Bella Vista motels are a bit like premier Inn in England, basic with no cooking facilities, but very clean and simple. We had a gorgeous view of some mountains with snow on top of them, very nice in the morning and at sun set. I can't remember much of the area, apart from doing the walk to the bottom of the Franz Josef Glacier, which is worth it, but don't expect to see much-it's dirty because it's the bottom, if you want a real feel for the glacier you'd have to do a helicopter tour up the top and hike it (pricey sadlyl) But definately a cheap but nice place to stop over, very friendly reception. Make sure on your way here if your coming from Wanaka, you need a full tank of petrol as there arn't any gas stations on the way till you get to Franz Josef! The kitchen was limited but we managed to make spaghetti and meatballs, small but handy shop is nearby.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bella Vista Hotel Franz Josef