Plenty of space for royal fans
Last-minute visitors to Blenheim hoping to catch a glimpse of the royals won't be left out in the cold, with plenty of accommodation still up for grabs.
Unlike Wellington, which is fast running out of places to house royal-watchers, Marlborough's motels have rooms available when Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive in Blenheim next week.
Marlborough Motel Association chairman Noel Noble said while motels in the region were looking busier than usual for the time of year, it couldn't be pinned on the royal couple coming to town.
"We're in the middle of harvest so it's quite a busy time anyway."
As of yesterday, 338 beds were still available on Wednesday in Blenheim, with 501 left on Thursday, the day the royals arrived.
Noble, who owns Aston Court Motel on Main St, said his motel was fully booked on Wednesday.
A lot of those bookings had been made by regular guests, or people passing through, he said.
While there was an "ample number" of rooms available, it was hard to predict if they would fill up, he said.
"It goes day by day in the motel industry, unless something big is on like the [Forrest] GrapeRide this weekend, when everything books up months in advance."
Chateau Marlborough, a hotel on Henry St overlooking Seymour Sq, is also fully booked on the day before William and Catherine arrive.
General manager Lynley McKinnon said there were no rooms left for the day before the visit, but there could be cancellations before then.
April was normally a busy month, but bookings had been a bit heavier than normal, she said.
- The Marlborough Express
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