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Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Ranked #14 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2006

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2006

Attractive mid-rise in best location, facing park and short walk to cafes, art shops, etc. Part of a well established chain but that wasn't a negative factor at all. We only had a 24 hour stay - wish it had been longer. Both the city, area (lots of glass artisans!) and hotel warrant it! Dinner choices close by were a little limited that night.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2004

The Rutherford is a very nice hotel...room service was yummy, and the staff helpful. I went with a standard room and until they redo these I might spend the extra for the executive if possible. Looks like the decor was from the 1970's, but I was on a budget so I made that call and got what I paid for. Otherwise outstanding location and service.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2003

Up on a small hill and very near to the city centre is this wonderful hotel. We had booked into one of their 'Executive' rooms, which is only a few Dollars extra. However, they are well worth it, the decor and facilities easily match those of much bigger places or international chains. We would certainly stay with them again.

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Property: Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Address: 27 Nile Street West | P O Box 248, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rutherford Hotel Nelson 4.5*
Number of rooms: 113
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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