Review: The Marlbourough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim, New Zealand.


Our travels to Blenheim had us visiting several world class wineries in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Our visits to Allan Scott, Wairu River, Whitehaven and Cloudy Bay would have us looking for a conveniently located base in order to base our sightseeing. The Marlborough Vintner’s Hotel fit that requirement quite nicely and we enjoyed a four day stay at this hotel during our time in this corner of the world.

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Review: The Marlbourgh Vintners Hotel, Blenheim, New Zealand.

Booking the Marlbourgh Vintiers Inn:

I don’t know whether it was just me but I wasn’t able to find too many mid range accommodation options in Blenheim other than strip motels or the odd super deluxe house. We ended up at the Marlborough Vintners Hotel Inn which was a great choice.

I booked direct through the hotel’s website. We ended up with a Best Available Rate of $205 New Zealand Dollars ($144 USD) a night, which I thought was more than reasonable for the amount of space that we ended up with. With us visiting in off season, there was quite a bit of supply available.

Getting to the Marlbourough Vintners Hotel:

We were assigned a Toyota RAV4 from the Thrifty Rental Car. I booked online via the Airport website portal and got a free GPS unit with it, which was better than I was able to do on the Thrifty website direct.

We drove the 8 minutes up the road to the Marlborough Vintners Hotel. It was really easy to locate and was located immediately across from the Whitehaven Winery cellar door.

The Marlborough Vintners Hotel Highway Sign
Arriving to the Marlborough Vintner’s Hotel
Hotel Reception

We were checked in without issue and assigned Suite 16. With reception located a little ways from the room itself, we drove the car over to the building with our room.

Heading Over to Our Assigned Suite
Our Vineyard View Suite
Nicely Landscaped Grounds

The Room: A Vineyard View Suite

The Vineyard View suite was large and had a separate living and dining space. Despite the extra space, there was no cooking appliance except for a microwave and a toaster. We decided we would self cater breakfasts as the $20 breadbasket offered by the hotel (included in some rates) didn’t seem to get strong reviews on Trip Advisor.

The Vineyard View Patio Space

The Vineyard View unit was attractively decorated, with lots of space available to stretch out in. It featured a proper living room and had lots of natural light.

Substantial Suite Space with a Proper Separate Living Room
The Living Space – Vineyard View Suite
A Small Dining Table
Ample Space to Move Around
A Kitchen Bar with Microwave and Fridge

The Vineyard View Suite offered a separate bedroom with a comfortable king size bed. Being out in the vineyard, the room was very quiet and insulated from highway noise.

A Comfortable King

Despite the comforts, I thought that the bathroom had an institutional touch to it.

The Bathroom Featured Heated Towel Racks

Views from the Room:

There was convenient parking out front and our room backed right onto the vines. There were some terrific views from the hotel property, across flat but numerous vines guarded by flocks of sheep.

Almost in the Vineyard: Views from the Hotel
Vineyard Views
Sheep Grazing the Vineyards

We awoke the next morning almost completely surrounding by vines. There were sheep running through the vineyard outside our room when I first woke up. It was great to see the first light on the vines of New Zealand.

We used the Marlborough Vintner’s Hotel as a base of operations for wine tastings at nearby Wairu River, Spy Valley, Cloudy Bay and Allan Scott wineries located nearby.

The Bottom Line: The Marlbourough Vineyard Hotel

The Marlborough Vintners Hotel was a really great hotel stay for our four day stay in Blenheim. The hotel was in a lovely setting, the fit and furnishings were comfortable and the ability to see sheep grazing in the morning added an authentic New Zealand touch to our stay.

If you visited Blenheim for New Zealand Wine Tourism, where did you end up staying ?

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