Ok, so I'm kidding about T-Rex, but the forrest around here is seriously pre-historic. I kept expecting some sort of screechy dino to come pouncing at a moment's notice. As for the hotel... beds are great. A bit on the soft side, but very comfortable overall. The bathrooms and rooms are a nice size. We had a view of the forrest in the back and it felt very private due to privacy partitions on all the room window areas. Sleep was blissfully quiet in spite of us being by a main doorway. The check in/check out staff were just awesome. Totally took care of us quickly and with excellent attention to the little niceties of hospitality like offering a fruit drink as we walked in the door.
The food is... good. Not great, but good. The dinner service takes a very long time, so be prepared to settle in for at LEAST a 2 hour meal. After a long day of driving, I was antsy by the second course and started prowling around the restaurant. Not my normal behavior, but I needed that 5 course meal to speed up a bit. The next night, we ordered ala cart -- so know that that is an option if you want simple and fast. Also... huge portion sizes. I was fine with my single entree the next night. Breakfast is buffet style -- good food and about what you'd expect for a nice buffet.
We had a bit of a medical scare at 2am on the 1st night. The night staff didn't quite know what to do but after a bit of explaining and talking to a pretty young (and maybe scared) staff member, he called the town's clinic nurse into the room. Not that this would happen to everyone, but if you have medical issues, you may want to get the clinic/medic's info when you check in, so you can save yourself about 30 minutes of quiet panic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotels in New Zealand don't get any better than this! Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star Qualmark rated retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. Te Waonui Forest Retreat promises all its guests a truly unique and memorable experience. At one with nature, the five-star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness. Great care has been taken to ensure this exceptional forest retreat steps lightly upon the earth, from the organic cotton bedspreads to its recycled local building materials. Discerning travellers will appreciate the hotel’s attention to detail, which starts with attentive personal service upon arrival, and continues throughout all the hotel facilities and every aspect of your stay. As our guest you will enjoy exceptional quality and service, including: Luxuriously appointed guest rooms, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay, and high speed Internet access. Dining among the tres in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, and savouring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner. Innovative, environmentally sustainable architecture and building materials that create a healthy, warm and quiet haven for you to enjoy. Easy access to many excellent local attractions, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef