I stayed here for one saturday night in June 2006. I paid $89 NZD (from a last minute booking site) for a standard room... and was upgraded to a superior room (I didn't ask, and they didn't tell me, I found out when I entered the room!) Like most New Zealand hotels, breakfast was not included.
One the updside... possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in... two very comfortable quilts on a king size bed, plus the same bedding on a king single bed. Plenty of space. Modern renovated room. The room had two items of 'Hoglund art glass' - Hoglund is an expensive (and very nice) Nelson glass blowing/sculpture studio. Very nice touch. The staff were friendly and helpful.
On the downside... the water pressure in the bathroom was disappointing. The bath took ages to fill, and the shower was a bit weak. In room internet access was extremely expensive... like $0.68/minute. That is unnecessary and unacceptable.
The Rutherford has a good reputation and is part of a four star tourist focussed hotel chain. It is probably the nicest large hotel in Nelson... and at $89 was probably the cheapest bed in town.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Nelson Rutherford Hotel