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27 Nile Street West Trafalgar Square, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
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#16 of 42 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
Paid private parking on-site
Parking
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
Golf course
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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City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Luxury
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, French, Chinese, Afrikaans and 4 more
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jenny_osman wrote a review Dec 2019
Reading, United Kingdom27 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a tour over Christmas. The hotel is in a good location conveniently placed for sightseeing in Nelson. The rooms are comfortable, if dated in decor, with the usual room amenities provided. The catering left much to be desired both in terms of the food and service, which was very slow and disorganised. Reception staff were generally helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 29 Dec 2019
Dear jenny_osman, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Nelson and for taking the time to leave us your review. Naturally we are disappointed to learn that we couldn't provide you with that exceptional experience we stand for. While we unfortunately cannot undo what has already been done, we are confident that we are able to avoid a repeat in the future. Your comments will be discussed in our next staff meeting. I will also ensure to pass on your compliments to the reception team. Once again, thank you for your feedback as it helps us to improve our services when we haven't "gotten it just right". 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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rossmagpie wrote a review Dec 2019
Leeds, United Kingdom355 contributions153 helpful votes
..positioned in the centre of Nelson this hotel is fine for most activities..almost everything has been thought of for the comfort of guests including a choice of pillows - on a holiday of 30 nights in 12 different hotels one soon finds those little touches..the breakfasts were fine although at dinner there were a few issues amongst our group and fortunately the management accepted the comments and promises to act..it was Christmas and no doubt staffing wasn't easy though they did their best..top star rating is deserved!..
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 29 Dec 2019
Dear rossmagpie, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to our extraordinary region. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us. Naturally we are disappointed to learn that we couldn't "get it 100% right" during your stay, however I like to thank you for comments. We will be discussing points raised on the night with the team to ensure a better guest experience in the future. Once again, thank you very much for your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. 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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Serena wrote a review Nov 2019
2 contributions2 helpful votes
This Hotel is brilliant! We stayed in a double room and it was so clean and tidy. The beds were so comfy as were the pillows and everything else. It was so peaceful and quiet. The reception staff were amazing and so friendly and helpful. For breakfast we got the buffet and again the staff were so friendly and amazing! They chatted with us and made us feel so welcome. They have such amazing customer service at this motel and are so professional! Cleary whoever is running this place needs some recognition :) I will find it very hard to stay anywhere else. Thanks for having us!!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 18 Nov 2019
Dear MacDougallS, thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are absolutely delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will ensure to pass on your encouraging feedback to the team here at the hotel. It is motivating feedback like yours and helps us to maintain a level of service that we stand for. Once again, thank you very much for your review and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards 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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Anne T wrote a review Nov 2019
Cork, Cork, Ireland391 contributions122 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 nights during our trip to Nelson and surrounding area. Great location, very quiet area and a few minutes stroll from the centre of town. We were very warmly greeted on arrival and given info about the town etc. Our bags were taken to our room and our car parked for us. Parking costs $5 a day in the hotel car park, street parking also available. We had a lovely room with a very comfortable bed. Bath robes also provided. Very good stay with very pleasant and helpful staff. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 7 Nov 2019
Dear Anne T, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to leave us your review. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoy your stay with us and your experience in our extraordinary region. I will ensure to pass on your lovely and encouraging feedback to the team here at the hotel. Once again, thank you very much for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. There is so much to experience in our region that would warrant many stays. Best regards 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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Wayne D wrote a review Nov 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
My wife and I had a brilliant Japanese meal at the Miyaza Restaurant, the waitress was friendly and very attentive. The food and service was excellent and was good value. We will definitely go back again soon.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 6 Nov 2019
Dear Wayne D, thank you very much for choosing to dine with us and for sharing your experience with us. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your time with us at Miyazu Japanese Restaurant and will ensure to pass on your encouraging feedback to the team. Once again, thank you very much for you positive review and we very much looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards The team at Miyazu Japanese Restaurant 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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JimTosh wrote a review Oct 2019
Arbroath, United Kingdom14 contributions4 helpful votes
We loved this hotel, the best on our NZ trip. Rooms, breakfast and service all excellent. It’s ideal for access to downtown too. The managers reception on us arriving really set the scene. Great place, where we have an excellent stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 23 Oct 2019
Dear JimTosh, thank you very much for staying with us on your recent visit to our extraordinary region. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~A Heritage Hotel. I will ensure to share your encouraging feedback to the team and we very much are looking forward to welcoming you back. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N."
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Ariadne wrote a review Oct 2019
Bideford, United Kingdom23 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a lovely hotel - well appointed and very comfortable. It fulfils my criteria for top rating - bathrobes, valet parking etc. Attentive but not intrusive staff too, who are quick to anticipate one’s needs. Thank you Jass and Kayla! It was quiet - the holiday season has yet to kick in though. Very much enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 20 Oct 2019
Dear Ariadnejj, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~A Heritage Hotel. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us and I will ensure to pass on your encouraging feedback to our team and Jass & Kayla in particular. Once again, thank you very much for your review and we look forward to welcoming you soon again. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~A Heritage Hotel "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N."
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D P wrote a review Oct 2019
Wellington, New Zealand6476 contributions704 helpful votes
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Nice quiet hotel within walking distance to the the main shopping area in Nelson. It’s a little old fashioned but very clean with friendly staff and a good restaurant and cafe there to eat at too. Only thing I would comment on was the breakfast which if you are a cooked breakfast lover is great but for someone who likes a nice quality bowl of muesli with fresh fruits then $25 is a steep price for a lot of tinned fruit and packet cereal- so failed badly for me on that side. Otherwise nice place to stay with lots of cafes to eat breakfast at, at half the price within a few minutes walk.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 10 Oct 2019
Dear 854DP, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel and for taking the time to leave us your review. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and I will ensure to pass on your comments around our friendly staff and cleanliness of facilities to our team. I am sorry to hear that our breakfast offering has not quite met your expectations and I will discuss this with our culinary team. However on the note of breakfast options, perhaps you would like to try our express breakfast which consists of muesli, bread and pastries, fresh fruits and yogurt from the buffet for only $13. Once again, thank you for your feedback and we hope to welcome you again soon in our hotel and region. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N."
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Nev J wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Clean & tidy rooms,very comfy beds, close to restaurants, bars and a huge range of art & craft shops etc close by in the city, got stuck in a lift for 2 hours and missed dinner one night, the hotel duty manager very apologetic
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Dear NecJ7, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~A Heritage Hotel. We are very happy to hear that you generally enjoyed your stay with us on your recent visit to our extraordinary region. Equally I am very sorry to have learned about your situation with one of our lifts. After speaking with our lift service company this was an isolated incident that has now been fixed. While we cannot undo what has happened, we still hope that this unfortunate experience will not deter you from visiting us again. Once again, thank you for leaving your review and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best wishes The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~A Heritage Hotel "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N."
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Ali T wrote a review Sep 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights as a business trip. We both enjoyed the stay. The size of the room was big. It was very clean and tidy. We received a great customer service. The location is absolutely close to everything in Nelson. Great restaurants and cafes nearby. Only 2 minutes to Christ Church and 30 minutes walking to Centre of New Zealand. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 4 Sep 2019
Dear Mohammed Ali T, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for sharing your experience. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us here at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. I will ensure to pass on your encouraging comments to our team, particular housekeeping who pride themselves to ensure that our guest's experience is neat and our front of house team who endeavour to provide that exceptional experience. Our central location certainly comes in very handy when exploring our smart little city and our extraordinary region. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you and your wife again soon. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel "Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N."
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PRICE RANGE
US$118 - US$127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
nelson rutherford hotel
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
113
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