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Holly Homestead B&B - Franz Josef Glacier - Bedroom
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9,7 Excellent (78 reviews)
R2 992+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Holly Homestead B&B in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful heritage building immaculately maintained. Every comfort for the guest was considered and supplied. Breakfast superb.
Cons: Nothing to speak of.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The hosts were excellent, very warm and generous. A beautiful boutique BnB. Breakfast was delicious.
Cons: I was sad to leave after only one night. Would have liked to stay longer.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Clean, well kept, very energetic and voluble hostess/owner of B&B. Happy that room had lots of horizontal space to put our baggage - something that is missing in many locations. Good breakfast both cold and warm eggs/meat prepared by the man of the house acting as chef. Liked the bed and was quiet.
Cons: None to speak of.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
10,0 Excellent
Pros: We loved everything about our stay at Holly Homestead B&B--the beautiful restored old building, luxurious room, delicious communal breakfast with fellow travelers--but most of all we appreciated the welcoming embrace we got from our hosts Bernie and Gerard. A truly outstanding place.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Everything exceeded my expectations. Bernie welcomed me from the bus that dropped me off at the front door. She was warm and extremely helpful recommending restaurants and sightseeing opportunities. Not to mention the welcoming glass of port she offered. The breakfast that Gerard prepared was 5 star. The poached eggs were perfect!!! Venison sausage, perfectly cooked bacon, everything was perfect. My room was large with a nice little porch outside and fantastic view of the majestic mountains. I would highly recommend "glorious" Holly Homestead to everyone.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Accommodations were excellent (loved the heated bathroom floor and homemade shortbread cookies!), breakfast was delicious, and Bernie was a delightful hostess.
Cons: There was some noise from nearby helicopters taking people to the glacier but it was not bad.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic room, bed, bathroom, food, decor, location, vibe & service!!
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Very pleasant and comfortable stay. Host was excellent. Berakfast was good.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: Great hospitality! Breakfast was fantastic!!
Cons: About 20 mins walk from the city center but restaurant pick up service may be available.
Franz Josef Oasis - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
2
9,3 Excellent (1 357 reviews)
R2 488+
Overview Reviews
Located in Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Oasis is in a national park, within a 5-minute drive of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Modern, clean, good size rooms, staff were lovely
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The Room was Beautiful!
Cons: The staff forgot to tell us breakfast was included...
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Bed was very comfortable and the whole place was well spread out so you could stroll around and enjoy the tranquility
Cons: No hot spa pool
7,5 Good
Pros: The veiw and the fire
Cons: No sky TV
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Lovely hotel
Cons: Excellent food
9,3 Excellent
Cons: Preparation of evening meal disappointing
7,5 Good
Cons: The evening meal was very poor. Was shocking for the price ., Hamburgers patty.salad and then.more salad on the plate. Nothing else. $28.
8,8 Excellent
Pros: brilliant we setting with very comfortable bedding and seating
Cons: maybe a toaster in the room
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful, clean accomodation. Lovely fireplace, kept us nice and toast all night
Cons: Bed and pillows were horrible. I tried all 4 pillows that they had and used the one that had most support. Still woke up with sore neck and back. Also, the place was empty but we were still given the room closest to the road and the parking. We could hear people come and go, we were only there for 1 night though so didn’t bother saying anything
7,5 Good
Pros: Big rooms , good bedding comfy bed comfy chairs good heating
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Bed was comfy Room bigger than normal Handy laundry Yin was an excellent receptionist
Cons: Electric blanket on bed would be nice Heating in restaurant, not very inviting to eat on cold evening
2,5 Mediocre
Cons: I didn’t book those dates ?... So can you please explain how you got those dates
Punga Grove - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
3
9,0 Excellent (387 reviews)
R1 725+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Punga Grove in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be just steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Clean, great location and friendly staff. Had a great weekend away.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Thanks for being so helpful with check in times
9,3 Excellent
Pros: Excellent size of rooms. Good value for money.
Cons: Room heater could be better.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: A wonderful, spacious accommodation. Very friendly, helpful staff.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Nice surrounds
Cons: Nothing
8,0 Excellent
Pros: Punga grove lived up to its name. We had a punga grove on our private porch of the main room. Was really cool, havent seen anything like that before in all my travels and almost expected a little kiwi to walk by!
Cons: Bathroom had a bit of unfinished maintanence going on in the shower ceiling with uncovered gib. Shower pressure was weak and light above sink did not work
9,3 Excellent
Pros: I liked that fact that you could park right outside the property and just lug your bags in. There was adequate heating in the cold winter, the loft was nice and warm. The reception was very helpful with small requests and the Franz Josef Glacier hike company and hot pools were a mere 200 meters away, making it easy to just walk down to the facility
Cons: They discourage you to cook curry or spices claiming that it stinks out the property but that could easily be solved by just installing an exhaust hood over the stove. The reason I take the property with kitchen facilities is to cook, and that notice was not very welcome, especially since we were not informed earlier.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Top place Fire was amazing
10,0 Excellent
Pros: being right in the forest yet so close to township.
Cons: loved everything
7,5 Good
Pros: Comfortable, close to the shops and restaurants
Cons: Noisy .
Alpine Glacier Motel - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
4
8,9 Excellent (1 165 reviews)
R1 359+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Alpine Glacier Motel in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Our Lady of the Alps. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: We were lucky enough to have a room near the office facing the alps.. Such an amazing view. The office manager was fantastic and was able to update us on hiking trail conditions in the area. The motel room was spacious and all the kitchen and room amenities where clean and in good working order. Cannot fault this place at all.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Excellent location and nice little upgrade during off peak season.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: Very friendly and helpful on checkin - had a lot of information about the town and locations of restaurants, utilities etc on the handy map. Very comfortable room and bed, amenities were very clean and well maintained. Very close walk to everything in town.
Cons: Nothing
9,0 Excellent
Pros: The front counter was very friendly and made the stay fantastic. The rooms were very cozy, and the location could not be better. Highly recommened!
Cons: The WIFI is intermittent and parking is very difficult if the hotel is busy if your hire car is large - we recommend parking in the side street.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic location right up the road from the glacier pools and all the restaurants. Only a few minutes drive to the glacier walk car park. Really helpful staff - especially when we had an issue with our suitcase lock. Great views from our room of the mountains.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location. Got upgraded to a huge king size bed. Kitchen facilities were awesome. Loved the Robert Harris coffee. Room was toasty warm too
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The gentleman at the front desk was so polite and lovely. The room was very spacious and squeaky clean. Seriously exceeded my expectations. I wish I could take the hotel with me during my travels :)
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Very friendly and helpful staff
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Very neat, clean and newly refurbished motel. Spacious for the whole family. Warm.
Cons: Nothing
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Great location. Staff is very nice and helpful. Will stay here again next time.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location, lots of space, made for a really easy stay in Franz Josef.
The Terrace - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
5
8,9 Excellent (723 reviews)
R1 633+
Overview Reviews
A stay at The Terrace places you in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier, steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and 4 minutes by foot from Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include express check-out, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The 2 bedroom unit was perfect for a family of 4 (with tween/teenager) for a few nights. Don’t expect a brand new interior, although our unit had a recently renovated bathroom. The kitchen area is very compact but perfectly functional if you’re happy with 2 small hot plates and a bar fridge. The beds were comfortable and clean. We could quickly warm the main living space. There are paid laundry facilities in the motor home section of the accommodation. A small supermarket is just around the corner and the main glacier attractions are easily accessed by car. A great base for our explorations.
Cons: The very small kitchenette (old 2 hot plates and a bar fridge, no oven) and varying quality of cookware available. Despite being a bit tired, the space is still perfectly functional for a few days.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Spacious room
7,5 Good
Pros: Location
8,8 Excellent
Pros: Room is warm, cozy, beautiful and comfortable. Everything we need to keep us warm is here.
Cons: Hmmm maybe a separate room heater in the toilet and bath?
7,5 Good
Pros: Everything was great except of shower...
Cons: It would be nice to have hot and cold water tap mixture together instead of having separate taps for cold and hot water. Also in the shower, the water temperature fluctuate though you have set for the preferred temperature this is bit concerning, apart from that everything was great!
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Good location, easy check in. Great newly refurbished shower room.
Cons: Little smaller than other 2 bedroom apartments we have stayed in. Double bedroom very little room to move around the bed. Only a double sofa so not very comfortable for a family of 4.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: A really good presentation, the room was spacious and well decorated. Very good bathroom.
Cons: The heating in the room sounded like a 747 taking off so was a little annoying.
8,3 Excellent
Pros: The location of the property was great, easy to get everywhere and quiet. Tidy, clean rooms.
Cons: The tap in the bathroom wasn’t ideal. A long tap, that’s nozzle was too far away from the sink and every time you turned it on it wet the surrounding areas and toiletries, so you couldn’t put anything on bathroom cabinet as each time you turned tap on, everything got wet.
7,0 Good
Pros: Beautiful surroundings!!!! Bed was amazing and comfortable
Cons: Reception could have been better. We were only there for a short time. It served its purpose.
58 On Cron Motel - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
6
8,9 Excellent (641 reviews)
R1 771+
Overview Reviews
Located in Franz Josef Glacier, 58 On Cron Motel is in a rural location, within a 15-minute walk of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
8,0 Excellent
Pros: Calm, clean and close to restaurants by walking
Cons: No
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Just everything else! Host were lovely.
Cons: Shower head was aversge
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Good location, modern, well presented & friendly helpful staff
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The staff went above and beyond to make sure we settled in ok and we arrived late to check in out of hours and still we were greeted with a friendly staff member who was incredibly nice and friendly . I would recommend this place to anyone and I would stay there again.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: Hot pools right across the road . Clean and comfortable. Staff very friendly.
Cons: Internet not that good .
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Pleasant staff, unit was very clean and warm. On arrival the heater was on making the unit warm and cosy.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great hotel, right across from the hot pools and close enough to the ‘main’ city area restaurants. There is a small kitchenette inside the room. The bus even stops right in front of the hotel (which was very convenient for my back and forth bus trip to Queenstown). Would definitely stay here again and recommend to anyone.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly staff, lots of info on check in re things to do and local restaurants. Motel unit was very clean and well maintained. Would stay again and recommend to others.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: New fitted out bathrooms in some units!!! Location is perfect for pools and restaurants.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: very handy to everything
Cons: nothing
9,5 Excellent
Pros: One bedroom apartment was very clean and nice furnishings . Staff were extremely friendly and helpful giving a discount and towels for the thermal pools across the road. Comfortable for a quick night away. Not enough room to stay long term but was perfect for our needs. Thank you
Westwood Lodge - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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9,1 Excellent (61 reviews)
R2 824+
Overview Reviews
Located in Franz Josef Glacier, Westwood Lodge is in a national park, a 2-minute drive from Our Lady of the Alps and 10 minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: large and spacious room, a very good organized & professional management (Kaz!), close to the glacier and city, just a great place to stay
Cons: all good
8,3 Excellent
Pros: The property was lovely. It had a pool table, bar, dvds and books to borrow. Bedrooms and bathrooms were huge and had a lovely porch area over looking the gardens. The toiletries provided were amazing! Really enjoyed our stay here.
Cons: Not really within walking distance of town
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great views and very spacious room. Nice touches like table and chairs on private deck.
9,3 Excellent
Pros: We benefitted from a great upgrade to one of the suites in the main house - it was really spacious and comfortable, with plenty of luxurious finishing touches! The communal areas at the lodge are really beautiful and the views of the mountains are spectacular. We enjoyed playing snooker and cuddling the two lovely dogs! The continental breakfast spread was delicious and there was a good variety of cooked options, although I myself didn't sample the cooked menu. Our host was helpful and friendly.
Cons: The lodge was a little but out of town, you could probably walk in on a fine day but not in the rain! No other complaints.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Huge room with sitting area. Very large bathroom with 2 sinks. Bed was very comfortable. The view. From the rooms was fabulous. We were lucky to book the low winter rate.
Cons: A bit too far to walk to town if you are tired at the end of the day especially in the dark.
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Help from the staff and the owner.
Cons: Location
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The lodge was extremely comfortable with amazing views of Franz Josef Glacier
Cons: There was nothing to dislike.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was great! The room was delightful with views of the mountain, comfy bed and excellent bathroom. Breakfast was also good and the staff were lovely and helpful (and we loved the pups!).
8,0 Excellent
Pros: Location
Cons: No heat in the bathroom. Freezing Breakfast room cold too
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Loved our stay. Kaz looked after us beautifully.
Yha Franz Josef - Hostel - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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8,8 Excellent (832 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at YHA Franz Josef - Hostel in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Great location, clean room and showers, cozy rooms, friendly staff. Close distance to go to mountain trails.
Cons: It will be good to made sauna and jacuzzi ;)
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Good YHA standard...nothing more to say
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great facilities - warm and cozy! Fantastic hostel.
Cons: The wifi is limited and seems to run out very quickly although it says it is 2gb!
10,0 Excellent
Cons: Emergency no. not working
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The location was perfect. It was one of the bus stop of Intercity. No need to walk to the other bus stop. The staff was really friendly and offered me a lot of helpful information including some environmentally-friendly products. Ha! I really liked the ways they sorted the trash and their eco-friendly concepts.
Cons: The price for doing laundry was a little bit expensive.
6,8 Good
Pros: It was nice to have my own room at a great price
Cons: The bed was too hard....I went out a back door and couldnt get back in
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Good location, friendly helpful staff, relaxed attitudes, excellent facilities for food storage and cooking, clean and tidy. Would recommend highly to others.
Cons: Constant rain! Not that the staff could do anything about that!
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Service and kitchen lounge facilities
Cons: Walls a bit thin - next door occupants kept us awake one night...
7,4 Good
Pros: Large youth hostile enviroment , huge kitchen facilities well stocked. Very quiet and overall clean.
Cons: No one was there to check in, but they left the key in an Envelope so Not a problem. But there were no parking spots left when we arrived. There were people in front of the hostile camping in the street. The doors were left open to the patio which flowed to the lounge kitchen and into hallways with rooms and bathrooms. Thus it seemed it was open access to all who cared to walk in From the street.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Really comfy, clean, and easy. Would go back again. Staff were helpful.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff. Everything is super clean, from rooms to common areas. Spacious communal kitchen big enough for group cooking, very well-equipped. Nice cabinets to store your food, with name labels provided.
Cons: Nothing at all.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Fine location. Friendly staff. Nice pool table, tv room and fire place Well equiped kitchen.
Cons: The reason to visit Franz Josef was the glacier. The reality is however that, due to climate change, the glacier is hardly an attraction anymore. A heli flight doesn't make it much better. The walk up to the glacier is nice.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Franz Josef Glacier - Bedroom
9
8,8 Excellent (90 reviews)
R8 396+
Overview Reviews
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ideal place for you to reconnect with nature and the dramatic surroundings, offering an unparalleled example of sustainable accommodation. Our four wings join together to enclose an area of dense native rainforest, ensuring a sense of privacy. Our specially personalised reception area and array of in-room features and facilities give you choice, and a feeling of total relaxation, while the exquisite Canopy Restaurant serves 5 course degustation dinner.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The staff es excepcional. The rooms are great. We got dinner included with the room, and it was great!
Cons: The bed could be more comfy
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The view outside the window on the rainforest was quite fabulous. Nice New Year dinner, better than expected to be in this small town.
Cons: The price is quite steep considering what you can get. You can get similar quality hotels by 50% cheaper elsewhere in NZ.
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Good location and excellent dinner included in the price, all the staff were exceptional. Beautiful bush setting and very comfortable bed.
Cons: The room could have been a little cleaner (hair in bathroom) and for the price the room was on the small side and decor was a little too generic to be classified as a luxury stay.
9,5 Excellent
Cons: Too many cell phones in main dining area
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent location peaceful rooms great shower
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Very pleasant check in and check out Nice room Overall nice experience
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Loved the added little touches, champagne in our room, complimentary bottled water and more on departure, cleaning of our car windscreen. The room was lovely and the garden view made it feel private and secluded.
Cons: We asked for more time at dinner to choose drinks, but we weren't offered again so didn't have any. Dining room busy, wait staff doing their best but more training needed for some. Still an overall lovely experience.
6,8 Good
Pros: Rain forest setting
Cons: Same menu in restaurant both nights. Not impressive for what tries to be 5 star. Only communal area a dark bar area. In a part of New Zealand where rainfall high a bright area to sit would be nice
5,8 Okay
Pros: Food service was excellent both the dinner and the breakfast.
Cons: This place was incredibly over-priced. It is really a middle level hotel like a Hampton Inn or similar calling itself a resort. Much inferior to the Hilton in Queenstown for example at twice the price. It specializes in bus tour groups on package deals.
8,0 Excellent
Pros: peaceful and very relaxing
Cons: Service of rooms, would prefer morning time for servicing rather than late afternoon time.
Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
10
8,6 Excellent (533 reviews)
R1 954+
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be in the mountains, just steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and 3 minutes by foot from Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location , warm and clean room and would definitely visit the Motel again,
Cons: All good
9,3 Excellent
Pros: Modern decor and well equipped for self-catering.
Cons: Bella Vista rooms are small so not much space to move around in but I knew that already and it wasn't a major concern. The milk allocated was a bit stingy having been measured out into a separate bottle. The heater controls could do with some explanation.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: We spent one night in Franz Josef on our West Coast road trip to Queenstown. The Bella Vista was clean, the room was a tad small but for one night as a place to sleep it on our way to else where it served it’s purpose. The beds were comfortable and the complex quiet at night so had a good nights sleep. Location is great, close to everything. Nothing special to report here, it is what it is.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Spacious, comfortable for our kids, they had their own room which they loved. Great access to town! Easy access to laundry & dryer which was a bonus for us travelling!
Cons: When you leave the room & take the one key you have with you it turns all heating off...so it was freezing every time we returned from our walks!
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The location
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Room was comfortable and had everything I needed for my stay.
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Facilities thoughtful and good, cleanliness excellent
Cons: Unfortunately the owner/manager conveyed a sort of supercilious/impatient/condescending attitude in his interpersonal dealings with clients For example, asking about the non availability of the wifi service
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Customer service
8,0 Excellent
Cons: Fixtures now srarting to date..
7,5 Good
Pros: Location, location, location. Fantastic views of the snow capped Mountains from the window of mr room.
Cons: Nothing. It was value for money
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The location was great.
Cons: I would like provision of a separate sink in the kitchen bench to wash the dishes. It is more hygienic to do this and important for Heath & Safety.
Glow Worm Accommodation - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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8,5 Excellent (1 790 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Glow Worm Accommodation in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: AMAZING! Friendly staff, Pop corn free Soup free Breakfast free Cosy, warm, TV room, spa pool ! very clean Perfect place
Cons: RAS
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The place was clean and the staff was nice
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Well priced, clean,very accommodating staff. Breakfast offered as well as home made soup for dinner. Definitely would recommend this accommodation to everyone.
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Great kitchen, common places. Great soup and breakfast offered by the accomodation! Got to meet some really nice people.
Cons: Beds were not as comfortable. And charging sockets were not present at every bed.
8,8 Excellent
Pros: complementary soup in the evening and a basic breakfast included in room rate, very well appointed communal kitchen area.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The staff here are always friendly, Ani especially is wonderful with the guests. It is clean and well set up.
Cons: Needs hooks and towel rails and a shelf in the bathrooms. Some rooms don't have anywhere to put stuff while you shower - otherwise the place is awesome:-)
7,5 Good
Pros: Showers were v powerful and warm! Great location. Free veg soup and popcorn was a lovely added touch
Cons: Room felt very dark and unclean. Cooker was very slow to heat up.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Amazing cozy backpacker, staff friendly and helpful and very clean
6,8 Good
Pros: The proper term was in located in the centre of town. Comfortable beds.
Cons: The room was very damp. Lots of condensation and pools of water on the bathroom floor.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Had free veggie soup in the kitchen after 6
Chateau Backpacker & Motels - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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7,6 Good (1 773 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Chateau Backpacker & Motels in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Our Lady of the Alps. Featured amenities include limo/town car service, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: What a gem! Loved our 2 night stay here. The beds were warm and comfortable! The staff were so friendly! Great fresh baking and hot chocolates on arrival! Location was wonderful for walking to local attractions. The kitchen was well equipped and the morning breakfast was nice.
Cons: Nothing it was all great
10,0 Excellent
Pros: the food provided was all lovely. was a brilliant bonus to thus hostel. and the fire place. and the board games. bedrooms warm and showers good.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Loved the room! We got a double room and it was really spacious compared to our other accommodations in new zealand! The room was so comfortable that we didnt want to leave haha there were 2 kitchens so you never feel like you have to fight for space to cook. the kitchens were also fully equipped :) they also provided free breakfast & soup for dinner which was definitely an unexpected plus point
10,0 Excellent
Pros: This place is one of the best backpackers I've ever been, no many include soup for dinner and breakfast. Great staff and a nice vibe.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: A very comfort place to stay. The free soup in the evening is heart-warming. The breakfast is the best of all hostels in New Zealand. You can make your own pancake or waffle to refresh you in the morning.
Cons: All good
8,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location value for money. The complementary soup and breakfast was the best!! fantastic helpful staff. super huge room plenty of space, along with a big bed!!
Cons: Bathroom was old and dated. no toilet paper. fridge had been left open causing the ice in the freezer to expand out making it impossible to close the fridge door.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Spacious place right at the mountainious area. Short drive from Franz Joseph Glacier. Free veggie soup for dinner.
7,5 Good
Pros: Provided breakfast In the town center Kitchen area is big
Cons: Bathroom equipment not too good Bed too soft
10,0 Excellent
Pros: perfect place for a few days great price and location
8,0 Excellent
Pros: The breakfast! We'd had the complimentary soup for dinner which was good (although a tad salty), and we thought the complimentary breakfast would be basic toast and rice bubbles. We had pancakes and waffles! Big bowl of batter to make these - with butter and jam - yum!
Cons: Check in was from 2pm, but we arrived at 3:30pm and had to wait until 4pm for the office to open. The room smelt a bit musty but it poured rain the whole time we were there so it's not surprising that a bit of damp might get in.

Best Franz Josef Glacier hotels near Westcoast Wildlife Centre

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Rainforest Retreat - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
1
8,8 Excellent (2 334 reviews)
R1 832+
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Rainforest Retreat in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be just steps from Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include a computer station, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
8,8 Excellent
Pros: The room was super clean and modern. Bed very comfortable. Great value and located right next to the glacier.
Cons: Basic double rooms have an entire glass sliding for for a wall- which means you can hear everything outside. This is a spot for backpackers, so people are up late and loud.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful location, very comfy and plush units. Breakfast delivery was great and the hot tub amazing!
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Absolutely beautiful and restful accomodation. You would be hard pressed to find something better in this stunning little town! I really recommend the on-site restaurant also. Extensive menu available, great drink options too. The vegetarian burger was so good. Loved the whole experience and I will definitely return.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location clean tidy room shower etc
9,5 Excellent
Pros: The location, the room, the view and the included extras with the deluxe tree house.
Cons: Nothing
10,0 Excellent
Pros: We stayed in a tree house lodge. This was a great place! The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. You felt like you really were in a rainforest retreat. It rained nonstop the whole time we were in Franz Josef but this did not stop us from exploring the area and beautiful grounds of this property. They also have an amazing restaurant on the property with delicious food! This was a highlight of our trip and one of the best places we stayed in New Zealand!
8,3 Excellent
Pros: Modern En-Suite Bathroom & Shower in the 4-person dorm Restaurant & Bar on-site Friendly Reception
Cons: Poor WiFi Creaky Bunk-Beds Cold Water in the shower Unfriendly Restaurant/Bar Staff
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Great concept with the cottages. Private, warm and welcoming. Close to everything, quiet and overall an excellent place to stay.
Cons: Nothing.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: The location, cleanliness, room - everything was perfect!
Cons: Nothing
5,4 Okay
Pros: The location is good for seeing the Franz Josef glacier.
Cons: The key thing to know about Rainforest Retreat is that it's a sprawling complex-- one part serves backpackers and summer employees, and the other has higher end options. The higher end options--like the tree huts--aren't worth the money. We experienced the following challenges while there: - There was a major water shortage during our stay. This had happened before (google Franz Josef and water shortages and you'll see several hits), and the next town over (Fox Glacier) had running water. -The hotel staff blamed the water shortage on the city government (which was true), but did nothing for the guests during this time. Since they were shipping water in, the water wasn't potable/safe to drink, but we didn't find that out until we walked into reception. We had to buy our own bottled water to have drinking water. - The hotel staff also refused to do anything when our room had no running water-- they similarly blamed this on the city. However, that wasn't entirely true-- the backpackers had running water for their shower, and the maintenance people (who came 10 hours later) told us that a clogged water filter was why our particular hut had no water. The maintenance staff did eventually fix this so that we were able to shower once during our stay. - The walls between the units were paper thin. When our neighbors in the adjoining unit came home, we heard every movement they made, down to their lying down on the bed. - All of the furnishings were worn and had seen better days. In short, this was not worth $200 a night for a room. I would expect the hotel staff to ensure I have safe water to drink, that any maintenance issues are promptly dealt with (and that staff actually listened to their guests' concerns), and that the business tries to provide a good experience for their guests regardless of the external conditions. For somewhere nice, I would suggest you stay somewhere else, probably in the Fox Glacier township.
8,0 Excellent
Pros: The setting and location, the friendly easy to deal with check in reception staff. Loved the bird life and the outside lighting was lovely. The room was a good size and had everything we needed. The restaurant associated with the accomodation "the Monsoon" was absolutely wonderful. Service, food selection and food was fantastic. Would recommend ++++
Cons: We stayed in a motel unit downstairs and unfortunately found our upstairs neighbours every noisy. The premises are not sound proof. Every thump and conversation could be heard.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Got a free upgrade to a Tree House and absolutely loved it! Was very warm and cosy which was nice in the middle of winter. Had a great meal at the restaurant, just wished we had longer there to explore more of the area.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier - Bedroom
2
8,2 Excellent (722 reviews)
R3 816+
Overview Reviews
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier offers everything you need to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With two restaurants, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, the nearby hot pools and the Amaia Luxury Spa ensure you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and our visitor information and booking service will help you make the most of your time in Glacier Country.
9,5 Excellent
Pros: Lovely small hotel in an excellent location with lots of added extra touches eg. roasting marshmallows by the fire. Great family suite travelling with two children, wish more hotel rooms were configured that way!
Cons: No fitness centre
8,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location & friendly staff.
Cons: It's a huge hotel for the town its in & part of a chain so was somewhat sterile & lacking character, but perfectly comfortable & functional.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Everything. The staff were superb the restaurant was lovely and the view was great
Cons: Everything
7,0 Good
Pros: Solid bed. Perfect location.
Cons: I wished that it could be better equipped with items that make he stay more comfortable. For instance, slippers, toothbrush, stronger water pressure. At that price, this should be a luxury hotel and such items could make the guest happier.
6,3 Good
Pros: The breakfast was ok The room was clean and comfortable
Cons: The price
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Location. Facilities.
Cons: Nothing.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier was great for a short stay! Our room was very clean and spacious. The staff members were very friendly and knowledgable.
5,5 Okay
Pros: Easy access to everything in town
Cons: Right next door to the heliport so extremely noisy all day. Not pleasant at all. No vegan breakfast options available. Rooms are dated
9,3 Excellent
Pros: It’s a very small town and almost all hotels are jus near and share a compound walk . I would rate it at the best as any one would rate any hotel there at the best as all are similar. When you stay in FJ , need to ensure you book in advance as normally hotels get booked fast as ppl stay there for minimum 2 nights . After queens town you have all adventure activity available here.
Cons: Nothing to mention and can’t find one even I try to .
8,0 Excellent
Pros: Great location, friendly receptionist, nice room, good heater
Cons: Badly soundproofed
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Nice room.
Cons: The bed is too soft for me.
Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park - Franz Josef Glacier - Patio
3
8,0 Excellent (974 reviews)
R1 099+
Overview Reviews
Located in Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park is within a 5-minute drive of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and microwave in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
5,5 Okay
Pros: Staff were quick to help and friendly.
Cons: The bathroom didn't smell nice. Cramped room. Spa bubbles didn't work.
10,0 Excellent
Pros: good value for money - the cabins were big and well equipped. Easy location to find and only a few minutes drive/walk into town.
Cons: other campers at night were loud and made loads of noise til wee hours of the morning! Also booking.com advised we would pay on arrival but they debited my credit card prior to our arrival
8,3 Excellent
Pros: The heater in the room was great.
Cons: The facilities are a little dated/ well used and in need of an update.
7,1 Good
Pros: We stayed in the room with bath and shower. It is very basic but clean. It is one step up from camping. It did have a refrigerator.
Cons: The room was small. There was no ice available to either use or purchase on site. They, along with many places in NZ should invest in screens for their windows and doors.
5,8 Okay
Pros: The view of the mountains
Cons: Very basic
8,3 Excellent
Pros: The hot blanket...
Cons: The toilet without lock or latch..for a 3 bedded room..
10,0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was just fine in this accommodation. Loved the fact the rooms were separated by the bathroom. And the bathroom was a good size.
Cons: Good amount of power points, the power went out due to overloading, but the manager was prompt in attending to it.
8,8 Excellent
Pros: Exactly what we needed
Cons: Could hear a mouse or something in the wall of main room
6,8 Good
Pros: It was clean, functional and available
Cons: It was quite basic
5,0 Okay
Cons: The family rooms were very basic and not great value for money
9,5 Excellent
Pros: So clean