This place was great! When the staff/owner found out it was our honeymoon she went the extra mile to make our stay enjoyable. She put us in the chalet furthest away from everyone, and with the best views. She also called into the restaurant we were dining at and bought us dessert! However, what was even better was all of the help and recommendations she provided, without being overbearing in any way. She hand-wrote a map of the Franz Josef area for us detailing the best restaurants, attractions, and even some "secret" trails and awesome viewing spots of the mountains. She also provided recommendations on the best time of the day to view the local attractions like Lake Matheson and others. The laundry facilities were great as well, they were very large industrial units and we did our massive pile of laundry in one fast load. The location is a couple kilometers outside the Franz Josef township. The only thing to mention was that the wi-fi did not work in the chalet that was furthest from the reception office, so we had to walk down there a little closer to pick up a signal. No worries though, since we definitely didn't come to NZ to surf the web! I wish we could have stayed here longer, the JAG Retreat was fantastic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has facilities that fully immerse you in the surrounding environment. Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 5. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet. Other facilities within the complex include Book exchange, DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities available, Kiwi "continental" breakfast and activity bookings. A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Franz Alpine Retreat Hotel Franz Josef