We stayed here for 2 nights, in a hotel room (you could also book one-bedroom or two-bedroom cottages). Our room was quite nice with a little courtyard. While the courtyard was not 'private' as it's just one small pond away from the main road, we felt good sitting there in the sun sipping a juice. The complex was quite big, with its own restaurant and jeweller. Very nicely landscaped gardens. The location was ok - max 5 min drive from the Nelson airport. We didn't really notice how close it is to the airport as it's not a busy airport, and I don't think they have early morning or late evening flights. It's about 5 min drive to Nelson city or the beach, so pretty handy if you have a car. The inlet in front of the property is not that attractive when it's low tide, but in the morning (at high tide) it's quite nice.
Room was nicely done, and enough space for 2 people (much more generous than European hotel rooms!) The toilet is very modern and reasonably spacious. Shower was ok.
Staff were friendly and helpful. The only thing we found that was not that satisfying was the bed - it was way too soft for our liking. But if you like soft beds then this is probably a plus!
There are a lot of accomodation choices in Nelson. While I might not come back next time (as we would most likely want a beach front holiday home at the next visit) I would certainly recommend this property for someone that has a rental car, and enjoys something different.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco offers luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand. Located only about five minutes' drive from Nelson Airport and 15 minutes drive to the city centre. Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco offers well-appointed accommodation for up to 215 guests in boutique hotel rooms, along with a range of self-contained apartment accommodation including one-bedroom studios, one-bedroom spa cottages and two-bedroom cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments Hotel Richmond
- Grand Accor Nelson Monaco