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“Smelly room, dirty sheets”
Review of YHA Franz Josef

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YHA Franz Josef
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Smelly room, dirty sheets”
Reviewed 20 March 2010

Location was good, but in a place the size of Franz Josef it's difficult not to be in the heart of the action. Was expecting much more from the room though, which smelt bad and had uncomfortable beds with suspicious-looking stains on the 'clean' sheets. Kitchen reminded me of a hospital, except for the lack of cleanliness. Sauna was ok but we were happy to get out of the place.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

we book a double ensuited, it is clean hostel but the beds are lumpy and not comfortable to sleep in, The sheets are so faded and thin, very old went through many washings, I would rate it a 4 instead of 5 star hostel

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Nagasaki, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2010

The computers were being fixed when we arrived, so we had to wait to be checked in. The guy who was working on the desk was a bit of an idiot to be honest - not exactly friendly!

The rooms were what you expect at an average backpackers. Very warm and extra blankets were supplied in the rooms. There is a sauna available which is a nice bonus. A good location to the township - even though it's small anyway!

It lacks showers and toilets. - Which are pretty scummy as well. The kitchen needs some work, not all cooking elements work and the teatowels were pretty brown and unclean.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Leeds, UK
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2010

We needed somewhere to stay in Franz Joseph and the YHA was one of the few places with availability. We got our own room with ensuite bathroom. The staff were very friendly and helpful and checked us in speedily. The room was basic but what you would expect at the YHA and was very clean. The bed was a bit soft and could have been better but overall good. The hostel is well placed for the centre of town and was reasonably quiet. It also had a huge kitchen and lounge area, not that I used it.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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212 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2009

Standard backpackers - no added extras or frills but perfectly serviceable.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2009

I had a fairly standard YHA experience here, which is to say a good one.

We had a family room, which was comfortable and warm, though fairly noisy due to passing foot traffic. The bathrooms were clean and the kitchen well-appointed.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Buffalo, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2009

stayed 2 nights at YHA FJ. service and amenities were pretty good. bookings had substantial YHA discount. sauna available at night. rooms were spacious, had a ceiling and space heater that were only timed. was very very cold in the hostel, even with heaters. kitchen was absolutely massive! lounge had fireplace, couches, piano, tv room, still too cold. few computers, card readers, no videos. friendly cat inside. doors locked after 9pm. would stay at a different hostel next time that is warmer, many offer free soup/food.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Property: YHA Franz Josef
Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Franz Josef 4*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 
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