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Tuscany Gardens Motor Lodge
Ranked #37 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Reviewed September 1, 2011

This is another in a series of reviews experienced on a recent trip to the
South Island of New Zealand. I arrived in New Zealand with no predetermined schedule and no hotel reservations. As I was entering the Nelson area, it was getting late in the day and deciding to take no chances happend upon the Best Western Tuscany Garden Motor Lodge.

The manager was very nice and negotiated a price on the room that may have been a little high given the location and quality of the property. First off, the room was actually a small suite with living/kitchen area, separate bedroom with queen bed and a good size bathroom with walk-in shower and spa-type shower heads at different heights in the shower.

While the room was clean, the very first impression I had on walking in was a smell, faintly of onion-garlic variety combined with smoky overtones. This persisted throughout my stay in the room. It was a second floor room with no elevator access. It was furnished with fridge, microwave and a small counter cooktop. Also, as noted in previous Tripadvisor review, traffic sounds were prevalent during all hours, although probably less due to the room being at the back of the hotel- in general, my sleep was not too disturbed by the noise.

Overall averageto low average experience, except for the unpleasant smell of the room.

Room Tip: Take an extended sniff on experiencing the room for the first time.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

Unexpected visit, this motel is right on the SH which is always busy. We got a studio room, which had good amenities for a studio, but the motel didn't seem to offer much else, except for very limited Sky TV channels. The traffic noise was pretty bad for NZ, closing the window didn't seem to matter much.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank flyingdutchdude
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Reviewed February 13, 2010

We loved Tuscany Gardens motel having stayed in several motels throughout our time in NZ. It was well decorated, clean and even included a little balcony. The staff were helpful enough and we made good use of the laundry services. The only downside was that when we compared it to the other studios we stayed in, this one was a bit on the small side as we kept bumping into our luggage in the snug area around the bed. Despite this though, it was in an excellent location and was very comfortable despite facing the road.
We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank stroalki
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

We stayed her for three three nights and had a real nice time. Our room was upstairs at the back and where not subject to the road noise mentioned in other reviews.

The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. Great bed. The IS a laundry and very resonable it was too. We enjoyed the local eateries but thought 623 On the Rocks was overrated.

We also eat in the Indian Cafe in central Nelson for lunch and were very impressed with the curry selection.

Overall a good solid choice in Nelson by the beach.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alan&Sylvia
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Reviewed December 13, 2007

The level of attention by the hosts, the cleanliness and the standard of decor was the best of our whole trip. The rooms are not huge but so well appointed. Restaurants and the beach are all just 5 minute walk away. An ideal base and so well priced. We loved it.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank gemdon
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

We spent four nights here and wished we had gone elsewhere. Our unit was very well furnished and maintained, but impractical. Lighting was poor, cooking facilities very limited and the lack of a mat inside made it impossible to avoid tracking wet in when raining. Bedroom was small and gloomy with a walkway past the window. Located on a main road there was a lot of traffic noise, especially early in the morning. Parking was tight and without allocated bays. The units are on two floors, we were upstairs, those downstairs looked really dark and enclosed. No laundry facilities. Owners were not friendly and seemed to resent visitors messing up their beautiful place. In five weeks in New Zealand this was the only place we found unwelcoming and the only place we would avoid in future.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2007

The motel was clean but small and the staff was very nice. It was easy to find, yet far away from any attractions or scenery. Just a decent place to lay your head down.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank Pilot7700
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Additional Information about Tuscany Gardens Motor Lodge

Address: 80 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand (Formerly Best Western Tuscany Gardens)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #37 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range: $86 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tuscany Gardens Motor Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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