Cheap & Cheerful 3 Star Hotels in Queenstown

Shotover Street Queenstown at Dusk

If you’re trying to do Queenstown on a budget, these cheap hotels and lodges are just what you need.

We’re not all rich, but don’t worry, you can do Queenstown on the cheap. Well sort of. Let’s face it, it’s never going to be the cheapest holiday. Still, with these fabulous cheap hotels, your budget will go a lot further, so you can stay longer and do more while you’re in Queenstown.

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Heartland Hotel Queenstown is a nice cheap 3 star hotel

Heartland Hotel Queenstown is a well located, cheap 3 star hotel. It’s a bit of a hike up the hill from town. But not too far, and most people will be fine walking here from the CBD. It’s also a great advertisement for good photography as the rooms look better online than in person, however, it’s a cheap budget hotel in a very expensive town. And, it’s very well located for the price, so, if you want something nicer in this part of town you’ll need to spend quite a bit more. Heartland Hotel is a great value hotel.

Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak

Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak cheap Queenstown hotel.

Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is a great cheap hotel in Queenstown. Perfect for young snowboarders or skiers looking to have fun. It’s a basic cheap hotel. But it has everything you need for a ski trip – a bed, a small bathroom, and a bar. They’ve also got a bowling alley, and it’s without a doubt the best hotel bowling alley in all of Queenstown. This hotel is really close to Coronet Peak, so it’s great if you want to make first tracks in the morning. It’s also great for mountain bikers in summer. Located in Arthurs Point so it’s a little way out of town.

Reavers Lodge

Reavers Lodge

Reavers Lodge is a great cheap hotel in Queenstown for groups of friends on a ski or mountain bike trip. It’s a rack ’em and stack ’em type of place, where most of the rooms have bunks. It’s really a hard core snowboarders haunt. It’s not close to the centre of town, but it’s great for a long stay on a low budget. They have their own ski and board rental too, which is super handy. This is some of the most affordable accommodation in Queenstown.

Shotover Lodge

Shotover Lodge

Shotover Lodge is a really cheap hotel in Queenstown, and not at all unpleasant. Located in Arthurs Point, just over the road from Nugget Point. This cheap 3-star hotel is popular with younger folks on a tight budget. It’s a 10 minute drive to the center of Queenstown. And it’s on the way to Coronet Peak so perfect for a ski holiday.

Mi-pad Queenstown

Mi-pad Hotel Cheap accommodation in Queenstown.

Mi-pad Queenstown is a fantastic cheap hotel. It really makes the most of its small footprint and excellent location. You could say it’s the perfect hotel for couples on a budget. Clean, modern, and nicely furnished, with some great shared spaces; like the fantastic rooftop terrace with it’s stunning views, the dining area, and the lounge. Of course, this isn’t the place for your wedding night, but it’s well priced and is suitable for a cheap romantic getaway, especially for younger couples who can’t afford Blanket Bay or even the Hilton.

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park

Ramada Suites Queenstown Airport exterior

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park is a cheap serviced apartment style hotel near Queenstown Airport. The rooms are self contained, with kitchenettes in the studios, and small kitchens in the one bedroom apartments. The rooms feel clean and modern, but not luxurious. There’s a supermarket and plenty of shops nearby. The kitchen is great for anyone staying in Queenstown on a budget.

Wyndham Garden Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Queenstown was new in 2018 so it’s still in reasonable condition and the rooms feel modern. It basically exists to provide small cheap rooms near the airport. If that’s what you want it’s great. It has some great views of the Remarkables from some rooms. It’s a great place for a longer stay, especially if the reason for your stay is skiing and you don’t mind being away from the CBD. It’s an excellent cheap hotel in Queenstown.

Cardrona Hotel

Cardrona Hotel

Like something straight out of a beer commercial, this postcard-perfect historic pub hotel is an icon of the Queenstown region. As much a pub and restaurant as it is accommodation, the food and atmosphere in the bar are excellent. And the accommodations pretty decent for a 3-star country hotel too. So don’t just stop to take a photo of this iconic hotel. Stay a night or two and experience its charms. It’s an excellent cheap hotel near Queenstown.

New Orleans Hotel

The New Orleans Hotel in Arrowtown.

New Orleans Hotel is a genuine country pub hotel. Built in 1866 it has got the kind of history you can only earn. Don’t worry they gave the place a bit of a spruce up in 2019, so the rooms don’t look like they are for gold miners anymore. The food and the pub are great too. This is an excellent cheap hotel in Arrowtown.

We really think we’ve found the most affordable accommodation in Queenstown, so you can have the time of your life.

What to look for when choosing a cheap hotel in Queenstown?
If you’re looking to enjoy Queenstown on the cheap then you’ll want to either find a hotel in walking distance of town, or find one with a free shuttle bus. Otherwise you can end up spending more money on drunken ubers than you would have spent getting a hotel in the centre of town. There’s actually plenty of buses which are a cheap way to get around by day, but when you are heading home after a night out will you wait for the bus? If not you should think about getting a cheap hotel in town.

You’ll need to weigh up how nice the hotel is against the location, and the views. You are not going to find a cheap hotel in the centre of Queenstown with great views.