© Trailways Hotel Nelson

10 Best Accommodation in Nelson for Foodies

© Trailways Hotel Nelson

Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Nelson

Nelson is a foodie city. Surrounded by vineyards, fruit orchards, breweries and more, the city harbours interesting cuisine and beverage experiences. Whether you want to experience it for yourself by staying in a hotel with a delectable restaurant or prefer to spruce up your own creations, we’ve compiled some of your best accommodation options in this list of accommodation in Nelson for foodies.

While you’re here, you might also like The Foodie Guide to Nelson and 10 Nelson Must-Dos.

1. The Trailways Hotel Nelson

Situated on the banks of the Maitai River, The Trailways Hotel Nelson has 47 stylishly-appointed rooms and an excellent restaurant. Choose your room location, from the riverside to the poolside and enjoy fixings such as a spa shower/bath. While some of the executive and mezzanine suites have sleek kitchens complete with a dishwasher, there’s the option to indulge in fine cuisine at the on-site restaurant, The Tides Restaurant and Bar. The waterside restaurant has a sumptuous a la carte menu and pre-dinner cocktail menu. What’s more, you’re just a gentle stroll alongside the river to the city centre eateries.

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Trailways Hotel Nelson© Trailways Hotel Nelson

2. Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

The Grand Mercure is a world of its own. Set in its own Victorian-style village with red-brick laneways and cobbled streets, the Grand Mercure is certainly one to get the imagination running. While all of the rooms available are wrapped in character, our favourites include the Seaview Rooms with coved ceilings and full-tiled ensuites, and the Summerhouse Cottages with handmade tiles throughout, timber joinery and a luxurious double spa bath. Whatever room you choose, you’ll have access to the hotel’s facilities, such as an outdoor pool, gym, bike hire, hairdresser, jeweller and beauty salon. Some of the rooms have a full kitchen, but we recommend at least one evening enjoying the fine dining at the Monaco Kitchen. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nelson.

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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco© Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

3. Delorenzo Studio Apartments

Delorenzo Studio Apartments provides excellent value for self-catering travellers. This apartment-motel in the heart of Nelson boasts chic and stylish decor across its 30 rooms. Most apartments feature a full kitchen, ensuite, spa baths and some even have a balcony. There are rooms to suit every traveller type, including couples, corporate travellers, families and groups. Communal facilities at the apartment complex include a heated swimming pool in summer, laundry service and services for business travellers. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nelson.

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Delorenzo Studio Apartments© Delorenzo Studio Apartments

4. The Hotel Nelson

The Hotel Nelson is a centrally-located hotel featuring free WiFi, free parking, a heated pool in summer, laundry service, business facilities, free gym access, and, of course, rooms with a kitchen! The hotel offers a wide selection of studios for couples or solo travellers with a kitchen, units with a kitchenette and a large bathroom, and apartments for families with full kitchens, dining area/lounge and bathroom. What’s more, the hotel sits just above a popular dining venue with both guests and locals. Flames on Forty Restaurant and Bar serves meats off the grill, as well as antipasto platters.

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The Hotel Nelson© The Hotel Nelson

5. Quest Nelson

Enjoy your own ample space to cook and relax while being in the city centre at Quest Nelson. You can hardly do more central, or more contemporary for that matter, than these serviced apartments with full kitchens. The complex provides stylish apartments for couples, business travellers and families with apartments with a sleek-looking kitchen, dining table and some with a private balcony. Be entertained by the in-house movies available and the DVD collection, as well as find practical help with the laundry facilities and easy express check-out. We also feature this accommodation in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Nelson.

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Quest Nelson© Quest Nelson

6. Rutherford Hotel Nelson – The Heritage Hotel

Not only does this hotel by the Heritage Collection have rooms to suit all traveller types, but it offers a choice when it comes to hotel dining. Rooms are simple yet stylish with the Premium Rooms being an easy go-to with all of your expected hotel amenities, while the Deluxe Suites provide more space in the lounge, kitchen and separate bedroom. Inter-connecting rooms are also available. The Rutherford Hotel offers free WiFi, dry-cleaning, babysitting services, bicycle hire, an outdoor pool and a health centre with a gym and sauna. As for dinner, well, it certainly comes with a view at the Oceano Panorama Restaurant which serves New Zealand specialities. Alternatively, indulge in Japanese cuisine at the Miyazu restaurant. Pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the Port O’ Call Bar, while freshly baked delicacies can be picked up from the Atom Cafe.

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Rutherford Hotel Nelson - A Heritage Hotel© Rutherford Hotel Nelson - A Heritage Hotel

7. Shelbourne Villa

Get your foodie day in Nelson off to a great start with the fabulous breakfast from the Shelbourne Villa. The Shelbourne Villa offers a homely stay in central Nelson in a 1920s villa turned five-star bed and breakfast. The B&B features four guest suites with king/super king beds, ensuite bathrooms, an ambient gas fire, iPod docking station and local artwork adorning the walls. Time here can be spent relaxing in the manicured gardens awash with colourful flowers. As for the included breakfast, it’s quite the event with a well-presented full cooked breakfast and a continental breakfast. It’s an ideal choice for a romantic stay in Nelson. See more like this in our 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Nelson.

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Shelbourne Villa© Shelbourne Villa

8. The Wheelhouse Inn

Fantastic sea views, ultimate privacy and enough space for your group: whats not to love about The Wheelhouse Inn holiday homes? The Wheelhouse Inn consists of five individual holiday homes elevated on bush-clad hills. Each home has all the essentials for a convenient stay with self-catering facilities, where you can enjoy meals in the lounge, dining area or deck/balcony. There are one and two-bedroom houses available.

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The Wheelhouse Inn© The Wheelhouse Inn

9. Century Park Motor Lodge

Spice things up a bit by staying at this five-star motel just a short walk from the city centre. Century Park Motor Lodge is an ultra-modern motel worth considering, whether you’re a couple, business traveller, group or family. Each room is especially well-appointed, from the cosy array of throw pillows on your bed to the spa baths featured in many rooms. Most importantly, kitchen facilities are available and very practical. Combine your night in with entertainment from the free WiFi, Sky TV, hundreds of DVDs at reception, iPod docking station and more. And the next morning, wake up to coffee from your rooms coffee pod machine to enjoy on your private balcony or patio.

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Century Park Motor Lodge© Century Park Motor Lodge

10. Tasman Bay Backpackers

And for the foodie that’s on a tight budget, you’ll get free hot chocolate pudding and ice cream each night and free all-you-can-eat breakfast (in winter). Situated a short walk from the city centre, Tasman Bay Backpackers offers dorm accommodation, as well as private double and twin rooms with and without an ensuite. The hostel has communal facilities, such as a kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a cosy lounge and cool garden with lots of garden furniture to lounge in and soak in the Nelson sun. See more suggestions like this in 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Nelson.

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Tasman Bay Backpackers© Tasman Bay Backpackers


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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