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Bay Vista Waterfront Motel
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Picton
Certificate of Excellence
Knoxville, Tennessee
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47 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

We had just driven up from the Marlborough wine region with no direction known, but even more pertinently, no reservations for the evening. As we drove through Picton we just couldn't find quite what we were looking for, something just a little less busy. Then, we stumbled into the Bay Vista just a couple of miles out of town, on the quiet side of the bay.
The motel had just been renovated, was perfectly clean, and the receptionist was wonderful.
We sat on our porch drinking gin and tonics (no limes, but we were able to pick a ripe lemon off the tree just 6' away!) watching the colors from the sunset across the bay, which began about 150' from our doorway.
Downtown Picton and the ferry terminals and restaurants and grocery stores are all just a few minutes away.
This is not the Four Seasons. But if you're vagabonding around New Zealand, it's perfect.

Room Tip: We loved the unit on the far end away from the office. The one with the lemon tree with fresh lemon...
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Spent two nights here in two bedroom unit. It was pretty good value but very small bedrooms. Kitchen and living room furniture is dated but clean. Although a two bedroom unit there were only two comfy armchairs to sit on in the living room??.

Setting is very peaceful with a lovely view across the bay - you could watch the ferries coming in and out of Picton from the outdoor setting.

If furnishings are updated this place could be stunning.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

We were two couples staying at this motel for two nights. We were greeted by very friendly staff. Great view from our room and the kitchen was very well equipped (included an oven). Yes it is true that the furniture is dated, but the rooms were clean. As well, as perk they do the dishes daily and free of charge.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

Spent 3 nights here and from the moment we arrived, we were blown away with the location.

Our host was very friendly and helped us with our day trip plans.

The rooms were very clean and the cooking facilities excellent.

Our room, as seems all others, have this fantastic view across out to the bay.

My kids had a great time wondering around along the sea front and great walks for all of us just a short distance away.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

We were unlucky in that we had arrived in Picton on a night when all the good accommodation was booked and so drove on out in the direction Waikawa Bay. Bay Vista looked ok from the outside so we decided to try it. Owner/manager(?) in the office disinterested and, reluctantly, eventually stopped chatting to her friend on the phone and showed us to a unit.
The unit was dark with very poor lighting, overall impression was of a very brown, depressing room. The bedroom was small, just about room to walk round the bed and we are both slim, but looked clean so we stopped the night as we had driven a long way and were tired and it was already dark.
We hated every minute of it. The table in the sitting room area was in a bad state, the chairs stained, all the furniture looked old fashioned, brown and dated. The light was inadequate for reading.
We left as soon as we could the next morning.
Yes, the view from the sitting room was good when we opened the curtains in the morning but that did not make up for the rest of it.
We moved on and stayed in the most wonderful apartments with even better views at Waikawa Marina (light years better and only marginally more) where we stayed for 3 very pleasant nights and just wished we had found them the night before.
Bay Vista is probably better suited to families who don't worry if the children accidentally make a bit of a mess or bang into anything. It is definitely not for you if you are used to good quality furniture and fittings and rooms with light and space.
It is possible, of course, that some of the other units might have been better than this one but I can only write about the one we stayed in.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Bay Vista Waterfront Motel

Property: Bay Vista Waterfront Motel
Address: 303 - 307 Waikawa Road, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Picton
#5 Family Hotel in Picton
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,105 - ₹ 11,647
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Vista Waterfront Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular waterfront location and 500mb Free Wifi. All 7 motel units at Bay Vista Waterfront Motel are situated on the waters edge in Picton's beautiful Waikawa Bay, only 5 minutes drive from the town centre. Set in 2 acres of park like grounds these 7 ground floor units are all self contained with sky TV and stunning views of the Bay and Waikawa Marina. Take a short 7 minute stroll over to the restaurants/cafes located at the marina or down to the swimming beach and boat launching ramp. Wake up to the sound of the native birds and enjoy a coffee on your private patio in the sun. Relax in peace and quiet away from all road noise. As well, we have available off site a selection of 2,3,& 4 bedroom spacious holiday homes for those who wish to spread out and enjoy your own private space. ... more   less 
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