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Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

We found this place through a booking website and thought that we were getting a really good deal at the discounted price, to be fair it was what it was worth, certainly not full tariffs. The cottages are clean and well presented but pretty bland, just a little touch would make such a difference and being slightly out of town...

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

Thank you for your review. We are in the process of upgrading our rooms and find that the majority of our guests like being out of the township, and a 4 min drive is just still close enough to be able to enjoy the area without the noise and hussle of town. We hope you enjoy your remainder of time...

Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Very well equiped cottages, real cozy with very good services. The owners are very nice persons and really caring. I recommend to stay here. We've enjoyed our stay here. The place is well maintained, seems relatively new. It is not far from franz josef city.

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

Thank you for your positive review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It is a lovely spot to unwind and relax after travelling. Enjoy your remainder time in our beautiful country. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Copenhagen Region, Denmark
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Nice small house with two bedroom, good kitchen and bathroom. With a very good view of the mountain and the valley, a little away from Franz Josef, but absolute no problem Good service and advising of Franz Josef area and the small village

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

Thank you for your positive review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. It is very peaceful out here and in all seasons the views are wonderful and relaxing. Enjoy the remainder of your holiday. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 9 July 2015

2 bedrooms, a nice kitchen and living room, all you need. Beautiful surroundings. A small front deck where you can sit and enjoy a drink or two. But skip the offered breakfast and drive into the local supermarket and get what you need. A small drive into town but it's easy to get a taxi or use the shuttle service...

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

Thank you for your review. We are currently in the process of updating the Breakfasts and offering Full cooked and Continental breakfasts now instead of just a light snack. Regards Mel & Nigel

berkshire
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Accommodation knows as JAGS...... Managers Mel and Nigel, whilst quite helpful on arrival with phone calls etc you could not help but notice the stale smell of cigarettes on Mel, which was not very pleasant. My husband also commented on an alcohol smell? Roomy, but Basic accommodation - Nowhere to hang clothes! Not even one coat hanger. No mirror or...

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

We are most disturbed and utterly disappointed with your unfactual review. Firstly we did not smell of stale smoke. Nigel was doing a burn off prior to you checking in and for this we are sorry if this offended you. As Nigel has not drunk alcohol for over 10 years and Mel had just had a glass of wine with...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 15 June 2015

I am writing this review after travelling as a family group of 3 adults on a package deal around the South Island. During 2 weeks we stayed in 7 hotels/resorts. Due to knowing only the total cost of the trip, I cannot comment on prices or value for money. This group of cottages is about 5-10 mins north of Franz...

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

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad you enjoyed the peaceful of the countryside whilst only being 4 mins from town. Enjoy the remainder of your holiday.

Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Reviewed 1 June 2015

We arrived on a misty evening in May, after a long drive. Although the accomodation is not "Petfriendy" the lovely owners gave us a beautiful room with a stunning view on the mountains for a very good price! Thx thx for the hospitality and kindness!

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

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad you enjoyed your time with us. We wish you well on the rest of your adventure

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 May 2015

Our stay in the lodge was very comfortable. Everything is there so you can be self sufficient and the continental breakfast ingredients are delivered the evening before. Wifi is free but intermittent due to the location on the Island. The management are very helpful - explaining about attractions and what to do. It is a little way out of town,...

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

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Intermittent WIFI can be a challenge in Franz Josef with 1 cable into the town, but the scenery makes up for it. Enjoy the remainder of your Holiday

Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 April 2015

This accommodation far exceeded our expectations from their web site. The majestic view and tranquil setting on check in took our breath away.The total panoramic view of the snow capped mountains has to be experienced to believe. The 2 bedroom chalet was far superior in space size and comfort than we expected. and hosts Mel & Nigel are a credit...

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

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad that you enjoyed our Kiwi Roast. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and experience our beautiful surroundings. We do try to exceed our guests expectations and are thrilled that this time we were able to. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday and look...

Geelong, Australia
Reviewed 14 April 2015

Franz Alpine Retreat offers precisely what makes a stopover memorable. It embodies comfortable accommodation in an extremely well appointed suite in a self contained cabin format, with vistas over the local ranges that nearly take your breath away. It is a little way out of town (not very far) so you can almost feel the quietness. There is plenty of...

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

Thank you for your lovely review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you enjoy the remainder of your holiday. Regards Mel & Nigel

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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: RM417 - RM881 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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“All cabins were built so that you could see the view. All accessible with car parked at side.”
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“We showed up unannounced and got a good deal so; do you chance it or not to book or wing it???? LOl.”
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“Book early and enjoy the peace and quiet and the views”
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“This was a hotel but motel units.”
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“Room 6 has great views from the living room.”
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