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the_Geee
England, United Kingdom

Great room and swimming pool

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 Dec 2023via mobile
The rooms and bed were very relaxing and quiet. Had everything you needed and laundry on site. WiFi was great and air con worked well. Ideal location for town and walking around or restaurants or bars. We hired bikes from Bikefit which worked out well for the wine tour. Swimming pool was very good and spa was ideal even though you had to reserve an hour slot but no problem with that as it was very private in the jacuzzi and sauna. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Only reason for good is the Restaurant menu sounded good but failed to deliver as the food was average. The service was good but that was our only disappointment ref the food at this hotel.
Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carmel Horsley, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, responded to this review
Responded 31 Dec 2023
Hi - thanks for your feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay with us recently. So sorry to hear there was something not agreeable with regards to any meals you had with us, that is disappointing and I apologise for this. Lovely to read that you otherwise enjoyed your stay: that the facilities suited your needs and that out team helped to make your stay pleasant. It sounds like you enjoyed your stay in NZ's wine capital, and we wish you safe travels. Thanks again for your thoughts.
Warm wishes
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

This place looks a lot worse than the photos. It’s a true motel in every sense of the word. I think their photos were taken when the place first debuted. I unfortunately struggled to find nicer places to stay. The self-serve laundry facilities (2 washers and 2 dryers) weren’t enough since there was a queue after us. The dryer didn’t dry and would require at least 3+ cycles for one load of clothes to properly dry. Keep in mind each load is $4. So laundry is quite expensive if you factor in the multiple drying cycles….

Parking is tight and if you’re the last in at night you will need to park across the street at the church or street parking.

The front desk staff was great and had a positive attitude, I really liked them, and they were the best part of the stay.

The place was cheap so I suppose for less than $100 USD a night I can’t complain too much for a quick stopover on a road trip.

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carmel Horsley, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2024

Greetings
Thank you for your feedback. My apologies that there seems to be something wrong with one of the clothes dryers: not sure if you alerted our team, either way we will have maintenance look at this. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. While you only rated your stay as 2 out of 5, it is pleasing that our team helped to make your visit enjoyable.
Kind regards
Carmel Horsley, General Manager.

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Reviewed 13 December 2023

The hotel we stayed at in Blenheim was excellent. The staff at every contact point were helpful, knowledgeable and very professional. Our room was comfortable, airy, very clean and well appointed. The food was better than at any hotel we have stayed while in NZ. It was in a perfect position to explore the very attractive town centre and the amazing choice of wineries, (hire bikes, don’t drive). Thanks for a happy visit to a lovely part of New Zealand.

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Carmel Horsley, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2023

Hello Charles,
It is so lovely to hear from you. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time in Marlborough so much, and that our team and property helped to enhance your time spent in our favourite part of NZ. Thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback. Wishing you safe and enjoyable travels.
Warm wishes
Carmel Horsley, General Manager.

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Reviewed 3 December 2023

Super comfy bed, room clean and tidy - very quick room service delivery - Great buffet breakfast, talking with locals, they recommend the Savvy restaurant as well! Pool looked invititing but weather not!

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Linda M
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Carmel Horsley, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2023

Hi Linda
So lovely to hear from you, thank you for your amazing feedback. We are so pleased you had a good time: a comfy bed and a yummy brekky are definitely good ways to get set up for a new day. We would love the chance to welcome you back to Marlborough, should your travels bring you here once more.
Warm wishes
Carmel Horsley, General Manager

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Reviewed 27 November 2023 via mobile

Good location within walking distance of town centre and a short drive away from the vineyards and warbird museum.

Hotel is a similar style to a Novotel or Casa 400 albeit smaller in size. We stayed on the third floor in a superior king room, it was spacious, bed was comfortable and room was well equipped. Only issue was one of the electric window blinds was not working which made things a little tricky. The room was clean and well maintained overall. One other thing to note is that there is an extractor fan on the roof above the rooms this comes on at around 0700 and it’s very noisy at the start and then produces a loud hum in your room until it goes off about 2100.

We ate in the restaurant, the dinner menu was not extensive but the meals we had were very good and the service was excellent, shout out to Sarah and Danah. Unfortunately the breakfast experience wasn’t great we arrived towards the end of breakfast and you were faced with limited buffet options even if there was still 30-45 minutes left, hot food was looking dried out and tired and wasn’t refreshed. It has to be said the staff were more interested in setting lunch service and well before the end of breakfast things are being turned off and food taken away. Best advice is don’t lay-in! This said we would still stay here again.

Room tip: Plenty of parking
Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carmel Horsley, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2023

Greetings and thank you for reviewing your stay with us.
We are pleased to hear that on the whole you enjoyed your stay: my apologies we let you down at breakfast time, your comments have been taken on board and I will take some action with our team. When the buffet needs to come in they should have actively offered you food cooked to order and I am sorry this did not happen.
Regarding the electric blind in your room, it sounds like the battery may have gone flat: hopefully you mentioned that to one of the team so we could replace it.
Lovely to read that you enjoyed your time in Marlborough, and I will pas on your compliments to Sarah and Danah.
Warm wishes
Carmel Horsley, General Manager

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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Excellent hotel. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. Staff were extremely helpful, courteous and good humoured.
We really enjoyed the vineyard tour and Picton cruise with seafood and BBQ organised by Marlborough Tours.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carmel Horsley, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2023

Greetings
Thank you for your lovely review and for rating us 5-bubbles! We are really pleased our team made you feel so welcome and helped to enhance your stay here in Marlborough. Wishing you well for the rest of your journey through NZ.
Warm wishes
Carmel Horsley, General Manager.

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