Decent 3-4 star rooms (Graham Wing). Normal Scenic facilities and service, including the 1 hour limited free WiFi. Restaurant for dinner was fine. And so was service, esp. Manuel the bellboy is great,
Breakfast however reminded us of Manuel-from-Barcelona from a fictitious hotel. Quite limited continental b'fast, and a menu with paid cooked food options. Only when we asked explicitly the waiter admitted 'yes you can order any of these, free included in normal room rate'. The hot food however, though a bit late, was good.
Even more interesting is the rotating bread toaster. They put it on such a narrow desk that the outlet is directly on the edge, or shall we call it precipice in line with the lovely surroundings? 45 seconds after you have entered your slice of bread you MUST stand at the machine to catch the ejected slice, or otherwise it falls flat on the floor. The latter happened to us and quite a few other guests, and the staff is so kind to dump it in the dustbin then and warn you.
2nd morning they had slightly corrected the behaviour by putting a tray under the toaster and sticking this 10 cm or so out of the edge. Pro: no soccer goalkeeper behaviour needed anymore of the guests. Con: another very unpractical setup, people walking along the toaster place regularly hit the tray and dislodge it. Some more lessons to learn here :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.Our professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area. Just be sure to bring your camera! ... more less
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