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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

My fiancee and I were looking for a low cost place to stay while we visited Glacier Country. I found the Bella Vista on Trip Advisor and was impressed by the good reviews. I have to say that we were happy with the room, but it was terribly small...though cosy. The heater wasn't the best I've seen, but it warmed the room and provided a comfortable sleep. Overall, it was exactly what we needed - cheap, comfortable and a good location. The staff are very friendly and made us feel at home, which was a definite plus. I would recommend Bella Vista.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed in a mountain view room but didn't see the mountain at all due to the weather however the room was comfortable, warm and well equipped. The owner is passionate about the glacier and the area and happily shared his wealth of local knowledge. We were intending to stay 2 nights but cut it short due to the weather. The owner was most gracious about this. We were also offered towels to take to the hot pools as they charge there. Lots of little touches that made us feel welcome. If we visit Franz Josef again, we will stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stayed here as a couple in Feb 2011. The TV was great and they had laptop rental and also DVD rental which was free. The town was quiet so we made use of this. I recommend the curry house which was good quality and reasonably priced. Have a walk to the Glacier and then visit the glacier hot pools. The only downside is that we were travelling with food and had nowhere cold to put it on arrival. Use of a fridge in reception or in the rooms would have been sufficient but then this is a hotel and not a hostel so I cant complain really.

Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This was our first time to stay at this New Zealand chain hotel, and we were very impressed with this hotel at Francz Josef Glacier! From the road, you can see how new it looks. It's brighter and cleaner looking than the other hotels in the area. Maybe not as rustic looking, but it feels new and fresh!
We got room #13 on the second floor with a partial view of the mountain range. Our room had a main door, not a sliding one, which I liked better. It felt like walking into a studio apartment; however, there is no couch, just two chairs and a glass table. Kitchen was well equipped with hot plate and toaster, etc. so no need to buy anything else for cooking - this is a nice characteristic of hotels/ motels in New Zealand and Australia. The room's Queen size bed was very nice and soft, but overly firm! Large bathroom with good size walkin shower...very clean and bright!

Coffee, teas and morning milk comes with the room too. Wifi available with excellent speed and good signal. Umbrellas and towels for the hot springs were available too! Guest laundry too! Such great service! And the local grocery store is only 3 mins away, and the Hot springs bath about 5 mins...

Room Tip: Second floor room with a mountain view
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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FranzJosef007, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2012

Thanks for your review. I'm pleased you enjoyed your Mountain View Studio. The view up to the Croz Glacier is looking fantastic since a fresh dusting of snow last week.
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Adam

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We arrived at Franz Josef after a somewhat gruelling 4 and a bit hour drive from Wanaka (is Highway 6 without the massive landslide yet?), in the pouring rain to the brightly coloured, 'looks the same everywhere' Bella Vista.

Reception was unmanned, but there was a phone that links up to the manager or whoever is on duty. Adam came down, and was very welcoming and friendly - a great contrast to some places we stayed in during our tour of the South Island.

The room itself was fully equipped for our needs, with the obligatory fridge, kettle, toaster and all the bits and pieces you need for a breakfast in the room. A very comfortably bed made for a good night's sleep, along with the obligatory electric blanket. Reception hosts a small but perfectly extensive DVD library, that guests can borrow freely from to watch in the rooms; a nice touch.

If you're heading to the glacier hot pools (do it!) then the motel reception provides towels to take along - this is important, unless you have a private pool then a $5 charge applies to each towel you get there.

Overall we were very pleased with the Bella Vista and would return if we went back to Franz Josef or needed a convenient place to stop over on SH6.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

In order to visit the glasier, we opted to stay a night at Bella Vista Franz Josef. Well it was really a great choice. We were given 2 connecting rooms with kitchen facilities in one of them.
Unfortunately the weather was bad and it was raining continuously, so not much option for outdoor activities. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly and suggested us some DVDs for viewing instead.
Overall, I will give it the thumbs up for this motel.
Kitchen facilites - good
Rooms - clean and bed comfortable
Location is within the Franz Josef village, so easy to get groceries or access to nearby food outlets.
Great place to stay when in Franz Josef.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Modern in decor, friendly in demeanor. WiFi was available for set hours, but when we needed a bit more, they accomodated our request. Excellent advice on where to eat. Comfortable and quiet paired with a location that allowed us to walk all over the town and really enjoy the surroundings. I would stay again and recommend you do the same.

Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 34 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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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:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#7 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range: $83 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are just a minute's walk to a variety of flights, glacier hikes, restaurants, the Wildlife Center with its Kiwis and the Glacier Hot Pools. Offering a range of modern studio accommodation including, spa bath, queen and twin studio, mountain view studio and larger one bedroom family accommodation. All accommodation includes in-room phones, free Wi-Fi, hairdryers, complimentary tea, coffee, drinking chocolate & fresh milk, fridge, small microwave, toaster and a hot water kettle. Some rooms have full kitchen facilities. Off-street parking, guest laundry and BBQ area are available. ... more   less 
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