Hidden Lake sixth best in NZ

Cambridge’s Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments in the Lakewood development has been named New Zealand’s sixth best hotel.

That’s according to the 2023 Travellers’ Awards from Tripadvisor, which applies an editorial process to review data from its users taken during the calendar year of 2022.

Glenda Hamilton and Chris Turner are the owners and operators of Hidden Lake Hotel.

They opened the hotel in early 2020, only weeks before the Covid lockdown.

“All through January 2020, from when Hidden Lake Hotel first opened its doors, we’d been running high on the adrenalin of belief, seeing our dream become a reality. So like every other business in the hospitality industry, when the severity of the situation hit, we scrambled to make sense of it, let alone gauge the impact it would have.

“Clearly from the onset our immediate plans and forecasted projections would have to be put on hold and new ideas quickly implemented. We wanted to not just ride the pandemic out but do whatever we could to keep the safety of our guests and the Waikato the main focus of everything we do. Lucky for us, finding ways to put different thinking into action is something we’ve become very good at in our pursuit of an earth conscious hotel,” the couple say on their website.

The top hotel and number one overall in the world was India’s Rambagh Palace, in Jaipur.

Top 25 Hotels in New Zealand for 2023, according to Tripadvisor:

  1. The Hotel Britomart – Auckland Central
  2. Tides Hotel – Nelson
  3. Sojourn Apartment Hotel – Wellington
  4. The Nautilus – Napier
  5. Park Hyatt Auckland – Auckland Central
  6. Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments – Cambridge
  7. The George Christchurch – Christchurch
  8. Scenic Hotel Marlborough – Blenheim
  9. Kamana Lakehouse – Queenstown
  10. Fable Dunedin – Dunedin
  11. Bolton Hotel – Wellington
  12. M Social Auckland – Auckland Central
  13. QT Auckland – Auckland Central
  14. Fable Auckland, MGallery – Auckland Central
  15. Sofitel Wellington Hotel – Wellington
  16. QT Queenstown – Queenstown
  17. Hilton Auckland – Auckland Central
  18. Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group – Auckland Central
  19. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa – Queenstown
  20. Scenic Hotel Te Pania – Napier
  21. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – Auckland Central
  22. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – MGallery Collection – Queenstown
  23. Rydges Latimer Christchurch – Christchurch
  24. Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart – Auckland Central
  25. The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments and Lakeside Residences – Queenstown.

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