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“Not quite what we expected.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Balmoral Motel

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Balmoral Motel
Ranked #30 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Christchurch
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Not quite what we expected.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

Staff were great; even put two single beds together and made one queen sized. Motel was very clean and with excellent shower.
Swimming pool was a good asset and nice to use before breakfast and then time at the beach.
We realised that these were older units but for the tariff charged ($180 per night) we expected sky t.v. and also a modern t.v. itself, not the one we had with the very large protruding rear.
Looking at the location map, we thought that this motel would be quite quiet as far as traffic noise was concerned. Traffic volume has either increased greatly or traffic are using Muritai Street as a by-pass because from 6am onward we were woken by such.
This motel is indeed close to the beach.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2011

Came across this motel by chance and was pleasantly surprised. Quiet location and nice sized rooms. The only thing that could have be improved is the shower. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Plenty to see within walking distance and town not far by car. Some very nice wineries and other atractions within easy driving distance. Even had a very friendly cat pay a visit!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2011

Plenty of space and very helpful staff. Continental breakfast for $7NZ if required.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank JanWindsor
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2011

Out of all the golden chain motels we stayed in this was the nicest room - very smartly done and a new fitted bathroom. There was a lovely pool that we sadly didn't use due to two very wet and rainy days in Nelson. The weather did not dampen our stay and it was a great room to hide in. A very warm welcome and helpful owner who gave us details on places to eat and a good map of the area. Quiet location - within walk of the beach and surrounding cafes.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2010

Rooms were comfortable but could do with an update. Good location, convenient to everything. Nice place to stay on a budget.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Alexandra, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2010

The description and photos of the room we saw on websites had very little resemblance to the room we had. We booked a wheelchair friendly room, that was far from wheelchair friendly. Extemely steep ramp to get into unit. Very little room to mauoeuver a wheelchair in main bedroom or bathroom. One small, out of reach handrail at toilet and one very small, vertical handrail in shower. No shower seat and a fixed, very high shower rose in shower.

Unit very dated, expensive for what you get,

NOT suitable for a disabled person.

The only pluses we could give unit was the internet access (Surfspot), location and pleasant owners.

Sorry, but we would not recommend or stay at this motel again.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2010

A party of 5 adults( 3 and 2) stayed for 2 nights in the Balmoral which is well situated near to the beaches of Nelson. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable and our hosts were cordial and helpful. It also had good, reasonably priced laundry facilities. In our rush to catch the ferry to Wellington, we left a few items in the tumble dryer. These were posted on promptly to one of our touring stops. While in Nelson we did the walk from Medlands Beach to Anchorage in the Abel Tasman National Park. This 'up and down' walk took about 4 hours with a stop for packed lunch on the beach. The high tide meant that we could not take the short cut which would have taken 45 mins off our walk.
The Balmoral is located at the edge of town, with lots of other motels around it. So it is in a popular area. its location gave us a good start for catching the boat to Medlands Beach from Kaiteriteri. We stayed at 15 different motels on our travels around New Zealand and this was one of the best for value. We would all return there if revisiting Nelson.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Balmoral Motel
Address: 47 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #30 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balmoral Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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