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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Winter Haven, Florida
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269 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our stay”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

This place is just like it says, they are individual villas complete with kitchen facilities. It was a short distance from town, maybe a mile or so; a little too long to walk, but it was not inconvenient at all. The staff was helpful, the room was adequate, not plush, but clean and nice. Just what one might expect out in a rather remote area like this. The little town, Franz Josef was the perfect size to find what you need, but not too big that you couldn't get around. It was a perfect jumping off place to see some of the sites and take some hikes in the area.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

This villa provides great value for money in an area which is typically more expensive than the rest of the South Island. We stayed in the one bedroom cottage and had a pull out couch for our daughter. The villa is very spacious. There is also a good selection of dvd's which can be very handy on a wet day.

The service is great and the on-site manager is extremely efficient - you almost feel like you are in a 5 star hotel as he is so polite and helpful!

The villa is about a 5 minutes drive from town, so having your own transport is a must.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Donegal Town, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Wonderful place to stay for those of a driving holiday. Each Villa is well laid out, very spacious with great cooking facilities. There is a coin operated laundry available which is great to get caught up with the washing while your on the road. Staff are so helpful here - I can't recommend them highly enough - anything we needed was no trouble at all. This place is outside of Frnaz Josef and not really in walking distance to the town for a night out but it is only a few minutes drive in the car and has wonderful views out onto Fran Josef Glacier.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

I stayed for 2 nights in the bungalow No. 10. As I was travelling single, there was plenty of space for me, I had half of the house to myself (large living room with kitchen, separate bedroom, and bathroom). The level of accommodation is high and very clean.
NOTE: the Villas are not in Franz Josef. My guide book (Frommer's) erroneously stated that it is just a short walk to the village amenities which was one of the reasons I booked it as I did not want to hire a car. Unfortunately, the villas are some 4-5 km out of the village. As much as I liked the accommodation, I would have never booked it had I known the location. The owners were kind to give me a lift on 1-2 occasions but otherwise I had to rely on taxis.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Mackay
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We didn't choose this motel, our travel agency did. We were surprised how lovely the motel was. Clean, modern utilities and the staff were very friendly and informative. Just far enough away from the village to be quiet yet close enough to do all the activities. We will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

We stayed at Glenfern just a week ago. We are a family of 4 with 2 small kids. The villa (#6) that we were given was very clean, a 2 bedroom 2 level villa with fully equipped kitchen and a terrific view from the sitout. There is a small farm (with goats and alpacas), a basic playground and a trampoline for the kids. It's a short drive to Franz Josef (less than 5 minutes) so not a great place if you want to be in the middle of all the restaurants and action, but great for relaxing. Cesar whom we first met was extremely friendly and gave us lots of tips on what to do and see around the area. In sum, we were extremely satisfied with our experience there and would definitely recommend it to people we know.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We chose this motel for its proximity to the glaciers, and in the end we went to see the Fox Glacier which is easier to walk to. The motel had a lovely view of what we think was the eastern aspect of Mount Cook and the staff were very friendly indeed.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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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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