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Hotel d'Urville

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The restaurant was completely dead which meant there was no atmosphere however the waiter made up for this with his fantastic humour and service. Food was delicious and decent sizes. Cocktails were limited as the bar staff had been sent home due to how quiet it was.

We went on a whim for dinner and arrived quite early but the dining area was warm and clean with staff all ready. Menu explained very well and nice time to decide and talk. Had a starter and main and both had a dessert. Everything was very nice, portion size excellent and interval between courses just right giving us time to talk and enjoy. We stayed in the hotel several years ago and had dinner there about 3 years ago. I would rate this hotel as the best dining experience in Blenheim township, handy to all of business area. Plenty of street parking.

Charming boutique hotel perfectly located in Blenheim, NZ. Converted trust company building with unique themed rooms. We had a Spacious room with old sailing decor. Fantastic restaurant. We ate there two nights and had great meals both nights Excellent local wines. Nicolas, the manager was very friendly and helpful with great tips on nearby wineries, places to visit, and eat.

This is a historic building with all the charm of such. Rooms are nice size considering the age of the bldg. We chose the Venus room for its larger bathroom. Note that not all rooms have a shower. The old wooden floors creak.....a LOT. No blackout curtains in our room, but i like to wake up with daylight. Visiting in March means the sun doesn't rise til 7:30. Rooms are a little shy of seating and suitcase space. Also note, the position of the toilet places your knees (when sitting) facing a wall. If you are tall or large, this could be problematic. Staff are very friendly and helpful, rooms are clean and well kept. Carpet in the main areas is a bit long in the tooth and the patio area is in the midst of a facelift. The restaurant is also getting a remodel in a week. The location couldn`t better for access to downtown while close to wineries and tasting. We tried to do a bit of laundry on our own. The only laundromat is a 5 minute drive, but not recommended, unless you dont mind the inconvenience of going elsewhere to buy a laundry key.

We stayed at Hotel d'Urville just a week after the Kaikoura earthquake. The only real impact on our visit was having to shift our dinner reservation forward a day so work crews could complete cosmetic repairs in the lobby and restaurant. We had a wonderful, short stay. The building makes for a unique hotel property as it began life as a bank on the street level and offices on the second. The second floor offices each had strong rooms or vaults (we studied the original, framed plans in the breakfast room). We like hotels in which every room is unique. If you're put off by adaptive re-use and the compromises that are made to create, say, a bathroom out of what was once a storeroom or private office, this property might not be for you. We loved it. A bit quirky, but well done. Comfortable. Extremely pleasant staff. And, it has a wonderful restaurant.

Historical building in downtown Blenheim. This property does include a great restaurant. If you are planning to stay there make a reservation before you arrive. There is no lift. Rooms are quirky and this property definitely needs a facelift using the original furniture and decor. Clean but very tired. We needed a one night stay due to change in itinerary and that was fine. Helpful staff and breakfast was included which was very good. The town itself is going through redevelopment so it seems very quiet.

Great little town and great base for exploring the Marlborough wine district. A converted bank, the rooms shine with character. Service was good and staff were very helpful. Didn't eat here but reports are that food is good.

The hotel is in an old bank building with lots of features inside. There are also lots of curiosities decorating the place throughout including the rooms. We had the d'Urville room. The hotel is a very short walk from the centre which allowed us to stretch our legs with a short stroll and aperitif in town before dinner at the hotel. Normally I am not a fan of hotel restaurants but this is an exception. It is well worth checking out. All the staff that we encountered were very helpful and friendly. The only downside was the size of our bathroom. It was small. Not a real problem for us but it could be for others.

Somehow we had book a "Night of Indulgence " here which included a bottle of bubbles and a three course meal. The former bank has been cleverly converted and our room was fine when we got there. We had a surprisingly good meal and went to bed only to find that the hotel really suffers from its location in the centre of town. The noise of shouting, laughing locals echoed around the deserted streets for hours and we had one of our worse night's sleep in a long time.

Blenheim is a one-horse town, and Hotel d'Urville has been developed from an old bank. It is very quaint, has parking and have friendly staff who will do anything to help the visitor. The bathroom we had was sumptuous, with large jacouzzi bath.

52 Queen Street Blenheim

Hotel highlights

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

Hotel d'Urville places you next to Marlborough Civic Theater and within a 10-minute walk 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. Full breakfast is offered 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 204 reviews