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Glow Worm Accommodation
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

I stayed here with a friend in June. There was a special going on where we got the 3rd night for free so we ended up staying in the Franz Josef area for an extra day than we intended to. The receptionist was very helpful and even made a last minute booking for a helicopter/glacier hike the following morning.

Our room was small, but still big enough to fit all our luggage. The bed was rather uncomfortable (and dangerous). "Dangerous, how can a bed be dangerous?" you may ask. There was a metal spring that had ripped through the mattress cover and was exposed, which we learned the hard way after collapsing on bed after a long day of driving and rain. Fortunately, no one was hurt and we were able to minimize the poking by flipping the mattress over. The sheets weren't very clean either. The bathroom was tiny and shared with the whole building, so it wasn't the cleanest. Even with the space heater running all night, it was still pretty cold.

The most comfortable part of the hostel was undoubtedly the dining room/lounge/kitchen area. A wooden stove in the middle of the room helped keep it nice and warm. There were rolling blackouts the first two nights throughout the whole town, but fortunately the hostel was well equipped with flashlights and headlamps. There was free vegetable soup every night for the guests, which, coupled with the blackouts, served as a nice way to meet other travelers. It wasn't a meal, but was very warm and could hold you over until the electricity came back on and you could actually cook dinner. The kitchen is a good size. I never had any trouble finding an open counter or stovetop to use. There are plenty of pots and pans and utensils to go around, as well as other cooking supplies. One night my friend and I even made pizza (there are 2 ovens).

Overall, this isn't a hostel that I would have normally stayed 3 nights in. However, Franz Josef is not something that can be passed over while in NZ and the glacier was more than enough justification for staying here.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

I stayed here for one night my room is okay rather small but okay price. Was a little noisy with younger guess next door room was annoying didn't have much sleep during the night. So glad I'm taking the bus the next day to catch some sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We stayed for two nights. The kids shared a four bedroom room and we had a double.
As everyone says, the rooms are very small and the bathrooms weeny with nowhere to place/leave any toiletries. Everything is very clean and the bed linen was of reasonable quality, although the towels were pretty worn and scratchy. The communal areas were quite nicely done and also very clean. We tried the free soup one night and it was hearty and filling.
Kerry at the front desk was very friendly and helpful and the sort of bubbly person you need running a show like this. Some of the others working were obviously transient and either didn't speak much English, or chose not to.
One thing I was disappointed by was the name ie Glow Worm "Cottages". The cottage aspect was why we chose this place over countless other backpackers in Franz Josef - not sure where the cottages were as it seemed to be just a motel-like setup.
It is a backpacker place, so you really can't expect too much I guess.

Room Tip: We had room 20 which was OK
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We stayed two nights. The rooms are rather small and bathroom tiny. But they are quite pleasant with kitchen facilities available and wifi. You enter by glass door, so you have to remember about covers before leaving. Parking available - if possible you can park just by your room. The heater is in the room which is good if you are coming back from the glacier and it rained the whole day ;)

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

We stayed here on route to the glaciers. It was a really well equipped hostel and the free soup is nice but beyond that it was disappointing. The paid staff were functional but not very friendly and the nicest people were a couple working there for free just for a week. The rooms were small but warm however very thin walls meant we could hear everything from the surrounding rooms so a bad nights sleep. The staff leave at 7.30 so if you need anything after that you can't have it e.g. a hot water bottle or blankets are apparently on offer but they're locked up when the main staff leave. Good location for accessing the surrounding activities and right in the small town.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Stayed one night after doing Franz Josef glacier. Bit disappointed to be honest.
Girl at reception was very friendly to her credit. Room was fine, clean, comfortable. Good location, free spa.
However our double room was in a corridor with 2 other rooms. The door to that corridor was constantly slamming shut as people came through. The walls were thin so we could hear people talking in the lounge all night. we could hear people next door arguing.
There was one toilet and two showers (no separate women's or men's), the toilet was often in use and I felt there needed to be another one.
Didn't get much sleep, in part due to the actual backpackers, even with ear plugs, but poor layout and design is the reason for my rating.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012 via mobile

This place served solely as a place to put our head down after a day at the glacier. no frills. no real comfort. travelling as a couple if you can afford somewhere nice consider the option. Very basic facilities.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Additional Information about Glow Worm Accommodation

Address: 27 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand (Formerly Sir Cedrics Glow Worm Flashpacker Hostel)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range: £19 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Glow Worm Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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