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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

27 Nile Street West | P O Box 248, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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81 reviews 81 reviews
8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a shame the Reception staff got our stay off to such a bad start. No one else arrived or was there when we arrived - Two staff checked us in which became very confusing. One got trolley for our bags and just wanted to get in the lift and go! The other was checking on my car where it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff was great and location was great. For the money it was fine. Nothing really negative to say. Just feel like the hotel was stuck in the 1960's and hadn't been renovated since then. Pretty average.

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Tokoroa, Waikato, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the Rutherford for 4 Nights late April / May and it was very clean and tidy.... Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Thought paying for WIFI was a bit out of it and especially as it only lasted 24 hours - so when working long days and then having to work when back at the hotel it... More 

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RutherfordHotelGM, General Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson, responded to this review

Dear Tina H Thank you for your positive feedback regarding your stay. We have taken your comments regarding WIFI and the Room Service menu on board and will seek to make improvements where possible. You will be happy to know that we are currently in the process of releasing a new In-Room Dining menu that will have more options for... More 

Hertfordshire, England
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80 reviews 80 reviews
39 hotel reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we stayed at the Rutherford for two nights. The room was a reasonable size and had all the basics. The pool was closed - don't know how long this was for! There was a pleasant enough bar area although very few people seemed to use it. Wifi was available but only free for 30mins or a specified amount which was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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23 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a night in this comfortable hotel overlooking the beautiful bell tower of the cathedral next door. It has a 1970s look to it but it has been extensively renovated and maintained and seems very fresh. The staff were most helpful and charming. The location is great for walking to the Main Street where we ate at one of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nelson is a great town and this hotel is pretty central. The Rutherford doesn't fall into the boutique category in so far as its large and of the modern "box" style. That said, its staff are friendly and helpful, the facilities very good and the overall impression is of a well run hotel. Downsides, limited free wifi (unlimited in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Great location but hotel quite tired. "Free wifi" is for 30 mins per 24hrs, you can get that in Nelson township without paying for a room. Charging $10-$15 for wifi in 2015 is absurd for a hotel with this price point and a business focus.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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37 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Loved our two night stay here as we were lucky enough to have a suite, which naturally gave plenty of space. Room was very clean and quiet. Furniture and bathroom decor were a little dated, but the room was generally well appointed. Staff were courteous and helpful. The little cafe on the ground floor we preferred for breakfast - it... More 

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Telluride, Colorado
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

To finish up our time on the South Island, we decided to stay 3 days in Nelson at the Rutherford Hotel. The rooms were clean, nice, and quiet. The beds and pillows are very comfortable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. There was even a laundry facility right across from our room. I would recommend this hotel as... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My husband and I stayed at the Rutherford Hotel for two nights. Of the nine hotels we stayed in on our trip around New Zealand, this was one of our favorites. Our room was clean, spacious, and had a great view. I was concerned about some previous reviews who said their rooms were too hot, but the air conditioning in... More 

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