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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Johann Straus would have loved it! In fact I think that the Franz Joseph Alpine Retreat might have suited the Viennese waltz king for its superb mountainous surroundings and the location not far from the equally famous Franz Joseph Glassier. The self-contained apartment bungalows that comprise this retreat turned out to be a real pleasure. Light and clean with nice...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We love the peacefulness of being away from the town and enjoying the views and so glad you enjoyed it as well. It is even more beautiful in the Winter. We do hope to accommodate you again in the future and wish you safe travels. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Reviewed 11 March 2015

Stayed here for one night during February 2014. Jennifer & David were the most warm & gracious hosts. They went out of the way to arrange all little things for us to make our stay special including advising what food to order & from where & what places to visit. Infact they even ordered for us & brought us some...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Regards Mel & Nigel

Miri, Malaysia
Reviewed 6 March 2015

At first glance, I was a bit disapointed. The detached cabins appear to be "pre-fabs" set on a hill with little vegetation next to the main highway. But after a day and night, I noted the utility of these cabins, excellent furnishings, kitchen and movies available. Also, the management is very helpful, friendly, and I enjoyed chatting with them about...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We did have trees and vegetation all the way along the Highway but we had a 100 year storm come across the Tasman and completely destroyed ALL the surrounding trees and closed the roads for days. It will now take a while for these to grow again. We look forward to seeing you in the...

Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2015

We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage for a couple of nights and found it very comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge area has lovely comfy sofas. The bed was just right and although you're quite close to the main road there was no noise. All in all everything we wanted and a pleasant stay. Very friendly...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for you review. The new cottages are delightful and as you pointed out, even though they are by the road, they are actually quite quiet. Unfortunately there is only 1 main cable into the whole of Franz Josef for Internet, so it does make it difficult sometimes to get WIFI, however we hope the beautiful scenery made up...

Reviewed 22 February 2015

The first look at the property brought us so much joy.. beautiful cottage, just like one would imagine in a land far from the hustle of big cities..the views were excellent..even better was our host Jennifer..she helped us get to the city centre and even waited for us while we shopped

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are so glad that you liked our new cottage that we have brought on board. They are delightful and spacious and suit peoples needs. We hope to see you again in the future. Jennifer dosent work at our Motel so we can only assume you mean Mel Kind Regards

Country Vic
Reviewed 1 February 2015

I booked this online before travelling to New Zealand for a family holiday in January. The reviews and pictures looked OK and as many do and have done before us - it was a one night stay while we walked to the glaciers and enjoyed the Alps. With 2 adults and 3 kids - we needed a 2 BR unit...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Although we do feel your review was unfounded we appreciate your time to bring a few areas of concern to our attention. At the time of your travel it is Peak Season and to accommodate such a large group this is where we specialize in our Luxury Chalets. It would of be good to of...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 25 January 2015

We had driven from Christchurch to the glacier and were very happy that we had chosen this accommodation. Check in was easy and the staff/owners were very helpful. We were given an end unit with great outlook, hills to one side and bush to the other with the lake off in the distance. We had a 2 bedroom unit and...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and the peacefulness of the countryside. We hope to accommodate you again in the future. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 January 2015

Picked hotel due to overall good reviews and liked it. First impressions were very good spacious and well fitted but it just misses out - there is nowhere at all to hang clothes - no wardrobe or even a hanging rail ok if you are stopping overnight but not much use if there for a few days. Also the two...

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Having just taken over in August, these were 2 of the major areas we attempted to rectify before peak season, however with Xmas we missed out on transport availability being so far from a major city. We are now well under way of implementing new storage space in the bedrooms and redoing up the chairs....

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 5 January 2015

We only stayed here for one night but it was incredible. The customer service was amazing. The staff went out of their way to accommodate our needs and provide useful information about all the in's and out's when it came to visiting Franz Josef. The accommodation itself was modern and clean and very spacious. Definitely would recommend.

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MelO776, General Manager at Franz Alpine Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review on our property and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We find it does help to let our guests know what there is to do in Franz and we hope you enjoyed our beautiful town. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 4 January 2015

While traveling with another couple we had the good luck to stumble upon this retreat. We were given a 2 bedroom cabin which was excellent for our needs. Spotlessly clean, roomy, comfortable and modern with views to die for. The hosts Mel and Nigel are the new owners and are a lovely couple who went out of their way to...

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Thank you for your lovely review. Am so glad that you received your boots back to you and we hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Franz Alpine Retreat gives you the perfect retreat in the most beautiful location this country has to offer. Whether you are travelling alone, as a group or a family, it has personalised facilities that fully immerse you in the surrounding environment.Franz Alpine Retreat has been purpose built with facilities that allow you to feel at home, relax, do your own thing and ultimately enjoy the breathtaking environment around you. Our chalets can sleep up to 5. Chalets are equipped with full gas cooking, kitchen - dining room, electric blankets, SKY + Freeview, Wireless Internet, Phone & insect screens. Other facilities within the complex DVD library, BBQ, full laundry facilities, continental breakfast.A perfect place to stay - your home away from home! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Franz Alpine Retreat

Address: 2 Donovan Drive | State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: $170 - $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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