Rutherford Hotel

27 Nile Street WestNelson7010New Zealand
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About Rutherford Hotel

Staking claim to the title of Nelson’s only around-the-clock, fully serviced hotel, Rutherford Hotel offers convenient accommodations right next door to Christ Church cathedral. The heritage hotel features expansive conference and banqueting facilities.

Standard guest rooms include an en-suite bathroom with a shower/tub, as well as satellite TV and minibar. Upgraded rooms add an open plan lounge and dining area, kitchenette, and separate sleeping space.

The hotel lobby features an impressive grand staircase and mezzanine level, as well as a wishing fountain. Guests can unwind in the sauna and outdoor pool or keep fit in the on-site gym. Parking is available for a fee.

Oceano Panorama Restaurant, the hotel’s main eatery, offers a seasonal menu and breakfast buffet, while Miyazu specialises in Japanese dishes. Guests can pick up a coffee in Atom Café or grab something a little stronger in the Port o’ Call Bar.

Rutherford Hotel is a five-minute walk from Nelson Provincial Museum and 11 minutes from Melrose House.


27 Nile Street West, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand
Telephone: +64(3)5482299 | Fax: +64(3)5463003 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • 24-hour room service
  • Business centre
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • PC with internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Massage
  • Sauna


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / corridors
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot
  • Childcare / Babysitting

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

In the middle of town

Sitting adjacent to the historic Christ Church cathedral, the hotel is about as central as it gets in Nelson. Guests report that there are plenty of restaurants, pubs, and shops nearby, while the city’s galleries and entertainment venues are all within a short jaunt.

Pleasant dining experience

With a pair of restaurants, a bar, and a coffee shop located on site, guests are presented with a host of food and drink options during their stay. Miyazu, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, proves very popular with guests, as does Oceano, which is also complimented for its scenic setting and expansive breakfast buffet.

Comfortable rooms

Spacious rooms make for comfortable lodgings, according to guests. Reviews indicate that rooms offer plenty of space to spread out and are kept clean and tidy. Guests are also impressed with the views offered from the large windows, particularly those looking out on the harbour and cathedral.

Negative Reviews

Worn around the edges

The hotel is looking a little long in the tooth, according to reviews. Guests mention that the in-room décor is somewhat outdated and that some furnishings, notably beds and mattresses, are due an upgrade. Travellers also make note of an unpleasant smell that permeates throughout, putting this disagreeable odour down to the oldness of the property.

Frustrating internet arrangements

Guests are unimpressed with the hotel’s approach to providing internet access. According to reviews, guests are entitled to a limited amount of Wi-Fi usage free of charge. After this allotted usage has been reached, a surcharge is applied, making it quite costly to send photos and emails.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 624 reviews across the web
8.4 /10
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    8.1 /10
8.4 out of 10 based on 624 reviews