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at The Royal Hotel

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... mentioned that fact when I booked.SURELY a half bottle of wine could have been placed in our room? Talk about being mean!
... Martinborough Fair Weekend, the Hotel was wicked cool the room was very Boudoir steam punk fantastic and the whole...
... they happily suggested storing them overnight in a secure room inside the hotel rather than locking them up outside. We...

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lance55742 wrote a review Sep 2020
Swansea, United Kingdom45 contributions32 helpful votes
We stayed here in July 2020 as out cruise was cancelled due to covid.It was our
6o th Diamond Wedding anniversary.I mentioned that fact when I booked.SURELY
a half bottle of wine could have been placed in our room?

Talk about being mean!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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rhutchings2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand80 contributions18 helpful votes
We stayed at the Royal Hotel for one night as we were desperate for available accommodation for the Martinborough Fair Weekend, the Hotel was wicked cool the room was very Boudoir steam punk fantastic and the whole experience exceeded expectations. we went to the bar to have one drink and a bite to eat the place was packed so the service was slow but we were OK about that as it is what it is, the food was AMAZING and we ended up staying for several wines and listened to the live music it was a real highlight of our weekend
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: get one with an en suite - it is a pub so can be a bit noisy but we had a great sleep - really...
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ToriaD wrote a review Apr 2019
Worcester, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Whether or not you like the "Steam Punk" genre in general, you can't help but appreciate the care and attention that has gone into the refurbishment of this hotel.

We stayed for four nights, using it as a base from which to explore the Wairarapa by foot, bicycle and car. The staff were warm and welcoming, helpful and friendly. Whilst they don't have a dedicated secure space (yet) to store bicycles, when asked about options they happily suggested storing them overnight in a secure room inside the hotel rather than locking them up outside.

We opted for a superior room, with a walk in shower and large, comfortable bed. Our room had all the facilities you expect (kettle, fridge, teas & coffee selection including plunger, fan & heater), with the exception of it not having a wardrobe as there wasn't quite room for one and they obviously didn't expect people to stay in the room for as long as we did. Having said that, there were ample coat hangers (at least five, which is more than you usually find in most hotel wardrobes) and plenty of wall hooks on which to hang them, so the absence of an actual wardrobe cupboard was not a problem.

The room decor was rich and inviting, with deep, moody wall colours and opulent, velvety soft fabrics, reminiscent of the Victorian period in which "Steam Punk" is based. In the ensuite there were nods to "Steam Punk" styling in every direction, from the light fittings; to the exposed (feature) copper toilet pipe work; to the tap fittings; even the hand soap dispenser on the sink was in keeping with the overall design.

Being a small business based outside of a major metropolitan area the front desk was not always manned, but staff were always available; all you had to do was go into the bar or ring a bell and wait for a minute or so for someone to arrive from whatever part of the hotel they were currently in. For those city slickers used to 24/7 service, this could be seen as a staff being inattentive or an issue of some kind, but this is not the case.

We ate dinner at the restaurant twice. The first night we had the steak and the chicken dishes. Both were huge portions (we could not finish them), with superbly cooked seasonal vegetables. My steak was cooked to perfection and incredibly tender.

We also spent an enjoyable evening in the middle of our stay just sitting in the bar area reading books and playing board games.

We found it a great place to relax and unwind. If we stay again for more than three nights, we will probably book one of the bigger rooms (Executive) to give us a little more space, but we'd happily stay in the Superior room again for a stay of up to three nights.

Whether or not you are staying in one of their rooms, if you are in the area, it is definitely worth popping in for a drink or meal.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: From front rooms road noise & trains (infrequent) are audible with the window closed. A room...
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802katharine wrote a review Dec 2018
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions4 helpful votes
Decor is great and it’s worth staying here just for that. Bed was great but a chair to sit in would have been nice. No Wi-Fi code in the bedrooms and you have to ask for it. That’s annoying. Dinner took two hours as there was only one cook. Most of the food was good although our mussels were far too salty. Service a bit sleepy though owner was pleasant and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GeorgyDA wrote a review Nov 2018
NZ11 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed in The Royal for one night in July. It happened to be one of the coldest nights last winter, so the room and the bathroom in particular were quite chilly. Nevertheless, the room was tastefully decorated creating a fantastic ambience, so I didn’t mind the chill. We were offered a tour to see the other rooms in the morning. Loved them all! Lovely and welcoming owners too, so will be back for warmer days.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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