Actually we've been the first guests at this beautiful, stylish B&B in perfect lakeside location.
When we arrived it could be seen that some things weren't 100% ready, that our rooms was the only one already finished. Everything had this new smell.
At arrival we had been already overwhelmed by the building, a black & white modernized lodge in a wonderful garden with direct lake access and stunning views towards the city & the mountains. We got a very warm welcome by the host, were shown around, invited to rest at the outdoor pool or have a walk through the gardens along the lake.
Since we were hungry after the drive & flight to White Island (don't miss to visit White Island when you're in the area!) I asked where it's possible to have an egg sandwich and - whoosh - there was egg sandwich, homemade fruit cake & coffee served at the upstairs veranda of the lodge. The host sat down with us, told us about the lodge, the area & the activities, personal as you expect when staying at a luxury B&B. While we went back to our room to refresh she made a reservation for dinner at the Regent Hotel (which has the same owner as the Black Swan Lakeside B&B - which can be easily seen when you see the style of the hotel).
The room itself, superb! Lakeview at its best, windows from ground to ceiling. Quality bedding (soft and fluffy), free WiFi internet of good speed, a stereo with iPod/iPhone docking station and a very, very modern and welcoming bathroom with huge glass shower. Everything 5* (as you can expect at nearly NZ$ 600/night). Blind out curtains worked perfectly so we were able to have a good sleep.
Next morning the breakfast waited for us. Fresh fruits, coffee, jam/marmalade/honey, bread... and cooked breakfast on request. I had a wonderful & soft omelet with cherry tomatoes... mhhhhh We were chatting a lot with the host who gave the complete B&B a very personal feeling, got tips... Actually nothing was too much for her - even she had to prepare the other rooms because more guests were arriving the next day. I just asked where I can get my t-shirts washed & it was done. In the afternoon we sat down at the veranda and immediately there was coffee, tea and fruit cake.
Btw - the mini bar in the room as complimentary. But I don't know if this just has happened because we've been the first guests. I'm a fan of free mini bars because I never take something from this - normally - overpriced items. Better the hotel charges something with the room & then it's free (soft drinks).
Since our sky dive was cancelled due to clouds we had a bit more time to enjoy the lodge, were sitting in the garden, relaxed. This is a rare thing for me, but at the Black Swan I was able to switch off a bit.
No, the Black Swan isn't a cheap B&B, but considering what you're getting it's "value for money". It's so beautiful, so stylish, with such a good view... it's the house I would like to own when I'm older & want to rest.
Black Swan is exactly what you want when you're staying at a luxury B&B, want to rest from all-year 5* business hotels.
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