On Lake Wakatipu's edge sits Eichardt's, a boutique hotel with perhaps the best views in all of Queenstown. What was once a homestead and woolshed built in 1859, Eichardt's Private Hotel now occupies the historic building with six chic rooms courtesy of interiors designer and lodge specialist Virginia Fisher.
A quiet desk and lounge sits guard to a grand staircase, which leads up to the rooms. Well presented staff mysteriously appear and check in is completed in a flash.
Rooms are open-planned, with a king bed sitting proudly a few steps up from the living area. With two TV's, multiple loungers, work desk, breakfast table and fireplace, I could have easily locked myself up for days.
The bathroom, clad in white marble and chrome from head to toe, comes with double sinks and a deep bath stocked with bath salts. Sky windows above bring in an abundance of light; it's airy and over the top, in the best kind of way.
If you're looking for romance, impress your other half by splurging on a Lake View Suite. Stepping outside, Chardonnay in hand, the views at sunset are sigh-inducing. Breathing in fresher than fresh air and watching the steam boat roll in for the evening to a background that stretches out as far as The Remarkables, felt utterly private on my balcony.
Hallways are an eclectic combination of feature chairs and dressers furnished with antiques and knick-knacks. Each nook is typical of Virginia Fisher's lodge-style aesthetic with warm textures and rich, deep colours.
Downstairs is the Eichardt's bar, serving up breakfast and an all day tapas menu. While breakfast is mostly for guests, locals and visitors fill the tiny bar around lunch. If you're not inclined to leave your room the menu is available for room service (the balcony beckons).
Bedside treats of house made chocolate fudge and Antipodes water are laid out during turn down service and if you get the munchies before that, the mini bar is included in your stay. Crisps, fruit, chocolate, cookies and drinks (excluding alcohol) kept me going all day and I'm pleased to discover it's all sourced from local New Zealand producers.
With such an intimate feel, Eichardt's really gives meaning to it's name of a private hotel. Allocated a key for after-hours entry and with only a handful of rooms, it is exclusivity in the heart of Queenstown.
FEEL: Luxury Lodge.
ROOM PICK: Lake View Suite.
WIFI: Yes, complimentary.
RATES: Starting at $1250 NZD per night including breakfast and evening cocktails if booked directly with the hotel.
IN ROOM: Included mini bar (except alcoholic beverages) with crisps, chocolates, fruit and soft drinks. Turn down service with bottles of water and house made treats. Molton Brown spa products.
CHILDREN: Can be accomodated for, but this hotel has an adult vibe.
I stayed courtesy of Eichardt's Private Hotel.