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YHA Franz Josef
Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good for the money!”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

Recently stayed here for 2 nights when I was in town for 2 nights so that I could do the half day glacier hike.
The hostel was clean and the staff were fantastic. I stayed in a single room (room 23). It was fine. A bit noisy, but not when it was time to sleep. Very clean and sufficient for my needs.
The Intercity bus drops off and picks up right from here, so that makes it easy.
Definitely worth staying at.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

They even have a sauna which I didn't go into. But I enjoyed my stay here. Plus there was a friendly cat who helped keep the homesickness at bay. It's a backpackers. I wasn't sure what to expect since this is my first time doing backpackers. But I met really friendly guests and everything was clean enough. There was even a blowdryer in the bathroom. Always a plus for me.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

it was ok but not realy clean. the kitchen was always a bit dirty. we stayed 3 nights in a double room. it´s overpriced ( the priciest we ever stayed in nz...damn ). the room wasn´t that clean. realy hairy. so i think they don´t use a vacuum before we checked in! the bathroom wasn´t that clean. we choose the yha because the bbh-hostel hadn´t a good ranking ( only 70 %). so we thought it´s better to choose an yha ( because the yha in wellington is pretty good ). but this yha isn´t that good. for the furture we stayed in bbh... in franz josef the bbh look realy nice not like 70%!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

We had a twin room with private bathroom. Quite good location. Toilet was NOT CLEANED before we got there. The place has a run down feel to it. The washing machine didn't clean my clothes very well. It has all the facilities you need though and the staff were really helpful, even lending us an umbrella! It is your typical YHA so as long as you don't expect to be staying in a fancy place, it'll be fine. This is definitely the pick of all the other backpackers; the rest look really disgusting and horrid. We were glad we were staying at the YHA.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

This is your typical hostel/backpackers that is sort of on the edge of town, but that is o.k., since the town is small.

It may in part be the location, but I think it was also that the number of rooms versus the size of the common area and kitchen made the kitchen area less clean and the common area crowded. This was also impacted by the weather, which was rainy and cool, driving folks inside, as opposed to people using the outdoor area/tables. Another negative is that the parking area was more than full, so you had to find parking outside.

We were traveling as a family of four (kids full grown), and the room we had was smaller than most of our four-bed rooms, though the beds themselves were comfortable enough. The bathroom had the shower as part of the whole room, i.e., not a separate shower stall from the rest of the bathroom, thus the floor gets wet. We don't like this, and I don't know who does.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: YHA Franz Josef
Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price range (per night): $35 - $106
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Franz Josef 4*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 
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