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“Smells like a men's urinal”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Abelia Motor Lodge

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Abelia Motor Lodge
Ranked #18 of 41 Hotels in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Neutral Bay, Australia
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“Smells like a men's urinal”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2008

I booked this hotel based on some positive TripAdvisor reviews - big mistake. The motel's location isn't a problem if you have a car, but there is nothing touristy close by and it is on a industrial business type street.

There is no elevator and it is a pain taking the windy stairs to the second level.

The rooms are fairly clean but you can see from the decor that the owners cut corners wherever they could - not a problem if you're paying less than $100 per night but otherwise look elsewhere - it's all about value for money. Internet costs $10/night ... most motels offer internet for free.

The biggest problem we encountered was the stench. Obviously they've had a lot of smokers in their non-smoking rooms and they've over-compensated with air fresheners - don't know what's worse the original smokers stench or the coverup. Anyway, it made us sick and our clothes smell like we've been in a smoky casino or public urinal too long.

The location of this motel is not good so expect to drive anywhere you need to go. The view of a pulp mill and watching the smoke rising in the distance was also not appetizing and gave us a poor intro to Nelson.

Be careful about booking via Wotif website as better deals can be found by negotiating on phone, especially if late checkin. Lots of motels in Nelson so unless there's a special event during high season, there are lots of alternatives when you arrive.

  • Liked — Free parking
  • Disliked — Smelled awful, rooms had cheap decor you'd expect from hourly rental motel
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2007

The Abelia Motor Lodge was a nicely-run, small motel on the outskirts of Nelson, near Tahunanui beach. The rooms are clean and modern, and the cooking facilities well maintained. The motel resides along one of the main roads into the center of Nelson. This is both a good and bad thing. It allows easy access to the town centre but the road can be busy during the daily rush hour, to and from work.

I found the hosts friendly and open and would return to the Abelia again.


Stayed November 2007
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Property: Abelia Motor Lodge
Address: 121 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Abelia Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a high quality well appointed motel. Short walk to beach, shops and restaurants. 1 Hour to Abel Tasman National Park. Units are very sunny with panoramic view. Large open pleasant complex. Studios, interconnected studio units, 1 or 2-bedroom units are all self-contained with kitchen, shower and Sky TV. Spa bath unit, continental breakfast. Ample parking.BBQ deck. Owner managers make sure you have a comfortable home away from home. ... more   less 
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