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Chateau Franz, Motel & Backpackers
3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   8-10 Cron Street | Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand   |  
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

Pretty average place. The main annoyance was a lack of cutlery, exacerbated by multiple guests who opted not to wash their dishes. The shower drain also didn't really drain, so it was pretty gross later in the morning after a few people had showered. The light in the other shower room was burnt out. Aside from those things, the place was decently quiet and clean, and the staff were friendly. Not sure if the other hostels would have been any better/worse.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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bristol, england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

This hostel was in a great location, close to the centre but far enough away from the bars to not be too noisy at night.
The room was pretty basic and was cold as the heater didnt work very well unfortunately, there was also damp patches along the wall.
The kitchen was small and cramped, but had everything you needed to cook a meal.
The staff were very friendly and the free soup and free popcorn were ok.
Would stay again but would recommend extra blankets in the winter.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

Chateau Franz Josef is a lovely backpackers. The rooms are clean (with enough linen and covers to make it through a cold night) and the kitchen reasonably spacious and neat. The spa in the back is small but comfortable.

The staff were very helpful and courteous throughout my stay, so no complaints there.

The location is good - but then, nothing is more than a few minutes walk away in Franz Josef.

All in all, a comfortable stay. And the free soup every evening is great!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

We didn't stay on the backpacker side, but the hotel side was very cozy. Great location. We got coupons for free shots and discounted drinks at a nearby bar as well. Lot of fun!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Townville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

Nice hostel with friendly staff. Minimal kitchen facilities for the number of guests but good rooms.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

This hostel is a good place to stay, the staff were friendly and helpful especially with booking activities. We stayed in a twin which was connected to two other rooms via a lounge that included a tv, sofa, table & chairs, and kitchen with fridge, electric hobs and toaster. The shower was nothing special but was clean (there was also a hair dryer). The rooms were a good size but cold and basic. The heater provided did not work properly, and the room had two beds and a mirror - that was it, so nowhere to put anything else which meant everything had to go on the floor which became annoying. free soup in the evenings was a bonus (and was yummy). However, compared to other hostels I have stayed in it is good andI would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Selangor, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2009

The double en-suite room we stayed was clean, bright, tidy and comfortable. There's coffee/tea making facilities, a fridge (not in working condition), a TV, a heater, a small dining table, hair dryer and a toaster (if I remember correctly). The shower drainage wasn't good, so it got a bit messy when having shower. The location is good (after all the town isn't very big), it's a short walk to restaurants, supermarket and shops. There's a spa but we didn't use it. The reception was friendly. Overall, we had a good night sleep and a comfortable stay, though we couldn't chill our drinks.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chateau Franz, Motel & Backpackers

Address: 8-10 Cron Street | Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chateau Franz, Motel & Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ed welcomes you to Chateau Franz...Come and relax at Chateau Franz Motel & Backpackers after your fun filled day on the Glacier. Centrally located, we are only a few minutes walk to all Franz Josef has to offer. We offer a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets. A free spa pool, free homemade soup every evening, free breakfast, free movies, popcorn and friendly informative staff in a great atmosphere! ... more   less 
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