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“good option in Franz Josef” 3 of 5 stars
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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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Curitiba, PR
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“good option in Franz Josef”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

The Franz Josef YHA is not exceptional but the facilities are adequate for travellers needs. I stayed there for a couple of nights (as I think most backpackers do, especially those doing the glacier day walk). The staff was friendly and helpful.

The 4 bed dorm is not very big, and the collective bathrooms are also a bit small and not as clean as I would like them to be. However, the other common areas are clean, spacious and pleasant. I have been to another backpacker in the village and I think the YHA facilities looked much better. Overall is a good hostel that does the job and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Stayed in this YHA for 2 nights in Dec 2011, room 2 (double ensuite). Booked via hostelbookers.com. In summary, it’s just “okay” if you want to save some money. If you’re ok to burn more cash, better get something else. When staying there, I saw not only “young” people – but also older folks (like 50+ years old) and families with babies and kids.

Pro:
• Location is good, within walking distance to major tour operators, eateries and Four Square supermarket
• Check in/out – no issue (watch out for their opening hours, I think they closed at 8 or 9 pm – I forgot)
• Relatively clean , huge shower head with good water pressure
• Huge common space, kitchen, pool table and barbeque grill outside (although I never saw anyone using it)

Cons:
• Very basic & no frills (which is what you should expect given the price)
• Bed is not so comfy
• Thin wall – I can hear people talking in hallway and walking in the room above me
• No air con (but it’s cold enough at night, but unfortunately if you open the window – bunch of insects will fly in)

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

I never stayed in a YHA in my life and this was my 1st experience and there is nothing more I would ask for with that price.
The room is average, and it could fit all of us in an en-suite, with the price. Kitchen was well equipped and we made our dinner there and meeting other people. It was great!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011 via mobile

Stayed in a double ensuite room for 2nights. Room and bathroom both a good size and clean. Location good - 2min walk to shops etc, 5min drive to glacier. Kitchen was a good size but got taken over one evening by a school trip of teenagers. Computers available for internet. Lots of free parking.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Essex, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Warm and comfortable during my winter stay. The staff were friendly and helpful, as were all the other travellers I met. One of the better hostels I have stayed in, although small-ish dorms. I felt very safe here as a single traveller.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Stopped overnight at Franz Josef YHA with my wife who is not used to staying at youth hostels, accomodation was ok although made a mistake in sleeping in a double bed which was not very comfortable. Location of YHA is very good close to all amenities although Franz Josef appears to be a sleepy village with not much going for it apart from the glacier

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

We arrived here in a rush to get to our glacier hike. The staff were friendly and made check-in really easy. We were put in a 4 bed dorm that was quite small! The lockers were outside the room so we didn’t use them. The window didn’t shut but apparently they are waiting for a new window to be delivered. They offered to move us to a different dorm but we were only staying there for one night.

The kitchen is huge and was well-equipped. They have 5 computer terminals that are Global Gossip operated. The computer I used didn’t have a headphone/microphone, so the person at reception opened a brand new set for me.

The hostel is located near the information office and supermarket, and 7 or 8 minutes walk to the hot pools.

The only negative thing was that the room was cold and took a long time to heat up once we’d found out how to switch the heater on. There was also no sheet for one of the beds and when we lifted up the blanket to look for it there were lots of bits of paper or dirt underneath it! They need to clean their quilts better.
Overall it was a nice hostel with good facilities in a good location.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — YHA Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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