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Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
1
8.0 Excellent (882 reviews)
Overview Reviews
Located in Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park is within a 5-minute drive of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and microwave in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
5.0 Okay
Pros: Good location and the guy who served me was helpful
Cons: This was the most expensive place we stayed in the least well equipped - no internet, no milk, poor kitchen facilities. I understand this is a motor camp but would expect a 2 bdrm motel unit to be much better fir the price. It was also shabby and the bathroom smelt mouldy
8.0 Excellent
Pros: It was a wonderful facility. We were four adults and travelled with our elderly parents but we were given a bigger rooM to accommodate us. Thank you to the wonderful reception lady at front desk who assisted. Kitchen was well equiped, beds were neat and comfortable. Thanks so much!
Cons: Nothing to complain about!
7.1 Good
Pros: We stayed in the room with bath and shower. It is very basic but clean. It is one step up from camping. It did have a refrigerator.
Cons: The room was small. There was no ice available to either use or purchase on site. They, along with many places in NZ should invest in screens for their windows and doors.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: A clean, spacious, comfortable well appointed apartment with lots of utensils in kitchen.
Cons: No mountain views. Signs regarding additional charges for leaving wet dishes and moving furniture a bit unfriendly.
2.0 Mediocre
Pros: Pro: Surfaces are clean in the showers, kitchens, etc Family shower rooms incl heating available
Cons: Con: I had the cheapest and smallest of the cabins for 4 people. It was the worst smelling room I had ever rented in my entire life for a whopping 110ish nzd. Dirty sheets as well. When I asked to change cabins I was a bjt treated like a 5yo. Next cabin smells again, but at least clean (but old) duvets and sheets. Then I gave up: I took the room and after two hours with open windows and doors it was better. Needless to say, I cannot recommend.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Great bedrooms and nice common area.
Cons: The lighting was a stark white color and was insufficient in the kitchen.
6.8 Good
Pros: It was clean, functional and available
Cons: It was quite basic
7.0 Good
Pros: Clean, usual facilities, and nice enough place. I chose the option of room with no facilities, but shared facilities were ample, and close by.
Cons: Nothing really negative to add. Location ws 2km walk into town, or slightly longer if you take the very scenic buswalk option across the road. Just a point to note if you are in anyway impared, you would need to drive into down.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Generally quiet, well appointed
Cons: Workers accommodation above us meant a fair bit of noise transmitted through ceiling at times. Poor to unusable wifi made worse by very little mobile coverage
Franz Josef Montrose Hostel Lodge - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
2
8.2 Excellent (2,025 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Franz Josef Montrose Hostel Lodge in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be in a national park, within a 10-minute drive of Franz Josef Glacier and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Nice staff and free breakfast (maybe also soup in the winter). You could lend dvds and hot tub!
Cons: To few bathrooms/showers and tv-room, kitchen and dining area is at the same place...
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Clean and tidy room and bathroom. Good communal cooking kitchen and eating area. Comfortable bed. Good heating
9.0 Excellent
Pros: The place was a nice and well kept lodge. The staff were very friendly and gave us an upgrade to an en-suite.
Cons: The showers from upstairs can be heard in the room.
5.0 Okay
Pros: good location close to shops, activity providers etc
Cons: Kitchen facilities were not sufficiently clean- Pots and pans not well cleaned by users, sink sponges were dirty /unhygienic, tea towels were old stained Could have better recycling facilities No soap, paper towel ,sanitizer in bathrooms
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly welcoming staff. Lots of information available. Great breakfast included
5.0 Okay
Pros: Good basic room and excellent breakfast
Cons: Slight smell from drains in ensuite
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Fridge in room, and place settings. Location cental
Cons: Nothing, it's was good choices. Priced average for location and room type
Chateau Backpacker & Motels - Franz Josef Glacier - Lounge
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7.6 Good (1,554 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Chateau Backpacker & Motels in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Our Lady of the Alps. Featured amenities include limo/town car service, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
6.0 Good
Pros: Lots of room. Manager was very helpful and happy to move us to a bigger room as there was room and cancellation. Better breakfast than expected.
Cons: There was mouse droppings on the shelves. Food cupboard that contained breakfast was easily accessible to rodents
3.0 Mediocre
Pros: The bathrooms were kept fairly clean. Pillows were good. The make-it-yourself pancakes were good.
Cons: I booked the budget single room. The room was dingy, musty, and felt damp. The bed was just a thin mattress on a shelf. The room was under the kitchen so I had to listen to people stomping on the ceiling all night and day. I didn't get much sleep. Every surface in the communal kitchen was grimy. While washing dishes, a mouse ran past my foot. When I told the staff, they said something like "oh someone must have let him out of the cupboard". There were always flies in the kitchen. The evening soup smelled like burnt garbage one night and the next it was pretty much a broth that was at least edible. The room did have a heater but it was difficult to set it so it didn't boil the room at night. Since there was only one blanket although the climate is cold so I had to ask for another. This place was much like Franz Josef itself- run down with nothing to do. Literally the worst place I've stayed at across NZ. Do yourself a favor and go to Fox Glacier which is nicer.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: I liked that the manager helped me find somewhere else to stay when he had to close down due to low number cause of weather and the virus outbreak. He got me a room across the street and payed the difference himself.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: The room and bathroom were GREAT for a 3 night's stay AMAZING (seriously) mattress. I've never slept on a more comfortable mattress in the past year of traveling as a digital nomad. Excellent desk to get some computer work done (!) Free soup every evening Hot tub
Cons: There were some raccoons or possums rapping on the ceiling, an odd but harmless experience, and nothing the staff can really do much about :) Can openers didn't really work.
4.6 Okay
Pros: The receptionist was pleasant
Cons: The base of the bed was almost on the floor but surprisingly enough, the bed was quite comfortable. The whole place is run down and passed shabby. I was glad to leVe.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: I stayed at the dorms and everyone were super sociable. Great location in town. Great social area to meet other travelers from different countries. The free soup every evening was delicious. I will definitely consider coming back there on my next visit to Franz Joseph
Cons: The room is small and the bed was a bit uncomfortable, but the overall experience was great!
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Staff was friendly and helpful.
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be in the mountains, just steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and 3 minutes by foot from Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
7.5 Good
Pros: Okay fora one night stay. A bit old hat. Could do with a more modern paint colour, and really just a bit of a general update. Just my view.
Cons: Don’t really like showers over baths.
7.0 Good
Pros: Location is good
Cons: Some staff were not welcoming
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Very nice & simple but well kept and clean.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: We spent one night in Franz Josef on our West Coast road trip to Queenstown. The Bella Vista was clean, the room was a tad small but for one night as a place to sleep it on our way to else where it served it’s purpose. The beds were comfortable and the complex quiet at night so had a good nights sleep. Location is great, close to everything. Nothing special to report here, it is what it is.
7.0 Good
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff. Great location.
Cons: A little tired and old fashioned - and somewhat cramped.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great views, clean, walking distance to town centre
Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
5
9.3 Excellent (904 reviews)
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be in a national park, just steps from Glacier Hot Pools and 6 minutes by foot from Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, express check-in, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: A lovely, spacious, clean ground floor apartment within a quiet and safe complex close to the shops, bars, restaurants and travel/tour agencies.
Cons: Nothing, everything was great.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Clean spacious and well appointed
Cons: All good
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
8.0 Excellent
Pros: We had 2 very big rooms, each with king size beds and a tv. Comprehensive kitchen and facilities. Jacuzzi bath and shower in modern bathroom. Good access to Franz Joseph glacier and Okarito. Very helpful hosts, Peter and Pam.
Cons: It is a motel so perhaps I shouldn't criticise, but the breakfast is basic continental or for extra, full continental with tinned fruit. We bought fresh fruit and yoghurt to add to the basic version.
7.0 Good
Cons: Entrance to room via patio doors, covering full side of the room, straight onto car park
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Nice room near to centre of town.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Perfect location for our stay. Very comfortable and clean.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Large comfortable room in fantastic location. Spa bath was great.
The Terrace - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
6
8.8 Excellent (663 reviews)
Overview Reviews
A stay at The Terrace places you in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier, steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and 4 minutes by foot from Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include express check-out, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
5.0 Okay
Pros: The amenities around it
Cons: NA
9.0 Excellent
Pros: The room was in a great location within walking distance to the town, restaurants and tourist attractions. The bed was very comfortable, so too the room. Parking was easy, just outside the door.
Cons: I would imagine it could be cold in winter as it has glass doors on either side of the unit and not a lot of heating options. We were not staying in winter, but it was cold in the morning!
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Considering the size of the entire town the location is very central and very close to all restaurants and bars and other attractions, tours, including the Glacier hike and the hot pools. Lovely bathroom, the room comfortable, good parking, laundry facilities available. Good value for money.
Cons: n/a
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Very clean and tidy, with ample room and comfy beds. Excellent location. Loved the scones!
Cons: No privacy curtains in front bedroom.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The room was a good size with a comfortable bed. Kitchen facilities ideal for an overnight stay. Lovely shower room with a good high pressure shower. Nice touches, 2 robes supplied. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. All very fresh, crisp and clean.
Cons: Nothing.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Bathroom with large walk in shower was great. Close to Helicopter flight onto glacier. Landings restaurant was great and 5 minutes walk.
Cons: Nothing really.
Glow Worm Accommodation - Franz Josef Glacier - Bedroom
7
8.4 Excellent (1,676 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Glow Worm Accommodation in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: A very nice location, quiet and easy to find. Large kitchen.
Cons: Soap not refilled in bathrooms. Rooms quite small. Otherwise no other concerns.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: The hostel owner was suuuper friendly, kitchen was incredibly clean and a good chilled vibe. The free breakfast, soup and popcorn were good too. The people in the hostel are very mixed age wise, which gives interesting conversations but also enough space to create time for yourself
Cons: No lock on the bathroom door in our room
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly and good value for money
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Very friendly, extra touches like free soup for dinner and popcorn any time. Rooms where small but had everything you need and was within walking distance of all the town has to offer.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Glad we stayed there :)
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Lovely, cozy hostel. The soup in the evening was a lovely touch!
Cons: the guy who slept above me snored without stopping for three nights, but this was not the hostel's fault!
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Staff really helpful when I had to leave early to try and get a flight home. Free breakfast and free evening soup
Cons: The hot tub needed a good clean apart from that it was spotless
6.0 Good
Pros: this is a backpackers hotel so it is basic, this was the cheapest hotel I could find in Franz Josef so I am not complaining,
Cons: nothing
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Free hot pool Very comfy beds Free soup in the evening, free breakfast Lovely place
Cons: Kitchen stoves do not heat properly, can make cooking a bit tricky
Yha Franz Josef - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
8
8.9 Excellent (881 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at YHA Franz Josef - Hostel in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Great Hostel Warm welcome, large clean room and en suite facilities. Handy for restaurants and glow worms !
Cons: Bit mean with the tea bags ( sorry, we’re English !)
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Clean, tidy, spacious and good location
10.0 Excellent
Pros: the staffs was very helpful and great
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was amazing! Clean, nice furniture, incredibly accomodating staff, very comfortable bedding
Cons: Nothing I didn't like!
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Staff friendly, location great and facilities brilliant
Cons: Could be noisy but not terrible
7.0 Good
Pros: facilities in kitchen is multiple and diverse, but some stove cannot work (or it work but I don't know how to operate)
7.4 Good
Pros: Large youth hostile enviroment , huge kitchen facilities well stocked. Very quiet and overall clean.
Cons: No one was there to check in, but they left the key in an Envelope so Not a problem. But there were no parking spots left when we arrived. There were people in front of the hostile camping in the street. The doors were left open to the patio which flowed to the lounge kitchen and into hallways with rooms and bathrooms. Thus it seemed it was open access to all who cared to walk in From the street.
Franz Josef Oasis - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
9
9.2 Excellent (1,407 reviews)
Overview Reviews
Located in Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Oasis is in a national park, within a 5-minute drive of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The Room was Beautiful!
Cons: The staff forgot to tell us breakfast was included...
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Lovely hotel
Cons: Excellent food
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Big room clean friendly staff great view
Cons: nothing
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Rooms were new and clean. Staff was wonderful!
Cons: It was a couple miles/km out of main area, but if you have a car, great option at ver reasonable price...
7.0 Good
Pros: Clean and quiet
Cons: Property relatively new, but room very simple in set-up ( like a highway motel). Not luxurious at all. Washing cloths at extra costs for an already expensive accommodation shows what they think about tourists. Staff “friendly “ but not really helpful when it comes to it(motivation issues?). Not a place to return.
8.0 Excellent
Cons: Very Beautiful property. Super clean. Nice location. Lots of competition in area with location, though, so cannot compare. Great front end staff. Did not stay for Breakfast, so cannot answer to quality. It was really quiet. Huge bed and very comfy. These owners care about their property. We have traveled for over 7 years and you win lots and lose lots, this is definitely on the winner side.
7.0 Good
Pros: Lovely fresh and clean rooms, breakfast was excellent and the pictures on the wall in the restaurant were magnificent.
Cons: The sheer curtains and blockout curtains seemed to be around the wrong way. They made access to the rooms difficult and were a bit too long for the windows.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Lovely place to stay. Very clean. Very good breakfast.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The receptionist was a lovely young woman who did a great job of checking us in and explaining everything to us. She also was the waitress in the hotel’s dining area. We enjoyed our evening meal and continental breakfast.
10 Cottages - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
10
8.7 Excellent (635 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at 10 Cottages, you'll be centrally located in Franz Josef Glacier, steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and within a 10-minute walk of Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and multilingual staff. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Location, views and facilities were all great. Staff were helpful and friendly.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent location, comfortable room with a wonderful view to Franz Josef glacier, great laundry, excellent staff
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great it had all the comforts we needed
Cons: Felt the gardens needed some attention
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Container style, efficiency, convenience to downtown.
Cons: Gravel driveway is difficult with roller bags
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Location and friendly staff. Large three bedroom house. New bathroom. Very clean.
Cons: The House was a bit lacking in decor and atmosphere. The shower pressure was quite weak. However the house was large in size and very comfortable. It had everything we needed and location was excellent.
8.5 Excellent
Pros: Location, quiet, cleanliness.
Cons: Too many windows. Scarce insulation (heat and noise). Very poor wifi.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic 3 bedroomed cottage, very large living room, ample space for 2 couples travelling together. Quiet location, easy walk to the main area. Very comfortable beds, lovely linen, separate toilet, walk-in shower.
5.0 Okay
Pros: Helpful staff who came immediately to fix problems, good location in middle of town, comfortable beds.
Cons: Tiny kitchen, tiny bathroom, only one bathroom in a cottage that sleeps 6 people.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Good view and location in centre of town.
Cons: Closeness to other cabins and tight parking
Punga Grove - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
11
9.0 Excellent (454 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Punga Grove in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be just steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Warm welcome from friendly staff, good explanation of township facilities plus free map & milk for tea . Great location for shops & bars etc.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Welcoming owners, very complete room, nice & cosy. Close to town yet amidst the greens! And a gas heater to take off the first chills! Wouldn’t mind hanging around here when it would be pouring rain outside, but it didn’t..
Cons: None, all good!
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Clean well maintained and comfortable beds great location
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Had all key facilities for a transit 2 night stay or more, located in town centre so handy to all bars and few cafe restaurants?
Cons: Easy parking and very spacious
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly staff super easy check in. Great location off the main road. So no noise. They found some of our gear we left behind and called us really quick so we had time to go back and get it.
58 On Cron Motel - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
12
8.8 Excellent (597 reviews)
Overview Reviews
When you a stay at 58 On Cron Motel in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a library. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great location. Friendly staff. Nice, clean room.
7.9 Good
Pros: New, clean, and convenient
7.1 Good
Pros: Close to bars and restaurants
Cons: Very small and dark
10.0 Excellent
Pros: So handy to town and very comfortable
Cons: Nothing
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Nice property.
Cons: We only stayed 1 night due to the hotel cancelling the 2nd night.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: We couldn’t have enjoyed our stay more. Excellent facilities.
Cons: We liked everything about the property. The only thing perhaps that may have been a bit better was the lighting in the room.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Good location within walking distance of main town Helpful staff
Cons: Nothing

Best rooms in Franz Josef Glacier

Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
1
9.3 Excellent (904 reviews)
Overview Reviews
When you stay at Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be in a national park, just steps from Glacier Hot Pools and 6 minutes by foot from Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, express check-in, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: A lovely, spacious, clean ground floor apartment within a quiet and safe complex close to the shops, bars, restaurants and travel/tour agencies.
Cons: Nothing, everything was great.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Clean spacious and well appointed
Cons: All good
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
8.0 Excellent
Pros: We had 2 very big rooms, each with king size beds and a tv. Comprehensive kitchen and facilities. Jacuzzi bath and shower in modern bathroom. Good access to Franz Joseph glacier and Okarito. Very helpful hosts, Peter and Pam.
Cons: It is a motel so perhaps I shouldn't criticise, but the breakfast is basic continental or for extra, full continental with tinned fruit. We bought fresh fruit and yoghurt to add to the basic version.
7.0 Good
Cons: Entrance to room via patio doors, covering full side of the room, straight onto car park
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Nice room near to centre of town.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Perfect location for our stay. Very comfortable and clean.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Large comfortable room in fantastic location. Spa bath was great.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
2
8.9 Excellent (215 reviews)
Overview Reviews
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ideal place for you to reconnect with nature and the dramatic surroundings, offering an unparalleled example of sustainable accommodation. Our four wings join together to enclose an area of dense native rainforest, ensuring a sense of privacy. Our specially personalised reception area and array of in-room features and facilities give you choice, and a feeling of total relaxation, while the exquisite Canopy Restaurant serves 5 course degustation dinner.
7.0 Good
Pros: The evening meal, which was included, was very good. Staff were very helpful and good at their jobs. The best thing in the rooms was the underfloor heating in the bathrooms - such luxury! Also bikes were fun to ride up to the Glacier.
Cons: Dining room and lobby could use an decor upgrade. The bar is not inviting and we ended up going out where there was more atmosphere.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Dinner menu was delicious. Buffet breakfast was fine but not in same league as dinner.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful hotel in great location.
Cons: My only criticism was that although they served an amazing five course dinner in the evenings the menu didn’t change so the choice was too limited.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The atmosphere was amazing. The staff went above and beyond.
7.0 Good
Cons: I don't like contemporary hotels...I like "charm" in terms of being warm and cozy...however I knew that this was not that kind of place...I chose it for the location near the glaciers.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: The employees were all excellent and the service top notch. The spa services were very good and affordable and accommodating.
Cons: Room needed humidifier. Menu doesn't change so that was a big bummer.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Staff were all very helpful. Ellie , a local waitress served us dinner on both nights and was very helpful and informative . Great location Nice rooms and bathrooms
Cons: It’s not good value for the independent traveller . A number of minor but important shortfalls in dining room ; coffee quality was poor and breakfast food quality low ( in contrast to the fine dining dinner in evening ). Bread rolls inedible . Take care ordering wine by the glass as bottles are kept until used up - Ask for a new bottle to be opened.
7.0 Good
Pros: Comfortable beds, lovely breakfast, nice surroundings
Cons: We stayed for two nights and were not impressed with the same menus for dinner on both nights. The resort is quite expensive and we felt that at least the menu should vary.
Yha Franz Josef - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
3
8.9 Excellent (881 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at YHA Franz Josef - Hostel in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Great Hostel Warm welcome, large clean room and en suite facilities. Handy for restaurants and glow worms !
Cons: Bit mean with the tea bags ( sorry, we’re English !)
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Clean, tidy, spacious and good location
10.0 Excellent
Pros: the staffs was very helpful and great
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Everything was amazing! Clean, nice furniture, incredibly accomodating staff, very comfortable bedding
Cons: Nothing I didn't like!
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Staff friendly, location great and facilities brilliant
Cons: Could be noisy but not terrible
7.0 Good
Pros: facilities in kitchen is multiple and diverse, but some stove cannot work (or it work but I don't know how to operate)
7.4 Good
Pros: Large youth hostile enviroment , huge kitchen facilities well stocked. Very quiet and overall clean.
Cons: No one was there to check in, but they left the key in an Envelope so Not a problem. But there were no parking spots left when we arrived. There were people in front of the hostile camping in the street. The doors were left open to the patio which flowed to the lounge kitchen and into hallways with rooms and bathrooms. Thus it seemed it was open access to all who cared to walk in From the street.
The Terrace - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
4
8.8 Excellent (663 reviews)
Overview Reviews
A stay at The Terrace places you in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier, steps from Westcoast Wildlife Centre and 4 minutes by foot from Glacier Hot Pools. Featured amenities include express check-out, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
5.0 Okay
Pros: The amenities around it
Cons: NA
9.0 Excellent
Pros: The room was in a great location within walking distance to the town, restaurants and tourist attractions. The bed was very comfortable, so too the room. Parking was easy, just outside the door.
Cons: I would imagine it could be cold in winter as it has glass doors on either side of the unit and not a lot of heating options. We were not staying in winter, but it was cold in the morning!
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Considering the size of the entire town the location is very central and very close to all restaurants and bars and other attractions, tours, including the Glacier hike and the hot pools. Lovely bathroom, the room comfortable, good parking, laundry facilities available. Good value for money.
Cons: n/a
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Very clean and tidy, with ample room and comfy beds. Excellent location. Loved the scones!
Cons: No privacy curtains in front bedroom.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The room was a good size with a comfortable bed. Kitchen facilities ideal for an overnight stay. Lovely shower room with a good high pressure shower. Nice touches, 2 robes supplied. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. All very fresh, crisp and clean.
Cons: Nothing.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Bathroom with large walk in shower was great. Close to Helicopter flight onto glacier. Landings restaurant was great and 5 minutes walk.
Cons: Nothing really.

Best Franz Josef Glacier hotels near Westcoast Wildlife Centre

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
1
8.9 Excellent (215 reviews)
Overview Reviews
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ideal place for you to reconnect with nature and the dramatic surroundings, offering an unparalleled example of sustainable accommodation. Our four wings join together to enclose an area of dense native rainforest, ensuring a sense of privacy. Our specially personalised reception area and array of in-room features and facilities give you choice, and a feeling of total relaxation, while the exquisite Canopy Restaurant serves 5 course degustation dinner.
7.0 Good
Pros: The evening meal, which was included, was very good. Staff were very helpful and good at their jobs. The best thing in the rooms was the underfloor heating in the bathrooms - such luxury! Also bikes were fun to ride up to the Glacier.
Cons: Dining room and lobby could use an decor upgrade. The bar is not inviting and we ended up going out where there was more atmosphere.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Dinner menu was delicious. Buffet breakfast was fine but not in same league as dinner.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Beautiful hotel in great location.
Cons: My only criticism was that although they served an amazing five course dinner in the evenings the menu didn’t change so the choice was too limited.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The atmosphere was amazing. The staff went above and beyond.
7.0 Good
Cons: I don't like contemporary hotels...I like "charm" in terms of being warm and cozy...however I knew that this was not that kind of place...I chose it for the location near the glaciers.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: The employees were all excellent and the service top notch. The spa services were very good and affordable and accommodating.
Cons: Room needed humidifier. Menu doesn't change so that was a big bummer.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Staff were all very helpful. Ellie , a local waitress served us dinner on both nights and was very helpful and informative . Great location Nice rooms and bathrooms
Cons: It’s not good value for the independent traveller . A number of minor but important shortfalls in dining room ; coffee quality was poor and breakfast food quality low ( in contrast to the fine dining dinner in evening ). Bread rolls inedible . Take care ordering wine by the glass as bottles are kept until used up - Ask for a new bottle to be opened.
7.0 Good
Pros: Comfortable beds, lovely breakfast, nice surroundings
Cons: We stayed for two nights and were not impressed with the same menus for dinner on both nights. The resort is quite expensive and we felt that at least the menu should vary.
Alpine Glacier Motel - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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8.8 Excellent (1,127 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Alpine Glacier Motel in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Westcoast Wildlife Centre and Our Lady of the Alps. Featured amenities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.0 Excellent
Cons: Shower is nothing more than a hole in the ground and a curtain.
7.0 Good
Pros: Perfectly adequate for an overnight stop in Franz Josef and within walking distance of several cafés and restaurants.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: The motel was ideally suited. It had all the facilities we needed. The onsite laundry was an added bonus that was not expected, especially as free washing powder was provided.
Cons: Our room was next to reception which was slightly noisy.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Comfortable king bed. We were upgraded to a room with a balcony.
Cons: Tv only had 6 channels
Rainforest Retreat - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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8.6 Excellent (2,465 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Rainforest Retreat in Franz Josef Glacier, you'll be just steps from Glacier Hot Pools and Westcoast Wildlife Centre. Featured amenities include a computer station, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: The room was super clean and modern. Bed very comfortable. Great value and located right next to the glacier.
Cons: Basic double rooms have an entire glass sliding for for a wall- which means you can hear everything outside. This is a spot for backpackers, so people are up late and loud.
5.0 Okay
Pros: Amenities good outside of room. Great location. Well presented.
Cons: Room very small and toilet shower not comfortable.
7.0 Good
Pros: Well appointed rooms
Cons: The bar close by meant that people were partying until quite late. There was no noise control so we had a disrupted sleep.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: I loved how clean it was and the area around the cottage. It was almost like camping but with a comfy bed!
Cons: For the price I can’t think of anything I would want improved - we had a great time. It was basic but very clean and cute.
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Location
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Perfect location, and great assortment of rooms To choose from
5.4 Okay
Pros: The location is good for seeing the Franz Josef glacier.
Cons: The key thing to know about Rainforest Retreat is that it's a sprawling complex-- one part serves backpackers and summer employees, and the other has higher end options. The higher end options--like the tree huts--aren't worth the money. We experienced the following challenges while there: - There was a major water shortage during our stay. This had happened before (google Franz Josef and water shortages and you'll see several hits), and the next town over (Fox Glacier) had running water. -The hotel staff blamed the water shortage on the city government (which was true), but did nothing for the guests during this time. Since they were shipping water in, the water wasn't potable/safe to drink, but we didn't find that out until we walked into reception. We had to buy our own bottled water to have drinking water. - The hotel staff also refused to do anything when our room had no running water-- they similarly blamed this on the city. However, that wasn't entirely true-- the backpackers had running water for their shower, and the maintenance people (who came 10 hours later) told us that a clogged water filter was why our particular hut had no water. The maintenance staff did eventually fix this so that we were able to shower once during our stay. - The walls between the units were paper thin. When our neighbors in the adjoining unit came home, we heard every movement they made, down to their lying down on the bed. - All of the furnishings were worn and had seen better days. In short, this was not worth $200 a night for a room. I would expect the hotel staff to ensure I have safe water to drink, that any maintenance issues are promptly dealt with (and that staff actually listened to their guests' concerns), and that the business tries to provide a good experience for their guests regardless of the external conditions. For somewhere nice, I would suggest you stay somewhere else, probably in the Fox Glacier township.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic place with a great restaurant on property. Close to many leaving points for tourist attractions
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic in every way. Many thanks.
7.5 Good
Pros: The location
Cons: The noise of the stairs ,if you have a ground floor room ,the noise coming from the upper floor is very annoying
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier - Building
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8.4 Excellent (749 reviews)
Overview Reviews
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier offers everything you need to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With two restaurants, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, the nearby hot pools and the Amaia Luxury Spa ensure you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and our visitor information and booking service will help you make the most of your time in Glacier Country.
7.9 Good
Pros: Our room was clean and quite comfortable, although we had 2 beds and swapped after the first night as the mattress was better in the 2nd bed! Lousy pillows, but I havent found a good one yet so that's not a reflection on the hotel really. Great view from our room, and an excellent location close to everything.
Cons: It's a big hotel and there were a lot of tour buses coming and going while we were there, so if you prefer a quieter hotel off the beaten track, this isn't for you.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Good location, in the city centre
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Room is an average hotel room. The location is great but window has to be open to get some air and was VERY loud as located next to a bar that stays open quite late. If you stay there then ask for a room away from The Landing.
Cons: Room a bit tired. Mattress quite soft.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Comfy and beautiful
7.1 Good
Pros: Good modern hotel/motel in excellent location.
Cons: A bit priced
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Location
Cons: Very basic room TV stations few