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“Excellent place to stay when visiting Fox glacier”
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The Westhaven
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Fox Glacier
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“Excellent place to stay when visiting Fox glacier”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We had a very nice stay at the Westhaven motel. We found the hotel extremely clean and neat, and the free internet a major plus. In addition, we found the staff extremely accommodating, making excellent recommendations for dinner and allowing us some flexibility in use of the room. The only issue we had with our stay was with the water pressure, which was very weak when using warm water. The beds were very comfortable, the location is convenient, and the staff was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

There are quite a few options in the area but I think this is one of the better ones. Very comfortable, nicely equipped and furnished, the hotel was quiet, comfortable and relaxing. Nothing flash or fancy but all fits nicely and works well. Close to a few great cafes and restaurants and of course the stunningly spectacular Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson. Stay a few days if you can as the area demands it - you'll find Westhaven a very good base to operate from.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

Fabulous room with helpful and friendly hosts. Well equipped and spacious with clean and modern kitchenette. Very busy motel with lots of small bus tours booking in so you have to book in advance. Located across the road from fox glacier guiding for walks bookings and the motel offers a very generous discount on bookings for helicopter scenic flights.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

After a long drive, we arrived late, but having prewarned the hotel, they'd made the necessary arrangements for us to be able to access our room without incident. Room was clean and had all the necessary amenities. We had 4 inches of rain overnight which sounded a lot worse due to the flat roof (common in NZ), so if you're a light sleeper you may struggle a bit, but we were so tired it wasn't a problem. Got up the next morning to clear blue skies which was a blessing as we had a heli-hike booked :-)
Spoke to the hotel owners in the morning who were very friendly and helpful.
Hotel is conveniently located, across the road from a pub and the heli-hike operator and a couple of doors away from a convenience store. Fantastic views of the surrounding mountains :-)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Swanage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

So glad we chose this motel. Very well placed. Great Managers Sandi & Mario, who had just started there, were very helpful in all things about Fox. Great room for one night but would have gladly stayed longer but so much to see and so little time left. Great value for money .Restaurant called The Last Kitchen ( recommended by them) is great. They don't need to take bookings so don't leave it too late as it gets filled up quickly.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We have stayed there only for one night in January 2014 and were very nicely surprised with the facilities this hotel can offer.
Room: was very spacious, warm and clean. Bed was decent size and comfortable. It came with a little kitchen equipped with microwave, pans, plates, cutlery and anything else necessary to prepare simple mean (even a bottle opener was there). There is also tea/coffee/sugar there so no need to bring your own. The bathroom is equipped with towels and all toiletries.
Location: Hotel is made of self contained apartments with parking allocated to each of the apartments. Is located very near the centre of the Fox Glacier town very close to local shops, bars, trip expedition services etc however we have not been disturbed by any nose at night.
Staff: very friendly and flexible. We requested late check in and they left the apartment open for us with the keys inside.
Over all, I am very pleased with our stay and I would recommend you use this hotel as it offers everything that travellers need when travelling across NZ ;-)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

My wife & I stayed for one night on our South Island tour, great room, plenty of space, outside seating area. Very friendly lady at reception, loads of info available. If we ever pass by this way again we will know where to stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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FoxWest, Owner at The Westhaven, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Great! very pleased you enjoyed your stay, regards Kelvin
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Property: The Westhaven
Address: Statehighway 6, Fox Glacier | Westland, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), 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 Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fox Glacier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Westhaven 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Westhaven in Fox Glacier is located right in the heart of the Fox Glacier township. We are a modern stylish complex with 23 large studio units. Each room is self contained with private en suite bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. All rooms have a kitchenette which includes a fridge, microwave and kitchen appliances. Our beds are really comfortable, queen, king and super king beds are all available and all rooms have good heating, beds have electric blankets. We offer FREE internet access and have a guest laundry facility. ... more   less 
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