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“Motel with a magnificent view” 4 of 5 stars
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Glacier View Motel
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Motel with a magnificent view”
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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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Brisbane, Australia
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44 hotel reviews
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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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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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kuala lumpur
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Invercargill, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We have stayed at this motel twice now and have enjoyed both stays. The owners (and Kate the dog) are friendly and helpful and the rooms spacious, comfortable and very clean. We like being outside the main centre so the location was good too. We would recommend this motel as being good value for money, comfortable, friendly and clean - all the attributes a weary traveller requires!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Victor Harbor SA
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

We found this to be a good motel in relation to a comfortable room and bed. We were warm and found the staff very friendly and helpful. The bathroom area was somewhat squeezy - but functional - and it served our need well as travellers staying for a single night. We appreciated the small kitchen facility and the under-cover parking provided.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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glacierviewmotel, Owner at Glacier View Motel, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Thanks for your comments and glad you had a warm, comfortable stay with us.
Our long term renovation plan (over the next 2/3 years) is to replace all the studio bathrooms, the three already completed so far have been very well received. Hope you enjoyed your NZ holiday and maybe we'll see you back in Franz Josef soon.
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Additional Information about Glacier View Motel

Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glacier View Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Glacier View Hotel South Island

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