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Reviewed 1 week ago

Throughout our trip of the south island we have been staying in YHA's and are overall very happy with them. This one is quite disappointing in comparison. The kitchen is quite cramped, not so clean, and not as well equipped as other YHA kitchens. The bathrooms are also not great in terms of cleanliness. The rooms were not bad, but... More 

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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, a well appointed hostel in a great location. Lacks a bit of atmosphere compared to other backpacker type places we stayed in (ie Tombstone Backpackers Picton and Global Village in Greymouth) but lived up to expectations as a clean well run budget hostel. Beds were comfortable and bathroom facilities clean.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a private room for 3 pax. The room was spacious and clean - might be the most spacious YHA room we've been to. The kitchen was big and fully equipped. There was plenty of road-side parking outside of the hostel. We were happy with the room but I gotta say the toilet cleanliness took a star away. They... More 

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Nnadiama, Fantastic to hear you enjoyed our Spacious rooms! My apologies for the let down with our bathroom, we clean our bathrooms twice a day and I will be looking into why one was dirty during your stay. Kind Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager More 

Vienna, Austria
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158 reviews
113 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A typical hostel like any other. Well working Wi-Fi for free, we took one of the double rooms with ensuite facilities. Not bad but also not that cheap so you could just book any other Motel at that rate. Noisy ventilator in the bedroom, apparently to get the humidity out of the rooms, can't be turned of so a bit... More 

Thank GuenterD1980
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Guenter, Thanks for leaving a review of our Hostel. Being in a Rain forest environment can mean a lot of water around! Our new air system removes that moisture leaving our rooms nice and dry, and in the case when it gets a little noisy while working we are able to turn them off for the night. Kind... More 

Lima, Peru
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47 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights and given it's a hostel it checked all the boxes. We stayed in a private room with ensuite which is really all one needs for about $68.00 that's really good. We tried the famous soup one night which seemed quite healthy. There are way too many electrical devices in the room but each has... More 

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora UniqueBoutique, Very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in our Hostel on your travels. Great to hear you enjoyed the shower! We use low flow shower heads to minimize our water waste but bet you cant tell the difference! Kind Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager More 

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52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed here as part of our tour with Haka. Although we had our own room, the decor was really ugly and they gave us some brown towels that were full of blond hair. Luckily, i had brought my own. The top mattress on our bed was bigger than the one below it, so i would nearly fall off if i... More 

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Skipper Thank you for taking the time out from your travels to leave a review for YHA Franz Josef, we are disappointed to hear you did not enjoy our Décor and our apologies for the sub-standard towels. This is not acceptable to us and I have brought this to the attention of our staff. I would like to... More 

Balmoral, Australia
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115 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We stayed in a double room with en-suite which was fabulous. All the showers and toilets (not only our en-suite) are fairly new and well cleaned. The shower has great waterpressure and a big showerhead, super! I really liked that we had 4 sockets in our room, since we have a lot of electronics to charge. Tv was good quality... More 

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Leeuw605, Thanks for that fantastic review and we're very happy to hear you enjoyed our hostel on your travels! Some of those visitor books from the 80's are very interesting reading, how times have changed! Kind Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager More 

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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Staff very friendly. We really enjoyed the free soup- warm and comforting on a cold evening. Room was large, clean and warm. The sitting area was relaxing and there was a good atmosphere. Cons: the shower head was broken so it was difficult to shower but as it hot water and clean it was a very minor detail and I... More 

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Laura, Awesome to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in Franz Josef! and our lovely winter vegetable Soup! My apologies about the shower head and thanks for letting us know so we can get this fixed. Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

A group of four - we drove from Queenstown and stayed in YHA for two nights and it was one of the best hostels we have stayed in in New Zealand. So clean, friendly staff, everything you need in the kitchen, really modern and nice and warm!! Couldn't recommend this place enough... Great value for money

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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights. The rooms are very cozy and clean. Also the bathroom and kitchen is very clean, the lounge area is cozy. There's an extra TV-room. The peolpe are helpful and polite. We'd stay again!

1 Thank Jim B
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Jim, Great to read you enjoyed your stay with us! We have made the TV Room even better by installing an even larger TV for our guests to enjoy, we also supply free popcorn and movies! Kind Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about YHA Franz Josef

Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $39 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Franz Josef 4*
Number of rooms: 103
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“If you are in a group of four go for the family room”
 of 5 bubbles JennyD33, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The wireless internet signal was weak in the triple beds room”
 of 5 bubbles EasonChou1018, 15 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Excellent place”
 of 5 bubbles V2C, 28 Mar 2016 | Read review
“This is a YHA so set your expectations accordingly and you wont be disappointed”
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“4 bed room has lots of space”
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