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Joya Garden & Villa Studios

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Nelson for work but decided not to stay in a sterile hotel and found Joya online. It was a magical place. I felt instantly relaxed and so well looked after by Paulina. It felt a bit like staying in an Indonesian style villa with tiled floors and low beds. I even put the woodburner on just because...

Thank Jessie S
Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

You and your family will be more than welcome, Jessie! Furniture is partially from Indonesia indeed as well as from India. The Trade Aid shop in Nelson is great in that respect, also with regards to quality bedding. There is underfloor heating, (generally set to 22 degrees day time, 18 degrees during the night). Still had the wood burner installed...

Reviewed 26 March 2017

We had a great 3 night stay at Joya. The Garden studio is beautiful with it's own deck overlooking the koi pond. Paulina was so friendly and welcoming, and keeps things spotless. We did not take the breakfast option as we were usually out early, so it was nice having the kitchenette. The property is an easy walk to town....

Thank 68CJP
paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Thank you for this recommendation. I am glad that you could make the place 'your own'.Just by its location the garden studio has become a favourite amongst quite a few of our guests who appreciate doing their own thing, in a peaceful, "green" environment. Hope to ever meet again. Be well, Paulina

Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is the second time I have stayed at Joya, both while on motorcycle rides around NZ. And I will continue staying there every time I'm in Nelson! We stayed in the garden cottage, behind the main house, and loved it. The cottage has everything you could reasonably need and is located in a stunning garden, complete with small waterfalls,...

Thank melamark
paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Glad that you liked it here both times, even though there were quite a few years in between. The cottage is indeed a good place to be with its its deck and the various water features. It is a goldfish pond though. They just have grown that much over various generations that they are often mistaken for koi fish. Thanks...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We struggled to find somewhere in Nelson and luckily found Joya Garden & Villa Studios. The breakfast was up there as one of the best I've had at a B&B. Simple food but prepared with love. Home made muesli, tea, fruits, breads, omelette, coffee :) Very reasonable price for what you get. Comfortable bed, great location and a beautiful character...

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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciation. I am glad you liked the food and Joya's ambiance and furnishings. We had just had a cancellation so I 'm glad you did find us:-). It's interesting and maybe good to note that 'the season' is no longer just January and February bu really stretches much further and even into April. Good for the...

Perth, Western Australia
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Joya was a great choice for a BnB in Nelson. We stayed in a garden suite which was more than a BnB it was fully self contained cottage. The suite and the gardens of Joya were lovely. Paulina is a gracious host and her breakfast was delicious. So much more than standard breakfast fare. If we had longer in Nelson...

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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Thank you for this gesture. Glad you did like your stay and Joya's location. Good to know that even when it's getting colder you'll be warm and cosy in the cottage. It has underfloor heating and there is a nice Danish woodstove there. I wouldn't say that the kitchen is flash but you certainly can do your own cooking and...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We loved our one night stay in Paulina's lovely home. Set in an elevated position with views over Nelson, staying at Joya was great. The home has lots of lovely timber. We had a queen/king bed which was very comfortable and the linen was great too! Paulina couldn't have been more helpful with restaurants and walks. We also loved the...

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paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Thank you Judy, for your appreciation. If I may I'd like to mention that where you stayed, in the B&B part of the house on the top floor, that the rooms don't have an ensuite. For you that didn't seem to be of great importance but for others it might be. I am glad that you like the quality of...

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

So happy I chose to book the Joya for my trip to Nelson, it's a very relaxing place and Paulina went out of her way to ensure we had a great time and looked after us very well. Loved the location and enjoyed the short walk back up from the centre after trying out the great restaurants; those with mobility...

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Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Thanks for this review Carolyn. Much appreciated! Glad you liked what you found here and that you mention Joya's location. It is indeed a relatively easy walk into town from here and for those who don't have their own transportation that's a good thing. Looking forward to your return visit:-) Paulina

West Virginia
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I was in the small room, which was perfect for me--cozy but not cramped, with a very comfortable bed, full amenities, and a gorgeous big bathroom shared with one other guest. The house is beautiful, light, and clean. Paulina was friendly and even offered to pick me up if I needed it. I wish I could have stayed longer!

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Riga, Latvia
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I spent there 2 nights mid of January 2017. I did not expect this place will be so special and even kind of magical. There is nothing to compare with standard hotels, as this place has its own amazing atmosphere. The room was very spacious. Paulina was a wonderful host and very helpful, I also listened to her special compilation...

Thank Linda R
paulina2009, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Thank you so much Linda for this contribution. text as well as the pictures. Glad I had the sour cream that morning, that's not always the case:-) Wishing you well! Paulina

Reviewed 1 February 2017

We enjoyed our stay at Joya Garden a lot. Paulia is a very nice and welcoming host, the whole atmosphere is is warm and pleasant, she has plenty of interesting things to tell. A little downside might be the shared bathroom, but that is easily made up for by the charming style of the rooms. Nice location to explore Nelson...

Thank Nils-Hanoi-2017
Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios, responded to this review

Kia Ora, and thank you for your appreciation. With regards to the 'downside' I do agree that sharing a bathroom it isn't for everyone. We try and compensate for that in the price and comfortable surrounds. But it's a good thing to mention to others, because it sometimes happens that guests did overlook this fact. Thanks again, and until we...

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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 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! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Joya Garden & Villa Studios

Address: 49 Brougham Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: $130 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Joya Garden & Villa Studios 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“The Garden Villa is peaceful, spacious and private.”
dwwils0n, 5 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Go for the garden suite”
jlynch841, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The garden studio adjacent to the pond in back is ideal, with cooking facilities and space for meetings.”
Rlwrlw, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“the lower apartment is worth the extra $”
TravelandAdventure, 11 Dec 2015 | Read review
“The Garden Studio is a little more but worth the extra.”
CraigB261, 13 Jul 2015 | Read review
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