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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

27 Nile Street West Trafalgar Square, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
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#15 of 41 hotels in Nelson
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Nelson is an extraordinary NZ destination befitting a hotel of such a high standard. The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious hotel accommodation with a full complement of features designed to help you achieve the most from your stay. The hotel offers a range of superior guest facilities including two restaurants, a cafe and is only a couple of minutes walk from Nelson's main shopping district and landmark cathedral. Dining, relaxing, or getting away from it all, this is one of the few hotels that puts you right at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Boating
Babysitting
Electric vehicle charging station
Paid private parking on-site
Car park
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bowling
Hiking
Mini golf
Archery offsite
Bicycle tours
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
City View
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, French, Chinese, Afrikaans and 4 more
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Ethel55 wrote a review Feb 2024
Bournemouth, United Kingdom152 contributions84 helpful votes
A nice welcome Manage getting on coach to welcome us, then when we went in hotel no where to be found, our coach driver Peter had to distribute room keys, then a long wait for the lift as one out of service. Not as much choice at breakfast as I would have liked, fruit salad mainly apple and orange, tiny bits of melon and pineapple. Toaster ineffective bread went through it three times and it was same as it went in.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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rachael wrote a review Jan 2024
Sheffield, United Kingdom66 contributions19 helpful votes
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Lovely hotel with lovely helpful staff. It is a little dated (chintzy) in communal areas, but I think the hotel is being renovated. The hotel room was great, comfy beds, great air con and good choice of TV Chanel’s and daily house keeping. I was dubious to eat breakfast after reading reviews on here but we gave it a try. I’m glad we did, it was lovely and a good selection. They’ve obviously sorted it out, we ate breakfast at the hotel 4 Mornings. Only a couple of things I think they need to look at updating, but not detrimental, just for improvement is an efpos or Apple Pay system, it’s the first hotel in NZ we’ve stayed in who hasn’t had it. Also, we were charged for someone else’s dinner in the restaurant on check out. The receptionist checked the hand written paper receipts and it was room for room 502, not our room 802. Handwriting systems are a bit archaic and can cause issues like these. Other than that, we had a great stay and would definitely return.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jordan_Tyler wrote a review Jan 2024
Auckland Central, New Zealand26 contributions4 helpful votes
Had the misfortune of choosing this hotel to stay at in November 2023 for a work based event on in the hotel. Chose because conference was inside hotel, and seemed to have a good reputation. How wrong I was, after originally booking 3 nights, we opted to leave early and not stay the last night as could not stand the disgusting, old dated rooms, that had an uncomfortable bed straight from a Norman bates motel, disgusting black sludge around the window frames, and cobwebs in the room. Not a great room to begin with, clearly not maintained to a good standard and given all that, $250 a night average was a total rip off! To add a cherry on the cake, the have been chasing up my husbands work and myself for the last 2 weeks for $10, I know find out associated with parking for a night we were not even there for! these complaints were mentioned at my check out on 25/11/23, again on the phone to me when contacted on 16/01/24 and again today when they called on 26/01/24. the only positive is the person I talked to today actually listened to what I was saying and was very polite, and wiped the charge. Besides that, such bad form from the hotel to be chasing $10 from a $755 bill at check out + $33.50 at the bar. Do not recommend. Try an Air BnB or even a motel, will probably be better! Rutherford Hotel do not contact me for resolution, I have no interest in returning to your property.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Anna M wrote a review Jan 2024
24 contributions12 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at this hotel last week and enjoyed it very much. The location is brilliant - next door to city center and all the main streets and the Saturday market, so staying at Rushford allows you to explore Nelson on your feet without any trouble. The cathedral is next door and the bells rang very nicely. Lovely designed lobby with a tranquil fountaine in the center. Yes, the interior may be called dated, but for us it was not important. What was really important is that the hotel and the room were VERY CLEAN. Room and bathroom are spacious and well-proportioned. Beds and pillows are very comfortable. The reception service was very efficient and quick both at check-in and check-out. The cleaning service in the room was excellent. If we happen to be in Nelson again, we will definitely stay at this hotel. Note: we did no try either the cafe or the restaurant as we like to dine elsewhere in town wherever we are, so cannot comment on the quality of the food or service at those parts of the hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Lesley499522 wrote a review Dec 2023
Tarporley, United Kingdom41 contributions14 helpful votes
I I waited an hour and a half for my meal in the restaurant and in the end gave up and went to bed. My recommendation is …….don’t eat here. The rooms were very pleasant if a little care worn, staff pleasant but ineffectual.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alex J wrote a review Sept 2023
Auckland, New Zealand40 contributions6 helpful votes
Great location, Staff were lovely, place was dated but tidy. Dinner Restaurant is still closed due to covid. The main reason for the down review is I had booked with a voucher for the first night that included breakfast. I asked for 2 more nights and expected breakfast. When I checked in, I validated it was but when we checked out was told not the case so we paid $69 (2 pax) per day for an avg breakfast that had we known we would have gone elsewhere and paid less. Mgr on duty would not budge or even apologise. Disappointed as I would have rated much higher
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Alexander Siebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 24 Sept 2023
Dear alexj671, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that not all aspects of your stay have met your expectations. While we are very happy to hear that our team and facilities let you enjoy your stay with us in general. Equally we are disappointed to learn that you have not been fully made aware what is included in your room rate. We do offer both, breakfast inclusive rates as well as room only rates. It would appear that a room only rate was applied for the extension of your stay. Our full buffet breakfast includes everything from a la carte options to, juices, tea and coffee as well as, of course a wide selection of hot and cold food items. We feel that our charge rates are fair and reflect amount and quality available. Again thank you for your feedback and for choosing to stay with us and we hope that, despite your breakfast experience, we are able to be welcoming you back in the future. Best regards from the team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N." Nature - Exceptional - Local - Safe - Optimistic - Neat
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silverhead2016 wrote a review Sept 2023
Nelson, New Zealand95 contributions16 helpful votes
My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at THE RUTHERFORD HOTEL. Our room was absolutely superb. However, what a let down the breakfast was. The quality of the food was appalling. Lukewarm, cheap tasteless sausages and hash browns, soggy scrambled eggs and very poor service. I can not understand why a quality hotel buy's such cheap food to serve to their guests. Come on MANAGEMENT, you can and SHOULD do much better than this.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Do NOT have breakfast at this hotel.
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Response from Alexander Siebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 24 Sept 2023
Dear silverhead2016, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that not all aspects of your stay have met your expectations. While we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your room for your special occasion, we are equally disappointed to learn that breakfast didn't meet your expectation. We have discussed your comments around food and service with our culinary team and also reviewed other positive feedback received from our 80 guests that morning. We do check the food temperature frequently on our buffet and keep records, these have not shown any great variation that day. As for the food quality, our sausages are locally produced and are what we feel of very high quality. The same is to be said for hash browns and bacon, while generally fattier product, quality is our utmost focus. Here again, I can assure you that we are purchasing well established brands with proven high quality products. Again thank you for choosing to stay with us again and we hope to be welcoming you back in the future. Best regards from the team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N." Nature - Exceptional - Local - Safe - Optimistic - Neat
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Corbo wrote a review Sept 2023
11 contributions2 helpful votes
HIGHLY recommend you choose the Rutherford Hotel for your stay at Nelson, you get treated like VIP's without the price tag We stayed at the Rutherford for 5 days Stepping into the foyer & the presentation of the staff - l thought major dollars, but found out it was the cheapest accommodation in Nelson. Best Customer service ever received, world wide. Not only did all the staff look so sharp & professional in their suits, they were ALL immaculately groomed. The staff were very warm & genuinely friendly and extremely helpful. Requested 2 coffee mugs and extra coat hangers -absolutely no issues - very different to the service at the Rydges Wellington (l have also reviewed Rydges Wellington) Location was excellent- only a few steps and you are in the main shopping and Eateries district, made it extremely useful as my husband uses a walking stick Room was huge with fantastic views over looking the sea and hills. There was even a pillow menu - Yes you can choose from: Aroma Therapy Pillow Feather Pillow Plush Latex Pillow Asthma & Allergy Safe Pillow Pillows were perfect so l didn't change them and the Bed well it was so comfortable, l even slept in, every morning. Facilities in the room were excellent: Besides the shower cap there was also a vanity box for ladies - which included a nail file 2 x beautiful fresh , white bath robes (they looked very new), but l didn't use them, because the towels also very white and fresh looking were very absorbent and Soft ! Room Compendium - with all the necessary info a visitor requires including paper & pen ( It is a shame most of the hotels no longer have these in the rooms) The usual coffee and tea facilities Housekeeping - EXCELLENT ! Have l mentioned the Bar and Restaurant- Very Impressive - there is also a Cafe near the foyer ALL your needs are met at the Rutherford Hotel
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Just enjoy being treated like VIP's
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Response from Alexander Siebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 24 Sept 2023
Dear PNCorbo, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your encouraging feedback. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your experience with us and that our team was able to make your stay so memorable. I have shared your motivating comments with our team here at the hotel. Again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to our extraordinary region in the near future. Best regards from the team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N." Nature - Exceptional - Local - Safe - Optimistic - Neat
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Vivienne S wrote a review Sept 2023
Arrowtown, New Zealand42 contributions5 helpful votes
This is a great place to stay - comfortable rooms and beds, friendly staff and all within walking distance of everything in Nelson CBD. I’ve stayed here several times and always enjoyed it. The hotel is a little bit dated but it’s clean and very well looked after. Ask for a room overlooking the cathedral and the city. 10/10 from me
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Alexander Siebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Dear Vivienne S, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your encouraging feedback. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your experience with us and that our team was able to make your return visit so memorable. I have gladly shared your encouraging feedback with our team. You will be pleased to learn that we are currently in the planning stages for some updates around the hotel. Again thank you for choosing to stay with us again and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to our extraordinary region. Best regards from the team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N." Nature - Exceptional - Local - Safe - Optimistic - Neat
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Linda W wrote a review Aug 2023
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We had to travel down to Nelson for a funeral and stayed at this hotel for 7 days. Travel was hard as i am a double amputee in and electric wheelchair. I was afraid the room and facilities would not be spacious enough to accommodate my needs. I was so wrong, the hotel )and bathroom) was perfect. The staff (especially the manager Rawiri) were friendly and so aware of my needs. I can't say enough about how wonderful they were. Food and coffee was GREAT too. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are disabled, just made the week so smooth and less stressful for us. Thank you guys at the Rutherford Hotel - BIGGEST THANKS to Rawiri!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 13 Sept 2023
Dear S6975XGlindaw, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your encouraging feedback. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your experience with us and that our team, in particular Rāwiri, was able to make your stay memorable. I have passed your motivating comments on to our team here at the hotel. Again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to our extraordinary region. Best regards from the team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N." Nature - Exceptional - Local - Safe - Optimistic - Neat
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$210 - $267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Which popular attractions are close to Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Nearby attractions include Nelson Saturday Market (0.3 km), Nelson Provincial Museum (0.2 km), and Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and paid private parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Conveniently located restaurants include Harry's Hawker House & Bar, Nysa Turkish Restaurant, and Hopgoods & Co.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Rutherford Hotel Nelson located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Nelson.
Are any cleaning services offered at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Rutherford Hotel Nelson offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean.