10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nelson© Grand Arden Monaco Nelson
10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nelson

10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Nelson šŸø [2024]

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Where to Find Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Nelson

Luxury comes in many forms in the sunny city of Nelson. Relax in a 4.5-star hotel made up of Victorian cobbled-street laneways, romantic countryside cottages, and even a castle on the edge of the city centre. The luxury accommodations in Nelson not only provide a place to stay but an experience, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or “just because”. Browse our top recommendations in this list of luxury stays in Nelson.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Luxury Guide to Nelson and the 8 Luxury Experiences in Nelson.

1. The Sails Nelson

You’re home away from home never looked so good! The Sails Nelson is one of your rare five-star motels in New Zealand, which really goes the extra mile on design and features. While your self-contained apartment and studio come complete with a stainless steel kitchen, the full-cooked breakfast and drinks menus are too irresistible. Other luxurious features of your room include Sleepyhead Elegance beds with feather bedding and feather mattress overlay, 65″ TV with streaming services, Italian tile bathrooms with a double spa and shower-over, espresso machines, and the list goes on. What’s more, The Sails has a central location, on-site parking and complimentary bicycle hire. We also feature these apartments in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Nelson.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Nelson© The Sails Nelson

2. Tides Hotel

Situated on the banks of the Maitai River, Tides Hotel (formerly Trailways Hotel) has 47 stylishly-appointed rooms. Choose your room location, from the riverside to the poolside and enjoy luxurious fixings such as a spa shower/bath. Some of the executive and mezzanine suites also have sleek kitchens complete with a dishwasher and laundry machines for ultimate convenience. During your stay, indulge in fine cuisine at the on-site restaurant, The Tides Restaurant and Bar, with a sumptuous a la carte menu and a pre-dinner cocktail menu. What’s more, you’re just a gentle stroll alongside the river to the city centre. Discover more hotel-like stays listed in the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Nelson.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Nelson© Trailways Hotel Nelson

3.Ā Grand Arden Monaco Nelson

The Grand Arden Monaco Nelson is an experience in itself. Set in its own Victorian-style village with brickwork laneways and cobbled streets, the Grand Arden Monaco Nelson is one to get the imaginations running. While all of the rooms available are wrapped in luxury, our favourites include the “Seaview Kings” with cute coved ceilings and full-tiled ensuites, as well as the “Seaview Apartments” with handmade tiles throughout, timber joinery and an indulgent double spa bath. Whatever room you choose, you’ll have access to the hotel’s outdoor pool, gym, bike hire, hairdresser, jeweller and beauty salon.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nelson© Grand Arden Monaco Nelson

4. Quail Farm, Colonial Charm

One of Nelson’s best-kept secrets, the Quail Farm, Colonial Charm consists of a charming private wing of a farmhouse and a quaint cottage in the secluded countryside. While the stay for couples radiates historical charm, accommodations are renovated with fresh interiors combined with unique fixings, most notably your outdoor bathtub. Guests are treated to breakfast supplies to prepare at their private kitchenette at their leisure, while there’s an on-site swimming pool and a wide variety of farm goings-on across 10 acres of countryside paradise. For more stays ideal for couples, check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Nelson.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Nelson© Quail Farm, Colonial Charm

5. Quest Nelson

If your kind of luxury is enjoying your own private space, then consider Quest Nelson. You can hardly do more central, or more contemporary for that matter, than these serviced apartments. The complex provides stylish apartments for couples, business travellers and families with apartments featuring a fully-equipped and sleek-looking kitchen, dining table and some with a private balcony. Enjoy in-house movies available and the DVD collection, as well as practical help with the laundry facilities and easy express check-out. For more self-catering options, head to the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Nelson.

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Quest Nelson© Quest Nelson

6. Century Park Motor Lodge

A five-star motel just a short walk from the city centre, Century Park Motor Lodge is an ultra-modern motel worth considering for couples, business travellers, groups and families. Each room is especially well-appointed, from the cosy array of throw pillows on your bed to the spa baths featured in many rooms. Entertainment is made easy with the free WiFi, smart TV, iPod docking station and more. Enjoy coffee from your room’s coffee pod machine on your private balcony or patio, and enjoy a glorious night of sleep on the king beds with Dream toppers. See how this motel compares to theĀ 20 Best Motels in Nelson.

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Century Park Motor Lodge© Century Park Motor Lodge

7.Ā Rutherford Hotel Nelson – A Heritage Hotel

The sophistication of this city centre hotel is evident when you walk into a foyer with a golden-rail spiral staircase and traditional furnishings. Your room, however, is simple yet stylish ensuring a comfortable stay for couples, friendship groups, families and corporate travellers. The “Premium Rooms” are your easy go-to with all of your expected hotel amenities, while the “Deluxe Suite” provides more space in the lounge, kitchen and separate bedroom for entertaining or relaxation. For families seeking more space, inter-connecting rooms are available. As for hotel facilities, guests can enjoy free WiFi, dry-cleaning, babysitting services, bicycle hire, an outdoor pool and a health centre with a gym and sauna. Enjoy dinner with a view from the Oceano Panorama Restaurant or treat yourself to lunch at the Atom Cafe.

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

8. Harbourside Lodge

It’s hard to beat the views of the Nelson Marina from the Harbourside Lodge. The luxurious motel offers rooms that compete with luxury hotels, all sleekly styled with pleasant touches like house plants and some having private balconies to take in the marvellous views. While rooms have a basic kitchenette to enjoy your complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits and prepare simple meals, a complimentary continental breakfast is provided and a cooked breakfast is available. All in all, Harbourside Lodge provides a great-value luxury in Nelson.

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© Harbourside Lodge

9. Boutique Hotel Warwick House

The Boutique Hotel Warwick House makes a great way to celebrate a special occasion. The historical castle boasts impressive architecture, a graceful ambience and characterful guest rooms. Warwick House, situated a short walk along the riverside from the city centre, features six rooms each with its unique charms, such as the Victorian Gothic archways in “The Bayview Room” and an ensuite with a clawfoot bath in “The Tower Suite”. Breakfast is served in the grand ballroom, while guests can also enjoy time in the glorious gardens, under the wide veranda, on the sunny viewing deck and in the library.

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Boutique Hotel Warwick House© Boutique Hotel Warwick House

10. Shelbourne Villa

Treat yourself to a homely stay in central Nelson in this 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, an iPod docking station, a gorgeous bay window and local artwork adorning the walls. Time here can be spent relaxing in the superbly manicured gardens awash with colourful flowers. As for the included breakfast, it’s quite the event with a well-presented full cooked breakfast and continental breakfast. See more couple-centric stays like this in our 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Nelson.

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Shelbourne Villa© Shelbourne Villa

[CLOSED] Aporo Pondsiders Luxury Cottages

Inspired by historic New Zealand boatsheds, the Aporo Pondsiders Luxury Cottages provide a unique stay outside of the city. Located between Motueka and Nelson, Aporo Ponsiders provides a self-contained cottage suspended over a gorgeous reflective lake. The cottages are well-appointed, even if some amenities are a little outdated, but offer luxurious extras like underfloor heating in the bathroom, fluffy towels and robes, a kitchen with a dishwasher and eco-friendly bathroom products.

More About Luxury Accommodations in Nelson

That’s it for our list of the top luxury accommodations in Nelson but by no means the end of our travel tips! Check out these following guides for more experiences and stays in Nelson.

Finally, plan more of your trip around the South Island using theĀ South Island Luxury Itinerary: Two Weeks orĀ South Island Luxury Itinerary: One Week.


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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