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Franz Alpine Retreat
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Sydney
1 review
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“A great night's stay”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our family of four (including young children) stayed the night after a long drive from Wanaka and very much enjoyed the experience. From the moment we arrived, Jo made our stay very pleasant and comfortable. She was very good to the kids and made us feel welcome. The DVDS for the and continental breakfast were a winner and Jo even offered us some towels for the Glacier Pools. The accommodation is very modern, spacious and comfortable. Very much recommend staying here, especially if you have small children.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

My experience was similar to others with excellent hosts and a comfortable room. I had no issues about he size of the room and found it to be exceptionally clean and well presented. The heated towel rack was a pleasant touch. The continental breakfast was fine but nothing to write home about.

My scheduled bus to Queenstown picked me up,outside the motel.

My only issue was wifi; I was given a card for a complimentary "session" in my room. The wi finwas woeful and I gave up. I was able to connect from my iPhone bul the speed was too slow. I tred cinnctngftom my iPad but had no success. In ths day and age of technology, I believe all motels should offer wi if, ideally included in the tariff. It's better to offer no service at all rather than one that is deficient, I appreciate Franz Josef is a relatively remote location.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We spent one night here, arriving late and leaving early and were gutted we couldn't stay longer! Jo made us feel so comfortable and welcome! The lovely cabin was cozy and warm when we arrived. Furnished perfectly with the comfiest beds EVER! It is in a great location, with amenities near by but far enough out of town to enjoy the seclusion.

It was just so lovely :) highly recommended! Will go back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We had a wonderful two night stay for our family of five. The chalets were well appointed, spacious, modern and clean. Jo was an absolute treasure with her attention to detail and expert knowledge of the area. The kids loved her and she found plenty to keep them entertained. 5km out of the township, but with lovely views of the Franz Joseph glacier and a quiet rural setting.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Here you will be so well looked after. Jo is an absolute delight and is so keen to cater to your any need. She makes children feel very welcome and is quick to anticipate what you will need. The accommodation is modern, clean and well equipped with all the necessities plus a few extra. It is also very spacious for this type of accommodation. Although it is a little out of town it is worth it as it is nice a quiet. The beds are comfortable and warm with soft pillows. You won't be disappointed staying here.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Mount Isa, Australia
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We really enjoyed this place, it was spacious, comfortable, clean and perfect for what we wanted. We would even recommend it for families because we will definitely stay here when we have a family and ever come back to Franz Josef. Jo was really really lovely! She was so helpful and nothing seemed like to much, she not only gave us her reviews of restaurants for dinner but vouchers as well! Great place to stay and saves you money! What more could you want!. The view was magic and we found the Retreat easily and didn't feel like we any trouble! Thank you Jo and look forward to coming back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Unfortunately we were only able to stay one night. We arrived on my 60th Birthday and Jo recommended and booked a restaurant ("Alice May's") for our dinner which was lovely. While we were ordering sweets a cake with candle arrived (organised by Jo). Accommodation, views and Jo were amazing. The bottle of wine and chocolates shows what a lovely generous person Jo is. Heating was on for us when we arrived and we would recommend to anyone! Thoroughly
enjoyed our stay and hope to return one day

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Franz Alpine Retreat
Address: 2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, 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 Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has facilities that fully immerse you in the surrounding environment. Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 5. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet. Other facilities within the complex include Book exchange, DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities available, Kiwi "continental" breakfast and activity bookings. A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! ... more   less 
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