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Century Park Motor Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   197 Rutherford Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Top Motel - like a high class hotel room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night after seeing reviews on Tripadvisor. Just as everyone describes, great rooms, very tidy and new looking, nice bathroom and very comfortable beds. 5 minute walk into town so great location but still quiet. Thoroughly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Many thanks for coming to spend time with us in this beautiful part of New Zealand. We look forward to having you stay with us next time you are down this way. Regards Ross and Jan
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights. Good room and excellent location. A couple of silly things that were slightly annoying though. One being nowhere to put your toothbrushes in the bathroom, the hairdryer which you had to hold to button down to keep going, and lastly the mirror that constantly fogged up on the back of the door in the studio room. Apart from this, comfy bed, very clean and tidy, and again, location is great !

Room Tip: Our room was very quiet (104) - not sure about the others.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Many thanks for leaving your room so beautifully, it sure is appreciated and we hope you enjoyed your trip up to Nelson. About the hairdryer - having to hold down the button when you are drying your hair is frustrating, but a recent fire safety requirement. What a pity you didn't use the large mirror in the bathroom, it has a heater behind it which mean that it doesn't fog up. :-)
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Pune
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We traveled extensively through New Zealand over the last couple of weeks staying at motels throughout. Century Park Motor Lodge was possibly our best overall experience. Considerable attention was paid to quite a few details that fall through the cracks in even 5 star hotels. We were sensitively looked after by Jan, yet with humour and good natured teasing which was very welcoming are rarely seen. Nelson will be a destination on our next visit because of the Lodge rather than the other way round!

We didn't use the restaurant and swimming pool, hence can't comment.

Room Tip: As in all motels, seek a ground floor room if traveling with considerable luggage.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for spending time with us on your recent trip to New Zealand, you were lots of fun to have here. It is unusual to have people so full of fun, we really loved it. :-)
We really look forward to having you stay with us in the future. Regards Ross and Jan
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I have lived and traveled in New Zealand since 1987 and have stayed mainly in motels.
I would like to say that my experience at Century Park Motor Lodge has been the best. I was traveling with two other couples and even they felt that a lot of attention had been paid to some details for the comfort of the guests. Congratulations to the owners and operators. I would definitely like to go back to Nelson and stay at this motor lodge and strongly recommend it.
I have not rated the fitness center and the restaurant because I did not visit them.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
We so loved having you and your friends stay and we loved all the fun and laughter we had. Now that you have proved what an incredible Team Leader (Chief) you are, we hope that you will talk other friends into staying with us sometime in the future :-) Regards Ross & Jan
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Indianapolis
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The Century Park Motor Lodge is fantastic. The facilities are in top condition. It is contemporary style with spa bath. The owners gave us great recommendations for places to eat and shop, It is understandable why the lodge has received the top Trip Advisor award for the past three years. If you go to Nelson NZ, I recommend staying there. Nelson is a lovely artsy city.

Room Tip: Any room will work. There is not a fitness center here.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Many thanks for coming to spend some time with us in this gorgeous part of New Zealand. So glad that you enjoyed the restaurants that our other guests have recommended, we sure have some amazing places to dine at. Regards Ross and Jan
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is an accommodation concept that doesn't really exist in the US, and it needs to. Picture a typical road-side motel, but with boutique finishings (nice bedding, well-finished bathroom, etc.) and a nice kitchenette (dishwasher, stovetop, etc). The price was not a whole lot more than many of the other options short of a bunkroom in a backpackers. Though the view isn't as spectacular as some other parts of the South Island, we just wanted a place to decompress while doing day hikes on the Abel Tasman and exploring the Nelson region. The office staff (owners) were helpful in offering suggestions for activities. One night when doing some cooking we didn't want to get an entire bottle of olive oil from the grocery store (about a 10 minute walk up the road), the front office had a "loaner" bottle. The kitchen has a good deal of cooking equipment. So, making a simple meal is pretty easy. City Center is about a 10-15 minute walk. All in all, a very comfortable, welcoming place to stay. Would stay here again in a heart beat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
We are glad that you had a break from backpackers and hostels and had the chance to enjoy some good accommodation in Nelson. :-) Many thanks for coming to spend time with us. Regards Ross and Jan
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Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Great hosts and fantastic clean room. Even went to the trouble of forwarding a forgotten shirt home for us. Would happily recommend and will definitely stay here again when we are back in Nelson!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopMotel, Owner at Century Park Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Glad that you received your shirt okay. Thanks for coming to spend time with us at Century Park, look forward to having you back with us sometime in the future. Regards Ross and Jan
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Address: 197 Rutherford Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nelson
#1 Business Hotel in Nelson
#1 Family Hotel in Nelson
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Century Park Motor Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of Nelson's newest luxury accommodation right at the heart of the city. A fantastic team ready to welcome you and help with your vacation needs. The best beds available in New Zealand. Come along, we would love to meet you. ... more   less 
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