Alpine Suites Queenstown

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Queenstown New Zealand (2022 Updated)

New Zealand is rated one of the most “inclusive and progressive” gayfriendly travel destinations in the world by Lonely Planet. Queenstown, including has a few gay friendly hotels Queenstown to accommodate during your stay in NZ.

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Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There’s bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there’s skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

 Top attractions to visit in Queenstown

 

Day Trips in Queenstown on South Island

We recommend a minimum of 2 days in Queenstown to get a taste of what this charming town has to offer. However, if you’ve got plenty of time up your sleeve, you could comfortably spend 5 days in Queenstown to get a feel for the region.

 

1. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown 5* – MGallery by Sofitel – Gay Friendly Hotels Queenstown

Hotel St Moritz Queenstown - MGallery by Sofitel
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – MGallery by Sofitel

Situated in the heart of Queenstown, with views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown features a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, and garden with hot tub.

Each room and suite is appointed with modern essentials, including a 40-inch LCD TV, iPod docking station, in-room movies, and satellite TV. Free WiFi is also provided.

All rooms at Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – MGallery Collection have a separate en suite bathroom, pair of reading chairs, writing desk, tea/coffee making facilities and a minibar.

Defined by a warm spirit and distinctive style that embodies the spirit of Queenstown. Blending understated luxury with warmth, and genuine hospitality, Hotel St Moritz is superbly located in town and has panoramic lake and mountain views. Offering traditional Guest Rooms, One or Two Bedroom Alpine Suites, each room cleverly blends timeless classics with modern essentials to ensure refined comfort. Dine in Lombardi – a relaxed ambience, offering an array of dining styles and spaces.

Great location up on the side of a hill – this gives nice views of the lake, an easy 5 minute stroll down hill into the town <span class=”_3f5ztoLj”>centre and a nice uphill workout for the lungs walking back up it. The only little issue is that to get here from the town centre, you’ll have to walk up a hill that is a little steep. Just keep that in mind if you are staying here.

The hotel is perfectly located at the edge of the bustling Queenstown town center, so we could walk everywhere, even though we had a car. The views of the lake & mountains are beautiful from the hotel located slightly up the hillside . We did request lakeside view rooms , which were worth it.

The rooms were clean and generally comfortable. The bed, however, was too soft. I loved the bathroom and the Molton Brown amenities provided. Be aware that there are other properties in front of the hotel and if you get a room on the second or first floor, there is no view to speak of. We had two rooms on the third floor and one on the fourth. The one on the fourth had a good view. The two rooms on the third had great views too but I could look into the bedroom of the adjacent property and they could look into mine so there privacy was an issue for us.

Other than that, the location is great, close to town centre. I didn’t mind the walk up the hill. The hotel does provide a one time free taxi ride per room so you could use the voucher to cab up the hill. But the it is more of a slope than a hill.

The spacious suite was essentially a onebedroom apartment with a kitchenette. The bathroom had both a walk-in shower and a soaking tub. Off the living room, there was a tiny balcony but it had a magnificent view of the lake.

The breakfast buffet was included in my room rate, but ordering off the menu was not. But there were both hot and cold items on the buffet, ranging from scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms to fruit, granola, pastries, muffins, and scones. There were at least 3 juices available each morning. I enjoyed the kiwi juice one morning. The location of the hotel is off of the main street (Beach Street) just out from the heart of Queenstown on Brunswick Street.

The hotel is up Brunswick Street about a block from Beach Street, but to walk up Brunswick is straight up! Maybe at a 45-degree angle. Thankfully, it only takes about 2-3 minutes to walk up the hill to the hotel. It’s about 5-7 minutes to walk into town, depending on where you are going. The Lombardi restaurant is located in the Hotel St Moritz which was very convenient for having dinner there the night I did a full-day trip to Milford Sound. Lombardi’s is also where breakfast is served.

Loved our stay at St Moritz in a beautiful onebedroom suite overlooking the stunning lake. The room was well appointed and comfortable and housekeeping excellent. The location is ideal with just a short walk to town but the hill on return could be a problem for some, particularly the young, elderly or disabled.
The food in the restaurant is fabulous as are the staff who attended to us during our week-long stay. The lack of gluten-free options in the breakfast room prevented us from dining there but we were able to order off the menu. I would suggest maybe the addition of a gluten-free station with suitable cereal, a toaster, etc.

Overall I wouldn’t hesitate in returning to this wonderful place.

Gay Friendly Hotels Queenstown
Gay Friendly Hotels Queenstown

How much does a room costs at Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – MGallery by Sofitel?

Prices start 190 $/night for St Moritz King Room with Garden View. The St Moritz King Room with Lake View is 224$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This spacious room boasts lake views. There is a separate en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. Guests enjoy free WiFi or 500 MB of cable broadband.

Where to book online – Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – MGallery by Sofitel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Queenstown – you can find the best hotels deals in Queenstown during Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Queenstown on  Booking.com or Accor.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2.  Nugget Point Queenstown Hotel 4*Gay Friendly Hotels Queenstown

Nugget Point
Nugget Point

Surround yourself in luxury at Nugget Point Boutique Hotel and Spa, which offers free WiFi and free parking. A squash court as well as a cinema with DVDs are featured at the hotel for guests to enjoy.

Nugget Point Hotel and Spa is an intimate boutique hotel, just 13 minutes’ drive from the Coronet Peak Ski Field. Queenstown city centre is only 12 minutes’ drive away. The Remarkables ski area is a 45-minute drive.

All rooms are luxurious open-plan rooms with patios or balconies. Guests can enjoy views of the Shotover River and surrounding mountains or garden views.

Nestled at the base of Coronet Peak and overlooking the stunning Shotover River, Nugget Point Hotel is the ultimate boutique hotel in Queenstown, just a stone’s throw away from shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife of central Queenstown. To complete the perfect picture, Nugget Point is just 10 minutes by car or public transport to Coronet Peak Ski Area for that very special winter getaway.

The hotel boasts 36 spacious boutique rooms, accommodating up to 74 guests, and all rooms have an open plan bedroom and lounge area, ensuite bathroom, and private balcony or patio. Nugget Point Hotel offers a wide range of facilities for our discerning guests. Unwind at The Spa at Nugget Point for a truly luxurious escape, indulge in beauty and massage treatments in our beautiful spa which resembles a modern version of Roman baths whilst taking in the views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Shotover River. Then relax in the Shotover Lounge Bar for a refreshing drink or enjoy an exquisite meal

The Spa consists of a mosaic-tiled indoor heated pool, marble plunge pools, hot tubsteam roomsauna, and beautiful mosaic showers, along with relaxation areas. Indulge yourself with a beauty or massage treatment.

It is about 10 mins drive from Queenstown Centre but if you have a car this is not an issue, and they provide free parking.

The hotel is a 5 minute drive to CBD, and what an amazing drive it is!

Yes some of the things need refurbishment but for me this added to the character of this place. The place just oozed opulence and luxury and for the price it was a steal. The room was huge, with private balcony and excellent bathroom.

I highly recommend breakfast or dinner at the restaurant. The view is to die for and prices not too bad.

Do keep in mind that this property is non-smoking, as in no smoking anywhere in the premises. You have to step out of the main gate to smoke.

Stunning location, particularly if you enjoy your space, the natural environment and want some peace & quiet. Overlooking the Shotover river it is a compulsory drive into town, but a short one however, and well worth the views.

Queenstown’s original luxury hotel, decor is perhaps a little dated in terms of current styling, but of such quality that is still in impressive condition. The pool, spa, sauna, steam & shower room was amazing and if you really must there’s a very well equipped hotel gym that you’ll probably get to yourself.

This beautifully located and appointed boutique hotel blew us away from the moment we stepped inside. The most obliging, friendliest staff you could ever wish for, spectacular vistas in every direction, warmth, comfort and luxury at every turn. The hotel is located just 5 minutes or so from Queenstown on the road to Coronet Peak and overlooks the Shotover River so it’s world class scenery.

Every whim is catered for from the luxury spa to the squash court, private movie theatre (complete with complimentary popcorn) to the comfy fireside couches for relaxing and enjoying a local pinot noir.

The lovely hot tube in the balcony was so divine, the big staying room with Tv and fireplace, well furnitured, with coffee tea station and table. The toilette was great too with another hot tube. The bed was so comfortable and with tv dvd to see from it. We spend the best 4 nights of all our stay in north and south island in one month travel in NZ. The restaurant is excellent too and the spa divine. There is also a tennis court.

The apartment was everything we needed for our stay, full kitchen facilities, two bathrooms, living area and patio with seating area which was perfect as the weather was beautiful.
The views were amazing of the shotover river and mountains, seven minutes drive to Queenstown.
We had breakfast and dinner at the hotels restaurant Kanuka Kitchen and Bar, 5* rating beautiful food.
We took advantage of the outdoor hot tub overlooking the shotover river. Hot tub, cool breeze and Prosecco = perfect.

The spa sauna, steam room & pool were so relaxing and well needed after a day sightseeing.
All in all the hotel gave us a 5* stay, beautiful views, great staff very knowledgeable, awesome food, will definitely be staying again. 😊

Gay Friendly Hotels South Island Queenstown
Gay Friendly Hotels South Island Queenstown

How much does a room costs at Nugget Point Queenstown?

Prices start 124 $/night for Double Room with Garden View. The King  Room with River View  is 138$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

A balcony or terrace with views of the Shotover River and surrounding mountains is featured in this room. A satellite TV, DVD player, kettle, bar fridge and seating area are included as well as a bathroom with a hairdryer and a bathrobe.

Where to book online – Nugget Point –  Gay Friendly Hotels South Island Queenstown – you can find the best hotels deals in Queenstown during Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Queenstown on  Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Alpine Suites Queenstown 3*Gay Friendly Hotels Queenstown

Alpine Suites Queenstown
Alpine Suites Queenstown

Situated in the Otago Region, Alpine Suites Queenstown features all rooms with mountain and lake views. The scenic lawn area with outdoor furniture is available for guests to relax in the sunshine. Guests can enjoy the games room which has a pool table, board games and a bar.

Alpine Suites is 3.2 km from Queenstown town centre and 5.6 km from Queenstown Airport.

Each room features an en suite bathroom and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. For your comfort, you will find a refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Alpine Suites is a friendly, family owned and operated accommodation facility, with quality at an affordable price. Situated just 5 km from the international and domestic Airport and 3 km from  downtown Queenstown, Alpine Suites is truly located at the heart of the world’s adventure capital and New Zealand’s number 1 tourist destination – Queenstown. Alpine Suites offers excellent accommodation, with the option of a room with it’s own private lounge and access direct to our scenic lawn area. All rooms are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, central heating, and come with breathtaking panoramic lake and mountain views.

The accommodation is located up a couple of steep streets on the outskirts of Queenstown in a very pleasant suburban area.

The view from the room is amazing. Lake Wakatipu and the surroundings is so beautiful that I can just sit near the window and read a book the whole day. The property is very well maintained the rooms and the toilets are of good size and big enough for two people to comfortably spend the time here.
There are three separate areas for guests to relax. The garden is beautiful and nice way to spend a summer evening.

The views are spectacular and the BnB is so homely and welcoming, especially at Christmas time with all of the decorations in the property adding to the alpine ambience. Breakfast was served in a beautiful spacious dining room with plenty of options including cooked breakfast and fresh coffee. The downstairs lounge and bar area with open fire place another place for guests to relax, in addition to tables and chairs outside overlooking that superb view. Location is great for the airport – 10 minute drive or 5 or so minutes to town. A beautiful quiet property and a fabulous alternative to staying in some of the bigger hotels in town. We will definitely stay again on our next visit to beautiful Queenstown.

Although this place does not match up to the ‘room size’ or the ‘breakfast spread’ or the ‘facilities offered’ at our other hotels, this B&B certainly matched (if not bettered) other hotels in terms of hospitality and certainly ‘beat’ all other hotels in terms of the view offered from the room– Absolutely breathtaking!

We stayed here for two nights earlier this month, and had a decent experience. The facility offered free parking, which is essential if you are visiting Queenstown. This place is not more than 10 minutes’ drive from the airport or to the Queenstown city centre on the other side.

The upsides of this B&B are the views offered, hospitality of the staff and of course the location. However this place does come with a few downsides too – The rooms are quite small in size, the accessibility to the rooms are not the best (we were travelling with near 5 heavy bags, including 3 large suitcases – Not easy to move them to and from the rooms), breakfast options could have been better.

LGBT Friendly Hotels Queenstown
LGBT Friendly Hotels Queenstown

How much does a room costs at Alpine Suites Queenstown?

Prices start 99 $/night for Small Double Room. The Superior Double Room with Lake View is 132$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features both lake and mountain views. It also includes an en suite bathroom, a TV, central heating, electric blanket, tea/coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and a clock radio. Cooked breakfast and free WiFi are provided.

Where to book online – Alpine Suites Queenstown –  LGBT Friendly Hotels Queenstown – you can find the best hotels deals in Queenstown during Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Queenstown on  Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.