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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

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#14 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel is not resting in its laurels! Special touches such as its pillow menu (to request various types of pillows) and the gift of Easter chocolates for us in our room show that management still cares. Good beds, spacious bathroom with NZ fittings plus a big ledge for our travel kits, and this hotel is also within walking distance...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

.... we had a large, recently carpeted, clean room that is head and shoulders above any hotel we've stayed in so far in our 3 week visit to New Zealand. Perhaps others were business travellers or those accustomed to higher end hotels, but it was perfect for us. Two restaurants, a bar and staff who really care about your well-being....

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked this room for a gift for a wedding anniversary, and the hotel upgraded the room free of charge! A a great surprise! :-) There was chilled champagne, chocolates and a card which I requested all set up in the room. Really appreciate the efforts from the hotel staff, such a pleasure to deal with :-) Thank you!

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northumberland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A rather ugly, grim, concrete building from the outside, the Rutherford Hotel is right next to the cathedral on Trafalgar Square. The foyer was more impressive with chandeliers and a pond. Our room was the usual big standard 'no personality' type of room you always find in these type of hotels, but we had everything we needed. Nelson is a...

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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first visited the Rutherford Hotel 36 years ago. The hotel has been refurbished since then. We asked for a room with an accessible shower. The shower was fine but we found the bed a bit low for getting in and out of easily. Probably aimed at someone in a wheelchair rather than someone with bad knees. The hotel itself...

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Thank Graham F
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had 2 nights here at each end of the Able Tasman walk. The bath was most welcome. We had a lovely corner room looking to the cathedral, and requested the same room for our return. Our cases were already in the room and it was like coming home. Nelson is small and this hotel is only a few minutes...

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Thank Sheila H
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have found this Hotel of a very good standard for numerous occasions with out fault. The staff have always made us feel welcome. Breakfast has always set up up for a busy day either in town or out in its suroundings

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Chelmsford Essex
Reviewed 23 March 2017

A very large hotel in a fairly small town. Reception is quite grand but the rooms are in need of refurbishment. Ok for a night or two. They were clean and comfortable. The bar area is a bit dark but the bar staff were friendly. It is a short walk to the town centre where there are places to eat...

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Thank theoldone
Wales
Reviewed 21 March 2017

A very large reception area, which looked very opulent. The rooms were quite ordinary. They were clean and functional. We were confused by the parking as it seemed there was a lot of room but we were told to either park on the street or to use valet parking. Just a way of making money I think.

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Thank filligirl
Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Having air con in a room doesn't help if it doesn't work. It made a lot of noise but no cold air. Also a shower over a bath is not really a thing I like or need. The shower head was fixed and the water pressure so low, it was almost impossible to get properly clean. The Rutherford might have...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free Internet
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Miyazu Japanese Restaurant
Miyazu Japanese Restaurant
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Oceano
Oceano
Cuisines: New Zealand, Seafood, European
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Address: 27 Nile Street West | P O Box 248, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: RM635 - RM845 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rutherford Hotel Nelson 4.5*
Number of rooms: 113
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Nelson Rutherford Hotel
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#12 Luxury Hotel in Nelson
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