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“A relaxing stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 Villa   |   State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand   |  
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Perth, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“A relaxing stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in Jan 2013 in an Alpine View villa and found the it be clean, spacious with plenty of natural light. The kitchen is well equipped with a two door fridge. There is a shower but no bath / spa. There is parking next to each villa (some with undercover, some without) and a small decked verandah with stunning views of the mountains. The owners, Cesar and Erika, are lovely people and gave us some excellent advice on what to see and do. They booked a helicopter flight and landing to the top of the glacier (a must do) and received a discount off the normal cost. It is about a 4 minute drive into Franz Joseph so you do need a car. There is only one road (highway 6) in and out of Franz Joseph and whilst we did not hear much traffic noise because we were at the back of the property it may be different for the villas facing the highway. A nice place to stay.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Glenfern villas are set amongst a lovely scenery. There are a variety of big and small villas. However the villas are not very close to the town Center and the glaciers. It is recommended that you have a car with you if you stay here. The villas have space for car parking. On the whole the villas are very clean and spacious. The kitchen is well equipped and they have a big fridge. The staff is extremely friendly and will go out of their way to help you. They provide you with a few hours of free wifi.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Our touring holiday of north & south New Zealand was organised by a travel company and all our accomodation pre booked. In our original itinery we were in a lodge in the heart or Franz Josef. On arrival in New Zealand we found some of our accomodation had been changed, this being one of them and were a little dissapointed. That is untill we checked in. We had already checked out the original accomodation and although it was in the heart of everything it was also srrounded by everything, ie, other motels, coach parks and restaurants.
Glenfern is a little outside of town but no more than 5 minutes by car. The villas are modern, spacious, spotlessly clean and more than adequately equiped. You have your own parking bay outside of your door, a seated decking area outside of the patio doors, surrounded by countryside, a small holding with alpacca and ours had a view to die for.
Cesar ( hope this is the correct spelling ) one of the joint managers, greeted us on arrival and could not have been more helpful. Tips on the best places to go for views and eating and a local map were supplied with an enthusiasm that only comes from someone who takes enormous pride in their job and establishment.
My only dissapointment was the fact we were only staying for one night. We could have stayed and relaxed for days !

Room Tip: A view of the mountains is reccomended, but as you are surrounded by countryside all are good.
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stopped here for a couple of nights when travelling via Franz Joseph. The managers were very helpful and accommodating. The Villas were well priced, very clean and modern, with a lovely alpine feel. We had an outside deck and undercover parking which was really handy with the rain. Its a short drive (about 5min) into the town of Franz Joseph.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Glenfren Villas are a little way out of Franz Joseph town but beautifully set with a backdrop of snow capped mountains. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The villa was clean, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen area well equiped. Had the weather been better we could have sat out on our own deck.
Free wifi was available. We didn't realise how much of a bonus this was so till later in our trip.
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Only down side for us may have been welcomed by others. There was no onsite cafe or resaurant for breakfast; it was prepare your own from supplied ingredients. Any food left overs were happily scoffed by the goats and alpacas.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Our bookings were done by our travel agent for our fourth trip to New Zealand but this one is really at the top of our list.

Very clean quiet with very professional attentive hosts.

Our chalet came well equipped with kitchen facilities that allowed us to cook in so we could enjoy the patio with a nice bottle of wine.

Put this one on your to stay list as you will not be disappointed

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

....because they were fully booked the next night and we would have loved to stay longer. However, they helped with finding another accomodation in town. Cesar and Erika from Argentina, who manage the place, are very friendly and helpful, also pointed out the nicest walks in the area. The unit we had was impeccable and very comfortable and we enjoyed the boccia outside

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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