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“Simply Brilliant Modern & Friendly Accommodation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Franz Josef
Toowoomba, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply Brilliant Modern & Friendly Accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2011

My experience at Bella Vista Franz Josef was brilliant. We were upgraded to an upstairs Mountain View Studio that had everything we could have needed for our 3 night stay The suudio was serviced each day. The view from the deck chairs outside our room looked up towards the Franz Josef Glacier valley, very dramatic, beautiful snow-caped mountains. I think the bed and beading were new, the little touches like decent plunger coffee, cookies, soaps, make up remover and soft & warm towels, thanks to the heated towel rail, really made us feel like we were special. Adam, our friendly and knowledgeable host helped us plan our 3 days of bush walks, horse riding and a breathtaking heli flight that left us feeling on top of the world, well NZ anyway! Some of the motel services we gratefully used included, Laundry, Free DVD's (finally saw Boy) fast cabled broadband connection, free towels for the hot pools (they charge $5 to use the ones at the pools) and a stash of big rain umbrellas were on hand. My wife made use of the book swap and many info brochures and drive guides in reception. On check out Adam had a useful guide of all the bush walks, travel times, cafe's and rest stops between Franz and Lake Wanaka, where our next stop was.
If you are staying in Franz Josef I do totally recommend Bella Vista Franz Josef to any traveler. We were so impressed we stayed in Bella Vista Motels for the remainder of our NZ holiday and they were all pretty good!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jimrummy
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2011

My husband and I stayed here for two nights as part of a three week trip through New Zealand. The hotel was basic, but provided for all of our needs. The have two stories and no elevators, but we had the first room off the office on the first floor. It also happened to be handicapped, though we didn’t request a handicapped accessible room. The large bathroom was a plus. It also had a small kitchenette with hot plates and a fridge. Franz Joseph is not very large so we parked our car and never used it again until it was time to leave, but if not doing a tour of the glacier you would need a car or one of the shuttle services to take you to the entrance point to hike to the glacier. It was also a short stroll to the Glacier Hot Pools. It was a pleasant stay with helpful service, but the hotel itself was nothing special. Just a clean and efficient stay.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bearetteCA
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Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2011

Great choice for a short stay. good location and very helpful and friendly staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ban1981
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2011

We stayed here a last month, as with all Bella Vistas it was modern and clean with no surprises. Host was very friendly and gave us cables internet for the night. Very central location 1 minute walk from pubs/restaurants.
Would happily stay again.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Geewiz81
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2011

Part of a chain and all the hotels we saw have a very similar design. The room was small and on the ground floor with rails etc for disabled guests. We could park right outside the door but some rooms were upstairs. The staff were friendly and gave us fresh milk on checking in. The room was generally clean but the bed cover had some really bad stains which didn’t impress too much. The kitchen area was very badly laid out as there was no room for both the kettle and toaster unless you used the desk at the other end of the room. It was equipped with a microwave, and a hotplate which was kept in the cupboard and plugged in. Kitchen is ok for breakfast and snacks but not great for cooking a meal. There is no aircon so could get hot in summer. Shower curtain could have been a bit longer to stop the water going all over the bathroom floor. Ok for a night but not much longer and not as good value as some of the independent motels we used.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank john117
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Lancashire, UK
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175 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mazza-500
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lovethelakes038
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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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