We stayed here for two nights while doing a driving tour of the south island and wouldn't hesitate to go back. The accommodation itself was basic being a motel, but it was neat, tidy and comfortable, and had the comfiest bed of anywhere we stayed in our two week trip. The main reason we wouldn't hesitate to return here was the service. The manager (I wish I could remember his name) was the loveliest bloke and nothing was too much trouble. It absolutely poured on our full day in Franz Josef, and having had our glacier walk cancelled due to dangerous weather we found ourselves with little else to do but watch some DVD's (free to borrow, which was a lovely touch). When we got to the office to pick some and explained our day's plans had been scrapped we were swiftly offered a movie projectioner the manager had recently purchased, and in no time had our own private movie theatre set up in our room. The room contained a DVD player itself anyway - and I'm not even sure the projectioner had been purchased for motel use specifically - but watching our DVd's on our big-screen was so much fun and ended up being one of the most rlaxing days on our trip! The service alone would have us return here - it being a lovely, cosy place to spend a few nights was a bonus!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alpine Glacier Motor Hotel Franz Josef
- Alpine Glacier Hotel
- Alpine Glacier Motel