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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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142 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nelson is a wonderful city and the Rutherford Hotel was a wonderful surprise. Great service from friendly staff and a hotel that is well appointed and excellent value. Will absolutely stay here again.

Thank Simon W
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This hotel is in a good place, close to shopping and restaurants. All the expected amenities were there, iron/board, hair dryer, toiletries, etc. The only drawback was having no safe in the room, you had to put your valuables/passports etc. in their safe. The staff were very friendly and efficient. In fact, the night staff were brilliant when the earthquake... More 

Thank Borntobewide
Wellington, New Zealand
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an overnight stay here recently and it was lovely. Great location, only one block away from central Nelson shops. Room was tidy, spacious, greath bath and everything you need. A range of dining options in the hotel although we did not eat there. Staff were very lovely - couldn't fault the hotel at all. Will definitely stay again... More 

Thank budxo
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Service with swift, staff pleasant although if you have specific requests or deviations from the in house dining menu forget it. Hotel is clean and well cared for but the rooms are tired and desperately need updating.

Thank ALLLD65
Level Contributor
43 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This Hotel is comfortable, convenient and clean. Check-in was smooth and Staff were courteous. The Japanese Restaurant is excellent and presentation of food was great as were the staff. Our room was comfortable and clean. Our only criticism would be the bathroom which was too cramped and the shower which is over the bath sprays water everywhere and is also... More 

Thank jen h
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This hotel in the centre of Nelson is everything you would expect from an international hotel. It has well appointed rooms with en suite bathrooms, tv, wi-fi etc. There is a choice of restaurants including a Japanese one that has a good reputation. I didn't eat there so I can't absolutely vouch for it. I only had breakfast at the... More 

Thank bjasavage
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Nice rooms,clean and a comfortable bed....ample parking and great location right In town,very short walk to Trafalgar street and many great restaurants Check in was fast,did not eat at the hotel though

Thank kerry r
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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79 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

So central you walk out the door and you are in the city amongst the dining quarter. Staff are very courteous and professional. The cleaning standard is exceptional. Options to dine in either restaurant onsite, and a cafe although this wasn't open on the weekend we visited. One minor complaint, the cleaning personnel were early in knocking on the door,... More 

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RutherfordHotelGM, Front Office Manager at Rutherford Hotel Nelson, responded to this review

Dear DOrzy, On behalf of Rutherford Hotel, I wanted to thank you for staying with us on your recent trip to Nelson. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. It is part of our culture to celebrate success and receiving positive feedback is an integral part of this process. I will share your feedback with the team. I have... More 

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10 reviews
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Nice view from the corner room. Clean room. Restaurants are expensive and I didn't see the cafe open once. Needs a bit of maintenance as our room leaked around the Windows but i'm sure they will get onto that. Would stay again if I was down that way.

Thank 25vickya
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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114 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This was the first time here. Obviously it's an icon that has been added to and refitted over the years. The service was excellent and the room really comfortable and well fitted out. Some nice touches to add value to the visit. The hotel is close to the centre of town.

Thank Mike P

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  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Pool
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Miyazu Japanese Restaurant
Miyazu Japanese Restaurant
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Minibar
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Paid Internet
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Multilingual Staff
  • 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: $205 - $276 (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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#9 Luxury Hotel in Nelson
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“All rooms seemed to be fine”
 of 5 bubbles DaleB973, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Any of the high up/corner suites should give you great views.”
 of 5 bubbles Alaroy01, 17 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Great views from upper floors”
 of 5 bubbles lujamesm, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Rooms facing Nelson's Anglican Cathedral provide a nice view, but the windows are so filthy, the view is difficult to see.”
 of 5 bubbles 36jena, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The best views are likely on higher floors facing Nelson Cathedral”
 of 5 bubbles MobileResident, 21 Apr 2016 | Read review
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