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“Franz Josef's hidden gem - a MUST STAY place”

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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Franz Josef's hidden gem - a MUST STAY place”
Reviewed 22 April 2009

Having travelled to New Zealand's west coast with my partner and 3 children aged 13,11 and 10, value for money was always going to be a priority on this holiday.

After a long drive, Bella Vista Franz Josef was bliss to arrive at. Spacious family accommodation that far exceeded our expectations. Not to mention the amazing service that was provided by Adam - friendly, helpful, and again far in excess of what we were expecting. It made travelling with 3 kids so much easier.

I can highly recommend Bella Vista Franz Josef to any traveller and would have no hesitation in staying at this fantastic motel again on future travels.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

A good quality motel with no frills. Restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2009

4 of us stayed in a 1 bedroom family suite (2 singles in bedroom, 1 queen in lounge) for 2 nights. Clean and modern with full kitchen and spa tub and heated towel warmers in bath, electric blankets on beds (a plus since the weather was quite damp during our stay). Quiet location on the street behind the main highway (though Franz Josef is so tiny that really any location is convenient) right next to several restaurants. Franz Josef has limited accommodation options so we were happy with our choice.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2009

Basic Accommodation. Nice enough, nothing special.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Pippip
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Perth
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2009

We stayed at the Bella Vista motel for 2 nights to see the Franz Josef Glacier. The person attending reception was polite and gave us suggestions for our stay. There were many brochures available as well as umbrellas that could be borrowed.

Upon entering our room, we were immediately greeted by a very damp, musty smell which had been caused a spill on the floor made by the cleaner. Aside from leaving the window open, no effort seemed to have been made to dry out the spill and the dampness and odour left us slightly breathless. We informed reception and they attempted to dry it with towels and a heater which was relatively effective, but could have been done earlier as we could not stay in our room for some time. No other room was offered to us, although we overheard from the customer before us that there was a pricier room available.

When night came we encountered another problem. Our room was connected to another room merely by a locked door. The conversation of the people next door, the television and other relatively soft noises could all be clearly overheard, which I found very distracting and made sleeping difficult. The rest of the room was the same quality as you would expect from a basic motel, yet certainly not worth the price. Ironically, Bella Vista Motel was the most expensive choice of accomodation on our trip and by far the worst!

However, it should be noted that the bed was comfortable, shower was good and heater worked well, which is essential considering how cold and wet Franz Josef can be. In addition, the location was conveniently close to restaurants, bars, glacier centre and all other shops and services in town. Clothes washing and drying machines were available for use at a small charge.

If returning to Franz Josef, I would look elsewhere for accomodation. However, it is possible we were just unlucky with our room being connected as it was and obviously the spill...

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Southampton
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2009

'Hollywood' quality rain greeted us as we drew up to the 'Bella Vista Motel'.. No 'beautiful views' today!

We were naturally in a hurry to get settled and were offered an upgrade to a queen sized appartment for an extra ten dollars per person per nightwhich we declined. Mistake!

As we were travelling for a month our two large suitcases became the bedside table as there was no room for them anywhere else. However, the room was adequate, the location for Heli Hike and walking was good as was the access to restaurants and shops. Happy driver!

We stayed for three nights. Two would have done the job.

  • Liked — convenient location
  • Disliked — room size
  • Stayed December 2008
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Thank Bursledonbird
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steviep1976
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2009

Good quality motel with comfy furnishings and within walking distance of restaurants, bars, attractions, etc.... They have a good slelection of leaflets on places of interest and 'things to do' in the area.

  • Liked — Good location to explore the area
  • Stayed January 2009, 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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