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Palazzo Motor Lodge
Ranked #5 of 42 Hotels in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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54 reviews
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“Excellent in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights and it was one of our favourite motels during our three week tour of New Zealand. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and gladly helped us with restaurant recommendations/bookings (which turned out to be spot on) and arranging a trip to the Abel Tasman park. They also have a delightful 6-year old son who assists them with the guests!
The one-bedroom unit was excellent; modern, stylish, well-equipped (it even had a dishwasher) and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was large and had an excellent roomy shower, and despite being on a main road the motel was very quiet at night.
It is a 2 minute walk into the centre of Nelson, and also to Hopgoods restaurant where we ate on two occasions. I cannot recommend this highly enough, these were the best meals we have ever eaten. The food was outstanding, the staff are excellent (efficient and friendly, good wine recommendations) and the ambience is perfect.
We highly recommend this motel, and would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2009

My wife and I stayed at Palazzo Motor Lodge for 7 days in February 2009 during our 5 weeks holiday on South Island.
Kiara and Bob were very welcoming, helpful, informative, cheerful and hard working.
The apartment was spacious, very comfortable and well equipped with plenty of room where we stored our car-full of suitcases and kitesurfing gear with no problem.
I love to cook and when on holiday Hilary my wife, and I enjoy eating in a few days a week. The cooking facilities in the apartment we occupied met our needs very well.
Bob and especially Kiara were always on hand to provide local knowledge of things to do and see.
Many thanks Kiara and Bob for your excellent hospitality, accommodation and services.

We wish you successful continuation with your Palazzo Motor Lodge enterprise.
Miked & Hilary, Winchester, UK.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2009

We stayed for 1 night in an executive studio; the room was quite small but had everything you need. The bathroom had a lovely jacuzzi, and the bed was really comfortable. If you want a bigger room you might want to spend a bit extra and book one of the ground floor rooms.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2009

My wife Julia and I stayed for 7 nights (extending from an original 3 once we dicovered that we could get to the Abel Tasman National Park easily (an hour max). Accommodation doesn't make a holiday but it can certainly spoil one as we found out later on in our trip around the world. The Palazzo was nearly new and perfect for us although oddly branded for NZ in faux italianate (but so what ) and the room we had was spacious, clean and comfortable and a reassuring and quiet place to return to after a long day exploring the magnificent A.T. National Park or just hanging out in downtown Nelson just a short stroll round the corner. We had a corner room on the gound floor and maybe a room with a balcony for an evening al fresco drink might have been nicer? I would recommend the Palazzo and didn't see any better alternative in Nelson at the price . Kiara was great too. (The grey towels were OK and clean but maybe something for the owners to think about upgrading at some point?)

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2009

If we had not stayed in better we would have been mighty impressed. Check your room has a balcony or it is likely to be small. The towels are grey ( by design ) and past their best.
Still a very nice place.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Berkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2009

Stayed for 3 nights in Feb in an upstairs executive studio - was the best room we stayed in our whole 3 week holiday - spacious modern luxiourious great bathroom - excellent fixtures and fittings - only down side was balcony view over car dealership.
Location is fantastic for a walk into central Nelson for restaurants and pubs shopping etc
Kiara and Bob are fantastic hosts - nothing was too much trouble - restaurant and trip recommendations of Kiara were excellent and she phoned and booked them for us - Bob actually got his car out and dropped us off at one restaurant further a field rather than have us pay for a taxi! Never had that before anywhere!
Would recommend anyone visting central Nelson to stay here

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2009

extremely friendly, accommodating owners
clean, spacious rooms
central location
great value
highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Palazzo Motor Lodge
Address: 159 Rutherford Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nelson
#2 Business Hotel in Nelson
#2 Family Hotel in Nelson
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palazzo Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palazzo Motor Lodge offers 16 stylish apartments, each an individual expression of luxury living. Our central Nelson location is ideal for Company Representatives, Business Travelers and we are close to Conference facilities. You can choose from studios, one bedroom apartments and executive apartments. Celebrating a wedding, anniversary or just feel like spoiling yourself? Then come and experience our 'Presidential' or 'Ambassador' suites. ... more   less 
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