We'd booked for 4 days, but there was lots to do in the Nelson region, and the accommodation was very good value for money so we stayed 4 more.
We booked a 1 bedroom apartment, and were updated to a 1 bedroom spa suite for the first 4 days. This is in the summer cottages, with a living area downstairs and bedroom and large bathroom upstairs. The bed, the most comfortable we have ever had in a hotel or apartment, was kingsize, with a firm cushiontop mattress. The kitchen had basic cooking equipment including a very small microwave-sized convection oven, but no microwave. It did have a washing machine. The bathroom had quality toiletries and was serviced everyday.
The second 4 days were in a studio apartment - more apartment than studio, with a separate lounge, bedroom, and bathroom, with a kitchenette along the lounge / bathroom wall. There was a washing machine/dryer, a microwave, and more kitchen utensils than in the spa suite.
Both apartments had small north-facing patio areas with a table and chairs - great for sitting in the sun.
The apartments were clean and comfortable. There is a free computer with wifi in the reception area, and bikes can be hired for a small fee.
There are lots of bike and walking tracks around Nelson. We found the hotel area to be quiet with good access to these. It was several km from the city centre, but did have a supermarket within brief driving distance (about 1 km).
Our only concern was the range hood in the kitchen of the studio which was very low and protruded and almost knocked me out several times, and the low sloping wall/ceiling upstairs which also almost killed me when I went to close the window; probably not an issue if you are less than 1.8 metres tall.
Staff were friendly and helpful, and we would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco offers luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand. Located only about five minutes' drive from Nelson Airport and 15 minutes drive to the city centre. Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco offers well-appointed accommodation for up to 215 guests in boutique hotel rooms, along with a range of self-contained apartment accommodation including one-bedroom studios, one-bedroom spa cottages and two-bedroom cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments Hotel Richmond
- Grand Accor Nelson Monaco