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Picton Beachcomber Inn
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Picton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 December 2011

Our ferry arrived at 930pm and we walked with luggage from the terminal to the hotel in about 12 mins with no problem, just a bit bumpy until you hit the main road.
Reception had closed by that time and we found our room key in an envelope (with instructions) sticky taped to the front door. Rather trusting of them so we thought right then that Picton would be a friendly town.
On our second stay we had to catch the 0800 am ferry and reception doesn't open until that time, so just a little warning to settle your bill the night he before.

There is a lift to the 2nd floor located outside the main office so we were able to get the luggage up without using the stairs.
As we had two separate stays here, each room (next door to each other) on the same floor had the same amenities, identical layout, decor, views and we felt like we had never left.

There are many rooms to choose from with ours being more expensive but had modern and updated décor.The other room type we saw on the lower level looked a little outdated but would be just as comfortable.

We had to book the rooms via contacting them in an email and filling out a reservation form (which is a little out of touch these days).
Phoning is another option but we still managed to get the room we wanted online via the hotel’s booking form.

Our room was classified as a King bedroom (with a single) and it was indeed a large bed,with a sofa,coffee table,bedside tables, a good sized TV, tea/coffee making area, cupboard and a vanity area located outside the bathroom.
It was made of stainless steel with light wood throughout and rather a heavy colour scheme overall.At night it seemed particularly dark even with most of the lights on.Glass sliding doors lead out to an open balcony with views down to the harbour across a low carpark.

The only problem we found was in the bathroom with the low water pressure from the shower, the less than optimum room to move around in and the big crack in the venetian blind near the kitchen area that gave a view into the bathroom. This should really have been cut to fit the inside of this window.

Overall,the view from the rooms to the harbour and from the back door to the yacht mooring area is very nice.The cleanliness of the rooms was fantastic with super amenities to choose from with little wastage.
Did not try the restaurant, as they were not open during our stays for dinner.

It doesn't look too much from the outside but it belies what it is really like in the rooms.Their slogan out the front is "We only Look Expensive!"

The included photos are taken from each stay(different rooms) and although they are identical in layout, one or two maybe reversed.

Enjoy your stay!

Room Tip: If you can spare some extra dollars, stay in the updated rooms and you won't regret the cost.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

This inn was delightful and located for walking about town. We were able to shop for groceries, find a reataurant and enjoy the delightful residents we met along the street. Comfortable room, and views from all windows. The desk staff was very friendly and helpful. She gave us tips and directions for the places we wanted to see. She also was helpful with the loan of a plug for my computer.

Room Tip: our room overlooked the harbor from both sliding windows.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2011

Picton is one of the greatest places - no one seems to know about it. The stores are great finds, the Harbour is great and the hotels are great. We stayed at the Beachcomber Inn and the rooms were fantastic. We had a meal in the Restaurant "Whalers" and that was great as well. The only sad part was that we could not stay longer. Would highly recommend the Beachcomber as a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

We were booked in for one night after we travelled from Wellington on the ferry. We were booked in across the road in another motel but they over booked and moved us over to the Beachcomber. lt was a blessing in disguise, while the room was being cleaned the receptionist took good care of us. The hotel as well as the room were clean and had a better view of the harbour than our other motel.Nice airy balcony on a summers night overlooking the harbour is just what the doctor ordered.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2011

The Beachcomber Inn is a 32-bedroom hotel situated very conveniently close to the centre of Picton, with most rooms having excellent views over the harbour. There’s a restaurant on the third floor (second floor in UK terms), attractive gardens with a seating area at the back of Reception, and a small pool for the warmer days. It’s five minutes’ walk or less to shops, restaurants and supermarkets. My wife and I stayed at the hotel for four nights in February, 2011, using Picton as a base for touring the north of the South Island.
The rooms differ in configuration, but most seem to have a queen size bed plus either one or two singles or a second double bed. Ours (no 203) had a queen size and a single, plus two comfortable armchairs and a working surface and chair. The room was spacious and comfortable, with adequate hanging and drawer space. The balcony was spacious, with two chairs (but no table or light), and a glorious view over the harbour. Avoid the road-facing rooms if you’re allergic to traffic noise. We had a fridge which doubled as a minibar (but check the prices – a little expensive), and we noticed some rooms had a microwave. The bathroom was small but had a bath with a shower over, and the washbasin was outside in the room (strange, but no problem). There was an iron, hairdryer, kettle, and ample tea and coffee making facilities. One tip – buy your alcohol at one of the supermarkets or the liquor store; a bottle of beer, for example, was NZ$2.50 outside, against $6.50 from the minibar.
We didn’t try the restaurant because we wanted to sample the local restaurants, but we didn’t hear anything negative about it. We found it annoying having to ask every evening whether the restaurant would be open for breakfast the following day, but in the end we took room service breakfast every morning and enjoyed it. It was much better value than the buffet breakfast when the restaurant was open.
Being so near the town centre (and Picton is not big), we tried a number of the local restaurants. Oxley’s, Le Cafe and The Barn were all good, but could be pricey for a la carte, but the Flying Haggis (the local Scottish pub) offered the best value food, although it wouldn’t win any prizes for ambience.
There are several companies by the waterfront that offer various types of cruises, although most actually run a ferry service to and from various locations in the Sounds, and also have foot passengers on board to enjoy the views. We went with Endeavour Express – comfortable, but although the captain was amenable and would chat to you if you went to him, there was no PA and no real guided tour. I don’t know if this was the same for the other ‘cruises’.
We hired a car for a couple of days and visited several of the local towns. Car availability seemed to be affected by the Christchurch earthquake, which happened early in our visit, and one suspects the car hire companies were withholding cars in the hope of making a quick profit from the fleeing victims – until our visit, I’ve never experienced Avis, Hertz and Budget all having no cars available in the same place at the same time. However, Apex cars in Auckland Street offered us a reasonable rate, and we used the car to visit Blenheim (interesting), Nelson (bustling – do go on the 1925 charabanc tour of the town), and Kaikoura (full of tacky cafes, and 2-hour whale-watching boat trips for $145).
Overall, we had a great time in Picton, with the town itself being pleasantly smart and quaint at the same time. I don’t understand the Beachcomber Inn’s lowly position in the TA rankings – it’s clean, quiet (certainly in the rooms away from the roadside), has spacious rooms, perfect location, not costly, and we found the room service breakfasts ideal to eat out on the balcony. OK, we could have done with a light and a table on the balcony, and the hotel could offer a free shuttle service from the ferry terminal, but you’d pay for it in the room rate. An excellent choice, and we would return without hesitation if we went back to Picton.

Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

We stayed 1 night on the 3rd floor. The room was immaculately clean & beautifully decorated. The staff were all great & the room was excellent value for money. Very convenient for town & the ferries. My only complaint was that the bed was not very firm, but I have experienced a lot worse!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2011

There are two things that might put travellers off this hotel. Firstly, it is in an ugly building, and secondly, lots of coach parties use it. I found the second point no problem at all, and as regards the first, you can't see a building when you're inside it.

Reading other reviews, I think there might be quite a lot of variety in the quality of rooms. Ours was wonderful - beautifully furnished in excellent taste, with a balcony and a heavenly view over the harbour. There was even a little kitchenette, and the fact that the door opened on to an extenal corridor with a busy local road outside was no problem because the bathroom and the kitchen were between the bedroom and the outside door.
Without exception, staff were excellent, and the receptionists (who doubled up in the bar in the evenings) combined efficiency with that natural warmth and concern for their guests which makes for an enjoyable stay.

We ate in the restaurant three times, and the food was excellent, if rather too copious.

We moved here from the Mercure next door (see review), without doubt the worst hotel I have stayed at in over 40 in New Zealand. What a difference, and at NZ$155 it was a full $100 a night cheaper than the awful Mercure.

So, a lovely quiet room, great staff, wonderful position - we'll certainly stay here again on our next NZ visit.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 27 Waikawa Road, Picton 7372, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Picton
#6 Family Hotel in Picton
#6 Romantic Hotel in Picton
Price Range: £69 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Picton Beachcomber Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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