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Alpine Glacier Motor Lodge
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

A good motel in the heart of Franz Josef.
Try to get a room with a view of the mountain and a terrace..they are at the right hand side of the motel as you drive in.
Helpful and pleasant reception,laundry, good wi-fi, very clean, and easy parking.
Good place to stay.
Take the 40 minute helicopter ride around the glaciers and Mt Cook..it's worth the extra bit of expense.

Room Tip: Book a room with mountain view and terrace.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

The Alpine Glacier is a motel with all of the limitations that brings. That said, the room was large well appointed and equipped - and everything worked apart from the phone. We had booked a room with a view of the glacier – and that’s what we got. Don’t expect too much of a view as the glacier is a number of kilometres away and the window with the view is not the largest. There was a small outside sitting deck but it was close to the window of a neighbouring room and to the public footpath and a busy road junction bringing in coach-loads of backpackers, etc. There’s a small store nearby if you’re self-catering using the well-equipped kitchenette and a typical range of local restaurants and bars serving the many visitors who are the majority in this small compact town. Not necessarily cheap, perhaps pricing is demand led.

Room Tip: Decide on whether you want a glacier view.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Very Good room, very clean and with a nice view especially if your on room 19, friendly staff, friendly manager, WiFi internet and its in the midle of the town so just only walking distance to anywhere and cheap price.:-) .

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We stayed here two nights to use as a base for exploring the two glaciers & surrounding areas. Check in was efficient & friendly. The motel is well located for access to the glaciers & restaurants & cafes are a short walk away. The bed was comfortable & the room was quiet. The bathroom was large & there was a wardrobe, big enough to store our luggage in to keep it out of the way. Free Wifi was good.

The room we had was small - average in size (Queen Studio). It had a microwave & mini fridge with basic utensils for reheating food, but not enough to cook anything more than that. There are two chairs in the room, one a regular dining chair, the other a metal outdoor chair, but there is no table.......strange, considering you can cook yourself a simple meal.

Water pressure in the shower was not very good. Free onsite parking is a tight squeeze. We had one of the rooms at the back & you are expected to park your car parallel to your room in a very tiny space, parking here doesn't leave much room for other cars to pass. We had a very small car, Hyundai Getz & the space in front of our room, wasn't big enough for us to park there. We found one space in the corner on the way to the back of the building that was a safer position & kept our car out of harms way. There was no view what so ever from our room, just parked cars & a driveway.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We really enjoyed our 2 night stay at this location. Our room was a good size, clean and comfortable. Good cooking facilities. The manager was friendly and helpful, with lots of good information on visiting the area.

Room Tip: Comfortable for families.
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Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

Overall this was a very nice place to spend one night. We stayed two. The room was clean and comfortable and located conveniently to all restaurants in town. We walked to everything.

The biggest drawback was the lack of internet and though it was offered as a free service, it was pretty non-existent.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

centrally situated motel , but Franz Josef is very small, so everything is in walking distance! Pleasant room with s/catering facilities. Rooms on lower level have no view and the car parking spaces are very small ! On site manager very friendly and helpful with on site coin operated laundry. WI-Fi included.

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Additional Information about 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 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range: £65 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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