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Franz Josef Montrose
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Tipperary, Ireland
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76 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“lovely staff and hostel”
Reviewed 18 January 2013

the room we booked was a double private bathroom and it was perfect.the bathroom was spotless and it had a really nice shower aswell.we had a tv and video player in the room and they had a selection of videos/dvds to choose from.we were meant to stay for two nights but only about a day as the road that we were meant to travel on further north from franz josef had a bridge down to to flooding over the new year so we had to check out early.i really liked the location,franz is a small town and montrose was located right at the end of it.really nice bars in the town we stopped in most places for one.they have two computers in the sitting room area that provide free internet.car parking is also free.would recommend as a place to stay is felt very safe also

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

Not a backpacker that I would recommned to a friend. It was clean, but he facilities were very basic, and it did not have a very good vibe like other backpackers. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Try the YHA backpacker across the street!
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Midlands
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Reviewed 10 January 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a night so we could take in a glacier walk.

On arrival the staff were very nice and allocated us our room key ($20 deposit) and had a laugh and advised us we could take any dvd's or videos at reception as there was a player in our room bonus! They also suggested places to eat so happy days.

Room was lovely and clean with a big comfortable bed it was fresh and the shower was piping hot which was a welcome relief as this side of the coast was battered by winds rain and floods so much needed as the rain didn't stop for 2 days on the coast,

Kitchen and communal areas were big and free parking was available and a 2 minute walk to the town where you can get a coffee and some places to eat, petrol station etc

Because if the rain we stayed in and watched a DVD in the room and the place was lovely and quiet,

For the price we paid it was a nice stopover and I would stay again.

Mitch

  • Stayed January 2013
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Would definitely recommend Montrose to any friend heading to Franz Josef. From the staff recommendations for Franz and Fox (try the pizza at Neve) upon check in to the cleanliness and amenities, we loved our 2 night stay (double room upstairs).

Very clean! Great location on the edge of town - close to walks, next to Blue Ice Bar (the most happening place in FJ). Parking available. Large kitchen and lounge room facilities. The hostel seemed to be busy with guests in the morning and evenings, but our upstairs room was quiet, spacious, and comfortable.

My only wee complaint would be that there was no line to hang laundry on - only dryers.

Room Tip: We had the corner double room at the top of the stairs in the main building and it was perfect!
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

The staff at Montrose were so lovely, helpful and accommodating.

Everything was really clean and organised. The kitchen was well equipped, and there was a really good selection of board games, dvds and books if you wanted to chill at the hostel.

I thought the rooms were spacious and comfortable. Our top bunks didnt have rails, but when we brought this up to the owner, he was really lovely about it and actually put rails on the beds for us then and there! Really sweet and helpful.

They also had 2 computers with internet that people could use for free which was awesome, but with only 2 computers, it was hard to get on them. Because there was no wifi, this made it a bit tricky for guests who needed the internet.

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2012 via mobile

We had a friendly welcome from the team after they found our booking, they had mistakenly written it down for the following night. Our room was in a separate block to the main building and the guy from reception said we were the only people in there. It had a huge fairly new kitchen and lots of tables and chairs and sofas around a big flat screen TV. He said we could use the main kitchen etc but we enjoyed the peace and quiet of having an area to ourselves! Our double room was basic with just a bed an a TV on the wall. We had an ensuite which was fine and there were towels supplied, always a luxury when you're travelling. The only problem we had, which was no fault of the hostel, was a large noisy party going on til the early hours in the garden of the next door property so we had to sleep with ear plugs. 

After we had checked out the following morning they let us leave our car there and our food in the fridge while we went for a helicopter ride. Overall a good overnight stay and would return. 

  • Stayed December 2012
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

Montrose place is an okay place to stay.The guy at the reception was friendly and helpful. The rooms are quite small and would be rather squashy with everyones luggage etc in the room as well. There was plenty of parking and seeing the area is so small it was easy to walk to the restaurants, shops etc.

We had two bathrooms on the floor, one was combined toilet/shower, other was just shower and a seperate toilet. One thing was that the shower cubicles are rather small and if you are tall they are not the most comfortable. Would have been good to have had somewhere to put your shower items in the shower rather than the floor.

The lounge area is large but the kitchen set up is bizarre. With one cooking area in the lounge area and is just gas burners where you need to turn on a large exhaust fan so then you can't hear the tv as it is set to a certain volume and can't be altered. Some more cooking implements would have been great as well.

There was nothing wrong with this hostel but it is just pretty average for the price and I would maybe stay somewhere else next time

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Franz Josef Montrose
Address: 9 Cron Street | West Coast, 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 Breakfast Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Franz Josef Montrose 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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