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Franz Alpine Retreat

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2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, 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 yesterday NEW

Very well equiped cottages, real cozy with very good services. The owners are very nice persons and really caring. I recommend to stay here. We've enjoyed our stay here. The place is well maintained, seems relatively new. It is not far from franz josef city.

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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice small house with two bedroom, good kitchen and bathroom. With a very good view of the mountain and the valley, a little away from Franz Josef, but absolute no problem Good service and advising of Franz Josef area and the small village

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2 bedrooms, a nice kitchen and living room, all you need. Beautiful surroundings. A small front deck where you can sit and enjoy a drink or two. But skip the offered breakfast and drive into the local supermarket and get what you need. A small drive into town but it's easy to get a taxi or use the shuttle service... More 

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berkshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Accommodation knows as JAGS...... Managers Mel and Nigel, whilst quite helpful on arrival with phone calls etc you could not help but notice the stale smell of cigarettes on Mel, which was not very pleasant. My husband also commented on an alcohol smell? Roomy, but Basic accommodation - Nowhere to hang clothes! Not even one coat hanger. No mirror or... More 

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MelO776, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

We are most disturbed and utterly disappointed with your unfactual review. Firstly we did not smell of stale smoke. Nigel was doing a burn off prior to you checking in and for this we are sorry if this offended you. As Nigel has not drunk alcohol for over 10 years and Mel had just had a glass of wine with... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I am writing this review after travelling as a family group of 3 adults on a package deal around the South Island. During 2 weeks we stayed in 7 hotels/resorts. Due to knowing only the total cost of the trip, I cannot comment on prices or value for money. This group of cottages is about 5-10 mins north of Franz... More 

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MelO776, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad you enjoyed the peaceful of the countryside whilst only being 4 mins from town. Enjoy the remainder of your holiday. More 

Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We arrived on a misty evening in May, after a long drive. Although the accomodation is not "Petfriendy" the lovely owners gave us a beautiful room with a stunning view on the mountains for a very good price! Thx thx for the hospitality and kindness!

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MelO776, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad you enjoyed your time with us. We wish you well on the rest of your adventure More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our stay in the lodge was very comfortable. Everything is there so you can be self sufficient and the continental breakfast ingredients are delivered the evening before. Wifi is free but intermittent due to the location on the Island. The management are very helpful - explaining about attractions and what to do. It is a little way out of town,... More 

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MelO776, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Intermittent WIFI can be a challenge in Franz Josef with 1 cable into the town, but the scenery makes up for it. Enjoy the remainder of your Holiday More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This accommodation far exceeded our expectations from their web site. The majestic view and tranquil setting on check in took our breath away.The total panoramic view of the snow capped mountains has to be experienced to believe. The 2 bedroom chalet was far superior in space size and comfort than we expected. and hosts Mel & Nigel are a credit... More 

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad that you enjoyed our Kiwi Roast. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and experience our beautiful surroundings. We do try to exceed our guests expectations and are thrilled that this time we were able to. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday and look... More 

Geelong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Franz Alpine Retreat offers precisely what makes a stopover memorable. It embodies comfortable accommodation in an extremely well appointed suite in a self contained cabin format, with vistas over the local ranges that nearly take your breath away. It is a little way out of town (not very far) so you can almost feel the quietness. There is plenty of... More 

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you enjoy the remainder of your holiday. Regards Mel & Nigel More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Fantastic place to stay for a couple of nights. Our 2 bedroom apartment was clean, comfortable and spacious. The laundry facilities were great. The whole serenity of the place is a drawcard in itself. Away from the crowds. Could very easily stay here for a week or two. Our hosts, Mel and Nigel were extremely kind and helpful.

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and it was a pleasure to host you. We would welcome to have you come and stay with us again in the future. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel More 

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