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The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences

by Sonia Narang
Photo: Courtesy of the property
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Overlooking the mountains and the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, the historic Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences offers stunning postcard views in peaceful Queenstown, New Zealand. A wide selection of accommodations — from waterfront rooms to multi-room residences — gives travelers in pairs or groups access to the best of the region’s natural landscape and the lively city center.

What You Need To Know

The Look of The Rees Hotel

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The lobby here feels like a modern ski lodge, with a wooden beam ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Meanwhile, inside the minimalist-inspired guest rooms, the lake is the true star of the show: expansive views abound. The luxury villas boast private terraces and hot tubs, too. 

The Vibe at The Rees Hotel

Named after one of Queenstown’s pioneers, William Gilbert Rees, this family-friendly hotel plays up its historic side. The lobby combines nods to the region’s gold-mining days with hip, elegant touches of modern Queenstown style. The friendly front desk staff reflects New Zealand’s refreshing international influence and can accommodate visitors in several languages.

Who Will Love The Rees Hotel

The Rees is a perfect respite in a region dominated by adventure tourism. Families will love the expansive, sunny accommodations with comfortable couches and full-service kitchens. Travelers seeking a more exclusive luxury experience will feel right at home at one of the multi-bedroom units, complete with private outdoor hot tubs.

Who Might Not Love The Rees Hotel

Those who like to be smack dab in Queenstown’s city center may prefer to stay somewhere closer to the action. The hotel provides a free hourly shuttle to and from the city center (just five minutes away by car), and guests can also take the scenic 30-minute walk from the hotel to downtown Queenstown along the lakefront trail.

Best Amenity at The Rees Hotel

Our favorite amenity is the private beach and wharf along the hotel’s lakefront. Just ask the concierge to book a ride on a thrilling jet boat, and you’ll get your very own boat pick-up and drop-off at the Rees dock.

Money Matters

What’s Included at The Rees Hotel

Free parking, wifi, gym access, and a daily shuttle to/from the city center are all included in your room rate. Additionally, guests staying in one of the Lakeside Residences have access to their own personal travel curator, who can help arrange activities and ensure the best vacation experience.  

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at The Rees Hotel

Standard taxes and fees should be expected here. 

How to Get a Deal at The Rees Hotel

For the best deal, plan your visit during New Zealand’s shoulder season (March through May and September through November). 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Rees Hotel

The property is situated right on the lakefront, with a picturesque walking trail at the foot of the hotel. A five-minute drive gets you to the lovely Queenstown Gardens or the bustling city center full of great food.

Nearest Airport to The Rees Hotel

The Queenstown airport is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The Rees can arrange airport transfers, and there are many taxi services available.

The Bottom Line

The Rees offers a relaxing nature retreat, but with a plethora of dining options, activities, and the Queenstown city center at your fingertips.

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