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Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 26, 2012

We stayed here from Jan 18 to 20, 2012 and we had one of the larger units (#9).

Pros:
- very spacious and exceptionally clean room
- modern bathroom with big sink, great water pressure and decent bath products
- back porch with seating area and nice mountain views
- good space heater
- comfortable sofa
- great king sized bed
- great location
- quick check-in and super friendly staff
- village map provided on check-in

Cons:
- tough to find any cons but we suppose the wifi could be better and/or free

Summary
It's the perfect little alpine motel - felt like it was our own little ski lodge!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We stayed for 1 night during our tour of the South Island. We had a lovely Spa studio unit which was modern and spacious and the king size bed was very comfortable. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting a relaxing and comfortable stay. The owners/managers are friendly and very obliging. Will visit again!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

I booked this motel prior to travelling to New Zealand and I am glad I did. We arrived in Franz Josef and went on our pre arranged half day glacier walk.

We then came back to the motel which was located just behind the petrol station where the glacier buses drop you off.

Our room was very spacious and clean with everything we could possibly want including the option of free DVD's.

Would recommend staying here as the location is so good, the only slight problem was that our free wifi did not work in the room and we had to sit on the decking to use it. This was not a problem for us but some people may not like it. The weather was quite stormy when we were there and this may have been the reason for the wifi not working. Overall would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights during an extended trip across Australia and New Zealand.

As my title says, it was a good clean honest place.

The entire area is beautiful.

Room Tip: Plan ahead if you are going to do the "glacier" thing
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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

We stayed at the deck studio for one night. The spa pool inside was pretty good. The room is very modern. You can see the glacier from the balcony.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

What a lovely motel off the main road in Franz Josef. Mark (the owner) was so lovely and gave us some very helpful advice for our travels. The room was very spacious, very clean and toasty warm. Would thoroughly recommend anyone this motel to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We arrived late at about 11pm. They had left a note and the key for our room.

We stayed in room 7, a family deluxe and the room was excellent. The room had everything you needed. The decor was lovely.

My favourite thing about the room was the information booklet, it was so informative and had great suggestions on what to do while there.

We were heading out to the glacier the next day and it was drizzling, and they lent us an umbrella without us asking.

I would have no hesitation to stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Additional Information about Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge

Address: 17 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#6 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range: $70 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
24 spacious, well appointed, ground floor studio and family units. Central village location with spectacular alpine and rainforest views, walk to restaurants, shops and attractions. King, queen, deck and spa units with kitchenettes, ensuite bathrooms, Sky TV, DVD players and complimentary DVD library. Spa pool, guest laundry and activities booking service. ... more   less 
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