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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Lancashire, UK
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197 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
“Great for overnight”
Reviewed 22 March 2011

We arrived later than expected, about 7.45pm, after a long day travelling for an overnight stay, given a warm welcome and shown to our compact but clean, bright and basic unit. Double bed, 2 chairs, flat screen t.v. and dvd player. Kettle (tea/coffee/sugar etc), toaster, fridge and hairdryer. Heating and air-con. Only downside was no sink and had to wash up in basin in shower room. This was the second Bella Vista motel on our South Island tour that we'd booked before leaving UK, having already stayed in Te Anau we were not surprised to find the units almost identical. Dinner at Alice Mays restaurant which was just next door.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

Nice and clean. Internet, had to ask for a cable with no problem. Also umbrellas there for free use. Great spot , close to all restaurants, gift shops etc...
Very warm and comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2011

After 15+ hours of air travel, 7+ hours of driving, and the trial of learning how to drive on the left side of the road, we pulled in to Bella Vista in Franz Josef.

Our hostess was genuinely glad to meet us, especially since she was also from Seattle, and indulged our habit of conversation and our silly questions (such as "How do we make the lights go on?"). She recommended the next-door restaurant - a good recommendation - and when I left my credit card there she made calls and, in the end, mailed it ahead of us to get it back to me. This is superior service.

The room was perfectly adequate: comfortable, equipped with the television anyone coming away from 22+ hours of travel needs to shut off the mind, and convenient to our car. They even had DVD players and DVDs to borrow in the office!

It was easy to find from the highway, and easy to find food by walking that night and by driving the next morning. Gas was also obvious. They had maps to help us get around, and no shortage of good advice.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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St. Louis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2011

Good stopping place for one night, small room barely adequate, chain motel. Parking spaces pretty cramped. Nice location for short walk to dining areas.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2011

Good stop over from Greymouth to have a nice meal at Alice May's Restaurant, a good sleep and then excellent breakfast at the Speight Pub before heading off to Franz Josef next day.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Diss, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2010

Motel was in a quiet position. Despite being upgraded our room was much smaller than previous motels with tiny kitchen area. Room was clean but basic, and seemed expensive for what we got.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

Location is great (as is everywhere in Franz Josef), the staff are very friendly, and the room is a bit simple but absolutely what you would expect from a hotel. An excellent choice for someone who needs to spend a couple of nights in Franz Josef.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Address: 34 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, 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:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#7 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are just a minute's walk to a variety of flights, glacier hikes, restaurants, the Wildlife Center with its Kiwis and the Glacier Hot Pools. Offering a range of modern studio accommodation including, spa bath, queen and twin studio, mountain view studio and larger one bedroom family accommodation. All accommodation includes in-room phones, free Wi-Fi, hairdryers, complimentary tea, coffee, drinking chocolate & fresh milk, fridge, small microwave, toaster and a hot water kettle. Some rooms have full kitchen facilities. Off-street parking, guest laundry and BBQ area are available. ... more   less 
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