Over the years, we've stayed at two other places in Picton - the highly-rated Harbour View Motel and Jasmine Court. But the Beachcomber Inn beats the lot, and this was our third visit, staying five nights. Okay, it's an unfortunate building, but the only place from which you can't see the ugly architecture is inside! The rooms in the three storeys have external corridors, and then you enter a small kitchen-lobby and then the bedroom, so you are shielded from the noise of the traffic (and it's a surprisingly busy road). All rooms have wonderful views of the garden, the harbour, the sound and the forested hills, plus a balcony, and you can watch the ferries from Wellington arriving and leaving. The rooms have recently been refurbished with a very individual touch - so unlike bland chain motels - with dark colours which blend perfectly. There is a restaurant on the top floor with the same great view, in my view the best place to eat in Picton, especially if you dislike loud music and the noise of young people having fun. The cooking is of a high standard and the service friendly and helpful if (depending who's on duty) a little lacking in polish and self-confidence. There is often a coach party in residence, but this didn't affect is unless we were in the restaurant when they were; in such cases, people-watching provides so much fun that I'd gladly pay a supplement to dine when the coach tourists do.
The motel/hotel is managed with care and energy. There's limited parking (although plenty when there's a coach party in residence), but there's no problem parking on the road outside.
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- Also Known As:
- Picton Beachcomber Hotel Picton
- Picton Beachcomber Inn New Zealand - Marlborough