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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hostel is busy with many tours passing through. It has everything you would expect from a YHA, but things such as the pool table were $2(are free in other hostels), the sauna (advertised outside of the YHA (?False advertising) didn't work) and it lacked all the required signs, advice notices reminding people how to behave. We were disappointed to...

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Catania, Italy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good location. The ten bedroom dormitory was fine. Cheap, hot showers, confortable beds. Maybe not enough bathrooms. The only negative point was the fire alarm woke up everyone at 4am and no one could stop it or explain us what it was happening. Basically nobody came. Maybe it could be good to have someone in the night.

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Marie-Anne Thank you for taking the time to review our Hostel, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed our hot showers and comfortable beds! Unfortunately the alarm that woke you up is the Town Emergency Siren, and not part of the Hostel, Usually this siren is turned off quickly but in this situation was left going for longer. Kind...

Melbourne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walls of the hostel are thinly built and you hear EVERYTHING. Not only can you hear the conversations of every guest in the hall, the doors to each room automatically slam shut. From our private room we also heard the communal toilets flush and the water run down the pipes. When you're tired after a day of activities this...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Cara, Thanks for taking the time to review our hostel! I am disappointed to hear that your stay with us was not up to standard. After reading your comments I have had our handyman check all door closers to ensure doors do not loudly slam. Kind Regards Josh Bramley

New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed for two weeks during winter and it was the most comfortable stay I had in NZ. I was in a 4 mix dorms. It was very spacious, the bathrooms were cleans. They is a t.v room with a nice selection of movies to choose from at reception, all for FREE with FREE soup as well. The staff...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora cryssoue Great to hear you enjoyed our Hostel! We offer the free vegetable soup during our cold winter months to our guests between April 1st and October 31st . It is unfortunately some guests decide not to clean up after themselves so we make sure to clean our kitchen throughout the day for our other guests. Great to...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Positives: 1. Free wifi with good speed 2. Free Sauna bath which is pretty amazing 3. Good level of cleanliness in rooms and bathrooms 4. Good lounge area Areas of improvement: 1. Interaction with staff and check-in experience - wasnt very helpful in terms of providing info about the place and activities to do, etc. 2. Kitchen could see some...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Akshat Awesome to hear you enjoyed our facilities! We have had new staff join our team recently and we are making sure they spend time exploring Franz Josef and its activity’s so that they can better inform our guests. We try our best to keep our kitchen clean and well stocked for our guests throughout the day but...

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for one night on our way through Franz Josef. Quality is up to scratch with everything I've come to expect from YHAs around NZ - large kitchen, cosy common area, comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. There are large lockers in each room, big enough to fit backpacks. We had a bit of rainy weather and so stayed in...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Melissa Fantastic to hear you enjoyed our Hostel, hopefully next time you pass through the sun will be out for you! Kind Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager

Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our 2 nights stay. Everything is clean, bedroom are great and staff is very nice! But don't forget to clean the carnage bin, someone left a dirty underwear, wasn't really nice to have during all the stay :s

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Los Angeles
Reviewed December 11, 2016

What a huge relief to check in to this hostel after staying 2 nts at the Nomads Queenstown. This place rocks!! Not only do the bathrooms smell clean, they ARE clean. Another subtle touch that makes a huge difference is that this place provides bath mats. It was nice not have to step on someone else’s dirty foot juice. I...

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Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

A great hostel of the quality you expect from a YHA! Very clean, excellent kitchen/living facilities for travellers and friendly staff. They have tonnes of DVDs free to watch in case you get caught in bad weather and have daily weather updates for the glacier. Highly recommended!

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

I've been travelling NZ for over 5 weeks now and I have to say this is the best room I've had so far. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm one night and a 10 bed dorm for two nights. They were both very spacious with comfy beds and lockable cabinets including 2 secure USB ports and a plug... really...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Lydia Wow! Thank you for such a wonderful review, I am glad you enjoyed your stay and found all of our facilities to be up to a great standard and suitable for all of your needs. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand and had the same positive experiences everywhere you went. Kind...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about YHA Franz Josef

Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $23 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Franz Josef 4*
Number of rooms: 103
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“Spacious and clean .”
 of 5 bubbles cryssoue, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“If you are in a group of four go for the family room”
 of 5 bubbles JennyD33, Aug 21, 2016 | Read review
“The wireless internet signal was weak in the triple beds room”
 of 5 bubbles EasonChou1018, Apr 15, 2016 | Read review
“Excellent place”
 of 5 bubbles V2C, Mar 28, 2016 | Read review
“This is a YHA so set your expectations accordingly and you wont be disappointed”
 of 5 bubbles GlowWormBenny, Jan 4, 2016 | Read review
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