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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lake Ohau Alpine Village, New Zealand
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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26 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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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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Picton Nz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A regular visitor to Nelson, have stayed at The Rutherford multiple times and have always found great service, lovely clean rooms, awesome location close to town and excellent dining options. They normally remember repeat clients and there is always a personal touch feeling not often seen in large hotel chains. Had two calls for things had left behind, it was... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We stayed at the Rutherford for three nights at the end of June for a business/short break away as a couple. What a lovely place to stay. It has a feeling of hotels of days gone by, with a relaxed, comfortable and yet formal feel to it, all at the same time. But best of all GREAT customer service! We... More

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Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at the Rutherford. Excellent location to the CBD and some great little cafes. We scored a room on the 7th floor with a fabulous view of the cathedral and the autumnal trees. The hotel has an awful concrete exterior and the inside decor is stuck in a an unattractive bygone era including the green carpet lining... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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48 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Rutherford is of a certain era. Outside it is a concrete monstrosity for which planning permission would likely not be allowed in 2014 ie it is really really ugly. However, we can forgive them that as inside, it holds more appeal. The lobby is spacious and welcoming with a lovely sweeping staircase. The staff are friendly. The hotel is... More

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Fraye B, Guest Relations Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments regarding decor and furnishings are appreciated and will be taken into account when next refurbishing the respective areas. We are pleased that you found the staff friendly and that the level of cleanliness observed within your room was to a high standard. Thank you also for your comments regarding the wi-fi coverage within... More

Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We stayed here for two nights on a weekend. The hotel is in a wonderful location, only a few minutes walk from the centre of town. The staff are very lovely and helpful, and we never had to wait too long to speak to someone at the front desk. The rooms are of good size and the bathroom seemed like... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I loved my previous night at the Rutherford so much that I went back for a mini-break. I had a room with a bath/shower, cracked open the wonderful manuka bathroom products and pretended I was at a spa. I slept very well and had good intentions to use the gym but had a sleep in instead. I thought it was... 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*
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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. ... more   less 
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