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“Comfortable, well located, but lacking privacy” 4 of 5 stars
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Glacier View Motel
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   State Highway 6 | Franz Josef, 7856, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #372 of 715 hotels in South Island
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Comfortable, well located, but lacking privacy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Glacier View offers all that one wants in a motel. Staff were warm and welcoming and the rooms well furnished, with a reasonably well equipped kitchen unit. The rooms may be a little small but it was not an issue for us. Our only reservation was that as there was no net curtain, the only way of gaining any privacy was to shut the main curtain. with rooms being closely spaced this is not ideal.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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23 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We spent a night at this great little motel, 2kms out for the CBD in Franz Josef, but excellent location, great owners, clean and well kept rooms, very helpful with all that we asked for and provided 3 recommended hotels

great place to spend a quite night

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The rooms are small. And also the beds are small. The breakfast was better than expected. The people at the reception gave good information. We had some problems with our mobile phones. It seemed that at the location of the motel the strength of the signal is very low and so you had to search for a location with sufficient signal. The view on the mountains is magnificent.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Recently stayed here for one night, the motel is located on the main road just past the town centre. The room is extremely clean and spacious. The bed was huge and comfortable. The heater although old did a very good job in keeping the room toasty.

The owners were extremely helpful in providing information on the glacier flights and treks and unfortunately we had horrible weather during our stay and didn’t do either. They also have an extremely friendly dog which lives on site and a nice sight when you’re away from your own pets.

The motel had free wi-fi internet vouchers (20mB) which was adequate to check emails and news. Unfortunately I had to sit outside to use it (couldn’t get connection in the room), could have been due to the poor weather at the time though. Covered parking for the car directly outside the room was fantastic.

Unfortunately I can’t comment on the glacier views as it was storming the entire time here, but I would definitely stay here again to find out!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in September, the motel was very clean and the owners very friendly. we had a great view of the glacier. The motel had everything that you need for a self catering stay and was very good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This motel is really nice and is located along State Highway 6 and next to a farm. The place is clean and offers really nice views of the surrounding landscapes. You can view the Franz Josef glacier from the motel. Would recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Well when I booked the motel, I was a bit shocked to see that Glacier View really just meant, if you had a telescope and it wasn't a cloudy day...putting aside this disappointment and the 15 minute drive from town, I have to say, the great help from management made up for everything.

Firstly, the room. No wi-fi, but internet in reception (have to pay). The heater in the room is portable and does the job, the rooms are very old and small, but all the microwave, fridge, good TV and oven top all in top shape. They have laundry room and trampoline. Oh and a very friendly dog.

Now the best part was the manager knocked on my door and told me I had a flat tyre. I later went to fix it, was having a lot of trouble budging the tyre nuts using the dodgy car rental spanner. The manager than came back with a better one and helped me change it! He then gave me directions to the only mechanic in the town (though it cost me $70 for a puncture repair as another long story).

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Glacier View Motel

Address: State Highway 6 | Franz Josef, 7856, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #372 of 715 hotels in South Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glacier View Motel 3.5*
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