Sails' proprietors Max and Robin have every right to be proud of their five-start rating. They clearly worked hard and long on designing and outfitting both the motel as a whole and the individual rooms; and they now work hard and long to make guests' stays memorably pleasant.
As you might guess from the title, Sails has a nautical/maritime theme, but that means much more than blue and white paintwork with an old fishing net on the wall! Instead, subtler touches to the decor are just enough to lift it out of the merely 'bright and light'. Each room has a constructed beach scene in a large glass bowl (which looks much nicer than my description!), together with small hand-painted pictures/collages of beaches. As other reviewers have said, the rooms are comfortable, the beds are a dream and - hooray! - each double room has TWO armchairs!
Sails is outside of the very centre of Nelson, which means that you can't just walk out into town life - but nor can you hear a single street sound when it's time for bed. Incidentally, when we stayed at Sails, the other guests were remarkably quiet, too - something that money doesn't always buy.
Finally, make a point of remembering to order your breakfast by the deadline - 8.00 pm the previous night. On a couple of occasions we were out all day and returned too late to order, so we missed the enormous omlettes that had kick-started our other mornings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nelson's newest luxury motel is unparalleled in quality and price. Qual mark rated 5 stars. The Sails provides 3 different size suites: 4 Elegant One Bedroom Apartments, 4 Sumptuous Executive Suites, 6 Luxury Studios and 2 Luxury ground floor Access Enabled Suites, Individual Car Parks. Our suites enjoy floor to ceiling windows opening onto your own intimate balcony or courtyard, fully equipped stainless steel kitchens, 42in LCD Televisions, Mini Bar, and Guest Laundry. Complimentary 50+ Sky, Wi Fi, Blue Ray, Ipod Docking. ... more less
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