We stayed two nights in the upstairs "suite". Really this was 2 bedrooms and a bathroom (think the second floor of a small house). we didn't see the other rooms or the cottage. Jo and Julie were very welcoming. Julie is very proud of her Trip advisor rating (there is a small placard with the 5 circle rating on their kitchen counter) and as your read through the comments on this site you can see she is very responsive.
This is not an anonymous hotel type experience. There are other guests that come through and will sit with you at breakfast. the hosts are always around doing their thing as well. If you need something all you have to do is ask. (if you read some of the other reviewers, the hosts don't have a lot of patience for people who complain after the fact, and frankly neither do I) Julie graciously hung up all our soaking clothes from our trip to the glacier. (it rained cats and dogs that day) Jo lit a fire and i sat on the couch reading and lying around for the afternoon.
I thought breakfast was great and plentiful. They take your order the prior evening and pick a time to have it ready and it is. They didn't seem opposed to whipping up some extra eggs or toast if you aren't totally full, but you would have to ask for it. They also bake fresh bread every night which makes the whole place smell great in the evening. I wanted to sneak down and sample it each night, but was able to restrain myself.
They had soy milk for me and gluten free bread for my mother in law without blinking an eye. They made crepes for my wife and had awesome jams. I am not a huge rhubarb fan but my wife and mother in law seemed to like it.
The place is spotless and as others have noted, you have to take your shoes off in the house.
The 2 bedrooms and one bath was fine for us, but if your crew takes a long time in there or you feel you need a second bathroom you might want to look at a different place.
they also gave us great recommendations for dinner in franz josef and lunch in greymouth our next stop.
check to see if they have coupons for the Kiwi experience. Jo saved us some money and it is worth checking out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Ribbonwood B & B - a haven for nature lovers. Sleep deeply, breathing fresh clean air! Hosts Jonathan, a wildlife ranger and Julie, international school teacher are experts on history and ecology of the glacier region. We are passionate hikers and bird watchers who can show you the best places to visit. ... more less
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