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“A first class stay in a country town”
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Hotel d'Urville
Ranked #13 of 32 Hotels in Blenheim
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“A first class stay in a country town”
Reviewed February 2, 2009

This gem of a hotel is located in a renovated bank building in downtown Blenheim. Our reservation was arranged by business associates and we were pleasently surprised at how clean and comfortable this hotel was. Our room was upstairs through the old vault doors and so was very quiet! But all the rooms were fixed out with comfortable beds, modern baths, air conditioning and first class linens. Breakfast was also included. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The only down side was the town - it closed down by 6pm! The hotel does have an attractive bar and restaurant, but too formal for what we were looking for. Breakfast in the restaurant was great so I would imagine dinner would be good too. We would definately stay there upon returning to Blenheim.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 25, 2008

A beautiful hotel with just 10 rooms right in the centre of Blenheim, with parking at front and rear of hotel. We arrived at hotel and were shown to our room, which was gorgeous. We had a four poster bed, with a lovely bathroom with a powerful shower. There is a bar inside or take the opportunity to sit out in the sun at the back on the decking and probably the best bar in the town. There is port available free of charge on the landing for guests and a continental breakfast was included with our rate. Make sure you book a table in the restaurant for dinner, it is amazing food. A great stay and highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2008
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2008

This hotel is governed by the quality of staff Our stay was good, the rooms fantastically different. Ask to see the rooms becuase they will probably put you in the colours room. Many more to offer. The resaurant has impressive food, great presentation. The duty manager totally put down the bar staff which was embarrrasing to watch. More staff training and better management would help.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

One of several stops on our honeymoon, not the most memorable. Parking was very limited (3 spaces), which meant we were wary of going out in case no room when we returned. No lift to get luggage up to the room, but receptionist offered to help.

Room itself was lovely; massive bed, very soft sheets, great view of distant hills and we were overlooking the side so no problems with noise. Service was erratic; receotionist was helpful in booking us onto a wine tour, and waitress at dinner very friendly. However, there's no excuse for them forgetting to tell us the restaurant was shut on Sunday (sign outside stated seven days, and there's precious little else to do in Blenheim on a Sunday evening). The whole place closed down from 3pm Sunday until 7am on Monday; we came back at about 5 to find another guest sat outside waiting to check in; we had to let him in and phone for staff to come back and help.

So as a place to stay, if you're independent it's fine; just don't expect too much of the staff.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Bosslady2, Duty Manager at Hotel d'Urville, responded to this review, April 16, 2008
I would like to apoligise to all those who have not had a memorable experiance with us.
We would like to also point out that since the last managers comments, the bar across the road has closed and we enjoy some great nights of reasonable peace and quiet for a hotel in the middle of town. We do apoligise for any inconvience with bags and the stairs however we are here to help and will go out of our way to make your stay a great one!!
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Reviewed May 8, 2006

I have stayed several times over the pass few years so know a bit of their history! Its been a constant battle with the council over the years with regards to noise pollution unfortunately they have not been very co operative! So ask for the back rooms which are are great. The food has had it moments as every time they have had a brilliant chef they have been pinched!! The latest new chef Lawrence Purser is brilliant. Still a fun favourite!

Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed January 24, 2006

Loud music blares nightly from the bar across the street which keeps its doors and windows open to attract customers. The front desk staff is vacant and unhelpful and will pretend they're not aware of the problem until they have to move you. Ask for a room in the back of the hotel!

  • Stayed December 2005
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Bosslady2, Restaurant Manager at Hotel d'Urville, responded to this review, November 10, 2007
Hotel d'Urville is situated in the CBD of Blenheim which is told to guests by staff or travel agents, there are a number of Bars around us. Yes we do have a bar accross the road who seldomly have live bands and play excessively during the night. We have a procedure in place that has been here since i have worked in this establishment which is four years. Although it does take time to get through the procedure we cannot go over to the bar and pull cords from instruments or personally close them down. Noise control needs 3 complaints, 3 separate times in order to close a bar. the 3 complaints need to have sufficient amount of time in between each complaint. The Police will only be involved if the patrons breaking the law, and bar staff are breaking the sale of liquor act. We do the best we can within the rules and laws established, we also have ear plugs in all the rooms for guests to use until we succeed in our procedures. All we ask are for guests to be patient until we are able to get some peace and quiet for you.
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Reviewed January 5, 2006

Great Building but situated right next to a gas station on the main road. We had been looking forward to our stay but were dissappointed by the poor service- carrying own bags to the room & no-one around for breakfast not even to make a coffee until we wnt to front desk. Everyone seemed to have lost interest in the place. Rooms were quirky,interesting & comfortable but the shower leaked all over the floor. The food was not of the high culinary standard we expected and we had better food at vineyards in the area during the trip.

Stayed December 2005
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Property: Hotel d'Urville
Address: 52 Queen Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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