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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Trafalgar Square | P O Box 248, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Ranked #26 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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48 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opened, I think, in 1972 and this dominant building on the Nelson skyline has the look of a building of that vintage. I stayed here for 7 nights across two visits and was struck by how quiet it always seemed. The hotel has all the normal offerings - the only thing missing from the good sized rooms was a safe... More

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"Walked in" without a reservation and were promptly looked after by a "trainee" Receptionist who did an excellent job! Have to say that the friendly, efficient and attentive staff are the real stars of this Hotel. We were always greeted with a "Hello" and a smile, even whilst walking through the foyer. We paid $5 for parking, which is reasonable... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A generously, flexibly managed establishment, where staff are at pains to make their personal hospitality match our needs of arrival, stay, check-out and transport very graciously. All meals are excellent.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed with family, generally rooms are OK if a little tired but for a hotel of this rating not having things like plunger coffee in the rooms, very limited tv channels and finding dirty towels in the bathroom is not good enough in my opinion. Staff are friendly to be fair if a little disorganised during the booking stage. Oceano... More

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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Stayed a few times and always good quality comfortable rooms and service. Highly recommended if ever in the Nelson region. My highlight, and whilst a long storey, was when the staff were so very helpful the time the airport was shut (cyclone) and I arrived back to the hotel at 3.30AM on the off chance and was offered a room.... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a nice hotel conveniently located only a block or so from Rutherford St. with its shops and restaurants. The rooms are quite sizeable and have a convenient desk to work at, with plenty of power points for charging things. The only disappointment was the rather expensive Internet, $15 for 500MB which is 50% more expensive than using mobile... More

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Lake Ohau Alpine Village, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Was at conference at Rutherford so did not explore Nelson but accommodation, service, food, and facilities were v good - chairs in the function areas are however very hard if you sit still for long sessions - reception desk staff were wonderfully helpful and very professional

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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28 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was at the Rutherford for 4 nights during a conference that was held in the hotel. I wasn't expecting much. But it was very nice. Our room was clean, quiet, and well-appointed. The internet worked fine. And the catering of the conference was superb! They really did a great job on that. Service was friendly, and the location is... More

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4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

A really disappointing and expensive hotel. Uncomfortable bed, corridors smelt really musty. The decor is dated. The internet is very limited, 50mb's or 30 minutes free, after which you have to buy it- which is also expensive. I travelled right the way through NZ and this is a first. Parking is also charged too. I don't mind paying for luxury... More

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Staying here was quite an experience! It is a tall older style building set right in the centre of Nelson. Our room was quite old fashioned but had everything you might need and very high up. We had a super view of the sea and looked down onto the little outdoor pool which was well used. The staff were very... More

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Address: Trafalgar Square | P O Box 248, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rutherford Hotel Nelson 4.5*
Number of rooms: 113
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