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“Just your average hostel.” 3 of 5 stars
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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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Los Angeles, California
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“Just your average hostel.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The kitchen was very good, large with lots of plates and utensils to go around. The rooms are comfortable but the decor inside looked a little dusty. The bed was comfortable and blanket warm enough. The only bummer was that the heater would automatically turn off after an hour or so and you would wake up kind of cold.

My friends and I had a rather rude encounter with the female owner. Some other people in the hostel told us she was in a bad mood because she was getting sick. Anyway, I didn't take it to heart it was just unnecessary.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Despite some negative review about this property, we found out that we are quite satisfy with our stay here. Our room is in a building opposite of the main building which makes it very quite and away from the noice. It consists of about 4 rooms and 2 bathrooms, our double room is just next to the bathroom which is very convevient and we did not have problem waiting for the use of bathroom. The room comes with a double bed, side tables and some shelving ,despite being small but adequate.
Of the Added advantage is this free soup serve at 6pm everyday which may come very handy as eating out in this country is very expensive and you will see people queueing up for the soup with some breads. There is a small shop selling cheap fish& chips opposite and together with the soup , thats our dinner. The friendly staff here even helped me to call up to book my accommadations for my next destinations.
Locations is idea , close to office offering trekking activities is another reason why it is always fully booked and being crowed also means noise or you can interpretes as lively.FJ is a small town and it is very quiet at night , sometimes having some noise bring "life" to the small town.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Probably the worst hostel bed I've ever slept on. The homemade vegetable soup that the hostel cooks was very nice. Average for a hostel stay. There is a hot tub, but it looks semi-suspect, so we did not go in.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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singapore
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15 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for two nights. Think it was low season as most of the rooms were empty. Our room (a private) was comfy and spacious enough for us to dump our stuff around. The shower facilities were great- water temperature was constant instead of running hot and cold. There was a mini fridge and utensils and hot plates so we could cook in our room Which was a nice touch. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen/common area. It was warm and comfy and had nice music playing all day. Free soup at 6pm and we loved it so much we have since tried to recreate the recipe now that we are back home! It is hearty enough as a meal on its own. Spent both out nights chilling in front of the fireplace with a bowl of soup in hand. Staff were very friendly. They had swings around the complex which I has fun playing on. The deco is very country which my partner felt was a nice touch. I think the place looks unassuming but is really great and very value for money.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I stayed here with a friend in June. There was a special going on where we got the 3rd night for free so we ended up staying in the Franz Josef area for an extra day than we intended to. The receptionist was very helpful and even made a last minute booking for a helicopter/glacier hike the following morning.

Our room was small, but still big enough to fit all our luggage. The bed was rather uncomfortable (and dangerous). "Dangerous, how can a bed be dangerous?" you may ask. There was a metal spring that had ripped through the mattress cover and was exposed, which we learned the hard way after collapsing on bed after a long day of driving and rain. Fortunately, no one was hurt and we were able to minimize the poking by flipping the mattress over. The sheets weren't very clean either. The bathroom was tiny and shared with the whole building, so it wasn't the cleanest. Even with the space heater running all night, it was still pretty cold.

The most comfortable part of the hostel was undoubtedly the dining room/lounge/kitchen area. A wooden stove in the middle of the room helped keep it nice and warm. There were rolling blackouts the first two nights throughout the whole town, but fortunately the hostel was well equipped with flashlights and headlamps. There was free vegetable soup every night for the guests, which, coupled with the blackouts, served as a nice way to meet other travelers. It wasn't a meal, but was very warm and could hold you over until the electricity came back on and you could actually cook dinner. The kitchen is a good size. I never had any trouble finding an open counter or stovetop to use. There are plenty of pots and pans and utensils to go around, as well as other cooking supplies. One night my friend and I even made pizza (there are 2 ovens).

Overall, this isn't a hostel that I would have normally stayed 3 nights in. However, Franz Josef is not something that can be passed over while in NZ and the glacier was more than enough justification for staying here.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

I stayed here for one night my room is okay rather small but okay price. Was a little noisy with younger guess next door room was annoying didn't have much sleep during the night. So glad I'm taking the bus the next day to catch some sleep.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed for two nights. The kids shared a four bedroom room and we had a double.
As everyone says, the rooms are very small and the bathrooms weeny with nowhere to place/leave any toiletries. Everything is very clean and the bed linen was of reasonable quality, although the towels were pretty worn and scratchy. The communal areas were quite nicely done and also very clean. We tried the free soup one night and it was hearty and filling.
Kerry at the front desk was very friendly and helpful and the sort of bubbly person you need running a show like this. Some of the others working were obviously transient and either didn't speak much English, or chose not to.
One thing I was disappointed by was the name ie Glow Worm "Cottages". The cottage aspect was why we chose this place over countless other backpackers in Franz Josef - not sure where the cottages were as it seemed to be just a motel-like setup.
It is a backpacker place, so you really can't expect too much I guess.

Room Tip: We had room 20 which was OK
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Glow Worm Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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