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“Great but make sure your request a room on 2nd floor”
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Rainforest Retreat
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Banff, Canada
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“Great but make sure your request a room on 2nd floor”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We were travelling on a special occasion and were complimentary upgraded which was lovely, the staff were lovely and helped with anything you needed, but...do not stay in the room on the bottom floor because you can hear EVERYTHING from the room above you, if they are up at 6am you are up...Not so great when you are on holiday and wanting a sleep in.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We stayed in a tree hut which was spacious, clean and had modern bathroom facilities and a comfy King bed. The Holiday Park is located within the township of Franz Josef - so a short walk to shops, cafes and restaurants.

My only complaint with our stay was that the log cabins walls let in a lot of noise from outside - and with the Holiday Park being packed with tour groups and others there was noise from cars, foot steps (on crunchy gravel) and voices moving past our cabin from early in the morning to late at night. A cabin further away from the reception/entrance would have been quieter - or invest in some sort of sound proofing - it was like the walls weren't there!!

Room Tip: Ask for a log cabin further into the rainforest and away from the reception/entry.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fredericton, Canada
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We stayed in one of the huts, tucked away in the rainforest in February. It is an easy walk into the town, and the Monsoon restaurant was a perfect spot to celebrate our daughter's 16th birthday! The room had a kitchenette, and was quiet, will definitely be on our list of places to return to on our next visit!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

What an awesome place to base yourself to enjoy this iconic area. We stayed in the Gecko Cabins which are fantastic and really well appointed. We really enjoyed the little bit of exclusive ness with the small communal area and hot tub :-) The Monsoon Bar is excellent and a great place to meet people and get a great meal. Definitely recommend this facility as it caters for everyone from cabins, units, backpackers and campers. Great location, great service and friendly helpful staff, right down to the maintenance man who looked after my laundry after a machine malfunction and timing issues getting to an activity! Thank you for a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a great place to stay both in location and overall hotel quality. the staff is extremely laid back, polite and helpful and there is a restaurant on the property that has GREAT food and a good selection of beers. upon arrival we were given drink certificates so we were already sold!
the town is small but scenic and the helicopter glacier tours and some nice coffee shops are within walking distance! this is a great place to spend a day or 2! you'll be happy I promise you!

Room Tip: if you pay up for a nicer room its worth the few extra bucks. the cheaper rooms are nice too tho...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Shropshire, England
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We stayed on a powered site in December and loved our time here, the site wasnt overly busy so our stay in the rainsforest was great.
It is a really short walk to the restaurants, bars and shops.
The facilities were good however we didnt use the kitchen or BBQ area so cannot comment, they were in the middle of building extra toilets and showers but they were never too busy for our time there.
We used the on site bar/restaurant and had a gorgeous pizza, masses of potato wedges washed down with really good cuba libre's.
I definately advise staying here over the Top 10 as the location was so central.

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This was a great place to stay prior to going up on the glacier. Comfortable rooms, toilets in a separate room to showers and plenty space in there, including a hairdryer. Plenty space in the kitchen and a bar that's really good fun. Ideal for backpackers in groups.

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Property: Rainforest Retreat
Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Franz Josef
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rainforest Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deep In the heart of West Coast Glacier country, Rainforest Retreat is a rare find, with a range of accommodation set amongst lush native bush in Franz Josef township. Enjoy privacy and sanctuary in secluded cottages and tree huts, relax in the spas and sauna, dine out and have fun at the bar/restaurant, or just relish the bush setting and cook up barbecues with new friends. From luxury tree huts to backpackers rooms, Rainforest Retreat has accommodation to suit every style of traveller; from couples to family groups to young individuals on a budget. Rainforest Retreat provides excellent value and a special atmosphere; with a focus on superb service, cleanliness and a range of great facilities to satisfy all of our guests. ... more   less 
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