Our travel agent arranged for us to stay in an Executive Room (#805), which came with single and double beds, vanity table with stool, desk with chair, luggage bench, easy chair, coffee maker, fridge, and closet with an ironing board and iron. The rooms are air conditioned unlike many NZ rooms we stayed in over a month. The bathroom was well equipped with four large towels (yes!), tissue, shampoo, soap, and lotion. There was one bathrobe for the two of us and no slippers. Our room looked out over the side street and parking area where we were able to park our car overnight, avoiding the hotel's parking charge. The room was quiet and we heard no street noise at all.
There are laundry rooms for $3 tokens on the 4th and 6th floors. we used their free wifi (for up to 1/2 hour and 15 MB. to keep up with mail. The hotel also charges an additional 1.5% for credit card use.
The hotel has a large lobby and a second Japanese restaurant, which looked quite busy that night. They have meeting rooms and advertised for weddings. The pool seemed to be undergoing renovations.
The hotel is just below the (new) Nelson cathedral and within walking distance to the main areas of downtown Nelson. We only found bars and restaurants intent on playing loud music so we dined on appetizers in the hotel's restaurant. The Nelson scallops were EXCELLENT as were the green lipped mussels. The steamed vegetables and Nelson Chardonnay were average. We had the typical, large NZ buffet breakfast early the next morning. There seemed to be a few business people up early.
Based on our experience, this hotel is a solid 4-star by European standards.
In case you need to know, it took us a little under two hours to get to the Picton Ferry from Nelson along the Queen Charlotte drive, starting around 7:00 am.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nelson is an extraordinary NZ destination befitting a hotel of such a high standard. The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious hotel accommodation with a full complement of features designed to help you achieve the most from your stay. The hotel offers a range of superior guest facilities including two restaurants, a cafe and is only a couple of minutes walk from Nelson's main shopping district and landmark cathedral. Dining, relaxing, or getting away from it all, this is one of the few hotels that puts you right at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Travelocity, Hotwire, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Rutherford Hotel Nelson reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Nelson Rutherford Hotel