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The Honest Lawyer Hotel
Ranked #20 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Reviewed December 4, 2010

We stayed for 2 nights. At one time this would have been the character hotel in Nelson but now it appears a little run down. Our room was clean and comfortable with a large ensuite. Staff seemed a bit disorganised when we arrived about 3pm no one was at the bar and we had to wander around the hotel to find someone. Check in was friendly didn't sign anything was just given the key by the barman and showed the stairs. Didn't eat here but had a beer in the bar pint of Boddingtons $10! With a bit more love and attention this could be great once more

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

We booked a night here when we knew we were going to Nelson. We ended up staying 3 nights because we had such a great time. The staff were terrific, the food was fantastic and we loved our room. I can say that we had such a good time with another couple we met while we were there (helped along strongly by the barman and manager) that my head was so sore and my stomach still so seedy that I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when the barman started pouring my drink without my asking the next evening when we went down for dinner....! The location on the estuary is lovely and I would recommend taking a drive around the local area. 5 minutes up the road you'll come across a lovely glass gallery with a little coffee stand outside that makes a great place to just sit and look out over the water. The value, the food and the people made this one of the best places I have every stayed. Although I agree with MarkfromBath - get a map as it can be hard to find. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

The Honest Lawyer is a great place to stay if you (a) are looking to party to 2am, (b) enjoy overhearing the conversations and bodily functions of your neighbours and (c) have a blocked nose.

If you're looking for a peaceful night's sleep, you're better off somewhere (anywhere) else.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sparrow_the_cat
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

Found the Hotel online and thought it would be fun to stay there. Decided on somewhere else, however dropped in for a meal one evening and decided we HAD to stay there! Found great deal through www.lastminute.com and treated ourselves at NZD84 for room with ensuite. Great bathroom! Had little alcove at end of corridor where guests could help themselves to fresh fruit and tea/coffee. Laundry was a bit tiny but machines worked just fine which was all we wanted!
Meals and atmosphere downstairs in pub was lovely. Staff helpful, great local wine recommendations, and efficient. So glad we went back to stay a night there.. definitely going back for longer stay!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2009

Stayed in the Honeymoon suite which was nicely decorated, with large bath tub, although it seemed to be right next to the Managers room which allowed us to hear staff go in and out on the Sat night after closing the Bar/restaurant. They were obviously were having a few drinks and didnt seem to care that they were slamming the door shut each time they left the room, also made alot of noise. I dont think i've ever experianced staff do that in a hotel, we were going to intercept them to tell them to be more respectful to guests trying to sleep as it was after midnight, but then they finally shut up!
Other than that food was great, service was o.k young wait staff seemed inexperianced but friendly. Oh also it is a strange set up to get there as you need to take an off ramp off the motorway, so although we could see the hotel from the road we had two attempts at getting there...

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 4, 2009

I have travelled all over New Zealand over the years and I have to rate The Honest Lawyer as one of the best hotels in the country. The staff are friendly and very helpful and the rooms are very comfortable with baths (a huge bonus!). If you stay here you must try the excellent restaurant as the food is fantastic. It is interesting that the car park became quite full during the evening. It seems that the locals must rate this place. A feature I that really enjoyed was free cans of canned drinks provided in a fridge in the hall. The only real problem was finding the place as you can’t come directly from the main road. I suggest you check a good map before you start driving!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank MarkfromBath
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Reviewed April 21, 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Honest Lawyer Hotel

Address: 1 Point Road | Monaco, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range: $93 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Honest Lawyer Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our unique establishment is an 'Olde Worlde' English Country Pub & Hotel situated on Nelson's Monaco Peninsula. Come and join us, relax, put your feet up and enjoy the true Honest Lawyer experience. Quench your thirst with a drink by the bar, or relish a hearty meal in our Restaurant and choose from an extensive range of wines and beers. You could choose to stay longer in our distinctive Hotel accommodation, decorated in English Country style. We also cater for Weddings, Conferences & Functions offering professional, efficient and friendly service. ... more   less 
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