After an amazing experience traveling alone for three weeks throughout one of the friendliest, scenic, amazing countries, New Zealand, I spent my last real night at the Warwick House in Nelson.
Without a doubt, it was the worst night of my trip.
After dropping my luggage (they are not close to the center of town), I rushed to return my rental car to the Nelson Airport. I then proceeded to use taxis to get spend the rest of the afternoon and early evening. When I returned to the Warwick House, at 5:30 PM, no one was there. They were out for the evening. The entire place was dark, couldn't find the lights to make the manor house light up... It was scary, cold, rainy and unwelcoming. I finally found a young caretaker, who showed me how to work things in my room... but, she was very interested in getting back to what she was doing.
I felt in the way.
My room was horrible. It was tiny. There was no table to put things... to eat my takeaway dinner... There was no chair to sit on. I had to sit on the bed and watch the 18 inch screen (with such awful reception, it was not visible). It was horribly depressing. This room is below the manor house, so it felt like a basement area... not pleasant at all.
There were admonishing signs all over: in the little kitchenette area for downstairs two rooms, signs said, "Do not cook fish", "Clean the kitchen", etc. Not welcoming.
In my tiny bathroom (no room to put makeup.. no counter space), there were signs all over:
"You are requested to reuse your towels"... "Turn off the lights". "Use the fan when showering", etc.
I felt like I was in a prison or boarding school.
In the morning, I had to depart to go the airport to fly to Auckland early. I had told the owner this when I first arrived and left my luggage. I shared that I would like breakfast (it IS a B&B), but unfortunately, the breakfast wasn't going to be served until 8:00 AM. An exception couldn't be made? I was told that a "cold tray" could be brought "down" to my area... Where might I eat in that room? There was not even a table in the kitchenette area...
When reading their binder of facts about the property, it mentioned that there was a $17.00 fee for cold breakfasts, and a $24 fee for hot breakfasts. Since when did a B & B charge extra for breakfasts? Didn't matter, no food was delivered to me. No human being appeared while I waited in the rain outside for the taxi cab. I tried to get into the manor house when I came up to the main level, but it was locked tighter than a drum. I couldn't get in to sit down and wait at 7:15 AM.
The owner never came out to give me breakfast or say goodbye.
I never saw anyone pretty much after I left my luggage the afternoon before.
THIS is a luxury B& B? I think not.
It was cold, unwelcoming, uncomfortable, HORRIBLE.
The worst place I have stayed in decades.
Can you tell I'm furious!?
Also, a place I would definitely not recommend.
And, it wasn't cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Some nights of romance! Warwick House built in 1854 and just 5-10 mins. walk from the attractive center of 'sunny Nelson' is one of the finest early Victorian mansions in New Zealand. Pamper yourself in the luxurious Bayview or Tower suites, enjoy views over the city to the sea and gourmet breakfasts in the fully restored 'Grand Ballroom.' Many great walks and attractions are right on your doorstep.Direct boat service to Abel Tasman National Park, pickup from our doorstep. Enjoy Nelsons' famous 'Saturday Market' and all the great restaurants, cafes, craft centers and boutique ale houses. Direct bookings of 2 nights or more receive a complementary bottle of local wine (quote TripAdvisor-wine offer). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Warwick House Hotel Nelson
- Warwick Nelson
- Nelson Warwick