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Glow Worm Cottages

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hostel is perfectly okay for a couple of nights to see the glaciers. Free WiFi is nice and the double rooms are acceptable. Only one toilet and two showers in a block with two doubles and a dorm (first hostel where I've had to wait in line) that are reasonable. The kitchen is quite grimy and the lack of... More

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Elsenham, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Fantastic stay at the Glow Worm Cottages. Staff really friendly and helpful on where to eat and activities. The free popcorn, soup and wifi are a massive bonus! The rooms and bathrooms where clean! There are glow worms up the road as well, well worth the short walk!

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Had a room with a double and single. Self contained, ensuite. Clean, quiet, lovely surroundings of course. And superb service at the desk. Didn't check out the facilities as only there one night. The hot tub looked extremely dodgy, the water was hmmm ick.. with floating foam on top when it wasn't in use. Would definitey recommend staying here!

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Iowa City, IA
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136 reviews 136 reviews
14 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Tho it is not fancy, it is clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, the free popcorn and soup are pleasant and a great way to meet people from around the world. The private bath and kitchenette was well stocked and very convenient. Free Wifi! All over the area, during the day there is the constant rattle of the helicopters... More

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

When you stay at a backpackers you shouldn't expect more than what you've paid for, This makes for a nice surprise. Friendly reception, free popcorn, free soup in the evenings, fire place, hot tub, and nice units. We loved the individual touch of the units. Enough parking. Views of the mountains are great. Next door to centre where you can... More

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beijing
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14 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

Glow Worm definitely gets some points for some features, but while it's clean overall the place just feels a bit grimy, with a bit of an unwashed-backpacker smell that is not surprising given the clientele, but it's not an inherent feature of all hostels. Pros: Most rooms (all?) have their own bathroom and kitchenette, the free veggie soup at 6pm... More

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Girona
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8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Nice friendly staff. Our room was basic and clean with private bathroom. Basic cooking facilities which we didn't use. However, our booking said there was breakfast included, but when we asked was told it was a mistake. We were offered breakfast at their other place further up the road, but this was awful...felt like a free for all. We didn't... More

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Wiki W, Marketing Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Unfortunately one of our booking agents made a mistake with advertising the free breakfast at Glow worm instead of Chateau Franz, our other hostel in Franz Josef. "Free for all" is not the case with the breakfast. There are usually 40 + people to feed in an hour who are either catching buses or have activities planned out and about... More

San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stayed here in a family room in December. Our room was by far the dingiest and smallest place we stayed in in New Zealand. And the bathroom door fell off and onto us twice and could have easily resulted in serious injuries if we had not caught it! The staff were nice but they told us that they had... More

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Wiki W, Marketing Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

We apologize for the inconvenience with the maintenance. I will follow up with your concern regarding the door and make sure that this will not happen again. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Arohanui (with much love) More

Jerusalem, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This hostel was really average nothing more. Room was a bit small, bed was ok and so were the showers (clean enough), however the kitchen was really dirty and there was not enough light. We stayed for one night only. Don't go if you want to be pampered...

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Wiki W, Marketing Manager at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

We are not sure what to benchmark the term 'average' against.? It is not a large complex with about 23 rooms and only one communal kitchen. The kitchen is nearly always in use with food preparation and guests helping themselves to the free coffee and tea. We are glad that we were able to accommodate for you basic requirements Arohanui... More

Leeds, England
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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This is a nice place with comfy communal areas and TV room with loads of films to watch. Theres really friendly staff who will go out of their way to help you and even free soup each night! Can't be bad!

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Wiki W, Manager Marketing at Glow Worm Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are one of the only places in Franz Josef that provide free soup other than our sister hostel Chateau Franz. In the future we hope to add even more variety to our soup offering . We are also working on providing free WIFI for our guests. Arohanui (with much love) More

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Also Known As:
Glow Worm Cottages Hotel
Glow Worm Cottages Hotel Franz Josef
Address: 27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 12 Specialty lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Glow Worm Cottages 3*
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