let me say first the hotel is a very pleasant place to stay, it's what they're charging for what you get that I have the problem with.
can't praise the staff enough-definitely 5 star very personal service and attention here
fantastic beds and bedding, soooooo comfortable. Where can I buy one?!
some thoughtful touches-a welcome drink in reception and complimentary mini bottle of fizz chilling in the room and a plate of fresh fruit and cookies
great location in the middle of the rainforest but still walking distance to town and the hot springs
you get so little for what you could expect from comparable hotels for the money-for instance no ipod dock or bath ( maybe it's an eco thing but where's the hot tub? and the spa? and the outside space to lie out and read a book or sunbathe in that lovely rainforest?)
rooms average, nothing special and a small, if private, balcony
charging internet on top of a list price of $600-they must be joking!!!Forget the fizz on arrival and give me internet instead.
breakfast service was a bit hit and miss-orders mixed up or didn't arrive, lukewarm tea. There are absolutely stunning views over the mountains from the dining room but they are hidden by blinds (?!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotels in New Zealand don't get any better than this! Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star Qualmark rated retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. Te Waonui Forest Retreat promises all its guests a truly unique and memorable experience. At one with nature, the five-star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness. Great care has been taken to ensure this exceptional forest retreat steps lightly upon the earth, from the organic cotton bedspreads to its recycled local building materials. Discerning travellers will appreciate the hotel’s attention to detail, which starts with attentive personal service upon arrival, and continues throughout all the hotel facilities and every aspect of your stay. As our guest you will enjoy exceptional quality and service, including: Luxuriously appointed guest rooms, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay, and high speed Internet access. Dining among the tres in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, and savouring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner. Innovative, environmentally sustainable architecture and building materials that create a healthy, warm and quiet haven for you to enjoy. Easy access to many excellent local attractions, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef