We didn’t like Fox Glacier or the Westhaven. We booked our room six months ago, using their website, so they gave us Room 1, on the road and a room too far from the office for internet reception. The room was large, very clean, with french windows opening on to the garden with a view of the public lavatories. We were having our customary evening drink outside when our next-door neighbour, a fellow tourist in a huge campervan, suddenly appeared in his boxer shorts and started his exercise routine right in front of us. Not the hotel’s fault, obviously, but it amplified our general feeling that this motel had all the basic trappings of a campsite.
Service ranged from useless to rude. The young woman who checked us in twice said she had to refresh our kitchen amenity but she never did; we twice asked her for ice and she forgot both times. They did offer us free internet if we used our laptop in their reception area - forcing us to stand at their desk - and then they said ‘We’re closing in 15 minutes.’
Compared to other motels we visited on this trip - 858 George Street in Dunedin and the Pallazo in Nelson - this was the most expensive and poor value at NZ$190.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westhaven in Fox Glacier is located right in the heart of the Fox Glacier township. We are a modern stylish complex with 23 large studio units. Each room is self contained with private en suite bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. All rooms have a kitchenette which includes a fridge, microwave and kitchen appliances. Our beds are really comfortable, queen, king and super king beds are all available and all rooms have good heating, beds have electric blankets. We offer FREE internet access and have a guest laundry facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westhaven Hotel Fox Glacier
- Westhaven Fox Glacier
- Westhaven Hotel Fox Glacier