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Glow Worm Accommodation
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

We stayed at Glow Worm Cottages in October. The weather was miserable when we arrived, but the cheerful staff member at reception gave us a great welcome and offered us hot water bottles or extra blankets if we were feeling the cold. But, no need - our double room was cosy and the heater was good. The room had a double and a single bed, small but perfectly adequate bathroom and a really well equipped small kitchen. We actually cooked our evening meal over in the main kitchen, which was also well equipped. We had intended only staying two nights, but the first 24 hr was cold and wet and not good for sight-seeing. However, the weather forecast posted in reception promised fine weather was coming, so we stayed an extra night. There were games, books and SKY TV available in the main area - and of course, the 6pm free soup, which was a great treat. We were very comfortable at Glow Worm Cottages and it was handy to everything we needed in Franz Joseph.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We stayed in room # 19, which was nicely decorated with black and white glacier photos but contained fairly old and scruffy furniture. The bathroom is tiny but has a good shower. There is a kitchenette in the room but no table, so we used the bigger common kitchen, which is well equipped. We found the bedroom quite chilly even in summer and the internet in the common room was very slow.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2012 via mobile

Nice Hostel offering Free soup every Day. Quick And Cheap wifi. Big kitchen, nice communal area, with TV room offering Movies on VHS And DVD, Flatscreen And Sky tv.
Rooms very nice. Shared room + Barhroom only 1$ more than dorms.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

Glow Worm is quite clean and has a very peaceful energy. We stayed in a double room with shared bathroom. The bathroom was clean, and our room was nice and warm. They even had hair dryers you could borrow, which kept me from having to sit with wet hair in the cold weather - much appreciated! The common space felt like a library, everyone was so quiet. Free hot tub and free soup are bonuses. Great place to stay.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

we stayed one night at the glow worm cottages in franz josef. we knew that things would be relatively overpriced there and were very pleased to find this place. the property has several standalone units and also a backpackers hostel. we stayed in a motel unit that was quite small but it did have a small kitchenette (with a double hot plate which was great for cooking dinner and saving money). the bathroom and shower were tiny. the bed was comfortable but was small -- a double bed rather than a queen bed. my boyfriend is 6 feet tall and his feet hung off the end of the bed. if you are tall or require a lot of space, don't stay here!

however, overall the motel was nice and the front desk staff were very helpful. the motel is a short walk away from the hot pools which was a nice place to spend a couple of hours, and is a block away from the main street in franz. they also serve free vegetable soup at 6 pm which was a nice little touch.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

The kitchen was very good, large with lots of plates and utensils to go around. The rooms are comfortable but the decor inside looked a little dusty. The bed was comfortable and blanket warm enough. The only bummer was that the heater would automatically turn off after an hour or so and you would wake up kind of cold.

My friends and I had a rather rude encounter with the female owner. Some other people in the hostel told us she was in a bad mood because she was getting sick. Anyway, I didn't take it to heart it was just unnecessary.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Despite some negative review about this property, we found out that we are quite satisfy with our stay here. Our room is in a building opposite of the main building which makes it very quite and away from the noice. It consists of about 4 rooms and 2 bathrooms, our double room is just next to the bathroom which is very convevient and we did not have problem waiting for the use of bathroom. The room comes with a double bed, side tables and some shelving ,despite being small but adequate.
Of the Added advantage is this free soup serve at 6pm everyday which may come very handy as eating out in this country is very expensive and you will see people queueing up for the soup with some breads. There is a small shop selling cheap fish& chips opposite and together with the soup , thats our dinner. The friendly staff here even helped me to call up to book my accommadations for my next destinations.
Locations is idea , close to office offering trekking activities is another reason why it is always fully booked and being crowed also means noise or you can interpretes as lively.FJ is a small town and it is very quiet at night , sometimes having some noise bring "life" to the small town.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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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
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Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range: £14 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Glow Worm Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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