As soon as we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. Thankfully, we had managed to park in one of the few spaces at the side of the hotel with no intention of moving the car again during our short stay (but limited parking could be a problem). Our room was the eponymous D'Urville room, decorated in a colonial style with a lovely big four poster bed and comfortable armchairs and a quirky little bathroom with copper fittings. Apparently all the rooms have a subtle theme to make them a bit more interesting than standard hotel decor and we certainly appreciated the finishing touches such as maps on the wall and relevant books. The building is an old Public Trust building and has a fabulous vault in which guests can relax with a glass of port, away from the main hotel bar.
The restaurant served us perhaps one of the best meals we've eaten in New Zealand with helpful recommendations for appropriate wines to match each course. Breakfast was a reasonable continental selection (included in our basic rate) or a cooked option which we didn't sample. Service throughout was with a smile!
The town of Blenheim itself hasn't much to offer but the many vineyards in its periphery make it a desirable place to stop for a night or two. We plan to head back up in a couple of months and will be staying at Hotel D'Urville again without hesitation.
- 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