added touch!

The sauna is actually quite spacious and is located just off the gym.

If you’re someone who likes to stay active while on holidays, you might find this post helpful.

Hotel Grounds

Surrounded by green leafy gardens, you’ll find the two incredible hot tubs which overlook the snow capped Cecil and Walter Peaks! They are absolutely fantastic and positioned privately on the grounds of the hotel. After a day of skiing, it is really nice to sit back and relax in the hot top, enjoying the view!  Towels are provided for you at the entrance to the spa area.

The foyer of the hotel is a perfect spot to unwind. You have the gas fireplace, mulled apple cider (complimentary!) and comfortable chairs.

Good to know…

The hotel has a secure car park which is available for a fee for all guests.  But for those without a car, not to worry!  Getting into town is a 10-minute easy walk, but getting back can be a little tough as there is a hill leading up to the hotel. However, if you jump in a green taxi from the city centre, they will take you back to the hotel free of charge (one trip per day), you just need to provide your room number and the taxi driver will sort it all out!  We made use of this service every day after dinner!!

Our room had a decent size umbrella available for use. It came in handy on our last morning when it was raining!

It is also worth noting that you can use your Accor Plus membership at this hotel to claim up to 50% back on your dining! Click here to read more about this membership and how much we saved by having this membership.

Checking out…

Checking out was quick and easy and reception called a taxi for us to head back to the airport.

Above and beyond…

Alvar was the hotel concierge and he delivered a beautiful New Zealand red wine and hand written card to our room shortly after checking in. Alvar was full of information about Queenstown and offered advice on what to see and where to visit. It was certainly a nice touch!

In the foyer, there is water and glasses provided as well as mulled apple cider which was perfect on those cold evenings arriving back after a day of skiing!

The not so good…

There isn’t much to add in this section!  The hotel staff and the actual room and location was fantastic. If I were to be a little picky, the only thing I would say would be housekeeping was inconsistent in how they turned down the room, but this is very minor in the scheme of things!

The verdict…

Overall, the St Moritz was a beautiful hotel and if you can afford a little extra and have a lake view, you won’t regret it!!

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