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“Clean, modern and good food next door” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   34 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 hotels in Franz Josef
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Clean, modern and good food next door”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2007

We were very glad to finally find some really top grade accommodatoin. We stayed up stairs in a studio with a king size bed which we were upgraded to. It which was great we had a great view towards the mountians, we could even see a small glacier. The bed seemed near new, the kitchen was well apointed and the shower had great presure, welcolme after a long hike on the ice! The really helpful reception staff gave us heeps of info on the area, which was great as there did not seem to be much info available in town. A must do is the reasturant next door. The food was great and I really enjoyed the venison stew!
We we so pleased we stayed at several more Bella Vista's on our holiday (nb you need to ask for a loyality card, it's worth it if you are staying at more than 5 Bella Vista)
I'll be back!

  • Liked — Great view and good bed
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2007

stayed december 06 in this dump. The actual room was OK for the money, a bit shabby, but for $120, not too bad for the area.
When i viewed room 7, all the windows were open. The reason was due to a severe damp smell in room when you closed the windows.

When you looked in the morning, all the ground floor room windows had water running down them, indicating a problem with all the ground floor rooms.

Got a dehumidifier from owner (he had several, so obviously knew there was a problem) which helped, but left feeling ill in the morning.

Wife has sent a email to the local council, as we believe it is a health hazard.

Avoid at all costs

  • Liked — getting of it
  • Disliked — damp room
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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FranzJosef007, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review, December 5, 2009
In December 2009 we installed a venterlation system through the complex that gently circulates warm filtered air through the studio creating a warmer, drier, healthier sleeping environment.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2007

On the advice of friends, I booked this motel which is one of a chain. I had requested a studio but it was unavailable so I was offered a family unit at a slightly higher price which I accepted. After our cramped room the previous night in another Bella Vista, I was glad that we had the upgrade because the motel was exactly the same style as the previous one (they are all built to similar design).
This family room was on the first floor, accessible by some steps. It was pouring with rain, and the steps were wet but, unlike the previous motel, this had some anti slip bars.
The room itself was spacious, with a studio room, with Queen bed, table, chairs, armchairs and kitchenette. There was another bedroom with two singles, and a large bathroom. The beds had electric blankets which were very welcome as it was bitterly cold and very wet outside. Nevertheless, the small wall heater was not particularly effective in warming up the large room. I found another fan heater in the second bedroom and plugged that in as well, and we were soon warmed up.
It was clean, comfortable and we slept well despite the wind and rain beating away outside.

  • Liked — The family unit was spacious and comfortable.
  • Tips/Secrets — The restaurant next door was cosy, with an open fire and good food on a cold wet evening.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

Address: 34 Cron Street, 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 Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier. We are just a minute's walk to a variety of flights, glacier hikes, restaurants the new Wildlife Center with its Kiwis and the Glacier Hot Pools. Offering a range of modern studio accommodation including, spa bath, queen and twin studio, mountain view studio and family accommodation. All accommodation includes in-room phones, broadband, hairdryers, complimentary tea, coffee drinking chocolate & fresh milk. Off-street parking, guest laundry and BBQ area are available. ... more   less 
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