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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Abelia Hotel Nelson