I ended up at this hostel because it's where the Kiwi bus goes, but I imagine the other hostels in the town might be better. For the most part, this one is fine- good location, fun bar with competitions and prizes (and all you can eat pizza nights), and a big kitchen. However, my main complaint was that I freezing all the time! The rooms managed to hold heat ok, but the hallways were so cold always, and this was only just going into winter. The door to the outside was usually open, and I dreaded having to leave the room to use the bathroom because of the cold. Also, I just don't really like hostels where you have to go outside to get to the other facilities (kitchen, laundry, etc.) when it's in a location with a chillier climate. Also, no alcohol of your own, and they DO check the rooms and do multiple sweeps at night.
My positive comments though are that the reception staff was super friendly and helpful, and there is an adorable and very cuddly cat on the premises who will happily curl up on the couch with you for ages. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier township on the west coast of NZ’s South Island.Nestled in six acres of native bush and surrounded by lush punga groves, Rainforest Retreat offers a wide range of accommodation – all built to embrace the natural environment.Whatever the season, explore New Zealand’s glaciers while staying at Rainforest Retreat. It’s not just accommodation… it’s an experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef