Couldn't rate this place high enough, friendly staff who live what they do. Great soup in the evening, breakfast ready to make, great price, clean rooms, amazing water pressure! Seperate tv room with playstation for the children. Warm fire, cost atmosphere, well stocked kitchen to use, heaps of books, board games and the location is right in town so really close walking tracks for glow worms or dinner out with the wildlife center right next door. I went with my four children (9-18) and they were thrilled with the space and the unlimited popcorn! Would go back here in a heartbeat definitely my choice of where to stay in Franz Josef
We stayed at Glow Worm out of necessity (it was the only place available on the night we arrived in Franz Josef), but ended up enjoying our one night stay immensely. From the moment you arrive at reception, Glow Worm feels like a home away from home. The friendly owner, mood lighting, and (complimentary) popcorn machine all scream 'Welcome'! The rooms themselves are simple. This is is no way a negative. They are small(ish), neat and well cared for. The individual rooms have a range of appliances and features that you would not expect in a 'budget' hostel, and the period photographs and wall-mounted artefacts were a particular highlight. The communal spaces (kitchen, dining and TV lounge) are all unique, spacious and as cozy as you could hope. The owners cook and provide fresh vegetable soup at 6.00pm every night and this is prepared in impressive quantities. The views from the windows and car parks are reason enough to visit Franz Josef, and if I am ever lucky enough to be out that way again, Glow Worm will be the only place that I stay. Looooove this place.…
This is the a really cool place free breakfast Dinner the owners are really friendly and help Out lots the internet is fast rooms are clean And tidy! Warm heated hostel well recommend Has a hot tub...🤙
We were on a last minute trip up the West Coast and just happened to book two nights at Glow Worm Accomodation. We had a comfortable, warm room which fit our travel cot easily. There is a big well appointed hostel style communal kitchen and breakfast is provided. Lovely hosts with great local knowledge. Highly recommend staying here if you are passing through!
Glow Worm is one of the best hostels we’ve stayed in throughout our 3 year trip around the world. This is largely due to Ben who is a fabulously enthusiastic host who offers a very warm welcome. We stayed in the en-suite room with kitchenette which was clean, cosy and comfy. Nostalgic lodge style (rather than dated) and we loved the old photographs and things in the room. We used the communal kitchen mostly over our own kitchenette and again, it was clean and well equipped. The addition of free vegetable soup, free breakfast and popcorn is not only exceptionally generous for the price but great too!! We enjoyed our evenings both in the lounge reading by the fire and also the TV room - big screen movie with popcorn! And the icing on the cake was definitely the FREE hot tub on site. Lovely way to spend the afternoon, looking at the mountains. (Especially since the glacier hot pools are closed for winter). Ben really does an amazing job and we’d 100% return here if we happen to be in FJ again.…
I stayed in a double room ensuite, with kitchenette. Very clean, very quiet, perfect for relaxing away from people. In the evenings I made use of the “hostel” part of the accommodation, very hygienic kitchen with lots of pots/utensils/crockery, a TV/DVD/PlayStation room, puzzles, and people to chat with. Included in the price is limitless popcorn, free vegan soup in the evening (to be honest, a little thin but brilliant as a base for risotto or cooking noodles in) and toast/cereal for breakfast. I enjoy the relaxing and quiet stay, the very accommodation staff, and the fellow travellers. Highly recommended. The age of travellers were 18 - 70, a comfortable environment for all.
Glowworm accommodation is a lovely hostel with friendly staff and clean facility. Free vegetable was delicious and kids loved making their own free pop corns. Free breakfast and free WiFi. Worth value for what you pay for. Great location with easy access to the walks and town centre. We will definitely go back when we visit Franz Josef again.
Wow, what a great hostel. Owned by a wonderfully friendly couple, with a gorgeous little smiley baby. Great amenities; free tea, coffee, hot chocolate, breakfast, soup, hot tub, heaps of dvds and games.. The perks just keep going. Definitely would recommend! Thanks for everything 😁
This was a nice place to stay. They offered free lollies, popcorn and soup! Breakfast was complimentary too but i am gluten free and unfortunately they didnt provide anything at breakfast time for my needs. Otherwise the facilities were nice. Kitchen was well equipped and the bathroom in the room was clean. I would stay here again.
Benjamin and his family, the hosts, are extremely friendly and welcoming. My partner and I truly felt like part of their family while we stayed with them. The rooms themselves were warm, comfortable, and everything that we needed. The communal kitchen was very nice with extras like olive oil, coffee, tea, coco powder, and sugar. The TV room is very comfortable with a Playstation 3, the Hobbit movies, and the Lord of the Rings movies available. There were plenty of board and card games for use as well. Free popcorn, breakfast, vegan vegetable soup, and spa pool were amazing perks of a lovely stay at Glow Worm Accommodation at Franz Josef. We will stay here anytime we are back in Franz Josef!! Highly recommend and 10 out of 10!!