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“Great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Trailways Hotel Nelson
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #10 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Recently started here, rooms are a good size - could do with a little maintain but nothing too major. Beds comfy, no lift so you would want to be on the ground floor if you have heaps of gear. Service in restaurant/ bed very slow but food worth waiting for. Free Wifi which is a bonus

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Trailways, Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you for your review of Trailways Hotel Nelson. I'm glad that you enjoyed our proximity to town and free Wifi throughout the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back when you next visit Nelson.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

The reception staff were so friendly and helpful. The restaurant food was good. We also had Christmas Dinner here and - considering lots of places in NZ put a holiday surcharge on the price - it was pretty good value. Ate outside overlooking the estuary in the sunshine. The serving staff were young and enthusiastic to help. The room was classy and had good attention to detail for travellers needs e.g. a small, sound operated, light in the bathroom for the middle of the night. For the British audience - don't be put off by the name which might sound like a cross between a backpackers and a railway hotel - it isn't either of those.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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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Trailways, Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you for your feedback about Trailways Hotel Nelson. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed our customer service, which we are very proud of. I hope we can welcome you back in the future.
Regards
Sara Richards
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24 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

On a warm summer evening it was really enjoyable to sit on the deck, overlooking the river, drinking a nice cold beer. As others have pointed out, the river is tidal and only looks like the pictures at high tide, but still really pleasant. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Dinner in the restaurant was ok though the portions are small and a little overpriced.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trailways, Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Thank you for reviewing Trailways Hotel Nelson. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and our proximity to town. Our award-winning Tides Restaurant specialises in local seafood, game, beef and lamb and is the perfect spot for a special dining experience.
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Nelson.
Regards,
Sara Richards,
Assistant Manager
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Located just on the edge of the downtown, the Trailways is a friendly and bright hotel. The beds are relatively comfortable, the staff is very helpful, and all rooms have balconies. We were very happy to get a room facing the river, which we enjoyed on our balcony with a glass of wine. Our room had a fridge, extra pillows, underfloor heating in the bathroom and a couch which pulled out into a bed.

The rooms are clean, there is free parking, and it's easy walking into the downtown. We ate breakfast at the restaurant, but it was a bit pricey for our taste.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trailways, Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review Trailways Hotel Nelson. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the balcony and our view of the river. We would love to welcome you back to Trailways Hotel Nelson should you return to Nelson.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed here as part of our South Island road trip in April 2012.

We got a great deal on Wotif and the room was really lovely. Nice and clean with modern decor, spa bath and underfloor heating. We had a lovely river view too. We didn't eat at the restaurant however it did look lovely. Reception staff were friendly and check in/out was quick and efficient.

Our only problem was that as our room was on the ground floor right by the door and stairs to the upper level, it was very noisy and because of that we slept terribly.

We would definitely stay here again but not in that particular room.

Room Tip: Don't let them put you in the ground floor room by the stairs - very noisy!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trailways, General Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our property Trailways Hotel Nelson on Tripadvisor.
Its really nice to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and in particular your room with the river view. I'm sorry to hear your stay was disturbed due to your room allocation. Our goal is to ensure our guests are always comfortable and I was disappointed to read your stay wasn't as comfortable as it could have been. I look forward to welcoming you back to Trailways Hotel Nelson to rectify this memory.
Kind regards
Garry Munro
General Manager
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93 reviews 93 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a typical stay in a small town in New Zealand; the rooms are quite small, but spotlessly presented. The staff were very friendly and informal. The guide book picture is perhaps flattering as the restaurant and verandah look out onto the river, not the sea, and this is tidal. However, the food was good if just a wee bit pricey. It is only a very short walk into town anyway and there are plenty of restaurants from which to choose. Nelson is a delightful place and the walking up into the hills is beautiful.

Room Tip: The river side does have a better view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trailways, General Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review Trailways Hotel Nelson. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our location being only a short walk from town and would like to welcome you back to Trailways Hotel Nelson should you return to Nelson.
Kind regards
Garry Munro
General Manager
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Madrid, Spain
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

we spent 1 night at this hotel while in our way to Abel Tasman. The quality of the service is very good, and the rooms are spacious and well equipped. It's also very well located and has free parking for guests.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Trailways, General Manager at Trailways Hotel Nelson, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on your stay with us before venturing over to the Abel Tasman National Park. I was pleased to read you enjoyed our service and the location of Trailways Hotel. It is nice and central to the town centre, especially when need to purchase last minute things for the Abel Tasman. We look forward to welcoming you back to Nelson one day soon
Kind regards
Garry Munro
General Manager
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Address: 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Trailways Hotel Nelson 4.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Trailways Hotel, one of Nelson's most stylish and contemporary venues. We are centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson's central shopping precinct, theatres, cultural and sporting attractions, restaurants and cafes, the information centre, and close to the scenic waterfront. Stay in the heart of Nelson city and explore the region, famous for its sunshine, wine, seafood, art and craft, Saturday morning open-air market, its five national parks and abundance of outdoor recreation. Trailways Hotel is right on the river and many of its rooms open onto the river side. There are 47 rooms consisting of studios, studio spas, spacious suites and interconnecting rooms. Also overlooking the river is award-winning The Tides Restaurant and Bar. There are three serviced conference rooms for your next business event, wedding or function. For the business traveller, we have up-to-the-minute facilities to make your stay most productive. Our staff are on hand 24 hours to respond to your requirements. ... more   less 
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