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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is located on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu, boasting unmatched views across the water to some of the most majestic scenery in New Zealand. The resort is just a five minute walk from the centre of this exciting town, and caters for visitors, sporting enthusiasts and conference groups.

One of Queenstown’s largest hotels with 255 rooms, Rydges offers the perfect Queenstown accommodation to cater to the needs of all travellers. Renowned for some of the best lake view rooms and suites, visitors truly see the beauty Rydges Queenstown has on offer.

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Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Queenstown's largest hotel is just a 5-minute flat walk along the Lakefront to the centre of town; with the airport only a 10-minute scenic drive away.
With 255 rooms, we have a variety of room types to suit all travelers. 225 of our rooms have spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables.

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Review date:   May 2, 2018 8:36AM
Review:   We recently stayed 3 nights at Rydges in Queenstown and were very disappointed with that experience. While the front desk presentation has been glamed up to look good in their web sight, no effort has been done to the rooms in a long while. TV reception was poor, and no double glazing, so the curtains had to be drawn early and the much lauded wonderful view was lost. Promised daily room service was not carried out. Dinner was an expensive $69 smorgasbord (buffet). All you can eat might suit a hungry teenager, but for a pair of old pensioners with small appetites this was too much. After one sting on our first night we had much better dinners by going out and for much less the cost. Continental breakfast was $28! It is time Rydges upped their game. We will avoid this franchise next time.
Author:   Chris Quigan
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Review date:   February 21, 2018 2:49AM
Review:   What you see from outside is not what you get inside. The best part is the location but apart from that very few good things. We stayed here because of Qantas offering us accommodation for a cancelled flight. It took them over two hours to make the room available to us which is the first for me and not acceptable for a hotel that claims four star status. Whether we are direct customers or indirect, the service level should be a lot better than what it was. The rooms also seemed quite ordinary and dated at best. Apartment from the lakefront location, there is not much to talk about this place.
Author:   Amol Ghoddke
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Review date:   April 23, 2018 9:10PM
Review:   Don't let the pictures of the remodeled lobby fool you... The rooms look like they have not been updated in 20-30 years. The amenities are limited... There is a restaurant and bar... No gym... No gift/sundries shop. Overall I'd consider a different property so you can fully enjoy your Queenstown experience. This hotel does not add to your trip, it just becomes the place you have to be come back to to sleep (restlessly).
Author:   David H
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Review date:   May 23, 2018 9:34AM
Review:   Swish lobby and lifts but the rooms feel more like motel than hotel. The rooms feel quite aged not very clean. The location is good (15 mins walk from the centre of town) but I think I would choose more modern accommodation next time!
Author:   Bonnie L
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Review date:   May 15, 2018 7:44PM
Review:   We arrived early it took over an hour just to get bags stored away. We were told rooms would be ready at 2:00pm. We came back at 4:00pm and rooms weren't ready. Wasted a lot of my day. Room was old and dated, when I wanted to watch common wealth games the TV reception was really bad. The restaurant upstairs had a good selection for breakfast and dinner.
Author:   Desmond Tiedemann
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