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Sunset Motel
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Reviewed January 1, 2009

We stayed in a ‘Mountain view studio room’ for 1 night in Dec 2008. The room was new, reasonably spacious, neat and very clean. Nice view of Southern Alps. The place modern and is close to the town centre, scenic helicopters and fox Glacier. It was quite noisy in the morning as the helicopters were constantly taking-off and landing in the land beside the motel. In my opinion, the room was excellent, but overpriced, compared to other places we stayed in.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

Nice neat, tidy and new motel.
Basic amenities.
Nice view (for Fox) from the back of our room.
Overpriced for what you get.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kitty060
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Reviewed June 20, 2008

We arrived at Fox Glacier at about 1500hrs in the afternoon and went to see Fox and Franz Joeseph Glaciers before booking into our motel. On arrival, I checked in at reception and was informed that our booking was for 2 nights, and we had only requested 1. The guy was very good and said that if we only wanted 1 night there was nothing he could do but let us stay for the one night. Apparently he has a lot of errors with internet bookings, but most of them are caused by the Golden Chain Motel booking system. Rooms were nicely appointed, very clean and well maintained The bathroom was fairly small, but adequate for the purpose. There is no restaurant at this motel, so we ventured up to the township to see what was available. Well, there was not much on offer. There is about 3 or 4 places to eat so we chose the Café Neve as they had a steak on the menu and we love our steaks. The meal was a little while coming, but when it arrived it was presented butterfly’d on a serving of vegetables and was very nice, a bit fancy for me. I thought it was a little expensive, but when I realised where we were, miles from anywhere, then I thought that the price was reasonable. We were lucky that we went to the glaciers in the afternoon as the whole area was fogged in the next morning. We had booked a Helicopter flight, but that had to be cancelled because of the weather. Not happy, but what can you do.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2008

We had a one night stay at Fox Glacier during the April School Holidays.

Fox Glacier itself is fine. Great part of the world. Excellent scenery and a great dining experience at the carvey/buffet put on at the nearby Fox Glacier Hotel.

Sunsel Motel is modern, well situated not too far from town but is overated and expensive compared to other places we stayed of a similar or better quality.

Our family room had a rather strong odour of disinfectant or something similar which was really off puting for our stay. The room had been closed up and was extremely stuffy. Took a long time to become inhabitable. The room was reasonably spacious but nothing outstanding and just had an ambiance of adequate but cheap. (unlike the pricing unfortunately). The owner was quite friendly but otherwise I would have been happier with other accomodation.

As stated by other reviewers, the view of Mt Cook is certainly no better than what you would get at other motels close by.

We very rarely find complaint with any accomodation and are not really complaining as such here, but I think you can do better at Fox Glacier or at least find something comparable for a more reasonable price.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 30, 2008

We stayed here for 1 night prior to a heli-hike on Fox Glacier. The Motel is a 10 minute walk (or 2 minute drive) from the town centre, but that isn’t really a problem, and indeed means you are away from traffic noise. Our room was very generously sized, clean and comfortable, with a good bathroom and a kitchen area that was quite adequate for preparing breakfast. Don’t, though, expect too much of the views from the picture windows. The near-distance views are uninspiring, whilst you won’t get the benefit of the alleged views towards the glacier unless you happen to be in your room at a time when the cloud has lifted. The trouble is, when the cloud does lift, the chances are you’ll be on the glacier, not in your room!

Like most motel accommodation, one couldn’t describe the Sunset Motel as having any character, but as motels go, it was good value at $179 for a large and comfortable room.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2008

I booked a deluxe room with SPA for 2 nights last February. I was expecting something very especial, particularly because it was 200 NZ$ a night and we had stayed in other places for less price that were quite impressive.
According to their site, they offer unimpeded views of Mount Cook, which is not correct. You can’t see Mt Cook from the motel [only from lake Matheson]. From our room we had a view of one B&B, so it was not “unimpeded” view of the mountains.
Besides that, the spa tub that I was really longing for after 4 hours walk on the Fox glacier was so tiny and small that I could hardly fit in [and I’m not that big!].
In general the room does look nice [but not especial or luxurious] and it was ok for 2 nights, but I think it’s overpriced, especially because of the higher price for a SPA room where the spa is really not good.
If you want to stay here, just don’t pay the extra money for the Spa and don’t expect the Mt Cook view.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Holandesa
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Reviewed February 17, 2008

The Sunset Motel is a nice travel motel just off the main road through Fox Glacier, on the road to Lake Mathieson. We booked a room for the night prior to our glacier hike, and found it to be a lovely stop for the night. Read on for details...

LOCATION:
While a bit beyond easy walking distance from either downtown Fox Glacier (closer) or Lake Mathieson (farther), it's a matter of just a few minutes drive (or bike) from either. Parking in downtown was not an issue during our stay, so having to drive wasn't a problem at all. But if you're in a camper or otherwise opposed to driving to/from the hotel all the time, you'd better have a bike or be prepared for a bit more of a walk than from many of the other area hotels.

ROOMS:
The room was larger than we'd expected, and well cleaned. We lucked out and had the end unit, so we had large windows facing two directions, with great views. The partial kitchenette was clean, and had an assortment of teas and coffee for the morning. The bathroom was sizable with an ample supply of hot water.

Only one small issue with the room, in that the flat roof is either corrugated metal, or some other plate-like material. We had the misfortune of absolutely foul weather in the evening, and the driving rain on the roof sounded like someone playing marbles above us all night long. Most guests will never encounter a problem, but if truly foul weather is in the forecast, I hope you're a sound sleeper!

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Cannot say enough good things about the desk staff. The two people we interacted with could not have been more helpful in suggesting restaurants and helping us with our questions. We felt very well taken care of throughout our stay.

Overall, Sunset was a great choice for us, and a good base of operations for activities around Fox Glacier. If we'd planned to put down roots for more than a few days, we might have wanted something closer into town, but otherwise this is a great option for exploring this beautiful area.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 93 Cook Flat Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Fox Glacier
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range: $86 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free wifi when booking direct 25 spacious ground floor units.Four star plus qualmark rated with views from every room of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. We have a large back lawn for your enjoyment. Our property is located on Cook Flat Road so we avoid the noise from State Highway 6 that runs through the main town. So no traffic noise or late night bar noise. Sleep in peace with only the views to keep you awake.Studio, Spa and Family units all designated non-smoking, serviced daily, microwave kitchenette with cooking facilities, tea/coffee,32 inch LCD tv's with Satellite television, electric heating , electric blankets, phone, wireless internet available, ironing facilities, cot/highchair available, continental breakfast available, guest laundry, 900 metres to cafes and tour operators. All major credit cards accepted. ... more   less 
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