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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Glenferns Villas is a lovely little complex a short drive from the small town of Franz Joseph. The villas themselves are well catered for, very roomy and well appointed. The staff were very friendly and gave superb recommendations on where to eat and drink (incl The Alice May which was fabulous). There is a comprehensive dvd library and play equipment for children. We only stayed one night, but it was very enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Our travel agent booked Glenfern Villas as we were scheduled for a Glacier Helicopter flight and it was just minutes from Franz Joseph. Gorgeous room, excellent bathroom facilities, very comfy with a lovely private decking area (number 12, just opposite reception). Chatting to the guy at reception, he did suggest walking to the Glacier and we were glad we did because the flight was cancelled the next day due to high winds. We spent a lovely evening sitting on the patio of our villa. We had pre-booked breakfast which was delivered early evening ready for us to prepare in the morning. We wished we could have stayed here another night as the setting was beautiful, but we were scheduled to arrive elsewhere.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Have stayed here several years ago, and not much has changed. The rooms are very roomy, clean and comfortable fixtures. The management were friendly and helpful. There was also free WiFi. They do offer a continental breakfast and I presume it is at a cost, as we didn't use it.

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- its about 7 mins from town centre
- car not undercover so in winter ices up

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- good size
- free WiFi
- seperate bedroom

Room Tip: Ask for room with mountain view, even if its from the bedroom window, its nice when there is snow
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

It's not in town which was disappointing. Room booked through my travel agent. I had a lovely one bedroom cottage with a kitchen. While I didn't overlook the highway, thankful, I didn't have a view of the mountains either just other cottages. But ultimately it was nice to be in the countryside. Only a 5-10 minute drive into town. The rooms were very clean and all up to date. Wifi in the rooms for which I was not charged so I can neither confirm nor deny if it is free. You had to get pass codes from front desk which was not open 24/7. I was there three nights. Plenty of time to enjoy Franz Josef.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Thank Marian S
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Our one bedroom villa was super clean & very well appointed. Nice kitchen, modern bathroom, spacious open plan lounge & dining area & very very comfortable beds. The villas are in a gorgeous location just a short drive to the town centre of Franz Josef. Management were very helpful & friendly, would stay again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Leigh E
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Quiet and warm just below the village this is a lovely retreat yet still easily a few minutes back to restaurants and flights . Clean and well appointed we couldn't have been made to feel more at home by our host who gave great advice on all things Franz Josef and even got discounted heli flights ! Great to have an interested host who engages with guests and willing to share good local knowledge . When my daughter rang them from Asia to arrange a surprise for me a " Mother's Day " hamper they arranged and delivered this to my room . Nothing is too much trouble !!!

Room Tip: A mattress topper pad would have stopped the ridge protruding from the joined beds being a problem...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The 2 bedroom apartment we had was roomy, well laid out over 2 floors and like a temporary home. We felt very welcomed by the place and the staff. There was an afternoon of rain and the kids relaxed over a video provided by the hotel.

The Glenfearn is just out of town in the rural surroundings and kids can interact with the animals and explore the nearby surroundings, normally you will be treated by a fantastic view of the glacier. All attractions are within a short driving distance.

The apartment has good sized rooms, comfortable and warm beds, a good sized living room and the bathrooms are fine. The hospitality swung the balance towards the positive in our Franz Josef stop despite our disappointment about not being able to get onto the glacier because of the weather.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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 14 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range: £100 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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