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Franz Alpine Retreat

4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights in March and was allocated with a nice view chalet. Jen is so accommodating and to the extend of helping my daughter to collect her skydiving thumb drive at the small town nearby. It was just amazing to have someone who is so helpful as her. Thanks a million.Will definitely stay again if we ever visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It rained for most of our drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef, but that didn't spoil the drive. The highlight was arriving at our "cabin" at the Franz Alpine Retreat. Open plan living/dining/kitchen, two bedrooms (one double, two singles) and very cozy. Each unit is detached so you feel like you are on your own unit. You do need a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a lot of space, ample kitchen, and laundry facilities. Jennifer was wonderful with helpful tips for the town - which is only 5 - 10 mins away. We bought breakfast supplies to add to the breakfast basket. A great place to stay away from the town and the noise of tourists, helicopters and enjoy the peace and... More

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Margaret River Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for two days in the Alpine Retreat - fab cabins (not very many - maybe 10 altogether?) with all facilities. We were very well looked after by the fantastic Jennifer - she is amazing and can't do enough to make your stay perfect - like having a 5 star hotel without the cost!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here 2 nights in 2 separate chalets (group of 8) which is more than enough space to spread out. Our units were Fox, and the one opposite it on the driveway. The chalets are basic, but super clean and just enough cookware and utensils. Microwave, electric water pot, toaster, gas range, electric oven, fridge - all we needed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jen has been very helpful during our visit at the alpine retreat. I booked my skydiving trip from them and they have been helpful ... friendly and the best part, the accommodation is fully equipped.. We get to cook and dine like we're home and in the day, we get to see the franz josef glacier from our unit.. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a two-bedroom chalet (though as a couple we only used one bedroom). It was spacious, modern, comfortable, and spotless. While JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat is just off the main road, its location is quiet and serene. It's about a five-minute drive from the center of Franz Josef village, thus slightly distanced from its activity and commotion.... More

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Encounter Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best Alpine style hotels I have stayed in across Australia and New Zealand. The room was clean and did not smell of chemicals. The service friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Free WIFI was an added bonus. No mobile reception however we were invited to use the phone free of charge if needed.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Stayed a night with my wife recently. Is absolutely amazing. Great chalets that were warm and well presented. Very clean as well. The staff was very friendly. Appropriate for the price charged. Would certainly stay again and recommend it highly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We booked for a group of 10 more than 6 months in advance but 2 weeks before our visit we discovered a problem with the booking that meant we could not all be accommodated. Jennifer, our host, went far beyond expectations to find extra accommodation in town and ensure that our total cost remained as it was booked. When we... More

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Also Known As:
Franz Alpine Retreat Hotel
Franz Alpine Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
Address: 2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has personalised facilities that fully immerse you in the surrounding environment.Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 6. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet, Phone & insect screens. Other facilities within the complex DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities, continental breakfast.A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! ... more   less 
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