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Marlin Motel

33 Devon Street, Picton, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Once again I have chosen to stay at the Marlin Motel. We arrived after coming over on a late ferry and found it very cosy to arrive at the motel and the heater had been switched on. The bed was comfortable and the unit was clean tidy. The hosts are really friendly and make you feel welcome. Would recommend this... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

After having a bad experience with Hertz car hire (the office was shut after-hours even though we had been told somebody would be there to greet us with our key - stay away from Hertz!), we were stranded in Picton after getting off the ferry late at night. We told the lady in the information office at Picton who rang... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Loved the 1950's patterned carpet - and the carpet on the wall of the main room - yes really... Comfortable bed, had all of the things we needed for a night before getting ferry the next day. Would probably stay again so not as bad as some of the other reviewers thought ;-)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Having spent THE last two months+ in Many motels in Australia And NZ, this was THE worst. Expensive with few redeeming factors. Free WiFi but TV selection limited, despite high price. I guess that when you are near the Ferry to Wellington, you can charge What you want. Poor value for money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We stayed here for one night after a long day of driving & travelling. Staff were extremely friendly & helpful, understood that it was late & we were tired so just told us what we needed to know. Room was clean and comfortable. Nothing flash or modern but you get what you pay for. The bed was comfortable & it... More 

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Siena, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

After a sudden change of plan in peak season we discovered that all this was the only motel left in Picton with a room so we were appreciative and paid the price. But in our opinion double that which it was worth - with its carpets and lino's up the walls we thought we had lost a few years. Sure... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I was impressed with the friendy owners. The unit that I stayed in was very clean and tidy and I found the bed very comfortable. It was quiet and a handy location. It was nice to have a full kitchen. I thought the cost was right for what I received. I was impressed enough to re-book there again the following... More 

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you're looking for a brand spanking new hotel with all the mod cons, this place won't be for you. But if you appreciate an old-skool, retro motel - the way Kiwi motels used to be - you'll love the Marlin Motel. The decor and furnishings are a bit old, but not in a tatty kind of way - just... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

very unimpressed. this was supposed to be a wonderful 2 days with mum and dad . last night we spent a great time at the Waterfront Apartments in Kaikoura which I couldn't fault. it was $229 for a 2 bedroom apartment. I will review it next. However I was gobsmacked we we pulled up to the Marlin in Picton .... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Picton was very busy so we had little choice of accom. This one was a little bit old and overpriced but the rooms were large and well equipped. Unfortunately as in most places in NZ no insect screens so unable to leave a window open and get fresh air.

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