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Joya Garden & Villa Studios

49 Brougham Street, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
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#4 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
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 in the villa or on its main deck,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. For those staying in the villa itself breakfast is included in the rates. The Villa Room - with balcony - as well as the Den - are on the top floor. They are good value for money rooms but do not have an ensuite. Joya has had consistent top ratings for several years. Great hospitality, great location!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Ironing service
Sun terrace
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Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, French, Dutch, German
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NicolaO375 wrote a review Nov 2021
Lower Hutt, New Zealand17 contributions6 helpful votes
What a divine setting for such a unique (studio) stay. It's about as far as one can get from those impersonal motel units. The garden is exquisite and the host friendly and helpful. Even the view from the side windows is lovely, and it's on a nice quiet street. I'm going to rebook but for longer next time.
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Date of stay: November 2021
jul0560 wrote a review May 2020
Kent, United Kingdom27 contributions10 helpful votes
Super comfy bed, spectacular views, great welcome, best delicious vegan breakfast ever, proper bath, private balcony, beautiful garden, safe parking, good advice for restaurants in Nelson. Very hospitable. Thank you
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
thegoing wrote a review Feb 2020
Connecticut13 contributions3 helpful votes
I couldn't have had a nicer stay. My only disappointment was that I could stay for only one night and arrived late, so didn't have time to enjoy the house and Paulina's extraordinary hospitality more. The house and my room were beautiful and immaculate, and the small balcony off my room, with a view down the hill over Nelson and to the harbor, made for a peaceful end to a full day. The shared bathroom is its own gem of stained glass and woodwork and a good shower. Breakfast was diverse and spectacular - perhaps the best muesli I've ever had, good yoghurt, nice bread, several kinds of cheese, a delicious omelette, and more. Other nice touches were great, soft towels, beautiful, interesting art and furniture, a bar of New Zealand chocolate waiting in the room, a sheet with suggestions of restaurants and things to do and see, a choice of pillows. I don't always like to socialize when I stay at a bed & breakfast, but Paulina was fun and interesting to talk with. The house is on a quiet street, but it's a 15-minute walk down the hill, past century-or-so-old houses, to the heart of Nelson.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Happytraveller wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions4 helpful votes
I stayed here for three nights with my two children in the garden studio. We had the most incredible stay! The studio is just beautiful! It has such a peaceful energy and so much love has been put into its’ creation and decoration. We were given gorgeous local chocolate on arrival, the drawers were stocked with organic teas and coffee, and the soaps etc are all eco friendly. The grounds are so beautifully planted with flowers and old established trees filled with native birds feasting on fruit and there is a pond with lotus flowers floating on the surface. It didn’t feel like a business, it was more like a retreat or like a home. The host is such a kind, caring woman and she couldn’t have done more to help during our stay. This place is an absolute gem! Treat yourself- you won’t regret it!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
SkipfromOz wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
My partner and I enjoyed a delightful one-night stay in Paulina's spacious studio (with its lovely and tranquil garden outlook) during our too-brief visit to Nelson. We would wholeheartedly recommend her B&B to other travellers. Thank you, Paulina, for your friendliness, warmth, helpful suggestions and delicious, healthy breakfast. We rather wish we'd had at least another night in Nelson, but will be back one day and hope to stay with you again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Thanks for these kind words and your appreciation for this place. It was a pleasure meeting you. Warmly, Paulina
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Allan H wrote a review Nov 2019
7 contributions15 helpful votes
A lovely person, Paulina, to deal with. Beautiful tranquil spot with wonderful relaxing cottage. Very private and pretty. Wonderful facilities with help on hand if needed. Thank you for everything Paulina.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 14 Nov 2019
Thanks for your friendly words, Allan. Much appreciated!
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angelakevin2013 wrote a review Apr 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand14 contributions
Loved our stay here in the studio unit which is cosy and peaceful. No noise and private. Lovely view over a pond. Paulina was most welcoming and spoilt us with chocolate on arrival! Location is close to city , probably 10 minute walk.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 22 Apr 2019
Happy you liked it here, Angela. I feel fortunate to have such nice guests also. As these things go: appreciation often goes both ways:-) Wishing you all the best, Paulina
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Jouni T wrote a review Apr 2019
1 contribution
Beautiful house,great breakfast,easy and fast wifi. A great host who made you feel welcome and had time to talk, Probably the healthiest breakfast I have ever had, Off street parking available.Very handy to city and restaurants and nice walks.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The upstairs room had a balcony which was nice.
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TrailBlazer545689 wrote a review Mar 2019
Te Anau, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
A very welcoming place with a wonderful host. We stayed in the studio, which is large and well furnished. It opens on the garden, which is gorgeous.The breakfast is amazing. A quick walk to downtown and restaurants.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 25 Mar 2019
Thanks, Trailblazer, for this kind review. Travelling - especially when driving a lot - can be a tiring indeed. Glad you found a place of tranquility here at Joya. I do agree with you that its location is one of the noteworthy points: quiet and spacious and still in the direct proximity of the city with its parks, restaurants and bars. Hope to ever meet again. Paulina
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Heather M wrote a review Feb 2019
Te Henga (Bethells Beach), New Zealand13 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed here on our grand tour of New Zealand and it was Exceptional in every way. The villa feels like you are in your own paradise even though it is in Nelson centre and Paulina’s hosting is second to none. Treat yourself to her breakfast. Will go down as a special part of our trip
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 6 Feb 2019
Kia Ora, Really happy with these kind words. Even though I am sure Joya is not for everyone, because we all have different likes and dislikes. However, it certainly is our intention to create a space where guests can feel at ease, have peace and quiet around them, a lot of greenery and have a nutritious breakfast. So, really happy to learn that we hit the mark. Have a safe journey home! Best, Paulina
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US$52 - US$105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
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Frequently Asked Questions about Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Which popular attractions are close to Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (1.0 km), Nelson Saturday Market (1.0 km), and Nelson Provincial Museum (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
Conveniently located restaurants include Harry's Hawker House & Bar, Paasha, and Hopgoods & Co.
Is Joya Garden & Villa Studios located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Nelson.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Joya Garden & Villa Studios?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (0.9 km).