Stayed here on our final night of walking the Queen Charlotte track.
Our arrival was not helped by the fact that our bags had not arrived by water taxi. The manager told us that it was our fault for not having them put out that morning, when in fact we had them out by 7am. Perhaps they could have sorted this out before we arrived, or offered us a cold beer while they tracked them down.
Room decor dated but ok, the entire place looked tired and run-down.
TV in our room didnt work, the shower was low pressure and on a stifling night the window didnt open.
Other guests close by, and above us, were very noisy.
Trip information offered early bar meals, but we were only offered fine dining. Menu didnt really make best use of local produce with a $38 butter chicken setting the scene for slightly disappointing value for money.
Breakfast was expensive but adequate.
Overall this place had a Fawlty Towers feel to it, though Basil and Manuel appear to try hard to provide pretty good service.
The offer of a van ride up the road to re-start our walk was much appreciated!
We wouldnt return or recommend unless this place was refreshed and revitalised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Base yourself at THE PORTAGE and experience the best Marlborough has to offer. We are an ideal 2 or 3 night stay so that you can enjoy winery tours in and around Blenheim and Picton, cruising the Marlborough Sounds, walking New Zealand's famous Queen Charlotte Track, wildlife eco tours, or sea kayaking , fishing and sailing on Kenepuru Sound. Let us know your favourite adventure activity when you book and we'll arrange it for you. Food options range from quality restaurant dining featuring seafood to a cafe overlooking the spectacular Sounds view. Located 10 minutes walk from the acclaimed Queen Charlotte Track, THE PORTAGE offers a selection of accommodation from our premium Kowhai suites to two story villas and hillside sea view rooms as well as a few budget rooms. THE PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL's central location in Marlborough makes it easy to reach from all over New Zealand. Access is easy - its only 15 minutes from Picton by boat or 1.25 hours by road. Blenheim Airport has multiple flights from the major cities of Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, every day. THE PORTAGE is your Marlborough accommodation base to explore the magic of the Marlborough Sounds on the south island of New Zealand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Portage Hotel Picton
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