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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Shoreham By Sea
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“High quality accommodation.”
Reviewed 28 February 2013 via mobile

Spent a couple of nights here. Spacious, well-equipped accommodation. On a main road but not noisy at all. The host was very friendly and gave us some ideas of where to eat in Franz Josef. The first thing he also did was to give us a carton of milk to make some tea! Always a winner with me! The area is stunning, with beautiful mountains and glaciers. Thoroughly recommend Glenfern Villas.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Our 2 night stay here was both peaceful and very comfortable. We had a single storey one bedroom apartment and it was extremely well equipped and very well presented and clean. The views were stunning and the Alpacas, goats and chickens just added to the whole rural feel. Our hosts were helpful in advising us of the local amentities and even offered use of their laptop. We would certainly stay here again, although it is not within walking distance of the town this to us was a bonus as we enjoyed the quiet location and yet just a few minutes drive from Franz Josef itself.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ayrshire
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Stayed one night at Glenfern Villas en route to Queenstown. Lodge was ideal for our needs, large airy, immaculately clean, comfortable bed, quiet surroundings with stunning views and a decent Continental breakfast (have to pay). Close to town staff very attentive and gave free access to internet on site, all in all if passing this way again I would have no hesitation in staying again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Quiet out of town location with friendly hosts on site. Bars and restaurants only a 10 minute drive away. Stunning views of surrounding mountain range. Friendly Alpacas and goats in field next door. Laundry on site

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We stayed there for 3 days in the one bedroom apartment. We also had a toddler with us for which they provided a cot. The problem was that there are very high ceilings of which the top windows have no curtains. So our son woke up early from the bright light. Kitchen is fully equipped. There is a small playground.
WLAN is for free, although they give you vouchers with limits. We got twice 500 MB vouchers.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Glenfern Villas is located just outside town and not far from Franz Josef Glacier. Our room was very airy, spacious and clean. However, the room deodorizer was major overkill. I immediately went to the manager about the problem and was told that the strong smell was from a cleaning spray that they use to clean the rooms. Really??? We had to keep all of the windows open the entire time. The following morning when we checked out, they were unable to get credit card charges to go through and they requested everyone to pay cash. Not sure that I’d recommend this place because of the management.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Franzvillas, Owner at Glenfern Villas Franz Josef, responded to this review, 10 February 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves on both exceptional customer service and the cleanliness of our villas. We are therefore disappointed that we did not meet your expectations during your stay.

We have not previously encountered any issues with the smell from cleaning product used and we have now put an additional check in place to ensure that should there be a build up in smell in the future, it is addressed prior to arrival. We have also now put a back up system in place to ensure that in future, guests are not inconvenienced should our credit card system be down.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip around New Zealand.
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2013 via mobile

We had a 2 bedroom villa which was very spacious. The reception staff were extremely helpful and efficient in organising trips and giving advice. The in room breakfasts were, however, a bit rudimentary and the bathrooms are in need of updating. A good place if you want to be a bit outside of the small town of Franz Josef, but it means you do have to drive to get anywhere.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Glenfern Villas Franz Josef

Property: Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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