The Sails Nelson
The Sails Nelson

10 Best Motels in Nelson

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Motel Accommodation in Nelson

Find great-value accommodation, privacy and handy amenities in the motels of Nelson. Nelson is an idyllic destination on any New Zealand itinerary, so make your stay affordable by staying in one of the motels in Nelson. In this list, we go through our top recommendations, from budget motels to the five-star offerings that you probably didn’t even know were possible in a motel!

Alternatively, check out some of Nelson’s other accommodation in the 10 Best Hotels in Nelson.

1. Palms Motel

Transition into holiday mode at this modern resort-style motel in the heart of Nelson. The Palms Motel is set in landscaped grounds surrounding an outdoor pool and barbecue area. Not only that, but the motel boasts idyllic features, such as Sky TV, full kitchens, electric blankets, double-glazed windows, Satin-jet showers, free WIFi, USB charging ports and more. Rooms at the Palms Motel include studio units, one-bedroom executive units and two-bedroom family units. This motel also features in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Nelson.

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Palms Motel© Palms Motel

2. Amber Court Motel

While a little out of town, Amber Court Motel offers fresh, refurbished rooms just five minutes away from the airport. All units are on the ground floor, include easy access units, and are well-equipped with anything else you might need like guest laundry, portacots and high chairs, spa baths, a barbecue area and a garden. As for accommodation, most rooms suit families with plenty of bedding and a full kitchen, while couples and corporate travellers can choose whether to upgrade to a suite with a kitchen. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nelson.

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Amber Court Motel© Amber Court Motel

3. Admirals Motor Inn

It couldn’t be easier than Admirals Motor Inn, which is ideally located within a short walk from the city centre. The motor inn offers a range of self-contained apartments and executive rooms, as well as extremely affordable Budget Studios and Economy Studios both with kitchenettes and ensuites. Guests also have access to on-site parking and views across one of Nelsons inner-city parks. All in all, this motel provides excellent value for money!

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Admirals Motor Inn© Admirals Motor Inn

4. Delorenzo Studio Apartments

Delorenzo Studio Apartments offers chic and stylish apartments and excellent communal facilities. Most apartments feature a full kitchen, ensuite, spa baths and some have a balcony. There are rooms for budget travellers, couples, corporate travellers and families. The facilities at the apartment-motel include a heated swimming pool in summer, laundry service and services for business travellers. We also feature this accommodation on 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Nelson.

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Delorenzo Studio Apartments© Delorenzo Studio Apartments

5. Saxton Lodge Motel

Although a little out of town, Saxton Lodge Motel is an excellent choice for exploring the wider Nelson area and those travelling with children thanks to the proximity of a children’s playground and Aquatic Centre. What’s more, you can enjoy barbecues in the barbecue facility, as well as easy on-site parking. As for rooms, keep things cheap and simple in the Studio Room or enjoy more space in the Two-Bedroom Apartment. The latter has kitchenette facilities, while all rooms have Sky TV, double-glazed windows and air-conditioning.

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Saxton Lodge Motel© Saxton Lodge Motel

6. The Sails Nelson

You’re home away from home never looked this good! The Sails Nelson is one of your rare five-star motels in New Zealand, where the rating is evident in the design and features. While your self-contained apartment or studio comes complete with a stainless steel kitchen, the full cooked breakfast and drinks menus are all too tempting. Other features of your room include Sleepyhead Elegance beds with featherbedding and feather mattress overlay, 55? TV with Sky TV, 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 bike hire. See more motels like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nelson.

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The Sails Nelson© The Sails Nelson

7. Century Park Motor Lodge

Another 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 king bed to the spa baths featured in most ensuites. Entertainment is made easy thanks to the free WiFi, Sky TV, hundreds of DVDs at reception and iPod docking station. An additional feature we like includes the rooms coffee pod machine to enjoy your morning cuppa on your private balcony or patio.

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Century Park Motor Lodge© Century Park Motor Lodge

8. Harbourside Lodge

It’s hard to beat the views from the Harbourside Lodge. The contemporary-styled motel offers rooms that compete with four-star hotels, all sleekly styled with pleasant touches like house plants and some having private balconies with marina views. While rooms have a basic kitchenette to enjoy your complimentary tea/coffee, biscuit and prepare quick meals, a complimentary continental breakfast is included during your stay.

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Harbourside Lodge© Harbourside Lodge

9. Chelsea Park Motor Lodge

Chelsea Park Motor Lodge ticks all of the boxes: central location, free WiFi, Sky TV, kitchen facilities in each room and a room to suit everybody. Choose from studio rooms, upgrade to a one-bedroom spa room, find something to fit the whole family in one of the family rooms, or experience ease in one of the accessible rooms. Either way, you’ll enjoy the homely decor and get to make use of the other facilities, such as a barbecue area, laundry, continental or cooked breakfasts, on-site parking and more.

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Chelsea Park Motor Lodge© Chelsea Park Motor Lodge

10. Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel

Finally, slip into holiday mode on Tahunanui Beach at the Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel. While the holiday park offers a wealth of camping facilities, you can upgrade to one of the motel accommodations with studios, multi-bedrooms, ensuites and kitchen facilities. The holiday park is an excellent option especially for budgeting families thanks to the children’s playground, large open spaces, mini-golf and outdoor gigs in summer.

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Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel© Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel


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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