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Shortbread Cottage
Ranked #23 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best hostel in NZ!”
Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

Really lovely hostel, so cozy and homely, exactly what u want when u need somewhere to rest and chill out while travelling. The hostel offers free wifi, a huge plus for travellers, free tea and coffee and best of all a delicious short bread on your pillow on arrival. The place is kept really clean and tidy, the staff are friendly and do a great job maintaining the place. Couldn't fault this hostel, its location is great, great value for money, its small and homely, even when the hostel is full the place never seems crowded, best hostel we've stayed in on our travels.

Along with the hostel the owner also has a charity the Shortbread Trust that raises funds for people who really need it, u can buy shortbread, donate, or buy buttons in the cottage all in aid of the charity. Just adds to the lovely feel of the place, 10/10!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

This is a lovely small hostel, only a 5 minute walk from the centre of town. The owner is a very nice guy - very helpful. You also get a shortbread biscuit on your pillow when you arrive! Has good kitchen and common room facilities and is one of the very few hostels I've come across with free wifi. I'd definitely recommend it and would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2013

I've been in Nelson many times and twice I stayed in the Shortbread Cottage. First of all I have to say it is a nice thing that you'll find shortbread cookies on your pillow. And they taste really good. The Hostel is very clean and the owner is very nice. The kitchen and the rooms are cozy and the hostel has a relaxed character. On my first stay one of the bunk beds was very noise but the second time I got another room and it wasn’t a problem at all. In my opinion the Shortbread Cottage is one of three top hostels in Nelson. And if you want to eat a good burger go to Milton Street at the Corner to Groove Street. Unfortunately I forgot the name of the burger place but they serve really delicious burger. Milton burgers or something like this?

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2012 via mobile

Staying there with my partner was great. We actually stayed there in june 2007 and it was nice back then.. The room was spacious and cosy, i loved the little shortbread they leave on the bed..just a very nice warm cosy place to stay in Nelson with a fireplace in use! I loved that.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Tenerife, Spain
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

This is a cosy little hostel. Our double room was clean and comfortable. Communal areas are a tad small but everyone got introduced so it felt more like a family kitchen/ dining room. Unlimited free WiFi was great as were the shortbreads on our pillows.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Oslo
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

Stayed here for one night in a double room with shared bathroom. Felt almost as living in someones home (in a good way). Nice room, clean place and nice kitchen and bathroom. Yummy shortbread on the pillow :-) They only take cash. Room is very good value.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shortbread Cottage
Address: 33 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
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Ranked #23 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Number of rooms: 4

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