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Hotel d'Urville

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We booked this hotel as we had stayed there some twelve years ago We got the same themed room, the Indian room, which from memory had not changed. Too much clutter in the room. Small and inadequate bathroom with no place to put toiletries and little space in the room for luggage The hotel I Has been converted from an old bank,the rooms are on the first floor and there is no elevator and no one to assist with bags Ok to stay as it is central to the shops etc, but I suggest one night is enough

Had a booking in the restaurant for 8pm, arrived at 7.30pm were pointed to where our table was- not offered a drink in the bar at all. Went and chatted with some friends who were outside in the bistro as our booking was not until 8pm. at 7.50 we sat down at our table. waited a while, went up to the bar to get a drink. Still waiting went up to the bar to ask for menus. at 8.45 pm asked if we could have our orders taken. Meals arrived finally and were lovely. Service was absolutely terrible. The poor waitress was left to do most things on her own and the I'm assuming Maître D was not present at all. Absolutely no management whatsoever. Standards have dropped to below their reputation, definitely not what it was 2 years ago at all. We were frequent diners but unfortunately no longer will be. Feel free to get in touch if you would like some help with turning this place around as I have many years experience in this industry.

This is a inverted bank with downstairs transferred to a restaurant and admin and upstairs 10 rooms with different styles. I little bit tired with done things not working properly such as air conditioning.

My criteria for hotels are: quiet, clean and comfortable. Hotel d'Urville met all of these and good service from staff as well. Interesting building and great theme rooms with enviable furnishings. Bed very comfortable. HVAC extremely quiet. Beware if you have mobility issues as there is no elevator to the second floor where the rooms are and we did not see a bellboy who could help with luggage. In room fridge and kettle. Breakfast included in price is continental with toaster, but tea must be made with hot, but not boiling water. We loved the atmosphere and proximity to great restaurants. (Check out my reviews of "Mouth Watering" and "Goodhome Bistropub".)

Quirky building with so many interesting features but totally lacked atmosphere. Virtually no staff presence whatsoever - which was not really welcoming to guests. Rooms were unique as building is hhistoric Public Trust Building - interesting and individually designed but slightly impractical - space was somewhat limited. Our room had seriously rusted window frames which would not open (not good when cooler air was required!) and sills were crumbled and flaked so badly with paint. Drapes looked lovely until I tried to close them - both sets were badly torn which was obvious when they were drawn. Kettle flex was too short and had to be placed on floor to enable it to be plugged in for usage! Sorry to say I think D'Urville requires some attention to revive it. Our room definitely showing signs of fatigue - and hotel is beginning to look shabby and generally lacks lustre. However , the big positive is location and investing some TLC, customer focus and good marketing this must be a diamond for tourists coming to Blenheim. Sadly for me my expectations were higher so I was disappointed, but hopefully this historic building can sparkle again for the town of Blenheim . Currently writing this from next stop if my travels around NZ - in Wellington - hotel half cost per night with breakfast and in better decorative order - sadly reinforced my thought we did not get value for money .

Very disappointed,me and my wife went for dinner yesterday,we have two main course that we waited for 3/4 of hour,we were the only people at the restaurant,my wife had the steak she could not fine the mushroom and 3 pieces of carrots for $38 I had the Groper and cannelloni,my fish was over cooked and came with diced peppers,I could not taste the fish as the peppers flavour was to strong.for dessert we had Lemon meringue tart and Lemon sorbet.the meringue was shop bought,and it was very sour so was the sorbet.not good for $16 nothing to say but disappointed.

My partner and I stayed at the Hotel D'Urville for two nights. We both loved the character of the hotel - as it was once the old Public Trust building. We stayed in the Retro Room - which was clean and nicely decorated. The bed was on a mezzanine floor - which we really liked (although the bathroom for this particular room is downstairs - which might not be as suitable for older couples - however it was fine for us). The bed was a king size and was super comfy. There was plenty of space for all our luggage too. The restaurant at the hotel was great - their chef is amazing and cooked one of the best steaks I have ever had!! The menu is priced for fine dining - but is well worth the money! Unfortunately we were a bit exhausted from our day, that we didn't have dessert - although I hear that they are also amazing! The hotel is in the centre of town - so everything is within good walking distance. All the staff that we met were lovely and welcoming of us - which made our stay all the more pleasant. I would definitely recommend this place to others travelling to the area.

I have stayed at the d’Urville twice before (in 2002 and 2004), and returned after thirteen years with a group of friends visiting from New York. We had two rooms, which, in the manner of the d’Urville, were completely different from one another (each of the 11 rooms is unique). The d’Urville’s central location makes it a pleasure to walk to the (few) coffee shops, bars and restaurants in the Blenheim CBD (which is still pretty sleepy and generic), but my entire group would recommend eating in the hotel itself - the restaurant there served us the best meal we had in Marlborough (the green lipped clams are not to be missed). A solid, convenient and very pleasant choice to use as a base while visiting the Marlborough vineyard region.

We enjoyed th meal and the company of the people we went with. The waiter greeted us at the door and was knowedgable about the menu. However the venue was lacking in atmoshere. Disappointing in such an iconic building.

This very old Trust Fund Building has been turned into abreast hotel and in the centre of town as well. No lift but fortunately it's not that bad a climb to the floors above. Wonderful restaurant downstairs and breakfast is included with the more than reasonable price. On arrival the Port Decanter is filled and we were told to help ourselves, never ever had that before.

52 Queen Street Blenheim

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Airport shuttle (fees apply)

Located within a 5-minute walk of ASB Theatre Marlborough, Hotel d'Urville is within a 15-minute stroll of Millennium Art Gallery. This 4-star hotel has 11 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Marlborough Convention Centre and Seymour Square are a short walk away.


You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or meet other guests at the free manager's reception. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.


All of Hotel d'Urville's 11 individually decorated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and phones. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks.

Property features

Hotel d'Urville offers free WiFi in public areas and a meeting room. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for NZD 30.00 per vehicle roundtrip. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and luggage storage.

Room options

King Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Queen Suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Twin Suite

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

King & Single Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 216 reviews