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“A warm Kiwi welcome” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colonial Motel
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A warm Kiwi welcome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Shona and Peter Etheredge are warm and welcoming hosts. They could not do enough for us. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. The sitting room chairs weren't the most comfortable for lounging in, but that's a minor quibble.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Mosskat55
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for your comments and it was a pleasure to help you enjoy your stay.
We look forward to seeing you again sometime. It is always a pleasure to have received such positive remarks.
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  • Location
    4.5 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, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed 3 nights and had a wonderful experience with top kiwi hospitality. We arrived Picton on the late Interislander ferry around 9.30pm. By the time we picked up our hire car and arrived the accommodation in Bleheim was after 10pm. The Reception was closed by then the owner Peter came out to greet us when he heard our car pull up.

The room was kept immaculately clean everyday. We had tons of dirty clothes from hiking to be washed and Peter was very helpful. While we were out for the day Peter even took the dried clothes off the clothes line and put them in our room as the weather was turning bad.

Peter was very helpful throughout our stay including where to get the groceries and places to eat around the accommodation.

Room Tip: It's a 2 storey motel, the upper floor has a better view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tythsu
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for your generous comments and we always endeavour to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. Look forward to seeing you again.
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Nelson, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed at the Colonial Motel with a Sports Team and wow it was simpy awesome. The owners are unbelievably friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and beautifully clean. There was a laundry for us to use to wash and dry uniforms and a garage to set up a team table so we could all eat together. I would recommend this to anyone, single through to groups.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alethea S
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you Alethea for your wonderful comments.
We do endeavour to make stays as comfortable as possible and we enjoy looking after our guests.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

Warm spacious clean cozy rooms with everything you need. Awesum friendly service from the proprieters. Nothing is too much trouble. Very happy with our 5 night stay. Good price. And handy location. Would definately return again.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Vernalee
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you very much for your positive comments as we do value the feedback and pleased that you enjoyed your stay .Looking forward to your return.
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Perth
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91 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

Stayed one night on way to Nelson, very clean rooms and very friendly and helpful hosts. Rooms are generous size and well equiped. Would recommend. It is on the main road so lot of traffic but doesn't really bother you, unless you are a really light sleeper. Don't let that put you off this great place to stay.

Room Tip: at the back away from the road.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Pat0409
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Many thanks for your positive comments on our units and your stay. We do appreciate the feedback.
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Melbourne
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

Our 2 night stay in Blenheim was made more enjoyable because we had chosen this great motel. Owners Peter and Shona were incredibly friendly and informative, as well as really approachable. Our motel room was at the back of the block, away from the main road, and we had a car-port right outside our room. The room was really clean and condiments were restocked daily. I had numerous chats to Peter who showed a genuine interest in our stay and gave our toddler attention, being a grandfather himself. We had a 2 bedroom unit and there was a terrific open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. Bathroom was small but very clean. Within the complex was a BBQ, a cubby house and an outdoor swimming pool (the swimming pool we did not use as it wasn't the right weather). We were also offered the complimentary loan of DVDs for our son. Motel was on same road as New World supermarket, and was only a short walk to town centre. Overall a really lovely experience and a great accommodation choice.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Louise G
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you Louise for your lovely remarks about your stay at our motel.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to host you and the family.
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South east
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

We stayed at the Colonial for two separate nights as we travelled south, then back north on the South Island. We booked the second night following our first experience.

We found the accomodation to be spacious, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The kitchenette areas were very well equipped and the bathroom areas ideal.

The Manager was extremely helpful and we greatly benefited from his local knowledge and information on the area.

The motel is close to the highway, but so are most of the other motels in the area, and there isn't much traffic later in the evening anyway.

Having stayed in about 15 motels in New Zealand during February and March I have no hesitation in saying this is one of the best.

Room Tip: Phone the motel and discuss your needs with the Manger. He is a very friendly, helpful guy, and appr...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BlueboySoutheast
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Peter E, Owner at Colonial Motel, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
We would just like to express our appreciation for your very kind comments regarding our motel and hospitality.
It was a pleasure to have you stay on the 2 occasions and hope that we may see you here in the future.
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Additional Information about Colonial Motel

Property: Colonial Motel
Address: 66 Main Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Blenheim
#9 Romantic Hotel in Blenheim
#11 Luxury Hotel in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Colonial Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colonial Motel is a 10 unit accommodation provider with a 4 star Qualmark rating. We have 3 Studios, 4 Two bedroom units, 2 One bedroom units and a Three bedroom unit, all of which are fully self contained with full kitchens. Guests can enjoy free WiFi,free DVD library,Sky TV,a swimming pool as well as a playhouse for the children. A portable BBQ can be placed outside your unit. A laundry is available for guest use. Continental and cooked breakfasts can be ordered and delivered to your room along with a complimentary newspaper. Within a short walking distance you will find a Restaurant,Dairy,Fish & Chip Shop,New World Supermarket,Stadium and CBD. We supply you with maps and information to help you with your exploration of the area. ... more   less 
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Colonial Motel Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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