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Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very small room with minimal amenities, threadbare sheets, barely functional wifi. Did offer towels for use at the nearby glacier hot pools. And unlike the Bella Vista in Wanaka this location provided a trash can in the bathroom, tissues in the room (a whole box, not just a mini pack), cookies for tea. No soundproofing so we heard our neighbors...

Thank Elizabeth B
East Midlands, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our stay at the Bella Vista Motel. It was well located within just a couple go minutes walk from the main street, a good choice of restaurants, the information centre and the West Coast Wildlife Centre (where you can see Kiwi's). The motel had its own car park with plenty of spaces and we had no trouble parking...

Thank Bridstow
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in quite a few motels in our tour of New Zealand. I will say that we are not used to motel living and probably they are cheap (it was part of a tour for us so we don't know exactly). The Bella Vista looks good from the outside and certainly looks better than a lot of the other...

Thank rthomp
Hastings, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The double bed was really comfortable, the room was a fair size and also had a single bed. The kitchenette was suitable enough for me to prepare a "meal in" - a real treat, when eating out so much when travelling. The location was really good, just a short walk into town where all the action and a supermarket was....

Thank kazza154
Taupo District, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Stayed in a number of these motels, they offer good value for money but the compact rooms are a tight fit for two people with a lot of luggage. Underwhelmed by our reception - manager just finishing a disagreement with another couple, wouldn't check the weather forecast (because he found it too depressing), tea bags not replenished daily. Rooms were...

Thank lislewend
Asheville, North Carolina, Usa
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is clean and well-located, close to everything in this small town. A typical chain motel experience - predictably standard. We had room 16, upstairs. No problems with noise,or anything else. I think parking could get a little tight, but we had room.

Thank RoadMode
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 February 2017

From a 5 week trip this was the best hotel we stayed in. Lovely place, lovely people, clean, well equipped..... just perfect. TO eat go to the landings. do the helicopter glacier trip and visit the lovely warm glacier pools.

Thank victoriaschav
Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2017

As with others we needed a base for a night to visit the glaciers. This place was one of the more expensive motels we booked on our South Island tour and the smallest room. it was clean but snug, served the purpose. we had to wait nearly 10 minutes for reception to be attended, so don't walk away if no...

Thank Barnesy76
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We booked a compact queen room for 1 night on our way up the west coast. The room is certainly compact however it suited us perfectly for the night. It was warm, great shower and walking distance to restaurants and bars.

Thank jloPerth
Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for staying the night with us and for taking the time to post a review. Pleased you enjoyed the shower! Cheers Adam

Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

As it says on the label the Bella Vista is a motel. What you get are very snug double rooms with a kitchenette which is well enough equipped for a simple dinner and breakfast. The beverage pack includes a coffee bag so you get a good cup of coffee in the morning. We stayed on the night of 18th January...

Thank Mike R
Adam H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier, responded to this review

Hi Mike, Thanks for taking the time to submit your feedback. We recently changed our plunger coffee to the coffee bag system, it sure makes a nice brew! We have had a few weather bombs over this summer, hopefully they are behind us now. Cheers Adam

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Babysitting
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 

Additional Information about 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
Price Range: $103 - $247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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