We arrived late, under prior agreement, to be met by the proprietor who smelled strongly of alcohol. His manner was offhand, and although he ran through the courtesies, I got the impression that he would rather have been elsewhere. The dining room was full (a coach party), and no room for us, although in fairness I hadn't booked in advance. We had to go down into the town, which was also heaving, and had to wait 45 minutes for a table.
The motel rooms are superior, both in terms of size and decor, nicely furnished and clean, but we looked out over the rubbish dump at the back, and the area where coaches were cleaned. In fact, next morning we were able to watch the whole cleaning operation.
One of the previous comments made by others is correct - no matter where you put the motel in Fox, it's surrounded by others of the same ilk, and none of them are particularly attractive. This motel is better than most, but not by much. Certainly the prices asked did not equate to the quality of either the room, or the service. We got far better value for our money later in the trip - The Old Manse at Martinborough, for example.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Distinction Fox Glacier is a purpose built 20-room property located on State Highway 6, 100 metres from the centre of the township of Fox Glacier. The rooms are 20.6 sq metres with generous 7 sq. metre en suites with separate bath and shower, super king or king single beds, tea and coffee facilities, wifi, iron, arm chairs, writing table, Sky TV, direct dial telephones, individually controlled heating, balconies with views of the surrounding native bush and mountains. Guests access their rooms via undercover parking, which leads to an internal stairway or elevator. ... more less
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