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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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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
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Luxury
Quiet
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English, French, Chinese, Afrikaans and 4 more
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Pat wrote a review Jun 2019
3 contributions3 helpful votes
We had the pleasure of trying the Atom Cafe this week in Nelson. We were able to go straight into this boutique cafe just inside the main door of the Rutherford Hotel, very close to Nelson Cathedral. It was a very pleasant surprise with a charming Hostess who was friendly and polite. The standard of cuisine was exceptional with the hotel chef preparing the delicious pastries onsite. It is in a delightful setting with views onto the green. The decor and flower arrangements all added to this enchanting Cafe. Well worth trying especially since the prices were very reasonable.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 27 Jun 2019
Dear APatNZ, thank you very much for choosing to try our Atom Cafe and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us and I am more than happy to pass on your encouraging comments to our team. At Rutherford Hotel Nelson we do pride ourselves with providing the best possible service to all our guests, whether they are staying in the hotel or simply stop by to share their time with us. Our kitchen team is focusing on creating fresh food items daily with ingredients sourced locally as much as possible. Once again, thank you very much for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel
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Dunnersfireman64 wrote a review Jun 2019
Dunedin, New Zealand654 contributions235 helpful votes
Stayed here for a couple of nights. I was surprised how dated the hotel rooms are. They were nice and clean but could do with abit of an update. Staff were helpful. I am not sure if I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 14 Jun 2019
Dear Dunnersfireman64, Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are very happy to hear that you liked the cleanliness and service you had received and these are certainly areas of high importance to us. In regards to room updates, we are currently reviewing options to update our guest rooms. Once again, thank you very much for your feedback and we hope to welcome you again in the future. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel.
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Stephen A wrote a review Jun 2019
Leeds, United Kingdom229 contributions115 helpful votes
Nice central hotel just neatly tucked away from the main town, only a 3 min walk to shops bars restaurants,very clean comfy bed ample space in the room, a good choice for us, good car parking and nice breakfast, we didn't have dinner here as we like to go local and visit bars and restaurants, but it all looked good, very close to Jens Hansen the ring maker for LOTR lovely rings I bought a wedding ring for myself something a bit different [ also a fan ] nelson is a nice town with access to the tours for Abel Tamsin and a great place to start your tour of New Zealand
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 9 Jun 2019
Dear Stephen A, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage hotel and for providing us with your feedback. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will ensure to pass on your feedback to the team. It is always encouraging for our team to receive such positive feedback on their efforts. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. If you wish for us to point you into the direction of some local sites that featured in some LOTR and Hobbit movies or any other sites our region has to offer, then please feel free to ask at reception on your next stay. Best regards The Team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel
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Scottraveller2018 wrote a review Jun 2019
Nelson, New Zealand68 contributions30 helpful votes
Not usually a fan of hotel restaurants but we went for dinner to one of their themed evenings and were very very pleasantly surprised - attentive service and wonderful food. The theme was Scottish cuisine and we were presented with a twist on Cullen Skink, Pork Belly and Tipsy Laird. All wonderful.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 9 Jun 2019
Dear Scottraveller2018, thank you very much for choosing to dine with us at Oceano Panorama Restaurant right here at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us and I will ensure to share your wonderful feedback with the team. Be sure to find out about our other special themed menus and nights which can be found online on our FB page of eventfinda. Once again, thank you very much for choosing to dine with us and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards The team at Oceano Panorama Restaurant
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Holz64 wrote a review May 2019
Dunedin, New Zealand534 contributions277 helpful votes
This is the second time i've stayed here recently and while the hotel has a great reputation i was less than impressed. The hotel is quite dated and desperately needs upgraded. Our tv wouldn't work in our room (although this was rectified by switching it for another tv). While the bathroom is a decent size the shower jets went everywhere but where you wanted them to. The room itself was also a good size and has a decent work desk. Beds were comfy. Room service was good. Restaurant didn't open early enough for me to have breakfast so i can't comment on that. Dinner-wise, the food was yum but we were the only two in the restaurant which was very off-putting. The gym had good equipment in it including weights. The location is very central.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 9 Jun 2019
Dear Holz64, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel and for taking the time to share with us your impressions. Naturally we are disappointed to not have "gotten it just right" during your stay. I will pass on your comments to our team, particular for room service and housekeeping. As for your comments around the upgrades, we do constantly seek to improve our offerings and modernise where we can. As these will always be "ongoing" positions in a hotel we will gladly take your feedback into consideration for any future improvement plans. We would very much like to welcome you again in the near future and should you require a breakfast outside of our normal opening times, please do not hesitate to speak with reception as we do offer a 24hour room service. Once again, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel.
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alec w wrote a review May 2019
Auckland, New Zealand69 contributions29 helpful votes
Stayed here on the 12th floor for 2 nights late Autumn , and dined at the Japanese Restaurant, which was stylish. Room was lovely, great view, bath, everything worked, good TV with channels, lacking only the TAB channels. Gym was excellent. Overall a polished stay, the hotel is dated in age, and some would see as old fashioned, but it has a quiet style about it, everything seems to work, just needs that spa pool to add to the services available
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 31 May 2019
Dear Alec W, thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share your impressions with us. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will share your comments with our teams. As we are constantly seeking to improve our services and offerings, it is important to us to receive feedback from our guests which we are taking in consideration when we are reviewing our services and offerings. It is our mission to have our guests experiencing the best Nelson has to offer, from the diversity of locally sourced food and an outstanding service experience that is second to none. Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your review and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel
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1980cmk wrote a review May 2019
Manukau, New Zealand77 contributions7 helpful votes
I had not been to Nelson before and stayed at the Rutherford Hotel for work. This is a refurbished hotel with lovely rooms, comfy beds and pillows and a beautiful view. More than that their service from all departments was exceptional - I could not fault it!
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from AlexanderSiebentritt, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Responded 15 May 2019
Dear 1980cmk, thank you very much for choosing to stay at Rutherford Hotel during your recent visit to sunny Nelson. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us and I am more than happy to share your encouraging feedback with our teams. Once again thank you very much for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back at Rutherford Hotel Nelson ~ A Heritage Hotel in the near future. Best regards The team at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
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Margaret B wrote a review Apr 2019
Belfast, United Kingdom741 contributions297 helpful votes
Lovely Kiwi welcome to this lovely hotel. Beautiful extensive reception with water feature and lovely floral displays of orchids. Our room was very well appointed with usual,... chairs, comfortable bed, good bathroom with lots of towels and honey based bath products! Very nice indeed. The main restaurant is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday nights which was disappointing. There is also a Japanese restaurant which was open. The city centre and the main shopping area are but a-stones throw away with a good range of dining options! Chinese, Seafood, European, Italian...and many more! The valet parking is chargeable at NZ$5 per 24 hrs so it was very reasonable and saved looking for a space in the street! Breakfast was also very good and generous. Lots of fresh fruit, breads and
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Date of stay: April 2019
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andie-goo wrote a review Apr 2019
Derby, United Kingdom27 contributions
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Great hotel a few hundred feet from the main shopping area. Spacious rooms very high standard of cleanliness and decor. Really helpful front desk staff. Just a shame the pool was closed as it was end of season.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Tracy W wrote a review Apr 2019
Rugeley, United Kingdom433 contributions128 helpful votes
Nice reception, unfortunately the building looks like a 70's office block. Pool closed until next summer - disappointing, but guess it was due to the weather, not so warm here! Room nice size, opening windows which we appreciated as we dislike air con. Coffee, tea, kettle, hairdryer, iron in room but no safe. Good location, easy walk to town and restaurants. Breakfast OK. We walked to the beach at Tahunanui, about 3 miles each way, but well worth it! Beautiful sandy beach, spent 2 hours there looking for shells and sitting on driftwood logs admiring the view. Guess you could get a taxi or bus there if it suited you better than a walk. Smugglers pub, Macdonalds and other shops/eateries near beach as well as public toilets. Great views of mountains and coast. We had been offered
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Date of stay: April 2019
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US$118 - US$128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
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113
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