After hiking in the rain for a couple of days, getting into a hot tub was great! There are 2 hot tubs - one that holds 20 people (so you can share lies about your tramping conquests of the day!) and another smaller one that you can book on a private basis.
Strong water pressure in the showers - again, wonderful after rainy day outings.
Beds are a bit soft. Personally controlled heating was a bonus.
Laundry was expensive plus being on the west side of the island, it took a long time for things to dry.
Easy walking distance to the small town of Franz Joseph.
Depending on the time of year, you could have 20-something Kiwi Experience busload.
- 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