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YHA Franz Josef

4.5 of 5 Hostel   |   2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
tank_seven Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for for 2 nights. Our room was clean and fairly comfy but cold and took hours to warm up after we put the heating on. The kitchen was filthy, with dirty dishes and cooking equipment left everywhere. Everything also seem to be broken - the things we spotted included the sauna, 1 of 2 washing machines, 2 of... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for couple of days in June 2014, one of the best hostel we've stayed in. Hostel was very clean and pristine. Good cleanliness overall, from the room, communal bathroom, kitchen to the communal living room. Staff was ever so polite and very helpful, could not fault them. Too bad we could not do the Helicopter ride to see... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in this hostel two nights and loved it! It's very clean and cozy, the kitchen is big and the common room has a fireplace, a piano and a pool table! The bathrooms were extremely clean, as was our nice four bed dorm. The day I checked in they had a movie night with pop corns, and they also... More

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YHANZ, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia ora Marta, Thanks for the great feedback! We work hard to give our guests the best possible experience, so it’s always nice to hear that our hard work pays off. I’m glad you liked the free hot soup. During the chilly winter months we offer guests vegetable or chilli bean soup. And because our movie night is so popular,... More

Minehead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Have stayed in tons of hostels throughout Australia and NZ, and this was one of my favourites! I chose to stay here when on kiwi experience rather than their prebooked accommodation due to it being about $10 cheaper! They offer free soup in the evenings, and the kitchen was large and clean. Lovely communal area with open fire and sofas,... More

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

When I booked this place I wasn't aware it was a backpackers with commune living. That's entirely my own fault. The staff were friendly and helpful and the room appeared to be clean. Not my idea of good accommodation.

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YHANZ, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Mark, Yep, we’re definitely a backpacker hostel with great communal spaces including a lounge with fireplace and pool table, fully-equipped kitchen and a free sauna! I hope you enjoyed your stay despite the fact that you usually don’t stay in backpackers. And thanks for leaving the positive feedback about our friendly staff and clean rooms. Kind regards, Luke... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This hostel is very different than other yha hostels. Normally the kitchens are clean and there are at least enough tea-towels. This hostel was nothing like that, dirty kitchen, very small kitchen, very cold common room. Also the common room was very dirty! The room I stayed in was very small (5 share female), the beds unstable and the window... More

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YHANZ, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia ora Manon, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your stay. As you know, not all travellers are conscientious about tidying up after themselves. That's why we work hard to keep the hostel clean and tidy. To that end we clean the kitchen twice daily and the lounge once a day. But we will look at incorporating more checks... More

Perth, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

The hostel is extremely clean and tidy. If you catch the bus coming from Queenstown it stops in the front door. Also, if your leaving towards Greymouth or Nelson it stops at same spot. If you are a YHA member, when you have arrive you received a card with 200Gb for internet. It's awesome, because internet is quite limited in... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

YHA Franz Joseph is located at a quiet corner at the end of the road and yet its still just within 5-10 mins walk to anywhere including the FJ Glacier Guide Building and 4 Square Supermarket. It also provides ample parking space beside it. Kitchen and Communal Space is huge and are very well equipped. However corridors would be better... More

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kuala lumpur
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Located at the edge of town - everything is walking distance in Franz Josef though, so it's as good a location as any other. Eateries and shops all within 5 minutes walking distance. The place is clean with a fantastic kitchen and large communal area. Also the MOST comfortable bed I slept in all of my NZ journey.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The hostel was located right at the end of the road so there is hardly any traffic therefore no traffic noise. Kitchen was decent size with enough stove and cutlery for every guest. The staff was nice and helpful. There is small four square supermarket but twice as expensive due to location. The room is small but you expect that... More

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Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — YHA Franz Josef 4.5*
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YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 
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