We have had the pleasure of being hosts to families, couples, and business travellers from the top to the bottom of New Zealand as well as from around the globe. Here's just a sample of the reviews that some of our guests have left for us on the Internet.
ULTIMATE! - Warmth and hospitality of a B@B, amenities and facilities of a 4-star plus hotel!
My parents and I spent 2 weeks traveling all around NZ and stayed in various accommodation styles, from 4 star hotels to motels to backpacker budget locations. Nowhere came close to our experience at 171 on High Motel in Blenheim.
Donna & Paul (the hosts/owners) are wonderful people who treat customers as guests and really go out of their way to make them feel comfortable. They gave great recommendations on restaurants and activities in the area, extended the timing of the guest laundry hours so that we had dry clothes the next day, wrote a card and left chocolate in the room on the day of my parents' anniversary, and checked up on us often to make sure we were doing well (even emailing us after we had checked out). Both Donna and Paul spent time sharing lovely stories and took genuine interest in our stories as well, making for some wonderful conversations.
Apart from the hospitality, the amenities in the room were perfect. A whole little kitchenette with silverware, stove top, microwave, fridge, kettle, etc. Electric blankets under the sheets, heaters in every room, towel warmers in the bathroom, and clean living space. A very warm unit (literally and figuratively)!
My father is not one to get highly impressed by many things, but he was full of praise for 171 on High Motel and the wonderful hosts, continuing to speak about the great 2 days we had staying there in Blenheim.
If anyone is planning a trip to the Marlborough region, I would highly recommend you pick your base as Blenheim and stay here! I guarantee it is worth it and will truly enhance your experience in the area!
Shash N. - Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Perfection & True Hospitality
Our family of five rated this the best accommodation on our 14 day driving trip in NZ. Loved the attention to detail, cleanest place we've ever stayed, layout spacious and very comfortable beds. Best of all... The hospitality. Big thanks to our hosts Donna and Paul for helping us with our travel plans and making us so welcome. Five star!
Toni_Ivanovic - Fernvale, Australia
What a wonderful place to stay! Selected randomly on the net when our ferry was cancelled and couldn't have picked better! Warm welcome from Donna on arrival half hour later. Well appointed quiet warm room. Midrange cost but high quality room. Excellent continental breakfast. Donna was most helpful with meal and sightseeing suggestions. Held our room until midday after checkout in case ferry still not sailing - it was still delayed when we left - which was much appreciated! Highly recommend staying here and would definitely stay here again.
Ngaire L. - Feilding, New Zealand
Everything we Needed to Enjoy Blenheim to the Full
Donna was particularly welcoming, kind and helpful during our 3 night stay and showed a genuine interest in our daily excursions as well as providing helpful information on what to do and where to go. Our room was spotlessly clean and well equipped including kitchen equipment, sofa, dining table and chairs if we decided to eat in rather than sample the local restaurants. Laundry and drying area available. All round a top spot at a reasonable price.
JandF2014 - Old Windsor, United Kingdom
Best Accommodation in Blenheim
We travel to Blenheim regularly and finding a clean room, safe environment and comfy bed is key. We were welcomed on arrival by a very friendly host who showed us to our rooms and detailed the local restaurants and best place for coffee in the morning. The rooms are well appointed and have all the amenities you need. Great night sleep with blackout curtains. Would definitely stay here again! Thanks for a great stay!!
Timmy00 - Auckland, New Zealand
From the moment I walked in I was treated to exceptional service from the hosts Donna, Paul and Chris. The room (5) was very clean and comfortable. Nothing seemed too much trouble - so friendly! This hotel is situated in a good spot 5 min walk to the town shops and close to entry routes to Picton, wineries and Christchurch.
Amanda W. - Townsville, Australia
Good Location, Great Hosts, Nice and Tidy!
This place offers excellent value for money and a great night's sleep. Wonderful hosts who know lots about the region and what it has to offer. The suite I stayed in was well furnished, very comfortable and clean. WiFi was good and no issues with connecting or amount of free data. Kitchen had everything you needed for a self caterer.
JandENewZealand - Christchurch, New Zealand
Great Service and Place to Stay
My partner and I stayed here during our time in the Marlborough region. The proprietor, Donna, was fantastic. The room was comfortable, clean and with good amenities. A short walk to restaurants in Blenheim.
The motel is convenient to activities in the region, including wine tours to Marlborough, day trip to Picton and parks / nature in the area.
Donna made the trip memorable. She was very helpful with ideas on tours and connecting us with reliable services.
The value for the money is exceptional.
I highly recommend 171 on High.
DCNYCTraveler73 - Washington DC, USA
Base Camp for St Clair 1/2 Marathon
Great spot don't stay anywhere else. We stay with 2 other couples. It is close to town, reasonably priced, comfortable large bed which I needed after the race, quiet at night so you got a good night sleep, clean room and great hospitality from the owners Paul and Donna. This is our first choice for accomodation in Blenheim and should be yours too. Paul and Donna go out of their way to make your stay a comfortable one. I am not exaggerating here this is simply what they do. Welcoming and accommodating. Thanks for having us we all enjoyed our stay and will be back again.
Lotogunz - Christchurch, New Zealand
Great Place to Stay
Room was updated, super clean and very well appointed. Bed was extremely comfortable, we almost slept in by mistake! :) Check in was friendly and quick. Laundry facilities excellent. Easy walking distance to centre of town.
Good value for money and I would stay there again.
JMC29 - Calgary, Canada
A very welcoming couple. Clean, tidy and warm motels. The owners are new to motelling and have started off well. The motels are close to the town centre and are within an easy flat walk to restaurants and shops. We had a most enjoyable stay. Thank you.
BarbaraKing2016 - Auckland, New Zealand
Great Place, Great Owners
Donna and Paul could not do enough for us, provided advice on where to go, what to see, and with the recent rains around fox glacier they provided and supplied web sites and information for us to monitor the area. The room was fantastic, clean and spacious.
SherylJim1 - Brisbane, Australia
Great Place to Stay
We stayed here with friends for a couple of nights as part of our touring holiday in South Island. We were very impressed with the standard of the rooms and the facilities they provided. The rooms were very clean and the Staff were always on hand to help with queries and offer suggestions for restaurants etc. We would certainly recommend this motel to friends doing a similar holiday. Many thanks to you all for a very pleasant stay and best wishes for the future.
JPR - Sussex, England
Lovely motel run by an awesome couple, the best place we stayed on our honeymoon around the South Island. The rooms were clean and tidy, with a location close to town made it a great place to stay. Would give 6 stars.
Brocky2012 - Matamata, New Zealand
Huge Rooms, Lovely Bath
We enjoyed our 2 nights stay, we were warmly welcomed. The rooms were huge with good kitchen amenities. Very clean and well-maintained. The bathroom was clean and big, with great quality shampoo! We liked the convenience of the location, so near to all the good vineyard spots for visiting. We loved this place!! Thank you!!
Elimguo - Singapore
Best Motel Ever, and Cycle Friendly
This motel appears to have been very recently refurbished and is ultra modern and tasteful. We stayed in a two bedroom apartment and there were flat screen TV's in both bedrooms and the living room. The bathroom was generous, modern, spotless and generous toileteries.
The owners gave us access to their double garage which is used as storage. We were given an automatic opener so we could get our bikes in and out early in the morning and late at night (we cycled 270 kms over the weekend).
There is an excellent award winning café a couple of hundred metres away. The Watery Mouth. The motel is very close to town but not on a busy street. No road noise.
The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
KipandKimba - Christchurch, New Zealand
Short Weekend Stay
My husband and some friends stayed for two nights during a visit to the wine region. The host was so friendly and helpful during check in. It was a cold evening by the time we checked in and she had left the heaters on for us. The room was extremely comfortable with everything you could need including a kitchenette. The motel toiletries smelt lovely. Information in the room was also really useful including menus of local wineries, cafés and takeaways.
ClaireCharlotte7993 - Warragul, Australia
Excellent Value for Money
Friendly hosts - lovely modern decor - nicely appointed rooms - beds super comfy - kids loved the multiple televisions - reasonably close to cafés / restaurants etc. Hosts recommendation for dinner was spot on for what we wanted. Would definitely recommend and would return.
Tasharp5 - Auckland, New Zealand
We stayed here or one night and wish we could have stayed longer. We had spacious two bedroom apartment with a small kitchen. The room was immaculate and we were not unsettled by the road noise, which was minor. The price was reasonable. Free wifi only includes 1gig of data. After that you have to pay. There is a we link that shows your usage that you can keep open in a tab on your browser. We would definitely stay again.
Ralph S - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Comfortable and Centrally Located
Pros: Comfortable and relaxed place to stay.
Location: Good location, handy to town. We did a local wine-tour, which we enjoyed. Plenty of restaurants / cafés.
We stayed here 2 nights. Welcoming and helpful hosts Donna and Paul really made us feel at home. Generous sized breakfasts.
Lynne - Northland, New Zealand
Pros: Clean, tidy and modern rooms
Cons: All okay
Location: We were told in person what was within easy reach. Great ambassadors for the region.
From the phone call to explain an issue to the way it was handled was exceptional. Great tidy rooms and service delivered with a smile. These guys actually do care and deserve peoples support.
Bob & Deirdre - Ashburton, New Zealand
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