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Joya Garden & Villa Studios
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   49 Brougham Street, Nelson 7001, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 57 Nelson B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
“Better than any hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Beautiful property and only a 5 minute walk to heart of Nelson. We stayed in the villa room upstairs. Really spacious room and a lovely balcony area to chill out. A shared bathroom but that didn't matter as it was a luxury bathroom, always available and always spotless. An organic breakfast was provided which was one of the best breakfasts I've ever had in a hotel or guesthouse. Very healthy also which is a massive bonus.
Paulina (the property owner) was a fantastic hostess who always made time to chat and provide us with all the local knowledge we needed to have a great holiday in Nelson. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Don't be put off booking the villa room just because you have to share a bathroom.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Greetings,
Better late than never...I guess you agree :) My apologies for not thanking you earlier for this really kind review. Much appreciated!
Paulina
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

For a weekend workshop in Nelson I needed some highly affordable accommodation and ended up with much more. I stayed in the Den - a charming smallish room with everything I needed and lots I didnt need but many travellers do - phone, TV, fridge, extra seating. The owner, Paulina, was very kind and accommodating. I was surprised to findout breakfast is included at such a low rate. The owner went the extra mile to cater for my complex dietary requirements (coeliac disease with salicylic acid intollerance) and it was certainly the best breakfast I've ever been able to eat at any hotel or bed and breakfast I've visited(spanning US, UK, Europe, Africa, and NZ). The garden is amazing with lotus pond pool, drawbridge, beautiful large zen style garden. Although not on a large street the owner warned me there might be traffic noise at times outside my window but I was lucky with none and travel with earplugs anyway. Part of the wooden floor in the room was a bit creaky but it seems to be above the kitchen and not bother anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
First of all, thank you very much for this review. Most reviews regarding Joya are related to the two studios, so I am glad that you spent some time writing about the Den. And happy to have been able to serve you not only the right sort of food, but also some that was enjoyable:)
Best regards & Namaste, Paulina
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

There were three of us - my son and daughter and me - and we wanted a good place for our one night in Nelson before taking the Abel Tasman for four days. Paulina is the perfect host, caring, considerate and good company. The Garden Suite suited two of us, and the other had the huge room that Paulina uses for her music therapy clients. Lovely big rooms, beautiful furniture, everything you could want, overlooking the wonderful garden.

And at breakfast - healthy, plentiful and different - we chatted to Paulina and learned of her skills and the music she makes use of. She looked after a spare bag of things we didn't want on the tramp and when we called back four days later she'd arrange for us to have some of her resources. More than you could expect and all the more welcome.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Dear Peter,

Thank you for these kind words.
It's been a pleasure to have you here. Wishing you (and the kids) a good and peaceful Xmas period. Namaste, P
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

If you are looking for an appealing spa like atmosphere for half the cost, featuring beautiful gardens, a miniature creek and relaxing lilly pond with koi, this is the place for you. Our accommodation met and exceeded our expectations, comfy overstuffed couch outside to read a book or just watch the butterflies flit about.

All organic facility with an incredible shower and furniture that beckons to you to cuddle up and quiet down.

The hammock outside the room by the lotus pod was surreal. It felt as if we were in a secluded spa, yet we were only minutes walk from downtown Nelson.

Paulina was knowledgeable and helpful, the quintessential host.

Room Tip: Both rooms were stunning, one had a Lotus pond and the other a beautiful garden view with an amazing...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated!
Wishing you well, Paulina.
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Very much enjoyed the stay at the Joya. It's a very peaceful place with a beautiful garden -yet the Nelson city center is only a 10 minute walk away. The room is spacious and well equipped, and Paulina is a very friendly and welcoming host who makes you feel at home the minute you get there. Try Paulina's yummy breakfast!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We recently stayed in the Garden Studio for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The studio is very well equipped and had enough room for the three of us. We loved the tranquility and beautiful outlook onto the gardens and huge pond.
It was very relaxing and Paulina was extremely helpful and kind making us very welcome.
We will be back again soon!

Room Tip: Arden Studio is excellent for a couple or small family
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Glad you had a good time here.
You'll be more than welcome the next time you are able to spend some time in the area.
Best wishes also for the Year to come.
To health,
Paulina
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed for one night only but wish it was for longer. We were upgraded to the Garden Studio which was amazing, bright colours, full kitchen and real fire - it definitely stood out compared to any of the other places on our trip.

Paulina's veggie breakfast was delicious. She was a friendly and welcoming host.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Joya Garden & Villa Studios

Address: 49 Brougham Street, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Joya Garden & Villa Studios 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique property and ideal for the discerning, eco-minded traveller: Situated in a quiet, upmarket area of central Nelson, Joya comprises a ground floor studio apartment in a three story heritage villa and a log studio - with grass roof - set in gardens with various water features. Both studios are self-contained. An optional organic breakfast can be served on the main deck of the villa, which has a view of the city. Extensive in-and outdoor living from both studios. All water to the property passes through a filtering system for chlorine free drinking and bathing. Beds are handcrafted and have NZ made 'healthy' mattresses. The B&B is in the main house: the villa room – with balcony – as well as the Den are on the top floor. Free Internet access from each room, safe parking, great location! ... more   less 
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