The hotel was comfortable (the bed was nice) and had character but it does have some quirks. They don't provide blow driers (I can't remember when I've stayed at a hotel--even the cheap motel chains--that didn't), which I didn't discover until after I'd showered. When I called down I was put on hold while the receptionist looked to see if they had any available--they only have a limited number, and you have to go down and get it. Later I needed a pen and looked around...the room didn't even have a pen. Nor does it provide much in the way of bathroom amenities--there is a dispenser with shower gel and shampoo in the shower, but no conditioner or moisturizer and only one teeny bar of soap for both the bath and shower. None of these things are the end of the world but it would have been nice to know up front so we could have asked for the hair dryer and more soap when we checked in.
Also, the noise...we requested a room that would be the least subject to bar noise, but we were awakened at bar closing by a group screaming and destroying property in the alley that we overlooked. It went on for a LONG time-why no one at the hotel went out to stop it (it was probably patrons from their bars, and it was hotel property they were dragging into the alley and busting up!), or called the cops, is puzzling.
If it's your first time in Nelson I'd recommend getting info on the town before you go. We knew there were walking and driving tour maps but the tourist office was closed (on a saturday afternoon). We walked around on our own but it didn't seem very interesting--there was an airstrip, a Walmart, and lots of run down houses...the downtown was okay but there must be more (or maybe the Chamber of Commerce just does a really good job convincing you how historic and cute their town is).
- 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