Positives: Affordable, beautiful location. Good sized dorm rooms with linen provided. Good sized kitchen with good supply pots/utensils. Good laundry facilities. Nice/busy bar/restaurant onsite.
Negative: Very thin walls, every sound can be heard (people walking in the corridors, rooms next door, even the activity in the kitchen!). This is also a stop over location of the Kiwi Experience bus - party people heard late into the night even with notices asking for no late night noise.
Had I known this was KiwiExperience stopover I probably wouldnt have booked to stay here.If it's the party experience with heaps of youngsters 'doing NZ' that you are looking for, then yes I would recommend this place, if it's the quiet place to chill after exploring the wilderness then this isn't where you'll get a good night sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deep In the heart of West Coast Glacier country, Rainforest Retreat is a rare find, with a range of accommodation set amongst lush native bush in Franz Josef township. Enjoy privacy and sanctuary in secluded cottages and tree huts, relax in the spas and sauna, dine out and have fun at the bar/restaurant, or just relish the bush setting and cook up barbecues with new friends. From luxury tree huts to backpackers rooms, Rainforest Retreat has accommodation to suit every style of traveller; from couples to family groups to young individuals on a budget. Rainforest Retreat provides excellent value and a special atmosphere; with a focus on superb service, cleanliness and a range of great facilities to satisfy all of our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef