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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

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Reviewed 15 January 2015

always happy to have been booked into the Rutherford. Great in town location. Rooms are spacious, clean and tidy. Room benefited with a nice view. The room was comfortable and quite. Rooms always well service.

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Chico, California
Reviewed 12 January 2015

We took our grand daughters to Nelson for their New Years Eve celebration. The hotel staff and facilities were excellent. They even had ketchup! The celebration held downtown was clean, well run, safe and a lot of fun!

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Reviewed 1 January 2015 via mobile

Cannot see a reason as to why the guest should be paying for parking when we have paid so much for the room. This is the first time from all the hotels we've been to, that we had to pay for parking within hotel premises. Other than that the rooms were pretty good.

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2Thank Mystica W
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 24 November 2014

I used to hang out at the Rutherford when I was a schoolgirl, sneaking in to listen to bands. I also spent the first night of my honeymoon there so it was a delight to go back and see how it had changed. Not much at all, but in a good way. We stayed for 10 nights - the rooms...

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Reviewed 12 November 2014 via mobile

Staff was not very helpful as they simply pointed us in the direction of the town's information center when inquiring about location attractions. We were disappointed to find extremely high Internet and phone rates. We made one five minute call to a New Zealand number, and we were charged $5. Completely ridiculous. Rooms were average in decor (old bedspreads) and...

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1Thank AmericanMegs
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 11 November 2014

Only stayed a couple of nights in Nelson, but this hotel was definitely good enough for me. It was within walking distance to places to shop and eat, and the hotel room itself was just like any other, clean, big bed, nice bathroom. I always appreciate a good towel robe as well. The Japanese restaurant within the restaurant is absolutely...

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Reviewed 9 November 2014

Although very slightly shabby around the edges, this place appears to be well run and offers a good standard of accommodation. My gripe is that the free wifi is very limited. I didn't explore the paid options. The meal in the in-house restaurant, Oceanea, was very nice. The breakfast was good too. The other small gripe, which is not the...

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Thank David A
Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 November 2014

A very enjoyable hotel. Comfortable, clean and with very helpful staff. While there we had a fire alert and had to evacuate to the front car park, exciting late at night. A false alarm thank goodness. No complaints with the hotel and we had a pleasant stay.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 October 2014

Opened, I think, in 1972 and this dominant building on the Nelson skyline has the look of a building of that vintage. I stayed here for 7 nights across two visits and was struck by how quiet it always seemed. The hotel has all the normal offerings - the only thing missing from the good sized rooms was a safe...

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 October 2014

"Walked in" without a reservation and were promptly looked after by a "trainee" Receptionist who did an excellent job! Have to say that the friendly, efficient and attentive staff are the real stars of this Hotel. We were always greeted with a "Hello" and a smile, even whilst walking through the foyer. We paid $5 for parking, which is reasonable...

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Amenities

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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, Sushi, Asian
Oceano
Oceano
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • 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: $219 - $289 (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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Also Known As:
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.”
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“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”
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