Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

10 Best Hotels in Nelson

© Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Where to Stay in Nelson

We’re going to come right out and say it: Nelson is the best city for accommodation in New Zealand. It’s clear that hotels in Nelson go the extra mile to win your business, whether it’s by creating a unique experience or dressing up motels to rival four-star hotels. You’ll find a real variety of accommodation in options in Nelson, so we’ve been sure to throw in a few motels and lodges in this list of the best hotels in Nelson so you know what type of accommodation is available to you.

For alternative accommodation, be sure to browse out 10 Best Motels in Nelson or The Complete Guide to Nelson.

1. The Rutherford Hotel – A Heritage Hotel

A hotel that provides comfortable rooms and all of the hotel services you could hope for, The Rutherford Hotel is a top choice in Nelson. Rooms are simple yet stylish ensuring a comfortable stay for couples, friendship groups, families and corporate travellers. The Premium Rooms are an easy go-to with all of the expected hotel amenities, while the Deluxe Suite provides more space in the lounge, kitchen and separate bedroom. Inter-connecting rooms are available and a popular option for families. As for the facilities, guests can enjoy free WiFi, dry-cleaning, babysitting services, bicycle hire, an outdoor pool and a health centre with a gym and sauna. Plus, you’re practically spoiled for choice when it comes to food thanks to the four food and beverage outlets in the hotel. Learn more about the restaurants in our 10 Best Accommodation in Nelson for Foodies.

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

2. Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

The Grand Mercure Nelson is an experience in itself. Set in its own Victorian-style town with redbrick laneways and cobbled streets, the Grand Mercure is certainly one of Nelson’s most unique hotels. While all of the rooms available are wrapped in character and charm, our favourites include the Seaview Rooms with cute coved ceilings and full-tiled ensuites, as well as the Summerhouse Cottages with handmade tiles, timber joinery and an indulgent double spa bath. Either way, there are rooms for all styles of traveller. Whatever room you choose, you’ll have access to facilities such as the outdoor pool, gym, bike hire, hairdresser, jeweller and beauty salon. For dinner, enjoy well-presented places at the Monaco Kitchen.

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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco© Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

3. 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 affordable rates (most of the time). The hotel offers a wide selection of studios for couples or solo travellers, 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 restaurant with both guests and locals.

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The Hotel Nelson© The Hotel Nelson

4. Quest Nelson

This apartment hotel in the city centre of Nelson boasts contemporary and comfortable apartments and studios. Quest Nelson provides stylish apartments for couples, business travellers and families with apartments having a sleek-looking kitchen, dining table and some with a private balcony. Keep your group entertained with the in-house movies and the DVD collection available, as well as find practical help with the laundry facilities and easy express check-out. This hotel also features in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Nelson.

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Quest Nelson© Quest Nelson

5. The Beachcomber Hotel & Conference Centre

Located just a short stroll from Tahunanui Beach, The Beachcomber Hotel offers a range of well-appointed and affordable hotel rooms. Stay in one of their budget Standard Studios, upgrade to a kitchen in the Kitchen Studio, pamper yourself in the Spa Studio, simply enjoy more space in the One-Bedroom Unit Or stay in one of the many other room types that the hotel offers. As for facilities, guests have access to an outdoor heated pool, as well as a popular on-site restaurant, the Saltwater Bar & Kitchen. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nelson.

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The Beachcomber Hotel & Conference Centre© The Beachcomber Hotel & Conference Centre

6. Harbourside Lodge

Arguably, the Harbourside Lodge boasts some of the best views in the city. The motel offers rooms that compete with four-star hotels, all sleekly styled with thoughtful touches like house plants and some having private balconies to take in the marina views. While rooms have basic kitchenettes to enjoy your complimentary tea/coffee, biscuits and prepare simple meals, a complimentary continental breakfast is included in your stay. All in all, Harbourside Lodge provides affordable luxury in Nelson.

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Harbourside Lodge© Harbourside Lodge

7. The Trailways Hotel Nelson

Situated on the banks of the Maitai River, Trailways Hotel Nelson has 47 stylishly-appointed rooms, a restaurant and outdoor pool. Choose your room location, from the riverside to the poolside and enjoy fixings such as a luxurious spa shower/bath. Rooms range from entry-level studios for couples to luxurious executive suites with a kitchen and lounge. There’s also the option to indulge in gourmet cuisine at the on-site restaurant, The Tides Restaurant and Bar. 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

8. Century Park Motor Lodge

Spice things up a bit by staying at this five-star motel just a short stroll from the city centre. Century Park Motor Lodge is an ultra-modern motel providing rooms for couples, corporate travellers, groups or families. Each room is especially well-appointed, from the cosy array of throw pillows on the king bed to the spa baths featured in many ensuites. Each room also has a very stylish and practical kitchen. Combine your night in with entertainment from the free WiFi, Sky TV, hundreds of DVDs at reception and the iPod docking station. And the next morning, wake up to coffee from your rooms coffee pod machine on your private balcony/patio.

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Century Park Motor Lodge© Century Park Motor Lodge

9. Delorenzo Studio Apartments

Delorenzo Studio Apartments provides excellent value that often exceeds expectations. This apartment-motel in the heart of Nelson offers chic and modern decor across its 30 rooms, most of which feature a full kitchen, ensuite, spa baths and sometimes a balcony. There are apartment options for budgeting couples to families seeking plenty of space to relax. Communal facilities here include a heated swimming pool in summer, laundry service and business traveller services.

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Delorenzo Studio Apartments© Delorenzo Studio Apartments

10. Boutique Hotel Warwick House

Last but not least, the Boutique Hotel Warwick House is a great way to celebrate a special occasion. The historical castle features impressive architecture, a graceful ambience and characterful guest rooms. Warwick House, situated a short walk along the riverside from the city centre, has six rooms each with their unique charms, from the Victorian Gothic archways in The Bayview Room to the clawfoot bath in The Tower Suite. Breakfast is served in the grand ballroom, while guests can also enjoy time soaking in the Nelson sun in the glorious gardens, under the wide veranda and the viewing deck. For more recommendations like this, see 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Nelson.

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Boutique Hotel Warwick House© Boutique Hotel Warwick House


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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