We stayed in a two-bedroom chalet (though as a couple we only used one bedroom). It was spacious, modern, comfortable, and spotless. While JAG Escape Franz Alpine Retreat is just off the main road, its location is quiet and serene. It's about a five-minute drive from the center of Franz Josef village, thus slightly distanced from its activity and commotion. Because it is not in the village, this would not be a practical choice for those who arrive by bus. But for those with their own transport this is a great choice and great value.
The kitchen had a full-size refrigerator, oven with stove top, loads of counter space, deep kitchen sink and preparation sink, microwave, electric tea kettle--in other words, most of what you would expect for making meals. (It was useful to have an oven because we made dinner while we were here.)
There is a laundry room on the premises. Parking is next to the chalet for easy unloading and loading of luggage.
Our bathroom had a shower, but no tub, which was fine, and complimentary toiletries. I must say I was puzzled by the reviewer who included a photo of a moldy shower curtain with their negative review, because our chalet did not even have a shower curtain, but a glass door instead (as you can see from my photos).
Free Wi-Fi was provided.
The management was friendly and helpful (and they allowed us to check in early).
When we arrived during the early afternoon, other guests were enjoying the sunshine and taking in the forest and mountain views from the decks in front of their chalets. The atmosphere was overall pleasant and relaxing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this accommodation to anyone and I would gladly stay here again.
- 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