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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 12 April 2015

Fantastic place to stay for a couple of nights. Our 2 bedroom apartment was clean, comfortable and spacious. The laundry facilities were great. The whole serenity of the place is a drawcard in itself. Away from the crowds. Could very easily stay here for a week or two. Our hosts, Mel and Nigel were extremely kind and helpful.

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and it was a pleasure to host you. We would welcome to have you come and stay with us again in the future. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed in one of the cottages with 2 bedrooms. The resort looks and feels pretty new. Its owners are very caring. Its away from all the noise and the shops, resturants etc. Couple of the times the owners dropped us at the town centre and the some of the resturants also offer pick up and drop services. So the...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We pride ourselves on the fact that even though we are slightly out of town, no one without a car should feel isolated as we will always make sure our guests do get to see the sights. The added benefit of the pick ups from the Restaurants is very handy for our guest. Enjoy...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 9 April 2015

We stayed one quick night in one of their adorable little cottages. The rooms were very very clean, well maintained and well appointed. The only drawback is that because they are built off the ground there is a bit more residual noise (footsteps, etc). You will be happy you booked here.

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our cottages. Sound proofing is one area we try to make time to remedy peak season but find the cottages are very for groups. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards Mel & Nigel

Fish Hoek, South Africa
Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

This is a really good place to explore the area from. The Retreat is out of the tourist busy-ness of the village - too many people. We really enjoyed our stay here. From the moment we arrived until we left we felt welcomed. The apartment is well equipped and spacious enough for a few nights. Highly recommended.

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the quiet of being in the country whilst still being only 4 mins from the town Regards Mel & Nigel

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 4 April 2015

We enjoyed our three nights staying in a two bedroom chalet. Mel and Nigel were very friendly and helpful and they have a restful and relaxing retreat. The rooms were great and I enjoyed the comfy lounge and the view out of the lounge room window. This was the midway spot in our 3 week holiday and it was lovely...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for time to write a review and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Franz Alpine Retreat is a good motel with comfortable rooms. It is a bit basic but clean and quiet. It a little way out of the town. The owners were helpful and pleasant. You have to provide your own breakfast but there are adequate kitchens.

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are currently in the process of setting up and offering cooked breakfasts. We find that people enjoy the tranquility of being out of town. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Johann Straus would have loved it! In fact I think that the Franz Joseph Alpine Retreat might have suited the Viennese waltz king for its superb mountainous surroundings and the location not far from the equally famous Franz Joseph Glassier. The self-contained apartment bungalows that comprise this retreat turned out to be a real pleasure. Light and clean with nice...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We love the peacefulness of being away from the town and enjoying the views and so glad you enjoyed it as well. It is even more beautiful in the Winter. We do hope to accommodate you again in the future and wish you safe travels. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Reviewed 11 March 2015

Stayed here for one night during February 2014. Jennifer & David were the most warm & gracious hosts. They went out of the way to arrange all little things for us to make our stay special including advising what food to order & from where & what places to visit. Infact they even ordered for us & brought us some...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Regards Mel & Nigel

Miri, Malaysia
Reviewed 6 March 2015

At first glance, I was a bit disapointed. The detached cabins appear to be "pre-fabs" set on a hill with little vegetation next to the main highway. But after a day and night, I noted the utility of these cabins, excellent furnishings, kitchen and movies available. Also, the management is very helpful, friendly, and I enjoyed chatting with them about...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We did have trees and vegetation all the way along the Highway but we had a 100 year storm come across the Tasman and completely destroyed ALL the surrounding trees and closed the roads for days. It will now take a while for these to grow again. We look forward to seeing you in the...

Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 February 2015

We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage for a couple of nights and found it very comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge area has lovely comfy sofas. The bed was just right and although you're quite close to the main road there was no noise. All in all everything we wanted and a pleasant stay. Very friendly...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for you review. The new cottages are delightful and as you pointed out, even though they are by the road, they are actually quite quiet. Unfortunately there is only 1 main cable into the whole of Franz Josef for Internet, so it does make it difficult sometimes to get WIFI, however we hope the beautiful scenery made up...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has personalised facilities that fully immerse you in the surrounding environment.Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 5. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet, Phone & insect screens. Other facilities within the complex DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities, continental breakfast.A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Franz Alpine Retreat

Address: 2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $126 - $266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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“All cabins were built so that you could see the view. All accessible with car parked at side.”
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“We showed up unannounced and got a good deal so; do you chance it or not to book or wing it???? LOl.”
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“Book early and enjoy the peace and quiet and the views”
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“This was a hotel but motel units.”
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“Room 6 has great views from the living room.”
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