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7 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
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#3 of 42 in Nelson
2022 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Nelson's newest luxury motel is unparalleled in quality and price. Qual mark rated 5 stars. The Sails provides 3 different size suites: 4 Elegant One Bedroom Apartments, 4 Sumptuous Executive Suites, 6 Luxury Studios and 2 Luxury ground floor Access Enabled Suites, Individual Car Parks. Our suites enjoy floor to ceiling windows opening onto your own intimate balcony or courtyard, fully equipped stainless steel kitchens, 42in LCD Televisions, Mini Bar, and Guest Laundry. Complimentary 50+ Sky, Wi Fi, Blue Ray, Ipod Docking.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Taxi service
Street parking
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Separate dining area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Olna wrote a review Apr 2022
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Absolutely loved my stay at The Sails Nelson. Beautiful, clean, and modern surroundings, and felt very welcomed by the hosts. Most definitely the pick of the bunch and the place to stay in Nelson. Looking forward to my return.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled
Kiwi Traveller wrote a review Apr 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions
This was such a lovely, clean place to stay. We left it late and hadn't booked in advance. The owners were so lovely and put two fold out beds in the lounge for our teenagers. There was still a lot of room and they both had a great sleep. The main bedroom is very spacious and the beds are so comfy. It was very clean and we really enjoyed our two night stay there. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: April 2022
MacDutch wrote a review Apr 2022
Napier, New Zealand504 contributions167 helpful votes
WOW - absolute luxury from the moment we walked in the door - didn't want to leave!! What an amazing experience just looking into the room - the layout, the view, balcony, sunny disposition, the cleanliness, the size, the location to the city centre (a short 10 minute walk away). WOW!!! I could live here permanently. What else is there to say? The bathroom was beautiful, the shower was large and functional and fully walled with glass, the water pressure was perfect with a nice shower rose, lovely decor, good size kitchenette with everything you need, free parking right below us, large TV, soft carpet, cosy chairs, very friendly hosts (also Heather has great taste in clothes and Mike is very witty) AND the piece de resistance - this bed was THE most comfortable bed I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping in! Definitely didn't want to leave in the morning - OMG!! If you get the chance - stay here but for longer than a night like we did - we're coming back here, that's for sure! Thank you lovely hosts - you have created a heavenly nest for couples.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: We had the Executive Suite - but I bet the others are just as nice
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Barry wrote a review Mar 2022
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We were a group of 8 (4 couples) and recently stayed at the Sails, two nights prior to cycling the Nelson Great Taste tour and two after. What a beaut place. The rooms are very elegant and tasteful. The beds are simply superb. Sails, being located in Trafalgar Street, is so close to the city everything is within an easy walk. I guess this description fits other accommodation facilities near the Sails but they don’t have Cherie and Dave the hosts. They are the icing on the cake. They are amiable, efficient, friendly and simply can’t do enough for you. They are just great Nelson hosts and I’d recommend you go there just to meet them and experience their hospitality. It’s not the cheapest place by far but it really is value for money so if you’re planning to stay in Nelson try ‘Sails’ it’s really good.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Mark Shuttleworth, Owner at The Sails Nelson
Responded 20 Mar 2022
It was a pleasure to receive your review about your stay with us here at The Sails. We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay and where impressed. Thank you again for taking the time to write such a great review for us and hope you revisit again soon Kind regards
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Scr1be wrote a review Feb 2022
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Just spent a week in this very central motel. Bed super comfy, quiet despite being on a main road. We'll stocked kitchen, impeccably clean. Great managers, very helpful with local knowledge, guest laundry, bikes. Walking distance into town. Is as good as photos look on website. Tip - book direct with motel for great rates
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Mark Shuttleworth, Owner at The Sails Nelson
Responded 20 Mar 2022
thank you for such a great review, and the kind words. We are glad you had a great time in Nelson and hope to be of service to you in the future. Kind Regards
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sails Nelson
Which popular attractions are close to The Sails Nelson?
Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (0.7 km), Centre of New Zealand (1.0 km), and Nelson Saturday Market (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sails Nelson?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at The Sails Nelson?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at The Sails Nelson?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sails Nelson?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sails Nelson?
Conveniently located restaurants include Harry's Hawker House & Bar, Paasha, and Hopgoods & Co.
Is The Sails Nelson located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Nelson.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Sails Nelson?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Sails Nelson?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (0.9 km).
Is The Sails Nelson accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.