The Honest Lawyer, Ascend Hotel Collection
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The Honest Lawyer, Ascend Hotel Collection

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#26 of 41 hotels in Nelson
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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Our unique establishment is an 'Olde Worlde' English Country Pub & Hotel situated on Nelson's Monaco Peninsula. Come and join us, relax, put your feet up and enjoy the true Honest Lawyer experience. Quench your thirst with a drink by the bar, or relish a hearty meal in our Restaurant and choose from an extensive range of wines and beers. You could choose to stay longer in our distinctive Hotel accommodation, decorated in English Country style. We also cater for Weddings, Conferences & Functions offering professional, efficient and friendly service.
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Free parking
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Laundry service
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Housekeeping
Flatscreen TV
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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hmwh2017 wrote a review Jan 2023
23 contributions27 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 2 nights attending a wedding at hotel.
This place is humming. Garden bar filled with families, locals and cyclists enjoying Nelson’s cycle ways.
Gardens are beautiful and immaculately kept.
Bar staff are efficient and friendly.
Our room was lovely. Very spacious bedroom and bathroom.
Tea, coffee and continental breakfast refreshed daily.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gillian C wrote a review Feb 2020
New Hampshire70 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a charming olde pub/hotel. We had a lovely, comfort room overlooking the patio. We set up the table at the window to have room service for dinner and enjoyed a bottle of wine we’d picked up in Marlborough on the way. This was Michaela’s (the manager’s) suggestion as there are no BYO restaurants nearby as we’d hoped.
There were lots of little thoughtful touches in our room that you don’t necessarily see in more expensive hotels - nice.
The complimentary breakfast was perfect for us.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Teruminz wrote a review Apr 2020
Wellington, New Zealand184 contributions26 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I picked this place just because of the name! But my choice was good one!
The room is big and the bed is big and comfy. Old fashioned country style room with wooden beams and rustic fittings. The room even comes with complimentary continental breakfast! You would not get that these days!
There is a small area at the end of hallway to wash your cups and use the microwave.
A pub downstairs with a big courtyard.
Reasonably priced for the room you get. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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NickRout wrote a review Jul 2020
Karamea, New Zealand5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights in a so called delux king room.

It was winter and quite cold in Nelson. Despite this the heating in the room is turned off until 5.00 pm every day.

The room had no view, just a couple of tiny windows covered in net curtains overlooking the driveway. The room received no sun.

We asked for a coffee one morning, which took 40 minutes to be made. We bought a coffee plunger after that.

Cleaning was paltry, the room wasn't vacuumed, a dirty glass was missed.

We were told where to park, but another guest had parked over the 2 available parks so I parked nearby. I was rudely told by staff that I had to move the car.

In summary, our worst travel experiences.
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Date of stay: July 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Go elsewhere.
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Shmoo1977 wrote a review May 2022
Hastings, New Zealand24 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I went here today for a Mother’s Day meal treat. When we arrived, yes it was busy but to be directed to our table with hand signals was a poor start not to mention finding people sitting at our clearly labelled reserved table having a coffee! Table wasn’t wiped down between them and us so that was black mark number 2 (doesn’t get better from here).
Waited a solid 15 minutes before we approached the bar staff to give a drinks order and was told to take a seat “we’ll get there soon”. A waitress finally arrived, looked at us and shrugged and said “sorry” before taking our order.
When the food arrived nearly an HOUR later, there were only 3 meals instead of 4 and I had to go in search of cutlery, napkins and condiments. The fourth meal arrived a solid 8 minutes later. I really wanted the food to redeem what was a lacklustre experience so far but it didn’t. The fish was heavily battered and very oily and the “chicken, Brie, almond filo parcel” was extremely light on chicken and the almonds weren’t there at all. Plus one of our meals had a hair in it 🤢
During the whole time we had been there, we were not approached once regarding further drinks and not asked if our meals were ok, HOWEVER the table right next to us were asked TWICE!
We decided not to grow any older waiting for dessert and when paying, we were presented with an extraordinarily large bill. Half of it was items we certainly hadn’t ordered. No apology, just “that’s why we like you to check it”. Throw me an apron and a notepad sweetie and I’ll do the rest of your job for you while I’m at it.
Here’s some advice for free - when you are short staffed, restrict your bookings and don’t take walk ins. Look after your bookings, they’ll usually come back. But we won’t be.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ravenon@username wrote a review Apr 2022
14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We parked our camper overnight in the carpark. It costs $10pp but for the cost we got a $20 voucher for food and drinks. We had friends to see in the morning so came back for lunch and ordered the sticky chicken wings, oh so delicious! Sweet, savoury, a little Asian flavor a little heat...nom, nom. Seriously recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rebecca wrote a review Jan 2024
Adelaide, Australia2,216 contributions258 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved this place as it’s quiet and outside of the main CBD so easy to get in and out. On the night we stayed it was quiet and no issues with diners trying to park in the accommodation parking lots.

Loved how cosy and quaint it was, with a very fancy bathroom and bed. Good speed Wi-Fi. The added brekkie items were good value for the price point given that a lot of hotels cost more and won’t offer that. It was some boxed cereals and fruit. Plenty of milk.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask about wheelchair access as our room required a trip up the stairs
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SmithyNZ wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand76 contributions49 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This pub was across the road from our own hotel but we chose to have a drink and dinner here on successive nights.
Nice big garden bar for the warmer weather includes a large size chess set for the intellectuals amongst us.
Inside is all old beams etc in English style.
Good selection of wines and beers and menu had good variety. Really enjoyed the steak and ale pie.
It's wee bit of the beaten track in a mainly residential area but it's handy for cycling tourists to wet their whistles - the bike trail goes right past the front door.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kaz wrote a review Apr 2022
Gold Coast, Australia72 contributions80 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I went to look at staying at this place and had a coffee and cake. The staff were so unfriendly and unwelcoming and the place had changed a lot from the rustic character it used to have.
The coffee was terribly burnt.
I needed to access the internet to look at the accommodation options and arrange a few things so asked for the wifi password and was told it’s only for in house guests.
They lost a lot of $ that day as we left and will not be back, nor did we bother making a reservation for dinner as previously planned.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The place was dead quiet so I don’t think they can afford to be so rude. Avoid the coffee!
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Maria U wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was character charm from the get go, staff warm, rooms unique and big, free washing facilities, breakfast did the job and if you wanted more you could eat downstairs and they had gorgeous gardens. Pub food divine and the coffee wasn’t bad either.
All we can say was we had a great experience from the get go
Would go and stay again
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rebecca wrote a tip Jan 2024
Adelaide, Australia2,216 contributions258 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask about wheelchair access as our room required a trip up the stairs"
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Dwatkinsuk wrote a tip Mar 2023
Egg, Switzerland438 contributions212 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check that there are no other events booked at the same time /…."
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Kaz wrote a tip Apr 2022
Gold Coast, Australia72 contributions80 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"The place was dead quiet so I don’t think they can afford to be so rude. Avoid the coffee!"
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wmacdonald2016 wrote a tip Mar 2021
Lower Hutt, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go there"
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NickRout wrote a tip Jul 2020
Karamea, New Zealand5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go elsewhere."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Honest Lawyer, Ascend Hotel Collection
Which popular attractions are close to The Honest Lawyer, Ascend Hotel Collection?
Nearby attractions include Nelson Classic Car Museum (1.9 km), Pro Karts (3.4 km), and Queen's Gardens (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Honest Lawyer, Ascend Hotel Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Honest Lawyer, Ascend Hotel Collection?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Nysa Turkish Restaurant, Babagatto, and Hopgoods & Co.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (6.4 km).
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