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“Thank goodness it was only one night!!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Picton Beachcomber Inn
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Picton
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18 reviews
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“Thank goodness it was only one night!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

We arrived after 2pm to be told that our room was not ready it was still being cleaned. When we eventually got to our room it was tired looking and smelt of air freshener yuck. I think the cleaners must have been in a rush because there was strands of long black hair on the toilet cistern box and floor of the bathroom we were not impressed and the view had said harbour views we faced the car park and another building block so to get a view you had to walk out on the balcony and look to the right. There was no basin in the bathroom only a sink in the bedroom. Was a little over priced won't stay there again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KerryMarlene
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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133 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

We recently stayed there (2 rooms). The view of the harbour was lovely, the rooms were clean and spacious, and the dinner in the restaurant was pretty good. All in all a good stay and we could stay there again (we had a room on the top and bottom floors). Don't think that there was any room service from memory.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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69 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

This hotel is one (if not the only one) of the worst places we have ever stayed. It is absolutely NOT value for money. The only positive I could say of this place is that we had a room with a lovely view. Perhaps that was their reason for the high price for the room, but frankly we can get that view in any of the places around it. We do not mind paying for quality, but this was just plain highway robbery. The hotel was tired, in dire need of a a complete renovation and to top it off we had a kitchen sink in the room, doubling as a wash basin for the bathroom - absolutely unsanitary and just plain yukky. The personnel (especially one specific person at the front desk) were extremely unfriendly, and just plain rude. The food, when we could eat there ( breakfast was only served in the room, a continental, out-of-tins and as basic as it comes) was absolutely forgettable. For dinner the prawns were fried in oil or cooked in a pan until it tasted like rubber, the medium-rare beef was fully cooked and dry and the bread was topped with oily cheese and bacon pieces, a cholesterol dream all in all. We will give this place a pass in the future.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zirka2
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Suzette M, Owner at Picton Beachcomber Inn, responded to this review, 11 April 2013
As expected we are disappointed with the comments this guest has made in their review.We presume the previous complaint was from the same guests.
We wish for the guest to be aware that we are a Qualmark rated 3 1/2 star Hotel.
Room 301 is situated on the 3rd floor, it sits right above the Picton Marina and has uninterrupted harbour views. We can proudly say that no other Hotel in Picton gets these views from any of their rooms.
The room was refurbished in 2007.
All rooms have been kept to a high standard of cleaniness and are well appointed. The decor of our rooms, standard and superior, are shown on the tripadvisor site.We have guests who come back to stay on a regular basis who request this particular room.Price,decor,location,views, staff friendliness are the reasons why we have returning guests.
For the concern of the bandbasin outside of the bathroom.
Yes, we are aware of people finding this very unusual.When the carpentry was done for those rooms it was positioned in a way to give the room a nautical theme.
Sadly the effect was not one a lot of people could relate to.
Our Hotel will be getting some refurbishments done over this coming winter and you will be happy to know that the rooms which have a handbasin outside of the bathroom will have the bathroom enlarged to accommodate it within the bathroom.
It is not feasible to have our restaurant open daily for breakfasts, therfore we offer room service deliveries, or as an alternative, we direct guests to several cafes that are within easy walking distance of our hotel.
The guests did not feel the need to mention the complaint upon dining or even upon payment of their meal, yet is seems to have disappointed them that much that they now need to mention it to us via a review?? Should the have had a problem with how the steak had been cooked surely it should have been mentioned to the kitchen staff straight away when they started to consume the meal. Any issues would have been able to be attended to straight away.
By reading other reviews on our Hotel you will see that our Hotel is not as bad as what these guests have made us out to be.
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Bargara, Australia
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146 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

We had superb views to the harbour from our spacious and well kept room. Sitting on the balcony and debating where to have dinner was very pleasant and we chatted to a few other guests on a couple of nights. The Inn is used by tour groups and set up for that we think but, as it is not very large, this is not a problem. The local restaurants are within easy walking distance as is a supermarket.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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12 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013 via mobile

Totally overpriced in comparison to comparable places.
The decor is getting tired as well.
The bathroom is minute to the extent that the washbasin is outside in the entrance to the room and doubles as a sink for the kitchenette.

They only serve a room service breakfast.

Dinner in the restaurant was a testimony to bad cooking and overuse of greasy food. The prawns were fried to within an inch of turning into stone, they were dark brown and tasteless.
The steaks were cheap meat also overcooked.

The reception staff were grumpy and curt.

Give this place a wide berth if you want value for your money as well as edible food.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Memboss
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sydney
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118 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

We had an excellent room overlooking the harbour. The room was clean and very well presented. It was coveniently located to all that we needed to see in Picton.I did take a little while to figure out how to access the harbour from the motel but that is a small problem.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank trooo3
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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149 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

We were well impressed with not only the loction but also the views. We booked this via Fly Buys and were relieved to find that they had put us into a nice room. We had a balcony with lovely views over the very well manicured lawn down below and out over the harbour and hills. It is within easy walking distance to the main shopping centre and all the restaurants are at your feet. The room was very spacious and clean and it was lovely to have heavy dark curtains to keep the light out. The only thing that was a little different was having the bathroom sink in the main area as the bathroom was quite small. Im not sure if it is like that with all the rooms though but we enjoyed our stopover here and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Herbies1
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Property: Picton Beachcomber Inn
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 Romantic Hotel in Picton
#6 Family Hotel in Picton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Picton Beachcomber Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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