It’s always interesting asking local business operators how they ended up…
Rutherford Hotel Nelson is a premier Conference Hotel located at 27 Nile Street, it’s right in the heart of our city. They have two restaurants, a cafe, a cosy bar, and a great range of accommodation options available.
We spoke with Alexander, he’s the General Manager – he’s the one who, with his team makes sure things happen and ensures everything runs smoothly.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he’s had a very ‘International’ background and has racked up some very impressive experiences in the hospitality sector. He’s worked in Germany, Austria, Australia, the US (New York) and moved to New Zealand in 2007 where he was the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at Westhaven Marina in Auckland. It’s the home of the America’s Cup and other world-famous yacht racing events.
Alexander worked as the Food & Beverage Manager at Rutherford Hotel in 2010 for two years before venturing off to Australia, however a good memory was firmly embedded. Nelson had left its golden impression and when the opportunity came up to return, he knew what he had to do.
Alexander describes the acronym N.E.L.S.O.N. as Rutherford Hotel’s way of listing their core values:
“Experience the best of N.E.L.S.O.N.”
N – Nature. Our focus on sustainability. Rutherford Hotel Nelson is committed to providing an experience that is sustainable by reducing our carbon footprint where possible. We constantly seek ways to improve our efficiency and minimise the impact on the environment.
E – Exceptional. It is our mission to exceed our guest’s expectations and provide the best experience.
L – Local. We promise to deliver the best our region has to offer. Ingredients and produce are sourced locally as much as possible.
S – Safe. We are creating a safe environment.
O – Optimistic. A positive attitude is what helps us to create success for our Hotel, the region, and our people.
N – Neat. We take pride in presenting a clean, warm, and welcoming environment where our guests and people can relax and enjoy.
During our meeting, someone was outside the cafe door. Alexander jumped up and offered to make them a coffee. It’s this kind of excellent service that sets Rutherford Hotel Nelson apart. The Rutherford experience is modelled from the top down…whether you’re staying at the hotel, attending a conference, or simply walk in to experience the restaurants, bar, or café – all guests get the royal treatment every time.
When he’s not working Alexander loves riding his two favourite motorbikes – a Triumph Bonneville & KTM Adventure on the Moutere Highway.
Visit their website for more information. www.rutherfordhotel.nz