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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We only stayed one night in a family room. The size of our room was more than adequate for 2 Adults and our 2 tweenies. Loved the location being able to walk to local restaurants. Reception proved torches and a map for the kids to go glow worm hunting.

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Megan, Hope your tweenies found some glow worms. They really get a glow on after a good rain. I'm pleased you found our 1 br unit a confortabel stay for your family. Cheers Adam

Reviewed 20 September 2016

I had a great experience with this facility. Friendly staff, especially when things got confusing with my payment (TripAdvisor emails stated I had paid ahead of time, but I could not log into my credit card statement due to the card thinking I was a hacker being out of my native country to verify.), it was sorted professionally and with...

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Kayla, I'm glad we figured out your payment and thank for the positive feedback on your stay. It was great to meet you both! Hope yo get to travel this way another day. Kindly Adam

Bribie Island, Australia
Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is a great place to stay and very convenient to cafes, shops etc. Very comfortable and warm room, perfectly clean modern bathroom, nice hot shower. The room we stayed in had a kitchenette which was great for breakfast as we had to catch an early bus the next day. The staff were great, we arrived early and they let...

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Aileen, Thanks for staying with us! I'm pleased you found the rooms nice and warm. We just put new heaters into the rooms. No more fan heaters switching on and off during the night! Glad you had a relaxing experience in the village. Cheers Adam

Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

The motel we stayed was excellent. The room and toilet was clean. Except to say that we were given the 1st floor of the Motel and there was no lift services available. We are elderly folks and we had a hard time bringing our two large suitcases up the staircase.

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Billy, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Sorry about not noticing you were struggling with your bags, we aim to offer to take them up for elderly folks. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels. Kindly Adam

Armadale, Australia
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Great place to stay, and the owners/operators were just the best. They were so obliging to accommodate us when we had made the booking for the wrong month. Silly us. Also they forwarded on our bank card that we had left under our bed.

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Andover, MA
Reviewed 21 July 2016

This is a modest motel in the middle of the little village of Franz Josef. The hotel was clean, quite and fairly basic. One can easily walk to the village for restaurants, grocery stores or gift shops. To get to the start of the trail leading to the base of the glacier it is best to drive or take the...

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi, I'm glad you enjoyed your time in the Franz Village. You are quite right about the glacier valley. It is a 4 km drive up to the glacier valley car park, from here a 1.5 hr return walk to get up to the end of the trail. There is a $12.50 per person return shuttle bus that we can...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is a nice, clean, modern place to stay. Very comfy bed, DVD players in the room and DVDs to borrow in reception for free. Short walk to everything in Franz Josef. My only issue was that the pipes were loud. I was woken both mornings by the sounds of the pipes straining as people in other rooms showered.

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Nicholas, I'm pleased you enjoyed your winter stay with us. We recently put luxury mattress toppers on our beds and they have really added to the comfort level! The noise in the pipes is an intermittent thing to do with the high water pressure. Our plumber is working on a solution. Thanks for stopping with us for the night....

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 July 2016

One of the upsides to this motel is that restaurants and bars are within a gentle walking distance - important for some people who wish to enjoy the local nightlife without having to resort to taking the car. Check in was trouble-free, as was booking. Our unit was a ground floor one bedroomed unit which had two beds in the...

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Adam H, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Deborah, I'm pleased you found our 1 br unit to be well laid out. July is a great time to travel as there are not too many people in the village. You are quite right about everything in the village being within walking distance, we are about center with everything being a max of about a 500 meters walk....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and made the most of the room as it rained non stop for both days. The room is comfortable with everything you need and very adequate heating facilities - in the room and bathroom. It is also set in a very central location close to all amenities, very decent for the price.

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Mitul, Thanks for the vote of confidence in our rooms, even if the weather did not play the game! The recent addition of a movie theater to the village has helped keeping visitors amused on rainy days. It compliments the Carve Your Own, (where you choose, cut and polish green stone to make your own pendant) the Kiwi nocturnal...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 13 June 2016

We stayed here for 2 nights whilst we did our helicopter flight over the glaciers. Our room was on the second floor, very quiet and clean. Not a lot of room and it did have a very small kitchenette with a portable hotplate, not sure how that would go, I imagine in that small space it would set of the...

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Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to write about your time at our place. I'm pleased you found the room to be clean and the kitchenette to be well equipped. It's a shame you did not stop by reception in regards to the waiting laundry in the washing machine you could have used our motel laundry. When staying in NZ...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting
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 

Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

Address: 34 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $123 - $280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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#7 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
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“We did have to use the steps but they are nice wide easy steps so not really a problem.”
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