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Franz Alpine Retreat
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights in Nov 2013. The chalet was very clean, modern and a great size. Good position for the glacier and all the places to eat and drink in town. 2-3 mins in a car. 1 of our party left his boots in our previous hotel. they went out and borrowed a pair for our early morning hike.Great for couples, friends and family. Thank You.

Room Tip: All much the same, all great
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2014

HI Kevin, thank you so much for the review it is appreciated.
Happy you were all able to get out and experience the glacier comfortably, and enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We booked this after seeing trip advisor reviews and it was everything we could have hoped for at the price. We had 2 x 2 bedroomed chalets for 8 adults. The accommodation was modern spacious, comfortable, clean and Jennifer and her partner were both extremely helpful and very friendly. If you stay there ask about the complimentary Hummer transport offered by the Blue Ice restaurant in town, a great travel experience followed by the best meal out we had in New Zealand. Thanks for the recommendation Jennifer.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2014

Thank you for the review John!
Your families were so much fun to have stay with us, so happy we could help you experience the best Franz has to offer. Hope you got some great photos on the Heli tour :)

If ever you or family/friends pass through Franz be sure to let me know, we will take good care of them.
Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Modern nice tidy accommodation, the host was super friendly and really helpful. Free wifi was a nice change. A quiet peaceful quiet setting about 5ks from town, individual roomy chalets, separate bedrooms and a large living area, great family accommodation.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2014

Thank you for the review Paul, it is appreciated.
It was a pleasure having your family stay with us, hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

This was a great place to stay. The managers were extremely helpful and friendly and the unit was clean, spacious, quiet and comfortable. It's a short trip by car to the glacier and to the village so very convenient. We loved staying here and would totally recommend it. It was also very reasonably priced.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2014

Thank you for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and the chalets offered a comfortable home for your stay in Franz.
Being a short drive from town we find really allows guest to take a break from the touristic bustle, happy you felt the same.
Enjoy the rest of your travels!

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We arrived in the afternoon of a beautiful day and we were met by the receptionist - Karri (I think that was her name), she was most helpful and polite. The kitchen was fab and the welcome basket was a very nice touch as were the bathroom toiletries. A short drive to the main town with the shops and restaurants but beautiful scenery from the room. We wanted to make a lasagne for dinner but didn't have a dish large enough, we asked Karri and she let us borrow her dish which was great!! Defo worth a visit 10/10! Very comfy and cosy, a big thank you!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2014

Thank you for the review!
We are so happy you enjoyed your time in our beautiful Franz Josef and glad Carri made you feel at home.
Let us know if ever you visit Glacier country again!

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Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Two families travelling from Australia (5 + 4) stayed here at Jag Escape. Individual chalets, all facilities, great kitchen, welcome baskets, toiletries, fantastic shower. Thanks to great managers, Jennifer & David. Lovely tranquil setting just north Franz Josef, 5min drive to town. Highly recommend :)

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2014

Thank you all for the review!
You were such a great bunch to have with us, too bad your stay couldn't be longer. We hope the rest of your travels are going well and your daughter is feeling better.
Thank you for highlighting some of the chalets qualities you enjoyed the most it is always great to get feedback.

Safe travels!

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

A big Thank You to Jo for making our stay at the Alpine Retreat so relaxing. The accommodation is in small detached houses and we were given the end house with wonderful views of the mountains from our lounge. The house was adequately furnished and very clean. The site is compact so there will never be too many people around. It is a short drive from the small town which is quaint and has a great coffee bar - wish I could remember the name! We would certainly recommend Alpine Retreat for a quiet place to stay for visiting the Glaciers.

Room Tip: Try to get the end house with great views
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Jennifer F, Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2014

Thank you for the review!
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and found our retreat relaxing. I believe the coffee shop you are mentioning is called Full Of Beans :)
Wishing you safe travels

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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: $133 - $284 (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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