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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 December 2011

We stayed overnight here in a family unit. The motel was clean and in good condition. The kitchenette was well equipped. The kids loved the free DVD library. Very short walk to restaurants and supermarket. Close by the Hot Pools and Kiwi House.
Very friendly and helpful management. I'd stay her again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

We arrived in Franz Josef after a very long day travelling from Queenstown with lots of sightseeing stops on the way,we were all in. . Bella Vista didnt look much from the road but how wrong you can be. Friendly check in, bottle of milk and sent off for tea, come back when your settled in and we will give you all the low down on Franz Josef, what to do where to eat etc. The room was more than satisfactory if a bit small but it met all our needs. A nice bathroom and a good breakfast tray. We were advised to visit the glacier that evening as bad weather was forcast for the morning and told how long it would take, Local knowledge can be invaluble as next morning it was misty. It is only a couple of minutes wak to the bars and eating houses which considering they have a somewhat captive audience are very reasonable. Bella Vista was not spectacular but just a very nice motel.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

We stayed there one night when touring New Zealand. Very nice place. It had everything you need (plates, glasses, knifes, forks, Microwaves, fridge etc). Room and bathroom clean and nice. heating working well also in the bed. Good location, close to the center, parking available for free. Comfortable bed.
The host also very nice and helpful. She booked for us a helicopter flight over the glacier and we could leave the car in the parking for the duration of the flight.

Overall: very good place to stay when going around south island.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

The room was clean, well equipped with heater both in the room and also the bathroom. Fresh milk was given when we checked in. Very basic kitchenware, no microware and no sink for washing. Hair dryer was provided. We found the room was relatively small for two persons. Difficult to find a place to put our baggage and hard for two persons to move around. We understand it's a compact studio room; the motel does provide bigger room for other price range. Nevertheless, we found it too small as compare to other motel with similar range of pricing. It's alright for a single person to stay.

If you need a shower cap, please bring it along as the motel does not provide it. Other difficulty we encountered was the tap water. The hot and cold water tap was separated. So you either get too hot or too cold water running.

Wifi is provided with a charge of $5. We appreciate the motel for giving us free of charge Wifi service when we requested for our short urgent usage of less than ten minutes.

Overall, the motel is alright to stay for a short period of time if you do not mind the small room.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

We stayed in a compact studio, which was more than adequate for our needs. Whilst the room is slightly on the small side, it was clean and newly furnished. Loved the bed-heater, as well as the towel warmer in the bathroom. Location was great, and free wifi is always appreciated. Free DVD's was a nice touch.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We were in a mountain view room and still felt it was very small ! Quite expensive for what it is and not as good value as other motels on our RWC trip.
Short stroll to town and the various booking offices for the tourist trips.
If only a short trip then rooms OK but would not have liked to stay longer.
For some reason the people next door kept trying to come through the connecting door which was a bit disconcerting !!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Good nighty rate. Our newley furnished room was very comfortable. The new carpet felt great under foot! The room was very clean. We liked the good range of free DVD's available. The guest laundry was a blessing. Sharon, was very helpfull with good local maps and she helped us with booking us a heli flight and our next nights accommodatin at Te Anau. We totally recomend this central Franz Josef Glacier motel. Be sure to take a dip in the Glacier Hot pools, (open till 10pm!) and visit the Kiwi both are just 2 mins walk from the Bella Vista.

Room Tip: The Landing bar on the main street does large feeds. The 20 min heli ride over the glaciers include...
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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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: £60 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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