Need to know
10 suites, including four Lakefront Apartment Suites and the three-bed Eichardt's Residence separate from the main hotel.
11am; check-in, 3pm, both flexible subject to availability. Guests are welcome to use the lounge, all public areas and luggage storage if arriving early or departing late.
Double rooms from $895.66 (NZ$1,278), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include full à la carte breakfast and espresso coffee, welcome drink, evening cocktail, all non-alcoholic minibar items (juices, bottled water, soft drinks and snacks), nightly turndown with house-made chocolates and fresh flowers.
Style addicts will love the eye-catching, clubby design details curated by New Zealand decorator Virginia Fisher (who also prettied up Smith escapes Matakauri Lodge, Huka Lodge, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs and Dolphin Island). Rich colours, warm textures, top-notch fittings, bespoke modern pieces and atmospheric antiques up the decor ante, ticking the drama box (oversize clocks in the conservatory-esque lobby) as well as ensuring comfort (cosy fireplaces and dreamy dressings areas in boudoirs).
At the hotel
Bar, restaurant, concierge, library with DVDs and films, free WiFi throughout, lakeside beach, free valet parking on-site. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, minibar, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Lakefront Apartment Suites also sport kitchenettes; the Eichardt's Residence villa has a full kitchen.
Our favourite rooms
Of the five rooms in the main lodge, we love the three Lake View Suites for hard-to-beat Wakatipu vistas (Room 1 sports and original exposed stone wall and blissful balcony). For more privacy and space, bag a one- or two-bedroom Lakefront Apartment Suite, a short stroll from the main building. For glam group getaways or family flings, treat yourself to a stay at the standalone triple-floor, three-bed Eichardt's Residence, which has a killer kitchen, private dining room, cinema space and balconies galore.
Pack as much as you like, as the dressing rooms here are the size of a small London apartment. In winter (June to October), bring stylish kit for heliskiing (or après-ski posing). Queentown's aglow with activities year-round though, so take gear for cycling, walking, lake cruising and winery-wandering, too.
Smoking is not allowed in any rooms or public areas.
Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Queenstown.
Although Eichardt's is a sophisticated adult retreat, children are welcome. Baby cots can be supplied for free and extra beds for older children cost NZ$260 a child a night. Family-friendly two- and three-bedroom apartments are also up for grabs nearby.
Eichardt's uses locally sourced, seasonal food and is committed to recycling.