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Review of Harbour View Apartments

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Harbour View Apartments
Ranked #15 of 43 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great accommodation and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

We booked for the one-bedroom apartment but were upgraded to the two-bedroom at no extra cost. The quality is excellent, and the views are addictive.You need to be sure-footed if you want to walk the short distance to and from the water-side restaurants because of the steep access, but can drive right up to the apartment. The manager, James, was very helpful by email before hand, and by text about getting the key on the day. We stayed in mid June but booked the first time for January. We had to cancel the January booking at short notice because of a bereavement. They waived the deposit, despite losing the booking at the peak summer time. We will definitely go back there at any time of the year. There is no Sky TV if you cannot live without that. If you want daily servicing of the unit you need to arrange that. You don't need it because there are plenty of extra towels etc.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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431 reviews
175 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2011

This place is absolutely gorgeous! We stayed in a few good places on our 3-week trip to NZ and this was the best- just didn't want to leave. We stayed for 3 nights in the smaller, lower, apartment over New Year's eve and enjoyed the wonderful views at breakfast and dinner across to Able Tasman National Park. The apartment felt decadent- I loved the bathroom, the little steps down to the main sitting area/kitchen and up to the bedroom. The place contains everything you could possible need for a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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buenos aires
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2011

I suppose it was one of the best places to stay in Nelson. James, -manager- was at our disposition at once by phone.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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LONDON
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2011

as prev reviews have said, this is up a v steep incline, but we didnt mind that at all.
we were booked in to the bottom apartment but were given a free upgrade to the top one because it was unbooked that w/e. I thought that was pretty nice, and above and beyond.

the apartment was just perfect. gorgeous. we had planned to go out for dinner but it was so nice there we decided to stay in and dsip wine staring at the views of the harbour.

It is a good 15-20min walk in to town, but again, we quite liked the leg stretch.

Great place

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2010

We (my father, 72 and I, 47) stayed at Harbour View as part of a special father/son trip to NZ. Our hosts were kind enough to provide a rollaway bed - living room is large enough to accommodate an extra bed.

I am fairly well traveled and have stayed at a couple of interesting places around the world. The views from a holiday accommodation have always been a prime factor in deciding where to stay. In that respect Harbour View is absolutely fantastic and combined with the pleasant Nelson weather, you actually do n't want to leave the apartment (which would be a shame, since the Nelson area has a lot to offer !).

Furnishing is tasteful and all appliances work well (including WiFi internet). Hosts are very helpful and accommodating.

What is the catch ? Access is a challenge (extremely steep and winding road) both by car and on foot (my father has problems with his knees, he was glad he did not have to walk). Parking is reserved, but can be a challenge, when the neighbours are at home. To be fair, this is mentioned on the property's homepage - so no surprise.

The stairs between the living room and the bath room (and the bed room) are very narrow and could be dangerous (especially at night, if you do not want to wake up the person in the living room) and the kitchen is very small. This is somewhat unfortunate, because the fantastic deck is ideal for a long, lazy afternoon lunch ...

We were very happy with our stay at Harbour View and I am certain, I will return.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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NZ
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2010

Couldn't fault this place - the apartment was very comfortable, well equipped with everything you need - the deck was awesome with views to die for - just one thing lacking, a barbque would have made it perfect. Sure the driveway was steep but once you got there, why would you want to go out and leave that all behind!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2010

Save yourselves the trouble and book into this place.
It had spectacular views with a beautiful view of the bay and sunsets.
We spent 2 nights and for both of them had a lovely dinner while waiting for the sun to set, simply amazing. The kitchen facilities we excellent as was the sprawling living area.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tnate
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Additional Information about Harbour View Apartments

Property: Harbour View Apartments
Address: 5 Harbour Terrace | Stepneyville, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 43 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breathtaking harbour, island, bay & mountain views ensure either of the 2 apartments are ideal places from which to enjoy the magical view: from the maritime traffic in the harbour to the grand vista of Tasman Bay & the western mountain ranges. A 1 bedroom apartment is on the lower level. It has beautiful wood floors & a large living area with big sliding windows & doors. There's a compact kitchen, tiled bathroom & laundry appliances. The 2 bedroom is above. It also has a large open living area & big windows & sliding doors. There's a full kitchen & separate laundry. The higher elevation give it earlier sun & a slightly more expansive view.The property is on the hillside (away from the busy waterfront highway). Nelson's renown waterfront dining strip is very nearby, at the bottom of the hill (2 mins walk down). The township is a 4 min drive. Abel Tasman National Park is easily doable as a day trip. There is a steep driveway with good parking & turning room at the top. There are approximately 16 steps up to Apartment 1 & another 16 to Apartment 2. These are normal spaced steps with good handrails. The property is managed by James and Richard of Te Puna Wai Lodge, Nelson. We manage a range of vacation properties in the area. ... more   less 
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