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Hotel d'Urville

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed 2 nights in the Raja Room. Being a converted National Trust preserved building the bedroom layout was limited by the existing space. Our room consisted of an open area that included a king 4 poster bed and a covered queen day bed. The bathroom included semi circle shower base, toilet and washbasin in a fairly tight room that requires a significant step-up from bedroom and taller people are reminded to watch their head when stepping thru. The furniture,as the room name suggests is old Indian. However, the layout drew some compromises. No wardrobe, but rather a narrow alcove behind a curtain. It was more practical for us to stow our open suitcases on the daybed, out of the way (and we wouldn’t have used the daybed anyway). The bathroom had nowhere to place your toiletries except on the floor under basin and no pegs, hooks or hangers. The wooden Venetian blinds were not very effective in blocking out street and early sun light. This all may sound negative but our 2 night stay was fine and the accomodation certainly had character. If staying longer some of these aspects would become annoying.

I don't know whether (in March) it was the end of the season or that it was a Monday night, but Blenheim was pretty quiet (sepulchral actually) on our one night stay at the D'Urville. At reception, we were told that the hotel's bistro was closed and we were kindly given a list of the few restaurants that would be open that night. In an attractive old bank, the hotel is centrally located to walk to dinner. It's a strong flight of stairs to climb with luggage to the rooms above the ground floor. Our smallish room was decorated in a brown, African, theme which was pleasant. The bathroom and shower were adequate. The breakfast was (I shouldn't say) surprisingly good but I was impressed.

Stayed at hotel d'urville as part of our honeymoon and was not impressed with the standard. Bedsheets had a stain which looked like blood, duvet was sandwiched between two sheets and was lovely shade of yellow... the blinds also did not close properly and toilet smelt. Other points which I appreciate the hotel cannot do anything about; location neighbouring buildings are derelict on one side with a petrol station on the other; under a noticeable flight path from Marlborough airport 10 mins away. In hind sight should have booked somewhere else, worst place we stayed on our honeymoon.

We were in the Kuba room which was in need of an update. The whole hotel is in need of a deep clean and a refresh. Our bathroom was small with no space to put my toiletries except a shelf that was coming away from the wall at an angle! Breakfast was lacklustre, very basic.

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.

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 within a 10-minute stroll of Millennium Art Gallery and Marlborough Convention Centre. This 4-star hotel has 11 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Seymour Square and Pollard Park are also near this Blenheim hotel.


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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 220 reviews