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“Best B & B in New Zealand!” 5 of 5 stars
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Shelbourne Villa
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   21 Shelbourne Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 57 Nelson B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Best B & B in New Zealand!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2007

Stayed 3 nights in this fabulous place in November '06 and cannot recommend it highly enough. We had the lovely Master Suite on the ground floor which was huge and very well furnished. What a lovely location in which to stay, only minutes from the cathedral (well worth a visit) and all the restaurants and shops. Val and Wayne are wonderful hosts and nothing is too much trouble, even booking restaurants for you each day. On that note, the best restaurant in Nelson is undoubtedly Hopgoods, only a 5 mins walk away, first class cuisine and wonderful service, make sure you book ahead though as it's very popular. Would certainly stay there again if we are lucky enough to return to NZ.

Stayed November 2006
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2006

My wife and I stayed there on our honeymoon. We were given the upstairs loft, which was beautifully decorated and the views of the garden and the city were absolutely gorgeous. Wayne and Val were great hosts, and make sure you have Wayne make you an omelette in the morning, Wow! Also eat at Hopgoods, which is just a short walk away. It was our BEST meal during our 2 week stay in New Zealand. We would definately stay here again.

Minh & Terry

  • Liked — Beatufil decorations and views
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ashland, OR
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2006

My husband and I have stayed in B&B's all over the world, and this was one of the best. Our group took over three of the four rooms of the Shelbourne Villa for several days in early March. Each suite was uniquely and tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. The common rooms were also inviting, but the five of us could easily congregate in any of the three rooms quite easily. With the exception of the Newby Suite, which we didn't use, but saw, the pictures on the web site do not adequately indicate the sheer size of the other three suites. For example, my husband and I had the Loft and there is an entire other area with seating, desk and fireplace that isn't pictured on the web site, nor is the large balcony with lounge chair and a table/chairs for four. In the Garden Suite, there is a separate bedroom and a kitchenette that isn't pictured. In the Master Suite, there is a lovely, separate seating area with fireplace, again, not pictured. The baths in the Loft and Master Suite are huge and beautifully appointed. We think the Loft is the most attractive of the three rooms, but perhaps not ideal for anyone who would be challenged by the narrow, steep stairs that lead up to it. The only discordant note in the Loft is the rattan couch, which looks great with the decor, but isn't as inviting for cuddling.
We weren't sure what we would be getting for breakfast based on the web description, but we received a complete breakfast, deliciously prepared.
Our hosts Val and Wayne are the ideal B&B hosts -- there when needed but unobtrusive otherwise. They were extremely helpful in addressing our questions and providing information about the area.
Shelbourne Villa had the ideal location for our needs -- close enough to town so we could walk to restaurants and shops, yet away from street noise.
We highly recommend this B&B to anyone who wants a good central base in the Nelson area or even as a destination in its own right.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2005

My wife and I spent 3 weeks traveling in NZ and this was the best place that we stayed at. Wayne and Val are great hosts, the rooms are wonderful and the location is perfect. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hemel hempstead england
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2005

Recently spent a week travelling in South Island and this was by far the best place I stayed in. Exceptional upmarket B&B, homely, comfortable with wonderful designer loft room installed by the previous owners- complete with lounge area and sun terrace with views over Nelson to the sea. Wayne is a great host and readily provides lots of travel tips and advice. They will book you into local restaurants, tours etc. Internet access available. Will definitely return! Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2005

Great location, excellent hosts and wonderfull rooms. Shelbourne's Loft suite is truly special, with it's unique decor, super king bed and spectacular view over Nelson and out to Tasman Bay.

Of the 27 nights we spent in New Zealand - our two nights at Shelbourne Villa were by far the most memorable.

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Additional Information about Shelbourne Villa

Address: 21 Shelbourne Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shelbourne Villa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shelbourne Villa is an ideal B&B accommodation option for visitors to New Zealand's Nelson City & the Abel Tasman Region. Independently rated by Qualmark as 5 star - you won't find a better combination of comfort, convenience of location and quality in Nelson City. Four guest suites, all with en-suite bathrooms and room to spread out - our Loft is the best room in town. Fabulous breakfasts. Quiet location only 5 minutes walk to down-town shopping, galleries and restaurants. ... more   less 
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