I like to stay in old hotels and inns that have been nicely maintained or (as in the case of the Hume Hotel) restored and upgraded. This one is exceptionally well restored and is a good value in price.
The restaurant and bar /lounge areas that occupy the ground floor are particularly ornate restorations, with beautiful woodwork, tapestries, and antiques. Breakfast is included in the room rate, is served at individual tables in the restaurant, and includes a choice of several hot breakfast meals that are not particularly unusual, but are prepared to order and are entirely ample. The staff is friendly and accomodating.
The rooms are less ornate, but are very clean, furnished with attractive antique furniture in good condition and attractive wall hangings, and have clean, modern bathrooms.
I have only two reservations. One is that the parking lot owned by the hotel, which is adjacent to it and offers free parking for guests, is much too small. Most guests must either park on the street for free at night and move by 9 AM, or park in a municipally owned garage nearby for a modest fee.
The other is that the rooms are not air conditioned (although the common areas on the ground floor are). We were initially assigned a room above "Mike's Pub," which is an apparently popular bar on the ground level. It was closed on the Sunday and Monday nights that we stayed there, but (unlike the more sedate lounge that was open) could probably be noisy and make sleeping difficult with windows open. Just looking in to it, however, it appeared to be a fairly upscale place, and not a honkytonk.
The room that we were given instead faced west, overlooking the parking lot, and became uncomfortably hot from the afternoon sun. A fan on a floor stand was provided, which we directed out the window to provide some air exchange. The problem then was that the incoming air was from above the exhaust of the kitchen, with the result that the room filled with cooking odors (particularly of steak, which was not entirely bad but a bit too strong to be enjoyable). Having to keep the windows open to keep the room reasonably cool also admitted noise from the street and parking lot (which held several motorcycles owned by guests whose egos apparently required making loud noise).
In conclusion, it is a great old hotel with a lot of genuine character, and deserves the patronage of people who appreciate such things, but it would be best to stay there on other than hot days in summer. That is unfortunate, because Nelson is an interesting and beautiful small city to visit in summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hume Hotel is a full-service Nelson landmark originally built in 1898 and is a must-see part of your trip to the area. In 2016 finishing touches were put on the last wing of guest rooms. All three floors have been renovated beautifully, maintaining that heritage charm that it is known for while incorporating some new technology like air conditioning and flat screen tvs. Centrally located, it includes the Aura Spa & Salon, General Store Family Restaurant, Mike's Place Pub, the Library Lounge, the Spiritbar entertainment venue, the Liquor Boutique and Banquet Facilities. Overnight stays in any of the guest rooms include a full hot complimentary breakfast in the morning made to your liking. This hotel is full of history, character and amazing staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hume Hotel Nelson