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Franz Alpine Retreat
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed one night at Franz Alpine Retreat. Jo (the owner) was sensational and could not have been more helpful. We had a bedroom chalet - spotlessly clean, very comfortable. The location is a about 3km out of town - and we loved it. Thanks Jo!

Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed one night at the Franz Alpine Retreat and had a very comfortable chalet with two bedrooms, lounge/kitchen and bathroom, all clean and comfortable. All the windows had fly screens which helped prevent any invasions of sand flies etc. The owner was very helpful and recommended various places of interest. The Retreat is a little outside the town which suited us although you need a car to get around.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed for 1 night, it was a beautiful cosy retreat, immaculately clean, well maintained, owner and co were extremely helpful and infortmative, fantastic location, serene atmosphere made it the place we would definitely stay at again!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We found the experience at the Retreat to be excellent all round. The service from the lovely lady was exceptional; she provided us with everything we could need and more. The chalet was spotless and looked as thought it was built this year. No complaints, would definitely come back. Cheers for a great two nights!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We drove from Queenstown and arrived late at town in the evening . Most of the restaurants in the town are closed by 9 or 930 , so we decided to have dinner first before checking in . The location is only 6 minutes driving from city center. There are plenty of restaurants and small grocery shop near the area , but as I said earlier, they are all closed by 9 or 930pm.
When we arrived at the hotel, the reception desk was already closed, but Jo, the hotel manager left us a notice on the office window where to find keys and everything. She made sure our apartment was ready and all clean when we arrived. The heater was on and all the information was provided nicely. There were four of us , but I think a group of 6 people will stay comfortably as well . I surely will try the kitchen equipment for next staying. They are fully furnished ! Jo also gave a great tips on which route of glacier walk is the best for our itinerary . Thank you Jo!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We shared one unit with another couple on our trip to New Zealand. The unit was large enough to share without feeling crowded. By splitting the fee it was fairly reasonable. This is a no nonsense accomodation, it is like a pre fab home. There were minimal decorations/wall art around the unit. It was clean and tidy. We were provided with hot drink packets and milk, bread, cereal in the refrigerator. Jo was very friendly and also helpful. She was more than willing to help with directions to various hikes and places to eat etc. It's located in a quiet setting with no other properties around. It's about a 10 minute drive into town.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

The jag chalets are spotlessly clean, modern and well designed. Fantastic self-catering facilities also to be noted. We stayed just for one night but were allowed to stay in the chalet for a full 24 hours which was invaluable for us and just one of the examples of how the owner/manager goes out of her way to look after her guests. We enjoyed an upgrade to the chalet with the best view and a free breakfast also. A great stay with great friends.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 #5 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range: $119 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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