We were expecting great things. It was okay but by no means wow. We had booked the Sea Room through the Wotif website for one night but when we arrived got the impression that they had no idea we were coming. As a hotel that only has 3 rooms they had to ask us which room we had booked even after giving our name. Thankfully we got in to our room straight away and were pleased to see all was in order and looked impressive. The bathroom was grand but it was disappointing to discover that there was no shower other than that attached to the taps over the lovely roll top bath. Our conclusion was the true luxury in this hotel is in the suites upstairs and the Sea Room is only the poor cousin for those (like us!) wanting to stay in a nice hotel but not pay top dollar.
We booked for dinner and went out for a wander around Picton, which was undergoing some major renovations and not looking at its best. Dinner was good (especially the garlic bread!), and we took advantage of the winter menu offer, though the mains were weaker in flavour than you might hope for. There was a good selection of local wines to compliment the menu- as one would expect in Marlborough!
Our main gripe was having requested breakfast for 7:45, we were informed that it would be the continental breakfast delivered to our room as the 'gourmet' breakfast incuded in the room price isn't normally served until 10am. Usually, this would suit us on a leisurely break but as we had to be at the adventure centre round the corner at 8:30 we were surprised it was too early to expect full breakfast beforehand. If 10am serving is standard policy then it should be made clear when booking, as there will often be guests in Picton needing to catch transport in the morning. We did get a cooked breakfast served cheerfully in the morning, but we couldn't help feel that we had rocked the boat a bit.
Over all we felt that it was a bit disappointing, despite having had a very comfortable stay, perhaps because we have had better for less elsewhere. It wasn't that it was bad, it just wasn't as special as we had hoped.
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