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Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Good location”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Ae stayed 2 nights at this motel. The staff were friendly and organised our heli trip for us. It is in the small town, just off the main road. It is quiet and clean. W had the lowest priced room and it was a bit on the small side. No wifi avallability in our room so upgrade if you can. Nice place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

We had a nice large room with fridge and microwave, king size bed and couch. Very comfortable with helpful staff. Convenient location and lovely views.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Shanghai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2012

The Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge is conveniently located and offers spacious and clean accomodation. The little kitchen that comes with the room is well equipped and practical.
The Lodge also offers washer and dryer in its compound. Front desk staff was very friendly and easy going. Franz Josef is a very small town and all restaurants and supermarket are within walking distance from the Alpine Lodge.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

All was fine with the room (No 23) except for the horrible smell. The owner at first denied there was a smell but then conveniently produced an ioniser to "cleanse" the air in the room and admitted that even though he could not smell it a previous guest had described the room as smelling like a sheep truck. He offered a refund (which we did not take) and then arrived with a breakfast tray. Good attitude and facilities but smell in the room was overpowering (possibly a sewerage leak) and we eventually bought an air freshener at the supermarket just to get though the night. The guest in No 24 told us his room also smelled.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We were delighted with this fine motel. We were greeted by a very friendly reception staff member. The room was large and cozy and the shower was perfect. It's a small town but still appreciated its central location. Staff was very helpful with local sights.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

Good localization, good price, excellent room, excellent staff.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Palo Alto, CA
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Because we decided to stay two nights instead of one, we were upgraded to one of the large rooms in the Alpine Glacier Motel. Indeed, the room was large. We were very glad we got the upgrade because other rooms we could see looked pretty small by comparison. Since we were on the end upstairs (unit number 19) we had windows on three sides which made the room seem even more spacious. Through the small kitchen window we had a lovely view of the mountains. The other, larger windows, looked out into nearby back yards and businesses.

The room was clean, with a king-sized bed plus a couch. The bed was comfortable and yielded a good night's sleep. It was very quite. The linens were fresh and clean. All the furniture and fixtures in the room looked quite new and functioned well.

The room had a small kitchen area. It included a hot plate with 2 burners, microwave oven, refrigerator and a small assortment of eating and cooking utensils. You could not expect to do heavy-duty cooking here.

The bathroom was clean, with a shower and no tub. The fixtures looked new and clean. Missing, from the room, however, was any horizontal surface on which to put stuff; there was no shelf or counter at all in the bathroom. The shower was a curtain that encircled a drain in the floor, a style I've seen in Europe. Hot water took a very long time to arrive in the bathroom or kitchen.

Internet was available for a fee. The staff we met were all friendly and helpful. The parking is very tight; the designated spaces are ridiculously small. Since the town of Franz Josef is very small the motel was close to all the businesses, including some restaurants that gave us good meals. One aspect of the town that was annoying was that after about 8 in the morning there was almost a constant buzz of helicopters taking off or landing at the nearby heliport for glacier sightseeing.

Overall I would recommend the place for folks not expecting anything fancy.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge

Property: Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge
Address: 17 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), 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 Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Franz Josef
#4 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
#4 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
24 spacious, well appointed, ground floor studio and family units. Central village location with spectacular alpine and rainforest views, walk to restaurants, shops and attractions. King, queen, deck and spa units with kitchenettes, ensuite bathrooms, Sky TV, DVD players and complimentary DVD library. Spa pool, guest laundry and activities booking service. ... more   less 
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