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The Palace Backpackers

114 Rutherford Street, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
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#14 of 49 Specialty lodging in Nelson
Check in as a traveller and leave as a friend. Help yourself to our tea and real coffee and tuck into a complimentary breakfast each morning. Sit on the deck and gaze at the sea or Centre of New Zealand whilst strumming one of our guitars or reading a book from our international book exchange. Play a tune on the piano in the music room. Lie back and swing in one of our hammocks. Access our free WiFi and check your emails in our spacious lounge. Enjoy hot pressured showers in our delightful colourful bathrooms. Enjoy socialising at the BBQ area with new friends. Make friends with one of our hostel cats. Enjoy a good night's sleep in one of our spacious dorms or doubles (no bunks!). A place to relax and a base to explore one of New Zealand's most interesting cities, rich in art and culture, which enjoys 2500 hours of sunshine per year. Explore the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, right on our doorstep.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Self-serve laundry
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, German, Hindi, Indonesian
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Milena wrote a review Jul 2020
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We just stayed for a night but really enjoyed the good vibes. It makes you feel like home. Good people, good breakfast! Bathrooms pretty didn’t try the showers. And our room was nice but cold luckily the receptionist helped us right away and brought a heater. Definitely would come back!!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Jean-Benoit wrote a review Jun 2020
Saint-Benoit, France1 contribution
We really enjoyed our stay in The Palace, best hostel in NZ so far thanks to the great staff and a wonderful place. The free breakfast was good. The location is perfect to visit the city and the area. Very clean. The atmosphere is very friendly.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
oldherty wrote a review Mar 2020
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Amazing old building with lots of original features — which, importantly, means THICK WALLS AND THICK DOORS for superior noise-dampening. Plus, they have a couple of decent guitars in the dining room! Splendid place.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Robert wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions
This is a great hostel with a very central location, all the good stuff (supermarket, pubs and shops) are an easy walk away even after walking the Abel Tasmen track! The staff were helpful and friendly (especially Ruth at reception) Lovely garden which sort of spread around the whole hostel meaning it didnt feel like it was in the middle of the city. Will definetly stay again
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
fwearsch wrote a review Mar 2020
Denver, Colorado4 contributions1 helpful vote
Generally a cozy and cute space with kind staff. Sadly the beds were pretty rough, springs were poking through the thin mattress the whole night and the only blanket was a small duvet. No storage space for bags was a little frustration too, and shower water was randomly hot and cold with low pressure. Kitchen was pretty clean and free breakfast was the typical breads and cereals. Seemed like a nice place to stay for a longer period in Nelson with many potential friends to make, but generally a little rough for a nights sleep.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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$41 - $44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Palace Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Palace Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Nelson Saturday Market (0.1 miles), Nelson Provincial Museum (0.2 miles), and Craft Beer Depot (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Palace Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Palace Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Palace Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Palace Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paasha, Harry's Hawker House & Bar, and Hopgoods.
Is The Palace Backpackers located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Nelson.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Palace Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Palace Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Hindi, and Indonesian.