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“Clean room which served it's purpose” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Glenfern Villas Franz Josef

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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Richland, Michigan
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122 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Clean room which served it's purpose”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2007

We stayed here during our honeymoon, at a stopover in Franz Josef. The room was clean and pleasant, but nothing wowed us, like the other places we stayed.

The front desk was helpful in suggesting things to do, but we'd already booked a heli-hike.

I do remember the bed wasn't the most comfortable of the trip, and the hot water ran out before my wife could shower. I had to sweet talk them into giving us a late check-out so she could shower after the heli-hike. They were accommodating in that respect.

Was there anything glaringly terrible? No. Was there anything spectacular? No. I'd say it was a nice, clean, average place to stay.

  • Liked — It's location to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Disliked — The hot water running out
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank wilkintj
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Australia
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2007

Our stay here involved quite a bit of rain, but still managed to get out to see the glaciers. A cabin with a view definitely improves the experience as some cabins do face the road (though no traffic at night to speak of).

Most of the cabins were empty at the time we stayed and this added to quietness of the location and the feel of being away from it all.

Friendly staff, clean rooms and a short drive into town. Would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ozzy_kul
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San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2007

We were only able to stay 2 nights here but it was 2 amazing days we owe in part to our stay here. Weather definitely plays a huge part as another review posted. We were lucky - had super clear weather for our helihike/helicopter rides.

We booked early enough too to ask for one of their villas that face the mountains. Wow. What a view. We felt like we were off on our own in our own home. Loved it! It was on the higher end, price-wise, but we couldn't have been happier. We arrived late and were greeted by the host without any issues. And we were welcomed too in having our 3 yr old daughter.

It is a short drive from town, but you need to have a car for sure.. I'm glad we stayed out of town (5 min) and would definitely go back if we go back to hike the mtn. Oh, and they booked the day trips for us too. My husband took the helihike and my daughter and I took the helicopter ride. They coordinated it all! Fantastic!

2 nights is a must too.. just in case of weather for seeing/hiking the glacier.

  • Liked — spacious, individual units
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank Lib3
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Bellevue, Washington
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2007

This little collection of cabins was a nice, quiet place to stay. The
units are all pretty basic but clean and sunny. Our villa had a kitchenette of decent size, a small bedroom and a nice size bathroom but no tub. The living area had a pullout sofabed and there is a nice little deck on each unit although ours was not facing the mountians and so had no real view. The staff is friendly and there is a nice laundry room that won't break the bank. It is not right in town and requires a short drive to get to the main area.

  • Liked — Nice rooms, friendly staff
  • Disliked — distance from town, our unit didn't have a view or overhang for parking
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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3 Thank bihagirl
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Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2007

Our apartment was very spacious, clean, well furnished and maintained, albeit just a trifle soulless. However this could have been partly our mood as the weather was really poor and our helihike was cancelled, so we were not feeling very cheery. Franz Josef is very touristy with nowhere particularly amazing to eat (we were feeling so grumpy we retired to our villa with a bottle of excellent New Zealand desert wine and a tub of hokey-pokey!) However I would have no hesitation in recommending these apartments - they are on the main road a car drive out of town, but there is so little traffic in New Zealand that just does not matter. I think previous unhappy customers might just have been very unlucky.

  • Liked — Terrace with a view of a fence
  • Disliked — Distance from town
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank scissorsister
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Texas
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2007

We stayed at this property for one night and it was great! It is a little out of the town itself (less than 5 min by car). The town of Franz Josef itself is tiny and can be covered in about 10 min walking.

The hotel is very peaceful and is run by a family. It is a beautiful setting and we would definitely go back in the future.

We would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed February 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank ccb6027
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2006

We stayed at Glenfern Villas on our honeymoon and were treated extremely well by the owners Wendy and Marcel Fekkes. We asked for a "romantic room with a view" and got exactly that! The villa was clean, well-appointed and comfortable. The views from the deck were simply gorgeous. We spent eight days travelling around the South Island and rated Glenfern Villas as the best place we stayed at in terms of overall service and comfort. We are New Zealanders and found the price a bit high for the average Kiwi ($180 per night for a couple). However, we highly recommend Glenfern for all of the positive reasons above!

Stayed February 2006
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Property: Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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