Getting to Queenstown was a marathon effort for us. We had to get from an island in the Philippines to the south of New Zealand and my spritely naïvety booked some complicated flights with short layovers which routed through Melbourne. The short story? It didn’t end so well. The long story? Cancelled flights, typhoons, missed boats, intense jet lag, and three days without sleep. So, when we finally arrived on the doorstep of the Sherwood Queenstown, the relief was palpable.
Driving in from the airport towards Sherwood was dreamy. Maybe it was the jet lag, but the beautiful snow capped mountains surrounding Lake Wakatipu, looked completely out-of-this-world. And once we arrived at the hotel, we were more than happy to have these peaks form part of the view from our room.
In a convenient location on Frankton Road, about halfway between the Queenstown Airport and the main town of Queenstown, Sherwood is easy to get to and away from the busyness of the city centre. We were there within a matter of minutes from the Airport and greeted by the friendly staff at reception.
Sherwood Queenstown is an eco-friendly hotel which lives in the bones of a typical motel. Sherwood has redesigned the rooms in the hotel to include stunning, environmentally-conscious New Zealand design with a thoroughly modern and community-minded feel. Full of cozy nooks, quality fabrics, and thoughtful decorative pieces. Sherwood also has an onsite restaurant and vegetable patch which means that the meals served are both fresh and delicious. Plus, you have the added bonus of knowing exactly where your food has come from – a welcomed change.
Sherwood Queenstown is a unique place to stay during a trip to New Zealand, and demonstrates cutting-edge room design which respects the environment and local community. If you are looking for somewhere comfortable, inviting, and peaceful to stay in Queenstown, then the Sherwood could be the place for you.
Address: Sherwood Hotel, 554 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9348
Room Prices: $250 NZD per night for Queen Room Apartment with Mountain View (sleeps three), other room types available
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Hotel Website: Sherwood Queenstown
There are several different room types available at Sherwood Queenstown, and the choice depends on the number of people staying and the facilities you would like to have. The types of accommodation include rooms, studios, apartments, and lodges, some with mountain views and others with lake views.
We stayed in the ‘One Bedroom Apartment with Mountain View’ which had a large bed, a separate single bedroom and second bed, clean bathroom, well-equipped kitchenette with stove, and a lounge and dining area. This room was perfect for us and we even felt spoilt for the amount of space that we had. We are not exaggerating when we say that we had one of the best sleeps of our lives at Sherwood: the mattress and sheets were perfection.
The kitchenette was well-equipped which went above and beyond the standard ‘tea and coffee making facilities’. With hotplates in the room, we were able to cook up tasty meals to fuel our Queenstown and Milford Sound adventures which was an appreciated feature. Having the day beds in the lounge room meant there was ample space to relax in the room, and catch up on reading and blogging.
Room inclusions: Good WiFi, Equipped Kitchenette, Bathroom, Couches, Bluetooth Speaker
A fresh and full breakfast can be enjoyed at the Sherwood Restaurant and cost $25NZD.
PERKS AND ADDED EXTRAS
Being a guest at Sherwood Queenstown came with more perks than just having an epic room and community-minded experience. When we arrived at the hotel we were given fresh supplies for the room including fresh milk for coffees. Having a room at the Sherwood also meant that we were given two vouchers to redeem at the Restaurant Bar for sangria or sparkling. The restaurant overlooks the Queenstown mountains, and on the sunny day that we checked in, enjoying a sangria in the warmth was exactly what the doctor ordered. As a guest of the hotel, you will also enjoy priority reservations at the restaurant which is a popular place to dine in Queenstown.
The thing that really makes accommodation is the people that work there, and at Sherwood Queenstown, this was no different. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and able to answer any questions and enquiries that we had. There were always personal touches around the room which made the stay all-the-more enjoyable.
To head into Queenstown, you have a few options:
- DRIVE: exit the hotel and drive along Frankton Road until reaching the Queenstown centre
- BUS: There are frequent local buses along Frankton Road, you can catch Route 1 into town
- WALK/CYCLE: walk down from Sherwood Queenstown onto Frankton Road and continue for a few hundred metres towards Queenstown, from here you will see a sign which allows you to walk down to the Frankton-Queenstown Walkway. This walkway goes from Frankton to the city and follows the lake. Surrounded by greenery and listening to the lapping lakeside, this is the ideal way to get to Queenstown from the Sherwood.
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