4.9 out of 5

"Great hotel close to town very friendly helpful staff will go back again " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 31 Jul 2018

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Hotel Description

The Sails Nelson puts you in the heart of Nelson, steps from Trafalgar Park and within a 15-minute stroll of Nelson Market. Highlights at this Mediterranean motel include free self parking, and in-room kitchens and free WiFi.

You can enjoy LCD TVs with cable channels, and all 15 soundproofed rooms feature furnished balconies or patios, iPod docks and DVD players. Kitchens come with fridges, microwaves and hobs, making in-room dining convenient, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches to enhance your stay include rainfall showerheads and bathrobes, while Tempur-Pedic beds and premium bedding invite a good night's rest. Room service, espresso makers and pillow menus are also available.

Enjoy access to free bike rentals and bike rentals. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning continental breakfast is served between 7:30 AM and 9 AM.

Sights within a 20-minute walk of this 5-star Nelson motel include Christ Church Cathedral and Founders Park.

Studio Suite, Accessible

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
NZ$132 per night

Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Studio Suite

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Studio Suite, Jetted Tub

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Studio Suite (Twin)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, Jetted Tub

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Sails Nelson ratings based on 100 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.9 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Sails Nelson

Everyone (43) Couples (51) Family (7)
5 out of 5
Great location; easy walk into town. Very clean - great amenities. We took a suite, and all of the self catering items were new, clean and modern.

Posted by on 30 May 2019

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5 out of 5
Brilliant hotel, clean, modern would highly recommend to stay here

Posted by on 9 May 2019

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5 out of 5
This is possibly the cleanest and well maintained motel I have ever stayed in. It is a credit to the cleaning team and the management. Very imformative and friendly managers. Walking distance to the centre of town and the information centre. Lovely riverside cafe close by during the day. Would definitely stay here again. Cannot speak highly enough of the cleanliness and functionality of the room. Very happy

Posted by on 12 Jan. 2019

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5 out of 5
Absolutely immaculate room and they’ve thought of everything - there was even an umbrella in the cupboard

Posted by , from Auckland on 28 Oct. 2018

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5 out of 5
Faultless stay. Location excellent. Clean, friendly and exactly what you’d wish for.

Posted by on 25 Sep. 2018

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5 out of 5
Great hotel close to town very friendly helpful staff will go back again

Posted by on 31 Jul. 2018

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5 out of 5

An absolute pleasure to enjoy this facility.

Pros: Not one thing wrong. Fantastic.
Cons: Nothing
Location: Quiet and Easy walk into the centre of town.
After traveling the South Is of NZ for three weeks this room sets the standard to which only a few other establishments managers will reach. Fantastic bedding, superbly clean, fresh and welcoming.

Posted by on 1 Apr. 2018

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5 out of 5

Welcoming reception quiet clean and convenient

So nice to be welcomed and to find a very clean and quiet modern room so close to city centre

Posted by , from australia on 17 Feb. 2018

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4 out of 5

Great location

We enjoyed our stay at The Sails Nelson. Close to town airport and tourist attractions.

Posted by , from auckland on 27 Sep. 2017

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5 out of 5

Great place to stay in Nelson

Stayed four nights, it ticks all the boxes - up to date, comfortable and nice and quiet but still only a very short stroll into town. Hosts Cecilia and Mark were both very pleasant and welcoming and so were the housekeeping staff who did a good job, Anne in particular. Would definitely come back for another stay here again.

Posted by , from Brisbane on 25 Sep. 2017

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Property Features

As a guest of The Sails Nelson, you'll find tour or ticket assistance, a garden, and laundry facilities. Public spaces have free WiFi. The business-friendly The Sails Nelson also features a corner/local shop, express check-in, and room service (during limited hours). Free self parking is available. This Mediterranean Nelson motel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 15 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 2012
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Corner/local shop
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Nelson (NSN) (8.7 km / 5.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Sails Nelson offers 15 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with iPod docking stations and DVD players. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Tempur-Pedic beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. 55-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Accommodation at this 5-star motel has kitchens with fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a bath and shower with a rainfall showerhead, a complimentary bathrobe, designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes. Additionally, rooms include minibars and espresso makers. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and in-room massages can be requested.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Tempur-Pedic beds
  • Minibar
  • iPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Espresso maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Down blanket
  • Pillow options
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 6 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: NZD 8.5 per person (approximately)
  • Late check-out fee: NZD 30 (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Sails Nelson Motel
  • Sails Nelson

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.

National Rating

Qualmark® assigns an official star rating for accommodation in New Zealand. This Motel property has been rated 5 stars.

Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®