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Westwood Lodge- A Select Hotel
4.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Franz Josef B&B and Inns
Minnesota
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“Loved the Westwood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

My husband and I just returned from a 15 day trip to the South Island of New Zealand. We stayed at a total of 9 B&Bs, and this was one of our favorites. We had just finished an all day glacier hike, so were tired and hungry when we checked in. The check-in was seamless, and we were very happy with our Coach House Suite. It was large with a comfortable bed and separate sitting area, and an ensuite bathroom with an open shower. There was also a walkout to a small patio with views of the glacier. All of the rooms had DVD players, too, and there were a variety of DVDs in the main lodge that you could borrow for a night. The breakfast the next morning was our best of the trip! We have no complaints about this stay, and I would highly recommend this place to others.

  • Liked — Breakfast!
  • Disliked — Had to pay to use internet
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

We stayed at Westwood Lodge for three nights and had a wonderful experience. Our Coach House Suite was spacious, clean and well appointed. We enjoyed the view of Franz Josef glacier from our private patio. (we had room 6, a great view!)
The main lodge has a beautiful fireplace, comfortable sitting area, a billiards table and a selection of books and DVD's to borrow.
Although the rooms are separate from the main house, the personal touch of the hosts and the wonderful breakfasts make you feel like you are staying in a boutique bed and breakfast.
Thanks to Richard, Jacquie and Kaz for all of their advice and help with our bookings.
We would definitely recommend Westwood Lodge and won't hesitate to stay there again on our next trip to New Zealand.

  • Liked — Guest room and main lodge facilities.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2007

Westwood Lodge is the BEST place to stay if you're visiting the Glaciers in either Franz Josef or Fox. All of the other lodging options paled in comparison when we saw what both towns had to offer. We stayed in one of the coach house suites but I suspect the main lodge rooms are equally as spectacular. The lodge and property are just beautiful. The rooms were huge - about 600 sqft. There was a lounge area with a couch, table, TV/DVD, and desk next to the sleeping area. The bathrooms had 2 sinks and a huge shower. Everything was very new and clean. Little details like fresh fruit and cookies, chilled water and milk in the fridge, and various odds and ends (water boiler for tea, plates, knives, forks, wine glasses, cheese board, etc.) made the room a delight. Each room has sliding doors that lead to a private patio with table and chairs - a great place to have a glass of wine as you take in the beauty of the rainforest and mountain views (suites 4, 5, & 6 have the best views). The main lodge was beautiful and we ended up spending half a rainy day hanging out there with a roaring fire playing board games and eating our indoor picnic. The main lodge has a great selection of DVD's and books that you can bring back to your room to enjoy - no need to check anything out, they trust that you'll be responsible and bring any materials back prior to your departure. Richard was extremely accomodating and helped us with various requests. Wireless internet isn't free but it's very cheap - $4NZD for 30 min. Breakfast in the morning was very good. I would highly recommend that you stay here if you are looking for a great place to stay. While it might be a little more expensive than some of the other options, especially during the summer (we were able to take advantage of a winter special) I think you'll find that the luxury is well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2007

If you can afford it (we got a winter special), by all means, stay here if visiting Franz Josef. The room and bathroom are enormous, beautiful and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. The common living room with a fireplace and bar looked to be an inviting place to have a drink and relax. And the hosts are wonderfully gracious. The lodge is less than a five minute drive on the same main road to Franz Josef.

We only had a one night stop there, but I hope to return, maybe during a different season from winter (to experience different activities and temperatures in the area, not that winter was bad). I would consider the Westwood Lodge a destination in itself, even if you're not planning the traditional glacier activities.

Stayed August 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2007

The Westwood Lodge is about 5-7 minutes driving outside the city and not in the main stretch of shops/restaurants around Franz Josef. But considering what those accommodations looked like as I drove past them, I'm glad. The lodge theme is taken literally, with log-cabin style walls for the main house and cottages. However, that's where the rustic imagery ends. The very large rooms are appointed with all the modern comforts you would want, including wifi. The best of all though was the breathtaking view of Franz Josef Glacier from my patio door - wow!

Our hosts/proprietors really made the experience. They were friendly and introduced guests to each other over the home-cooked warm breakfast that they made for us each day. They helped all of the guests plan alternate activities during the rain and were genuinely interested in making sure our time on the west coast was memorable. The lodge has a seating area and pool table for socializing with other guests in the evenings.

From start to finish, my stay at the Westwood Lodge was top notch and highly worthy of recommending to others.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2007

We stayed in the Westwood lodge for one night only, we wished we could have stayed longer as it was beautiful.

We stayed in the coach house suites which are a stones throw from the main building with parking for your car right outside your door.

Our first impressions of the room was WOW, it gave the impression of a timder chalet. There was a double bed, a couch with tv, a desk area, a huge bathroom with walk in shower and double sinks. The room opened up onto a small deck area with a table and two chairs, but it was the view that we loved. Getting up in the morning we were looking up on to the peaks of Franz Josef galcier.

The service was outstanding and very friendly, the breakfast was delicious. I really loved it here

  • Liked — The view from our room
  • Disliked — A little bit on the expensive side
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Miami, Fl
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2007

This is really a wonderful lodge. The wooden walls were a nice touch and the room very spacious and clean. We were upgraded without even asking which was nice and a first throughout our honeymoon trip. The common areas were beautiful and very homey. This was one of the best values we found in NZ. Breakfast was great. The drive from Queenstown to the glaciers, was long, but amazing. The views were something we won't forget. Probably the best scenery of all...and we saw a lot.

Stayed March 2007
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Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Westwood Lodge- A Select Hotel 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Westwood Lodge offer stylish accommodation set in a delightful landscaped native garden with Alpine & Glacier views. All rooms are superbly comfortable, choose between the Main House Suites with a luxurious French tub or a Coach House suite with fantastic alpine views. All suites have underfloor heated spacious ensuites with dual handbasins & largen open titled showers. For total comfort all include complimentary toiletries, robes & hairdryers. ... more   less 
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