“Great location, close to town...”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 (APRS; Wellington, New Zealand)
Stayed here with my wife over the Queens Birthday weekend, while attending a conference in Blenheim. Very pleasant hosts, with clean and tidy rooms. No road noise and within five minutes walking distance of the CBD of the town, even less to the nearest cafe. The park opposite was very nice to walk through, even at night with the fountain lit up with lights. Recommended place to stay. Would stay here again without thinking about it.
“It is the staff that make the difference”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 (IanTweedheadsSouth, Tweed heads South)
Lugano is a great place to stay-immaculately clean with excellent facilities. It is also located in a great spot close to town and a park, but it was the friendliness of the staff that really stood out. Full of helpful advice, they really made us feel welcome. They even lent me a set of golf clubs to have a game on the Blenheim course!
“An exceptionally pleasant surprise”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 (joepinstripe)
Here in the good old USA, the classification of "motor lodge" can run the range from middle-of-the-road to downright sleazy. So, when booking a room for a night at the Lugano, we had some mild concerns (excellent reviews notwithstanding).
I'm pleased to report that any concerns we may have had melted away with the bright smile and warm welcome that owner Jenny presented to us upon our arrival at this spotless, attractive and centrally located facility.
Upon reaching our room, we found it to be absolutely fine for a one-night visit (we had come down from the North Island to do a day-long wine tour). The room was well-appointed, immaculately clean and had a comfortable bed (actually five beds in the two-bedroom suite we'd rented, but we only needed one - it was the only room left at booking time and whilst large for us would be ideal for a family).
That evening we walked around the town and ate at Hotel D'Urville nearby. It was a pleasant walk there and back through the quiet town. We were served a delicious in-room breakfast by Jenny and her husband the next morning...evrything as ordered and delicious.
I knew this wasn't going to be the Ritz, but nonetheless I was pleasantly surprised how nice it really was - in no small part owing to the warmth and kindness of the proprietors. I would most certainly stay here again and will urge others to do so, too.
Reviewed 12 May 2014 (Hamiltonian38; Hamilton, New Zealand)
Great service. Thanks for going that extra mile with the extra padding for the bed:). Very handy to the lovely park with the neat fountain. Quiet and comfortable. Clean and well appointed. Just what we need on our last night in the south island.
“Attractive place opposite a park”
Reviewed 11 May 2014 (PicMorDaisies, Canada)
We spent one night at the Lugano and it was very pleasant. The motor lodge is attractive and located across the street from a lovely park. It's a short walk to the downtown area and there is a supermarket close by. Our studio unit was not large but had what we needed including a small kitchen behind closed doors, kind of like a closet. The place was very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. There is Wifi however it didn't work to connect from my tablet. The lady at the desk tried to help and called their internet support desk who were quickly able to diagnose the problem as being caused by their internet provider so hopefully it will get fixed for future guests. However there is free WiFi in the downtown area where I was able to connect without a problem so there was no real problem for me. We enjoyed out stay and slept well in this pleasant quiet area of town.
“Perfect for the Wine Country”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 (Daniel C; Buena Vista, Colorado)
It's about location, spacious rooms, and hospitality of the innkeepers. When booking our stay at Lugano from 8,000 miles away, I was skeptical of its in-town location rather than "in the vineyards". As it turns out, it is perfect for the wine country touring (centrally located) and for walking to dinner downtown after an afternoon of sampling the wines of Marlborough.
The room was spacious -- separate bedroom and living room -- and super clean and tidy.
Jenny and Murray are the consummate innkeepers. I was basically a pest for about 30 minutes trying to get our days planned and organized -- each time I came into the office, Jenny greeted me like it was the first time and always with a smile and kind word. These folks treat you as they would want to be treated -- as a guest in someone's home. New Zealanders are always friendly, but Jenny and Murray take it to a higher level.
I highly recommend the facility and the innkeepers. We preceded Will and Kate by about three days -- they appeared in the lovely town park just across from the Lugano; if their advance staff would have asked me, I would have suggested they stay at the Lugano. They would have been pleased with everything.