Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier

34 Cron Street, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7856 New Zealand
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Skiing
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Parking
Wifi
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Blackout curtains
Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Czech
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MarcusLC61 wrote a review Feb 2024
Adelaide, Australia110 contributions73 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
When you stay with Bella Vista you know what to expect and whilst there are subtle nuances that define difference locations, the experience is fundamentally the same. The hotel is located slightly away from the main street of Franz Josef, but still in a busy location. There are many restaurants within a very short walk and except for touring the region, once you park at the hotel, you don't need your car for getting around the town.
We had booked a Compact Queen room, however we were put in an access room on the ground floor, which had a great deal of space and a large bathroom.
As you expect from Bella Vista, everything was immaculately prepared and presented and its hard to fault any aspect of it. This room was also fairly dark, with effective drapes.
We didn't have much interaction with the hosts, apart from at check in.
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Date of stay: February 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jenny W wrote a review Mar 2023
Adelaide, Australia47 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Drove across from Christchurch to Franz Josef Village. This little motel room had all the basics, plus a single element portable stove and a large sunbeam fry pan. Great for little meals to assist with the costs. Off street parking. Walking distance to everything in the village. Short drive to Franz Josef Glacier.
The hotel manager was informative and helpful with local advice. After a wet first day, we awoke the following morning to see ice on the mountains from our motel door.
Guest laundry available.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Munrox wrote a review Mar 2020
London, UK128 contributions48 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic but clean room with double & one single bed. Comfy double. Tea & coffee facilities & milk provided by friendly and informative reception team. Good shower. We arrived on a day of rain so grateful for the heaters in the room & bathroom. Location is at the centre of FJ so a step from the restaurants and a 5m drive from the walks towards the glacier.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Maggie Allington wrote a review Mar 2023
Eastleigh, United Kingdom26 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Bella Vista some years ago and found it a great place. With that in mind we booked the same motel again. What a mistake!

The room, though clean, stank. No idea what it was but it kept me awake and made me feel 🤢. The following day my husband bought some bathroom cleaner to pour down the drains. This helped a little. The next day a man physically opened the drains to try an sort the problem. A slight improvement was the result. The kitchen tap is not secure and swings about. The motel WiFi didn’t work. To be fair, this could have been location/ reception.

On a positive note, there was a warm welcome and the staff are very helpful and friendly. DVDs are available to borrow from reception. The bed was extremely comfortable.

Bella Vista, it is time for a refit.
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Date of stay: March 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Guests upstairs can be heard moving around when you are in a downstair room. Best be upstairs.
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Jo M wrote a review Oct 2020
Napier, New Zealand2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked a compact room and got a free upgrade to a bigger queen room which was nice.
Went out for a drink and came back to a cold room. The heated towel rail, bedroom heater and half of the electric blanket didn't work. Went to reception to see what could be done but it was closed at only 5.50pm. Still closed when we left at 9.15am the next day.
Handy location just needs better on site service.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Adam Haugh, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 15 Nov 2020
Hi Jo, Thanks for stopping of with us on the 30th. Thanks for letting Miyargy our morning receptionist, know the electric blanket in your studio was not heating on one side, before your departure. Our rooms have a key tag energy saving feature in them. When you came home from dinner I suspect that your room key did not make it back in the key tag holder next to the light switch. In this room, unit 2, it works the power for the heater and towel rail. I have upgraded the label on the heater to have a larger font making it easier to read. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your journeys around the south island. Kindly Adam
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Sheryl L wrote a review Jun 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staff are extremely helpful and welcoming. Rooms were spacious, clean and tidy. Loads of heaters made it all very cosy. Location is perfect. Off main road so very quiet but a 2 min walk to shops. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Adam Haugh, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 15 Nov 2020
Hi Sheryl, Great news that you enjoyed our central village location. It sure is good to be within an easy walk of all the activities and shops. We look forward to your return stay. Regards Adam
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mrpsuk m wrote a review 8 Apr
Whitchurch, United Kingdom68 contributions53 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was easy to find, and off the main road, so very quiet. Check in was straight forward and the host was very informative and helpful. Fresh milk was provided.
The room was on the first floor. A nice comfortable huge king sized bed was very welcome after a day of driving! The room was very clean. the bathroom was nothing special, but very clean and certainly very adequate. Parking was not a problem at all over our two night stay. Definitely a good choice for touring the area.
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Date of stay: March 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jim Xiao, Owner at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Our Valued Guest, Thank you so much staying with us and taken time sharing us a great feedback. We are so pleased to see you have enjoyed your stay, we trust you had a good time in Franz Josef Glacier and hope to welcoming you again next time. Best regards Jim & Cindy
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foody12345376 wrote a review Nov 2022
Berkshire, United Kingdom147 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for two nights and were made to feel welcome from the moment we checked in. Jo couldn’t have done more to help. The room was very clean and equipped for cooking including a toaster, grill etc. we were offered milk on arrival. The added bonus was having a spa bath which was great after a day of walking. A very quiet position just off the Main Street making it easy to walk to the restaurants.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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westoz wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia109 contributions57 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely welcome from the lady owner. Smallish 17m2 but nicely appointed room. Honesty box for guest laundry, a really nice touch these days. Walk to everything in town. NZ tv channels only. Fridge, kettle, microwave and toaster. Free wifi rated 100% secure by Norton. Lots of eating choices, King Tiger was very good. Nice place for an overnight run by nice people.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Adam H, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Responded 25 Jan 2020
Thanks for your review. We appreciate the feedback and especially so when it is as positive as this is! Thankfully Franz is a smallish place that you can visit successfully for one night. It is even better if you are able to spend a few days to romp or relax. Ilsa & Lee
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Kris Powell wrote a review Mar 2022
Kaiapoi, New Zealand20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights and we were welcomed with a very friendly receptionist "MIYARGI". Our accomodation is close to cafes, restaurants and the WAIHO HOT TUBS, worth doing! We stayed at Room 10 and we always get a nice view of the glacier.
Water pressure is great.
Cleanliness 5 stars!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We came prepared with everything I guess just enjoy what Franz Josef has to offer.
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Khush1609 asked a question Jul 2016
2 contributions1 helpful vote
what about breakfast?
Answer from mikeymush
Lamphey, United Kingdom95 contributions28 helpful votes
Like many other guests we took our own. With supermarkets close by we were never short of any fresh produce. Alternatively there are many facilities within a stones throw that serve breakfast if you require cooked.
Maggie Allington wrote a tip Mar 2023
Eastleigh, United Kingdom26 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Guests upstairs can be heard moving around when you are in a downstair room. Best be upstairs."
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Lau_Rose2017 wrote a tip Dec 2022
Singapore, Singapore189 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great easy parking, and a lush restaurant next door called Alice May."
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Kris Powell wrote a tip Mar 2022
Kaiapoi, New Zealand20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We came prepared with everything I guess just enjoy what Franz Josef has to offer."
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mjm1232015 wrote a tip Jan 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand38 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Everything you could need, clean, well appointed, good location and great staff."
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groovy_couple wrote a tip Apr 2019
Worthing, United Kingdom44 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a first floor room."
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PRICE RANGE
HK$658 - HK$956 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
bella vista hotel franz josef
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier
Which popular attractions are close to Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Nearby attractions include Te Koha Gallery (0.4 km), West Coast Wildlife Centre (0.1 km), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR, and Snake Bite Brewery.
Is Bella Vista Motel 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 Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Czech.
Are there any historical sites close to Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (10.8 km).
Does Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef Glacier have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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