A few minutes’ walk up the hill from the commercial district of Nelson, Joya is a really basic but nice accommodation. It is an older home which has had significant renovations done by the current owner. We had a second story room, with shared bath during our two nights here. On a little balcony adjoining the room was a minifridge, pot for boiling water, and toaster oven, shared with the next door guests. The owner is the author of several books about New Zealand life, and is a transplant from the Netherlands with her two sons. She provided us a number of good recommendations about where to eat and what to see. There is a cool art gallery called Suter with a nice café not too far away; the botanical garden from 1891 or so is well kept and home to countless varieties of trees, flowers, and shrubs; it is well worth a walk through.
Breakfast went well beyond the continental variety, with our host cooking up anything we asked. She provided a lot of interesting conversation during our visit.
- 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
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