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Whether you are visiting sunny Nelson for business or pleasure you will find comfort, tranquility and elegance right in the heart of Nelson City at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. Enjoy Nelson’s beauty from your room while still enjoying a bundle of life’s luxuries that make Chelsea Park a Qualmark, 4 Star destination. Chelsea Park Motor Lodge offers high quality motel accommodation including the homely comforts of each room having access to SKY 50+ Channels with a SKY Guest Select decoder in every room and access to FREE, unlimited fibre WiFi. Our cozy, clean rooms are only a stone’s throw away from some of Nelson’s best attractions. Situated on Rutherford Street, Nelson’s best cafes, bars and restaurants are only a short stroll from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. Look no further for great comfort and personal, friendly service in the heart of the city. Our 10 rooms mean that we offer friendly and helpful service - Hospitality, the way it should be.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Electric vehicle charging station
Complimentary tea
Self-serve laundry
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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hopey24 wrote a review Yesterday
Napier, New Zealand21 contributions6 helpful votes
My sister and I spent 4 nights here in a ground floor studio with twin beds. I have dodgey knees so was a godsend to be able to park outside the unit and walk straight in, towing our suitcases. The unit was clean and comfortable with all amenities and included a small outdoor area with table and chairs. Nice to sit out there in the morning and listen to the birds in the garden. Made use of the laundry for a small fee. This accommodation is on the main road but I didn't notice any excess noise. Vehicles need to drive out the drive rather than reverse, because of it being a main road. Very handy to the city, would stay here again and would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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OpinionExpert wrote a review Oct 2023
IN81 contributions21 helpful votes
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The owners (Dean & Tomoko) are lovely people who clearly put lots of time, attention & love into this place. We chose this motel because of the good reviews & since they allow dogs. The room was super clean and comfortable. No complaints at all! It had a huge spa tub and shower, spacious kitchen, and comfortable beds. We would stay here again next time we are in town.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Owner at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Responded 23 Oct 2023
Kia ora OE, thank you for staying with us at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. We are grateful for your lovely review and hope that you do come on back sometime. We have just replaced all the carpets and ground floor drapes. It has made a huge difference. Yes we are pet friendly and have 5 ground floor units available for pets and their humans!! Thanks again and hope to see you again. Dean and Tomoko.
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Peter C wrote a review Nov 2023
Blenheim, New Zealand1 contribution
A warm welcome and a comfortable unit in an excellent location a short walk from the town centre. Well appointed, very clean, good parking, fresh milk on arrival, friendly service and great value. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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AMDKL wrote a review Nov 2023
Kuala Lumpur12 contributions9 helpful votes
From the moment I entered the office I knew we would enjoy our time at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. Dean greeted us so warmly and was full of great information to make our stay perfect. Everything we needed (supermarket, restaurants) was within easy walking distance. Loved our accommodation with a separate bedroom and lovely courtyard. Bed was super comfortable and hot water was immediate. Wonderful juice and wine glasses, a pleasure to use. Thank you Dean for being the perfect friendly host, We look forward to our next visit. Annette and Michael.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Owner at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora Annette, thank you for staying with us at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. Thank you ever so much for the lovely review, we appreciate it. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and get a little background as to why you came to stay in Nelson. We hope you will both return oneday. Take care! Dean and Tomoko.
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GrandTour17048564524 wrote a review Nov 2023
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Friendly welcome. Tomoko and Dean were great hosts informative of local knowledge. Room spotless and reasonable priced. Would not hesitate to recommend this motel to family and friends. Would stay again if in the area. Thanks
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora and thank you for your really lovely review. We appreciate it! Please do come back to Chelsea Park Motor Lodge of in the Nelson area. Dean and Tomoko.
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Dinah wrote a review Nov 2023
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Everything was very comfortable and clean. We had a one bedroom family unit on the ground floor. Was good having a ground floor unit as didn't have to lug cases up stairs. The unit had a kitchenette with hobs, microwave and fridge with small ice box. One thing missing was a frypan. Lots of op shops in Nelson so could buy one, buy we borrowed one. Corner spa bath was a good bonus. Shower over bath had fantastic pressure. Plenty of room in vanity for toiletries. Lots of good pillows and bedding. No aircon in this unit but heater and fan. Think some other units may have aircon. Open plan kitchen/Lounge had dining table, chairs and queen size bed. Separate bedroom had king size bed and wardrobe and luggage ledge. Also had good mirrors in unit. 2 tvs in unit with sky. Unit was a bit old but very clean and comfortable. Had glass door onto semiprivate dedicated outdoor space with seating and table. Bonus for summer stays.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Owner at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora. Thank you for your excellent review and your comments were in a constructive manner. We appreciate we have work to do on Chelsea Park, but we are glad its just the small touches. We hope you enjoy the smell of new carpets and paint and drapes! We hope you will return oneday. Dean and Tomoko.
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Jet24010156531 wrote a review Nov 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful stay, excellent property. Clean, spacious, very nice room. Many thanks to Dean & Tomoko for all their help and hospitality! Incredible location with city centre within walking distance, restaurants, pubs, cinema, grocery and sites!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Owner at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia ora Jet24! Thanks for your excellent review and stunning comments. We appreciate you taking the time to post. Our girls will be heartened by you speaking positively of their dark art skills!! Town is only a 10 - 12 min walk away and there is plenty on offer in Nelson. We hope you will consider staying with us again sometime. Thanks again. Dean and Tomoko.
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Ardas T wrote a review Oct 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Dean was very kind and helpful. The accommodation was clean, well equipped, the bed was very good, and the little court yard a lovely addition. It was very quiet and private. We would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Kia ora pawt2017, thank you for neat review and comments. We hope you do come back and stay with us again, us so we can lift those bubbles!! It was a pleasure looking after you. Dean and Tomoko.
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Jandhfm wrote a review Oct 2023
Auckland Central, New Zealand64 contributions17 helpful votes
Fabulous- clean, modern, quiet and friendly service. I was on crutches at the time so very grateful for accessible features in room and bathroom! Would definitely recommend- close to town and tidy. Very helpful staff. Will be back next time i am in Nelson
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Owner at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Responded 23 Oct 2023
Kia ora Jandhfm, thank you for staying with us at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. You did amazingly well considering your injury, excellent! We are glad we were able to provide you with an accessible room for your stay. We hope you do come back and stay with us once you have recovered. We appreciate your lovely review too! Dean and Tomoko.
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Gerald W wrote a review Oct 2023
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The stay was excellent, very central to the things we were interested in and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and the kitchen facilities were also clean and tidy. The bed was comfortable and pillows were good
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Owner at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Responded 23 Oct 2023
Kia ora Gerald, thank you for a great review of Chelsea Park Motor Lodge. Our cleaning fairies do an excellent job and whistle while they work!! We hope you will return oneday. Dean and Tomoko.
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PRICE RANGE
US$98 - US$145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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best western nelson, chelsea park hotel, nelson best western
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (0.8 km), Nelson Saturday Market (0.6 km), and Nelson Provincial Museum (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Harry's Hawker House & Bar, Nysa Turkish Restaurant, and Hopgoods & Co.
Is Chelsea Park Motor Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Nelson.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Chelsea Park Motor Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (0.6 km).
Is Chelsea Park Motor Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.