We stayed in Portage Lodge for 1 night, and were encouraged. The main reception-lounge-terrace-restaurant area of the hotel had been completely renovated, and was very charming. It went one or two stages beyond 'simple NZ' and was closer to Boutique.
It is true that the bar and restaurant staff had arrived the day before, and that they did have trouble telling the difference between a spritzer and pimms, and the coffee was served cold, not to mention many other minor bungles, but they were trying hard. Very hard. And they were very polite and accommodating. Most importantly, the chef was very good; providing dishes that were thoughtfully presented, with just the right variety and choice of ingredients. The only criticism is that maybe the dishes were too large, but is probably not a valid criticism, especially given it is two-thirds the way through a 24hr trek??
The room was great; with two large windows and a nice sized bathroom. Very clean and thoughtfully laid out. The views were amazing, albeit we did have to walk across a building site to get to it. This will change, I dare say.
The swimming pool was empty, but a) who needs one when you have the beach with great views?, and b) the owner/management could be seen clearly doing their best to rectify the situation. The price was not completely outrageous for what we got, especially given the location.
Overall, I feel that if we had visited this great resort one-two months later, we would have been blown away. But I have to rate this place on my stay there, which was definitely a 3*, which is a shame. But it has the potential to be a 4* very shortly. I wish portage the best of luck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Base yourself at THE PORTAGE and experience the best Marlborough has to offer. We are an ideal 2 or 3 night stay so that you can enjoy winery tours in and around Blenheim and Picton, cruising the Marlborough Sounds, walking New Zealand's famous Queen Charlotte Track, wildlife eco tours, or sea kayaking , fishing and sailing on Kenepuru Sound. Let us know your favourite adventure activity when you book and we'll arrange it for you. Food options range from quality restaurant dining featuring seafood to a cafe overlooking the spectacular Sounds view. Located 10 minutes walk from the acclaimed Queen Charlotte Track, THE PORTAGE offers a selection of accommodation from our premium Kowhai suites to two story villas and hillside sea view rooms as well as a few budget rooms. THE PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL's central location in Marlborough makes it easy to reach from all over New Zealand. Access is easy - its only 15 minutes from Picton by boat or 1.25 hours by road. Blenheim Airport has multiple flights from the major cities of Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, every day. THE PORTAGE is your Marlborough accommodation base to explore the magic of the Marlborough Sounds on the south island of New Zealand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Portage Hotel Picton
- Portage Hotel Picton