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Kelvin Hotel

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#19 of 32 hotels in Invercargill
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If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Invercargill, look no further than Kelvin Hotel.

Close to some of Invercargill's most popular landmarks, such as St. John's Anglican Church (0.1 mi) and First Presbyterian Church (0.3 mi), Kelvin Hotel is a great destination for tourists.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, and Kelvin Hotel makes getting online easy as internet access is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including 24 hour front desk, room service, and 24 hour check-in. In addition, guests can enjoy a lounge during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

While in Invercargill be sure to experience local fish and chips favourites at Speights Ale House, Waxy's Irish Pub, or Herbert Street Takeaway.

During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian (0.3 mi), Southland Museum and Art Gallery (0.5 mi), and Burt Munro Statue (0.5 mi), which are all within walking distance of the hotel.

The staff at Kelvin Hotel looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Internet
Bar / lounge
Game room
Nightclub / DJ
Babysitting
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Valet parking
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Business
Languages Spoken
English
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BlueMoonCT wrote a review Jan 2024
New Haven, Connecticut24 contributions3 helpful votes
Stayed at Kelvin Hotel for 3 nights after a hiking accident brought me to Invercargill. I was traveling alone and the Duty Manager provided very exceptional service by pushing the wheelchair to the nearby mall daily, so I can get my medicine and lunch. Considering the cast on my leg and the crutches/wheelchair I had to use, my few days stay in Invercargill was made pleasant by staying in Kelvin Hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 14 Jan 2024
Hi, thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Kelvin Hotel. We're glad that our Duty Manager was able to provide exceptional service and make your stay pleasant despite the circumstances. We hope to welcome you back in the future!
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KiwiKat815 wrote a review Sept 2023
Australia32 contributions46 helpful votes
Spent a night at the Kelvin recently due to work bringing me in town. Centrally located in the CBD handy to restaurants, bars and a short walk to the SIT campus and Supermarkets etc. The hotel itself comes across as dated and is in need of refurbishment in some areas. The room itself was OK. Older style, worn in places with tired decor and the bathroom was crying out for a revamp. However it was clean and tidy enough, with the minimun basics required for a comfortable enough stay. My biggest issue with the Kelvin was the lack of sleep I ended up getting. It appears the internal hotel room walls are made of tissue paper, meaning noise was a huge issue. One could hear EVERYTHING happening in neighbouring rooms. So amoungst slamming doors and after several hours of listening to the chap next door continuously wheeling & dealing on his cellphone, there was relief when he finally called it quits for the night. Unfortunately this was short lived as I was then serenaded with his loud snoring for the remainder of my stay. Complemented by the women on the other side watching TV into the wee small hours, before having an argument with her partner. To add a bit more excitement to my Thursday night in Invers, there was also a drunken punch up on the street outside once the bars had closed, that the police ended up having to come and attend to. In the end, i gave up on the concept of trying to get any sleep whatsoever, checked out early and went to work to get some peace and quiet in the Office before my colleagues arrived. The Receptionist standing at the front desk didn't bother acknowledging me when I returned the room key, although maybe it was for the best as to be fair I was pretty tired and cranky by then. Didn't utilize the food and beverage options, gaming room or bottle shop etc that's offered on-site so can't comment there. Would I stay again? Probably not... Fine for just one night at a push, but have stayed at other similarly priced hotels in Invercargill that were far nicer ambience wise and a lot quieter.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Would consider elsewhere as other, nicer CBD hotels available.
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Emma1963 wrote a review Aug 2023
Wellington46 contributions16 helpful votes
Great hotel have stayed there twice in the last couple of months both times the staff have been great. The beds are really comfortable the rooms are spacious and well maintained, it’s located in the centre of town but quite quiet. Highly recommend a stay there
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Stayed in level 2 and 6 both were fine but preference is level 6
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Responded 23 Aug 2023
Hi Emma! Thank you so much for your kind words and for choosing our hotel twice in the past few months. We're thrilled to hear that you found our staff great and enjoyed the comfortable beds and spacious rooms. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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MattCuthill wrote a review Jun 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand60 contributions31 helpful votes
The Kelvin hotel is an older hotel situated in the centre of Invercargill. It is of modest size, and being older doesn't have all the amenities of a modern hotel. However it was renovated just before covid. The inside is smart, clean and modern. The room was a good size with an excellent modern bathroom. It was quite cheap for the facilities on offer. It's only drawback was, as it is an older hotel, it lacks sound proofing and the bedroom was noisy at night. If this isn't a problem then it is a great place to stay. It has a great sports bar on the ground floor. It is also located at the end of the new development along Esk St. Try to get a room away from the intersections as the pedestrian crossings beep all night.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Free parking in the H&J Smiths car park across the road
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Dave T wrote a review May 2023
Cambridge, New Zealand55 contributions5 helpful votes
Staying 3 nights so hoping for a room a bit bigger. Interesting where hotels choose to put tour drivers. Hotel comfortable with good staff. Not a room I would choose for longer than a one night stay if at all. Restaurant soup outstanding and food generally good.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 16 May 2023
Thanks for reviewing us. Your feedback is appreciated and we take it to heart. It’s important for us know how we can better serve our customers and your comments will be shared with the team.
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Hellfire28 wrote a review Apr 2023
Nelson, New Zealand163 contributions35 helpful votes
A little tired in need of some tlc. Good sustainable credentials but they didn’t live by them. If towels hung up they will not be replaced, if left on the floor they will be. However we hung our towels up and were left clean bath towels, hand towels an flannels. Bed comfortable, very windy day couldn’t have windows open. Great location for the city.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sneezydownunder wrote a review Feb 2023
Auckland Central, New Zealand541 contributions93 helpful votes
Great location, easy to walk around to check out the shops or to wander to look at some of the stunning old architecture. Check in was quick and friendly. Older style rooms, clean, and we liked the seperate bedroom and lounge area, quite spacious, with small fridge. Walkable distance (flat 15mins) to Queens Park gardens which was lovely. Parking was off site, but easy to do (free). On-site restaurant was nice, breakfast buffet was ok. Housekeeping was great, happily would stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Horizon_The_Island wrote a review Feb 2023
Dunedin, New Zealand104 contributions78 helpful votes
I stayed here for a total of three nights while transiting between the Hump Ridge Track and Stewart Island in late December 2022. I booked the King Suite, a spacious studio apartment of penthouse proportions with sweeping views out across Invercargill and towards the Southland plains in one direction and Bluff in another. With the exception of the luxurious bathroom, the room was somewhat dated, and the circa 1980s shagpile carpet definitely needs replacing. However, it was still quite relaxing and comfortable. The highlight of staying here were the excellent staff and their exemplary level of support and service. I was abruptly woken in the early hours of the morning on my first night due to extremely loud guests in a neighbouring room who appeared to be in the hotel to drink and play in the gaming lounge. When I mentioned this to the staff at reception the next morning they promptly offered to move me to another room, which I accepted. Admittedly the second room was much more tired and worn than the King Suite, but the bed was comfortable, the sheets 5-star and I slept very well on the second night. Not only did they move me but they gave me, completely un-requested on my part, a partial refund to reflect the lower price difference of moving into the second room (the suite I initially stayed in is the most expensive room in the hotel). I greatly appreciated the management and reception's thoughtful responses to my need for a good night's sleep before starting out on the Hump Ridge Track. When I returned about 5 days later, I stayed in the King Suite, that I first been booked into, again. The noisy guests in neighbouring rooms had checked out, and the room was quiet and relaxing, just what I needed after completing the Hump Ridge Track. It is true that this hotel could do with a general refurbishment and renovation, but it represents good value for money with excellent staff, among the best I have met anywhere the world, and probably the friendliest and most helpful I've ever met in a New Zealand hotel. I also stayed, after returning from Stewart Island in early January, at the band new Langlands Hotel which, like the Kelvin Hotel, is also owned by the Invercargill Licensing Trust (ITL). While I thoroughly enjoyed the luxury at the Langlands I equally enjoyed the Kelvin and would happily stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Room Tip: Get the King Suite for amazing views and a Spa Bath (Jacuzzi).
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David M wrote a review Sept 2022
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed 2 nights the room was spacious and comfortable, the bathroom was large and modern. Loved it. We used the restaurant both night and the food was and service was 1st class, also a Le carte breakfast was good, not a fan of buffet’s. Value for money will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Sarah M wrote a review Aug 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
The stay was very good, staff were very helpful and friendly I left my charger and they sorted out it out easily, Now the restaurant. Oh my gosh it was incredible. Easily the best food I've ever had. I'd love to go back.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$139 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kelvin Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Kelvin Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Classic Motorcycle Mecca (0.2 km), St. Mary's Basilica (0.4 km), and The Seriously Good Chocolate Company (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kelvin Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Kelvin Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Kelvin Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kelvin Hotel?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kelvin Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pinch of Spice, The Batch Cafe, and The Rocks Cafe.
Is Kelvin Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Invercargill.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kelvin Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Kelvin Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Kelvin Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Demolition World (5.0 km).
Is Kelvin Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.