We were from Sydney visiting friends in Blenheim. Our tip for accommodation around Blenheim is that it is better to stay outside of the town itself a couple of kilometres outside of Blenheim where there are nice, more country-style retreats which better reflect this famous vineyard region. The Waterfront Motel is located in quite an industrial area and is fronted by a large expanse of black tar car park, adjoining a run-down pub. Two rooms were booked by travel agents on our behalf and - big mistake - pre-paid months in advance. When we arrived at around 2pm there was no-one on reception to tell us what rooms we had booked or to let us in. The handyman and cleaning lady eventually took pity on us and let us into rooms on the ground floor - the only place the kids can run around is the car park area and they made their way to the pub where large signs advertised 'Pool' - they thought they could swim there. It was very hot and there was a function in the function centre across the way so we had to keep the windows closed due to noise. There was no air conditioning or fans provided and no matter what time of day or night we went to reception there was never anyone there. After a disturbed and hot night we made the decision to abandon this motel for a far more pleasant place on Raparua Rd - we had no-one to request our money back from as of course reception was abandoned - I told the cleaning lady we were checking out. There are far nicer places to stay in this beautiful region - choose one of those.
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