on May 26, 2010
There are many reasons I like Sofitel—its always-chic furnishings, luxury spas, and eco-friendly policies being chief among them—but the Sofitel Queenstown offers at least three more: location, location, location. It’s in the heart of downtown, so anywhere you could want to go is within a few minutes’ walk, and there are stunning views of the city and its postcard-perfect surrounds from nearly every window.The best part of my room, which was located on the sixth floor (the highest), was its small balcony overlooking downtown and Lake Wakatipu. I found myself slipping out there morning, noon, and night to see how the light was hitting the mountains at each moment.Inside, there was more appeal: a Bose stereo system in the bedroom and bathroom (playing soothing music upon my arrival); a plasma TV; an espresso machine with individual pods; Roger & Gallett toiletries; a very comfortable bed with extra pillows and blankets; an exquisitely stocked minibar.The Sofitel’s other offerings are equally pleasing. I twice enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast at the hotel’s Vie Brasserie, and I visited LeSpa for a heavenly hot-greenstone massage. I highly recommend this treatment for a spot of New Zealand indulgence.And I recommend checking into the Sofitel Queenstown for a more extended spot of indulgence.
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