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Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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Vientiane, Laos
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122 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Good for stopover”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Motel is very new and clean and right in the centre of Fox Glacier. Slightly pricey for a motel. Rooms do have thin walls so you may get disturbed if you are a light sleeper.

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Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We stayed two nights during our Fox Glacier experience. Very friendly/helpful hosts! The hotel offers WiFi, with the first 100 mb for free! Comfortable rooms (though somewhat small). It was lovely to have, in our room, a "hot pot" to heat water, a selection of teas and coffee, and a refrigerator with milk for the tea/coffee :) We highly recommend this facility and would stay at Bella Vista/Fox Glacier again.
Wayne & Carol
Peoria, IL U.S.A

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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bvfox, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, responded to this review, 22 February 2012
Hi Wayne & Carol
Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure to have you staying here and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Look foward to hosting you again if you're ever in Fox Glacier
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

My second experience with Bella Vista after a great night stay in the Hokitika one. We checked in and there was a strong strange smell and we informed the owner. She gave us another room and again had the same smell. When we asked for the first room back (cos it has an extra window and we thought that might help to flush out the smell better) the male host was annoyed and told us that the room was sold. It shocked us when they told us they can give us a refund so that we can get somewhere else ! at last minute ?

We reasoned out that it was just seconds ago and it was not possible it has been sold, they finally relented. It kind of spoiled our mood a little but we decided that we should focused on the fun bit and enjoyed ourselves in fox glacier instead.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed 2 nights in February - was given good advice on places to eat & walk. Room comfortable & well-equipped - but fairly expensive (I suspect this is par for course in Fox). Were disturbed at 11pm one night by the local avian hoodlums (Kea) - but just luck of the draw I guess.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

We wish we would have discovered this chain of Motels in New Zealand sooner. Good facilities, clean and modern. Friendly helpful front desk staff. Some complimentary WIFI. Free parking. Close to everthing.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stratford-Upon-Avon
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

The accommodation is very comfortable and clean.We had a slight problem with insects which buzzed over our heads when the lights went out. The housekeeper sorted them out the next day with a spray.
The room has a small kitchen with everything except a cooker. They only provide a microwave for cooking which is alright for a short stay.
Overall, it's a very good location to drive from to see the glaciers.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Surrey
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

We stayed there for 3 nights. The room was compact but adequate for our stay. There was insufficient storage space if you wanted to unpack. The room was very clean and the bathroom looked new. There was a walk-in shower cubicle comprising a fixed showerhead and a bi-directional lever for controlling both water pressure and temperature.

This is the only room where we did not have an iron and ironing board. Not sure if these were available from the office.

All staff were very polite and friendly.

There are some cafes and restaurants within a few minutes walk.

The room rate is slightly more expensive the similar spec motels elsewhere however it has to be remembered that Fox Glacier is a small town and choice is limited. We would stay there again if in the area.

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Property: Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
Address: 55 Main Road | Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Fox Glacier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newest accommodation complex in Fox Glacier. Superior accommodation in the heart of the Village. Stroll to restaurants and cafes. ... more   less 
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