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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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36 Main Rd off State Hwy 6, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7856 New Zealand
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
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Updated 11/11/19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#10 of 13 hotels in Franz Josef
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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.Our professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area. Just be sure to bring your camera!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
24-hour front desk
Parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Meeting rooms
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Desk
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mid-range
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mariejohn wrote a review Jun 2022
Melbourne, Australia73 contributions85 helpful votes
Joy the manager greeted us enthusiastically when we arrived. We were given a big room. We had dinner in the restaurant on our first night and it was awesome. Had a great meal. All of the staff that we encountered in the restaurant throughout our stay were very accommodating and efficient and just so friendly. We couldn’t fault our stay at scenic hotel Franz Josef. The weather did close in a bit on us during our stay and We noticed it was very quite in the town and also at the hotel! I’m so happy that the tourists will soon be returning to the South Island because so many communities seem to have been impacted by the lack of tourists for more than 2 years. The South Island of nz is amazing so do yourself a favour and book a trip to nz soon!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew C wrote a review Jun 2022
Romsey, Australia34 contributions15 helpful votes
This hotel has great rooms and great beds. The room was quite large, spotless and well laid-out. My wife was unwell during our stay, and the staff were very keen to make sure our stay was as trouble-free and comfortable as possible. The quality of the food served was very high. I had the lamb and chicken, both of which were cooked to perfection. We were both very grateful for the consideration shown us by the staff, and hope to visit again under better circumstances.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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mitchell830 wrote a review May 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a lovely break here. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The food was great, the beds were super comfortable. The rooms were warm and had nice chairs and foot rests. We would certainly stay there again.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Brad Watts, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 14 May 2022
Kia ora Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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jenkinsChristchurch wrote a review May 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand35 contributions41 helpful votes
This hotel is well past its use by date, old fashioned and worn out. I appreciate that Covid has wreaked havoc on the tourism industry on the coast but this type of accommodation should be mothballed permanently. Breakfast was very average. For the same price our next night in Queenstown we stayed in a 5 star hotel with spectacular views and amazing breakfast.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Brad Watts, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 14 May 2022
Kia ora Thankyou for your feedback, you will be happy to know we are reopening our 5 Star Resort Te Waonui on the 1st October 2022, after 2 years of hibernation due to Covid, I'm sure this property will meet you expectations should you revisit Franz. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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Richard S wrote a review Apr 2022
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We had a fabulous 4 night stay in Franz Josef in February. The staff were amazing we had many great recommendations from Ashna and another lovely Asian lady of which I have forgotten her name. The food and service were really awesome and I had a fabulous massage with Ashna. Can 100% recommend the scenic circle Franz Josef. I was truely spoilt on my birthday for dinner there the food was amazing .
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: The suites have the best view you can just see the top of the glacier
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Responded 1 May 2022
Kia ora Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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KiwiNZExplorer wrote a review Apr 2022
Queenstown, New Zealand153 contributions150 helpful votes
A very warm greeting from Ashna started out stay on a very happy note. She is the life & soul of the front of house & is extremely helpful & accommodating. Rooms are clean but basic. We had a lovely view of the mountains. Windows that open to provide some fresh air. Food in Canavans restaurant was top notch. Franz Josef & the West Coast have had a very tough 2.5 years - the hotel management really need to think hard about critical maintenance that needs to be undertaken e.g. 15 year old lumpy carpets, faded wood work, chipped hand basins, mould at window edges. Basic maintenance that needs attention before the jobs become too big. Dont get me wrong we enjoyed our stay, but some TLC needs to occur to ensure the hotel is ready for a new wave of travellers.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Brad Watts, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 1 May 2022
Kia ora Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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Christine McGuffog wrote a review Apr 2022
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Excellent service. Especially Joy. The staff were fantastic. Excellent spot for a hotel. It was clean and comfortable. Did a helicopter ride to Franz Josef. What a great experience that was. Ticked off the bucket list. Also a trip to Lake Marteson.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 1 May 2022
Kia ora Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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David G wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions1 helpful vote
The amenities at this hotel are first rate but the thing that stands out most is the friendliness of the staff who welcomed us every day as if we were long-lost friends. I am only sorry that our stay was so short.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Lower level floors are better for some older travellers so as to avoid the stairs
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Responded 15 Apr 2022
Kia ora David Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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Jeanette wrote a review Mar 2022
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I loved staying here. Raining and misty mountains when I arrived, glorious sunshine the next morning and mountains right there,clearly visible from my room with some misty spots. Beautiful . Difficult times for hotels with few travellers at this time. Amazing to eat in at the hotels dining room and enjoy one of the most beautifully cooked and presented meals out I have ever had. Thank you for a restful and enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the mountains. Mine was upstairs and view fabulous.
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Response from Brad Watts, General Manager at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Kia ora Jeanette Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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Ruth5_12 wrote a review Mar 2022
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions2 helpful votes
Get a massage with Ashna. She is delightful. Be warned it will hurt if you get the deep tissue option but she knows what she is doing and you will feel great afterwards. Joy was also lovely. All the staff were accommodating and courteous. Franz is a great location.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 27 Mar 2022
Kia ora Ruth Thankyou for your feedback, we value your business and we hope to see more kiwis like yourself on the Coast, the Coast is an 'Epic Journey' and Glacier Country is an awesome place to unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer. Ngā mihi nui, Brad Watts General Manger
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PRICE RANGE
US$122 - US$145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
franz josef glacier hotel
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
NUMBER OF ROOMS
130
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Frequently Asked Questions about Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Which popular attractions are close to Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Nearby attractions include Te Koha Gallery (0.4 km), Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.2 km), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, Monsoon Bar & Restaurant, and BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR.
Is Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Franz Josef.
Are any cleaning services offered at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (10.8 km).
Does Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.