This hotel has some wonderful, unique features but the quirkiness of the themed rooms wore thin after the first night. We stayed in the Raj room which was beautifully appointed but scored low on comfort. We both bumped our heads when stepping out of the bathroom, which is framed by a pair of heavy wooden doors. If you stay in this room, beware of the shower which is also set too low - the tap labelled "F" (presumably for froid?) is scalding hot and the tap labelled "C" is cold. There is nowhere to unpack (clothes or toiletries), the window blinds let in a lot of light and the floor boards are very creaky. Add to this the noisy road outside, the humming fridge, the constantly slamming front door and rowdy diners in the restaurant and it's difficult to rate this hotel for sleep quality!
The restaurant is deservedly popular and it's wise to reserve a table in advance especially if you wish to dine at a time of your choosing. Sadly, our otherwise perfect meal was let down by a badly over-cooked steak. This was professionally rectified by a very attentive restaurant manager and the rest of the meal surpassed our expectations. On the whole the food and service were excellent, both at breakfast and dinner.
We got the impression that the restaurant takes precedence over the hotel as far as staff are concerned. Hotel service was variable depending on who we encountered. There was considerable confusion about the wifi service - we received three different explanations of pricing and availability. On balance, we wished we'd stayed at one of the cheaper B&Bs in one of the surrounding vineyards but if you want to be in the centre and if history and heritage is of interest, Hotel d'Urville is worth a look.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Blenheim's finest landmarks, the historic Public Trust Building, is now transformed into a luxury 11-room hotel for the discerning traveller. Each of our 11 suites has been designed and decorated to create an individual and distinctive character. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel D'Urville Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
- d Urville Hotel Blenheim