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“Beautiful hotel”
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Hotel d'Urville
Ranked #14 of 32 Hotels in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
Banbury, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

Lovely heritage hotel.
Best food I had in a month in NZ.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Our room, the D'Urville room, was freshly and very thoughtfully decorated. We especially appreciated the books on D'Urville and his voyages which we read in bed after dinner and again over coffee in the morning (plunger, coffee and fresh milk provided). The room had a high, four-posted bed, windows that opened for fresh air and blinds to tilt to reduce outside light, a small table for our morning coffee, a corner cabinet with books and other interesting elements, and period prints on the walls.
Dinner in the restaurant downstairs was very good. The whitebait (a South Island treat) was perfect, not too oily or over-eggy as is sometimes the case, but just right. So was our other first course, a black sausage-type dish.The restaurant is justly known for the quality of its meat. We both had filet mignon but could choose from a range of sauces and other accompaniments. Service was efficient and helpful. We drank the local Astrolobe pinot noir, in honor of D'Urville's ship name, to continue the theme (so hard to choose from what appeared to be a very good list).
We loved the re-use of the old heavy safe doors from the original building as bedroom and corridor doors.
Parking was easy: just next door. The bathroom was small but because it was well laid out it wasn't cramped in the shower or around the toilet.
I'd been a bit concerned about the potential for noise, as the hotel is on a street corner in the city centre (on top of which, the D'Urville room is a corner room), but the only problem was a group at about 3am going under our windows talking loudly. (But that can just as easily happen at a country resort when a group of guests decides to finally go to bed.) That and what I assume was the mail plane going rather low overhead about half an hour later.
We had only booked by phone about an hour before our arrival, as we hadn't been sure we'd get to Blenheim that night. I had taken a short-list of hotels in various places and we were so pleased that we managed to get a room here.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tokoroa
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed here for the Marlborough food & wine festival in February of 2012. We absolutely loved it. The room was fun, comfortable and very clean. The staff we friendly and extremely helpful. We enjoyed the breakfast each morning, beautiful cereals, breads, fruit etc. One evening we had a meal in the restaurant and the food was fantastic! It is a great spot and we would definately stay here again, infact we have booked to go back for next years food & wine festival but are trying to get more rooms so we can take lots of our friends!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We stayed in the Raja room for one evening. Check-in was easy with a very friendly staff member. The room was eclectic, funky, spotlessly clean and well appointed. We enjoyed the eccentricity of it and were expecting it from reading other reviews. A friend who is from Blenheim suggested the hotel restaurant for dinner. He said it was "the best dinner in town". We made a dinner reservation when we booked the room. We were not disappointed! It was the best meal out that we had in New Zealnd.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

We stayed here for one night to allow for a day trip around the wineries.
The hotel is in a great location in the centre of Blenheim and has parking at the side. We stayed in the rouge room which was spacious and well tended. It had a great little feel and had retained some of orginal period features from the building. Outside our room was a lounge area, where guests could help themselves to a glass of port.
You do have to pay for wifi access and slightly painfully you could only access this from the lounge area, not the room.
The hotel staff were pleasant and helpful and only two small points affected the score; we did feel disappointed that they didn't try harder to get us into the restaurant (a table after us managed to add another 2 to their table without issue) and we had to carry our own bags up to our room.
All in all a great place to stay, we would return.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Additional Information about Hotel d'Urville

Property: Hotel d'Urville
Address: 52 Queen Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Blenheim
#14 Romantic Hotel in Blenheim
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,520 - ₹ 11,448
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel d'Urville 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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Hotel D'Urville Blenheim, Marlborough
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