In September 2014, Queenstown’s iconic luxury boutique hotel triumphs once again and has added to its extensive collection of accolades, crowned New Zealand’s best hotel at the HM Awards. An annual industry awards recognising excellence in hospitality and hotel management across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel is the poshest lakefront hotel in town. Offering 10 luxurious Lake or Mountain suites, including the Lakefront Apartments comprising of four two-bedroom suites, and one expansive three-bedroom Eichardt’s Residence, both separate from the main hotel.
Oozing five-star luxe from the moment I arrived, the building exudes exclusivity, an opulent country-style manor with a contemporary blend of stonewalls, timber structure, and understated grandeur of it’s past.
Designed by a leading New Zealand interior designer, Virginia Fisher, the style is reflected by its outdoor surroundings. To take in Queenstown’s charm, I would recommend a Lakefront Suite, with panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu bordered by the majestic mountain ranges. Take a deep breath, because the mountain air caters for the adventurist and for those seeking a luxe weekend of pure indulgence.
Guests will enjoy the contemporary blend of old-world charm with its dark tones, plush comforts and cream-coloured fabrics. A generous sitting area equipped with a warming fireplace, super-sized king bed, mini-bar pantry, a walk-in wardrobe, and a generous bathroom. During the winter, you will thank the heavens; the bathroom has heated towel racks, mirrors and floors.
Rooms are best spent by having breakfast in bed or in this case the sitting room while gazing out the window, escaping reality. Being me, I went for a wonder around the hotel – if these walls could talk, what would it had been during 1867 when the hotel was in its prime during the gold rush, and pioneer tourists who pass through those doors.
I found myself at The Parlour, located in the hotel’s private wing. I felt I have just entered into someone’s lounge room, an eccentric mix of furniture, plush couches sitting round the log fireplace, antique wooden tables and chairs, a large golden framed mirror. Ideal place to spend some time away reading a book, play a game of chess, or even to mingle with other guests for a nightcap. The Parlour room also plays hosts to monthly wine appreciation dinners and is able for private hire.
Head Chef, William Eaglesfield presides over the cuisine at Eichardt’s Bar. Chef brings years of culinary experience and brings both Mediterranean and traditional English flair. Having previously worked at the renowned Amisfield Winery for the last three years, and prior to that Gantleys in Queenstown and Sargoods in Wanaka.
In most creative environments, the advice is “think outside the square”. For Chef Eaglesfield, it’s “eat outside the square”. Distinctive regional characteristics appear in his menu. “The emphasis is always on local, fresh and original produce”.
People have realised that these days food, presentation and quality of its produce have expressed individuality and style. I’m no chef, but I do love food without the snobbiness at the places I eat. Eichardt’s Bar is an experience not to be missed. With a full range of timeless cocktail, award winning wine list featuring Otago’s favourites, plus a delicious range of mouth-watering creations and modern approach to tapas dining.
The rich taste of the hearty Seafood Chowder, to the Croquettes of Pork Cheek and the devilish Molten Valrohna Chocolate Pudding. No matter your preference from the menu selections, all dishes are made from the freshest produce. Great fact: Eichardt’s even cures its meats on site, try the Charcuterie Board. Also ensure you take time to sink into their comfortable sofas by the cosy fireplace and enjoy a glass (or bottle) of Eichardt’s exclusive Pinot Noir, bottled by the nearby Mt Edward winery.
- Eichardt’s legendary seafood chowder
- Croquettes of Havoc pork cheek in wild thyme breadcrumbs, apple & quince relish, shaved fennel
- Molten Valronha chocolate pudding, salted caramel sauce
- Eichardt’s Mule cocktail: Absolut Vodka, Stones ginger wine, mint, lime, fresh ginger topped with gingeralla ginger ale
The staff and service are exemplary, and it is worth repeating. A stay at Eichardt’s will see all your needs discreetly catered to. There is no small, large, unique or unusual request the staff is not able assist with. The Concierge will ensure you explore Queenstown during your stay and return home with the memories. Valet parking or chauffeured transfers are available for guest arrivals, while signature packages will ensure you enjoy the comforts, services and experiences you most wish to incorporate into your New Zealand vacation.
The World Luxury Hotel Awards saw Eichardt’s Private Hotel awarded the title of ‘World’s Best Luxury Ski Resort Hotel 2013’, and with its prime access to the stunning snowfields of The Remarkables. It is a winning destination choice for ski and snowboard enthusiasts during winter. Eichardt’s is on the shortlist for both awards again for 2014, stay tuned in November and December for the results.
Queenstown is also known for lush vineyards, and the hotel’s Concierge will help you arrange tastings of some of New Zealand’s most exclusive drops. Perhaps a personalised and private wine tours to Queenstown, Gibbston Valley and Central Otago region. Perhaps a helicopter sightseeing tours over the alpine or stay grounded and enjoy a round of golf at Queenstown leading golf tees, Jacks Point or Millbrook Golf course.
Truly one of the finest luxury boutique hotels I have come across. No question why it has won multiple awards. It’s sexy and unforgettable.
Rates includes full a la carte breakfast, espresso coffee, welcome drink, evening cocktail, all non-alcoholic mini-bar items, nightly turn-down service, free valet parking and WIFI.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
2 Marine Parade
P: +64 3 441 0450