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Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A classic old property in need of a bit of TLC. Receptionists were excellent, friendly and helpful and do all they can to make the most of your stay. Rooms were shabby and although the sheets were clean, there was no mattress cover on the bed. The kitchen areas left a lot to be desired. Sinks full of dirty pots,...

Thank Phil H
Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed there twice in the last month and had very nice and spacious twin rooms both times. Location is perfect for walking into town. Great lounge areas inside and outside. Breakfast is included, which is very rare for a hostel....free toast, homemade jam, cereal,... Will definitely stay here again when I come back to Nelson.

Thank Leema111
Portland, Maine
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

After all the good reviews I read over the past months, I can only conclude that something has changed recently. When I called about an original booking, I asked about distance from the airport and how to get there without a car. "Alec" was very helpful and says they'd be happy to pick us up- just confirm arrival time. When...

Thank wannabetravelagent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed 2 nights in the mainhouse. The bedroom was nicely decorated with mattresses used but still in good condition. there is free breakfast, carpark above the house and nice lawn with a view over Nelson

Thank Jonathan M
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We got to the accommodation a bit early and had to wait two hours for check-in. This was no problems for us. At 1:00 we were told that our room was ready for check-in. We got the key and where shown to the room. Turned out our room wasn't ready, the receptionist apologized and we told him that it was...

Thank kleers
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

It was very easy for me to feel cozy and welcomed at The Palace. Alec was very helpful and friendly, every time I saw him he inquired how I was and how I was liking it. Very accommodating and easy transition when I had to move beds during my stay. Everyone had a chill demeanor and the whole vibe of...

Thank vagamunk
Braunschweig, Germany
Reviewed 7 December 2016

I really enjoyed staying at the Palace. It feels like going over to friends or staying at your holiday house with a heap of chilled out people. The common areas are like living rooms and everything feels so homy and cosy with a personal touch. Alec and Nicolas (?) were very friendly checking me in, showing me around and taking...

1Thank Janina92
Reunion Island
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for five or six days. The house is old but very nice. Good view of Nelson and of the hills. The receptionist guy is very helpful and friendly, the same for the staff and woofers. There is a car park (5 or 6 places). The share room is nice, good view on Nelson. Great shower. Free breakfast...

Thank TiGreg974
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The owner tell us to leave in the midnight! Just because he drunk!!!! We had pre-inform the owner we will be late and he say okay no problem, around 11pm-12am. But when we arrived, he is kinda drunk, not in a good manner when he speaking with us. Just when I ask him where can I park my car, he...

Thank Tai L
Dave E, Owner at The Palace Backpackers, responded to this review

I was not drunk.I do not drink.However I was intensely irritated by their attitude.This group said they would be arriving around 11pm,2hours after closing time and I offered to stay up and wait for them.I asked them to call again just before arriving so I could re-open reception,assign them a carpark and let them in.Instead I find one of them...

Reviewed 29 October 2016

A friend and I used this as our Nelson base before and after doing the Abel Tasman Track. We stayed in both the 4 and 5 bed rooms. This is an old house and everything about it seems old, creaky stairs included. The shared bathrooms are well-kept and have some cool tile work. If you're looking for a cheap night...

Thank Sarah F

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Check in as a traveller and leave as a friend. Help yourself to our tea and real coffee and tuck into a complimentary breakfast each morning. Sit on the deck and gaze at the sea or Centre of New Zealand whilst strumming one of our guitars or reading a book from our international book exchange. Play a tune on the piano in the music room. Lie back and swing in one of our hammocks. Access our free WiFi and check your emails in our spacious lounge. Enjoy hot pressured showers in our delightful colourful bathrooms. Enjoy socialising at the BBQ area with new friends. Make friends with one of our hostel cats. Enjoy a good night's sleep in one of our spacious dorms or doubles (no bunks!). A place to relax and a base to explore one of New Zealand's most interesting cities, rich in art and culture, which enjoys 2500 hours of sunshine per year. Explore the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, right on our doorstep. ... more   less 

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Address: 114 Rutherford Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Number of rooms: 23
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“You can hear the stairs creak from the 5 bed room”
 of 5 bubbles , 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We liked the first room best- Dickens. The only complaint we can think of is one bed had a broken spring which poked le bum”
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 of 5 bubbles Stephlt01, 10 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms aren't that much more and very spacious and roomy”
 of 5 bubbles CtgGirl, 19 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Go twin for a fantastic view at a very reasonable price without having to share”
 of 5 bubbles DimensionArtist, 2 Oct 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are good”
 of 5 bubbles C0ral5, 6 Apr 2013 | Read review
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