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10 Cottages
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Walked in one morning hoping to get accommodation in the attached motel and were lucky enough to be able to get one of the cottages for 2 nights. Guy on reception was really friendly and helpful in advising on things that were going in in Franz Josef during our stay. The cottage we were staying in was actually build for wheelchair users, so also a good choice in the regard. Also a great view. Would stay again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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rose_tom10, Owner at 10 Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

Thanks for your review, we are always happy to provide information on the many wonderful activities on offer in the region. I hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed Franz Josef.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

we had so problem of our trip. Host help us to arrange and discuss with us kindly. It's a very nice place to stay. everything is clean. your will have a small kitchen cooking by your self. Or went to the main street. there is a very good steak! By the way, the road close every 18:00. Make sure your trip is not going to the south after 18:00.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank kevin w
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rose_tom10, Owner at 10 Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

I am glad you managed to get your walk on the Glacier and hope you got through to Wanaka without any issues.

For other travellers benefit the Haast Pass is currently closing near Haast at 6pm (6:30pm if you are coming from Wanaka / Queenstown). The closure is due to an active slip which can affect the road. Haast is about 2- 2.5 hours drive South of Franz Josef so the slip will not affect your trip if are leaving in the morning and heading towards Wanaka or Queenstown. You may however want to stay at least two nights so you can enjoy the actives on offer (or just relax in the hot pools) and you don’t have to rush South.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Excellent location...walking distance to restaurants, tour offices and grocery store. As noted in some of the reviews, you check-in and pick up keys at a different location. This location is just around the corner from 10 Cottages (2 min walk) so it worked out fine for us. The staff was super friendly and had great local recommendations. They went out of their way to keep the check-in office open after hours on our arrival. The rooms are clean and cozy and the kitchen is well stocked with teas and coffee. This is definitely a great stay for visiting the glaciers and needing a good rest afterwards.

I appreciate having the windows open to bring in the fresh air. It would be an added bonus if management would add screens to at least a few windows/sliding door to keep some of the friendly insects from coming inside.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank J S
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rose_tom10, Owner at 10 Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Thanks for your nice comments, we try hard to make sure everyone has a great stay and gets to enjoy our part of the world. I will see if it is possible to add some form of insect screen to the windows.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

The cottages are motel style that are clean and well equipped. Internet access didn't work for us which was disappointing.

Well positioned within walking distance to Main Street . Overall we had a pleasant stay. Note when you arrive you need to check in through another motel which we found a little confusing !!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank ACSydney
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rose_tom10, Owner at 10 Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

I am glad you had a good stay.

To avoid any confusion the Cottages are next door to the Terrace Motel which we also own but given they are built in a very different style we felt it was more appropriate for them to have their own identify so guests knew what to expect when they arrived after making a booking. To get the Cottages you need to drive past the reception which is about 50 Metres from the Cottages but I realise the current sign may need some added clarity so today I have ordered a sign with a map on it and an “office” sign with a direction arrow. When guests make bookings via our own website (the cheapest option) or a website that provides us with guests email addresses we always email people before they arrive advising them where to check-in. I will see how the new signs work and hope this avoids any future confusion. Thanks again for your stay.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Good accommodation with comfy beds and a small kitchen with everything you need the bathroom was clean with a good shower. The owner was very informative about the area. A full length mirror would have been good as their was only 1 mirror in the bathroom and none in the bedroom area.
Short walk to the centre we would recommend theses cottages.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed one night at 10 Cottages in Franz Josef, NZ. They were very clean in a quiet location just one block off the highway. The windows and large sliding glass door brought the outside in with views of mountains and tropical plants. Owner Logan welcomed us and pointed out things to do in the area, giving us a taste of Kiwi hospitality. Restaurants are just a short couple minute walk, but the cottage is equipped with cooking utensils.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Hi ,
This is my first time writing review about something, that is why donot know how to start and end. but want to express my opinion or feeling.
I think I travelled everywhere in Newzealnd , we stayed in lots of motels. hotels , cottages ..... this motel / cottage motivated me to write the review. this is the best ever motel/cottage we ever stayed in Newzealand , in every perspective this is excellent, rooms are superb, very clean, views are very nice, friendly management like most other NZ motels.

I donot write review about something bad that happened while my stays motels/hotels/cottages.... just my experience was that every time when we stayed in big hotels (not to name) we had no good feeling, recommendation of mine as the frequent traveller in NZ , better to stay away from big hotels instead do stay in family run motels / cottages.

please be aware of Mosquitos when you are in that area of newzealnd because of rain forest around, no other parts of NZ have mosquitos. but this cottages have full protection from that.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank satchow
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Address: 8 Graham Place, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Price Range: $77 - $296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — 10 Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Backing onto peaceful greenery, 10 Cottages offers self-contained Cottages with individual balconies. Located just 2 minutes walk from the centre of Franz Josef Village and 3 minutes walk to the Glacier Hot Pools, 10 Cottages is the ideal stop for a holiday in Franz Josef. Guests can enjoy Unlimited Free WiFi and free off-street parking. The 10 Cottages offers views from snow capped mountains and the Croz Glacier from most rooms and its grounds. All rooms contain a kitchenette with microwave and breakfast making facilities, flat-screen-televisions with satellite channels, hairdryer, electric heating and blankets. There is an onsite launderette and the nearest restaurant is within 100 metres. The tour desk can organise a range of activities including discounted helicopter flights, hikes, kayaking, horse treks and glacier walks. The 10 Cottages has also arranged discounts for guests with some restaurants. ... more   less 
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