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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our stay at the YHA. Comfy bed with a well-equipped kitchen, warm clean showers and bathroom and very close to the centre of town. The double rooms were small but had everything we needed. Free WiFi too :) Disappointed about the drying room - the fuse blows regularly it seems so none of our clothes dried overnight.

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Jemmah, Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay! Our drying/laundry room is programed to shut off from 10PM to 9 AM so not to disturb guests staying in the rooms next door. We have installed additional signage to the drying room to make sure guests are aware of this in the future. Best Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager

Otago Peninsula, NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm and found the facilities were adequate. The staff at reception were very friendly and couldn't have been more helpful - a real pleasure. The building itself is a bit of a warren & the kitchen was packed at breakfast time. The existence of yellow compost/pig bins under the kitchen bench wasn't advertised...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Kiwique, Great to read you enjoyed your stay, our Staff and Facilities! I am unsure about your comments about our signage for our compost bins. We have signs above the rubbish bins and sinks, advising guests to use the yellow bins below the bench's for food waste. Our signage review is to declutter the walls with pointless signs...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hostel with beautiful clean rooms and a very nice staff. Perfect location and good cooking facilities. We stayed in two different rooms ; a four bed dorm with a balcony and then we got upgraded to one with private bath - great!

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Dorde, Thanks for taking the time out to leave a review, Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! Best Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager

United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel is big and therefore can be noisy but its a hostel at the end of the day. I thought the atmosphere was nice with heaps of different types of travelers, young and old creating a nice vibe. The dorm we had was quite small for 4 people but the beds were fine, lockers were a nice touch too....

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay at our Hostel, thanks for taking the time to review us! Kind Regards Josh Bramley Hostel Manager

west midlands england
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very well equipped room and very quiet. Shard kitchen with good facilities and shared dining room. Good place to meet fellow travellers. Close o the centre of the village and other attractions. Runs good value trips and excursions as well as offering discounts to local restaurants. Has sauna and laundry

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 January 2017

The hostel is busy with many tours passing through. It has everything you would expect from a YHA, but things such as the pool table were $2(are free in other hostels), the sauna (advertised outside of the YHA (?False advertising) didn't work) and it lacked all the required signs, advice notices reminding people how to behave. We were disappointed to...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora, Thanks for taking the time to review our Hostel. Unfortunately the pool table is not owned by the Hostel, so there is a $2 charge. Our Sauna is currently being replaced with a fantastic brand new model and has been out of action whilst the electricians get to work. My apologies for the mess you encountered in our...

Catania, Italy
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Good location. The ten bedroom dormitory was fine. Cheap, hot showers, confortable beds. Maybe not enough bathrooms. The only negative point was the fire alarm woke up everyone at 4am and no one could stop it or explain us what it was happening. Basically nobody came. Maybe it could be good to have someone in the night.

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Marie-Anne Thank you for taking the time to review our Hostel, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed our hot showers and comfortable beds! Unfortunately the alarm that woke you up is the Town Emergency Siren, and not part of the Hostel, Usually this siren is turned off quickly but in this situation was left going for longer. Kind...

Melbourne
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The walls of the hostel are thinly built and you hear EVERYTHING. Not only can you hear the conversations of every guest in the hall, the doors to each room automatically slam shut. From our private room we also heard the communal toilets flush and the water run down the pipes. When you're tired after a day of activities this...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Cara, Thanks for taking the time to review our hostel! I am disappointed to hear that your stay with us was not up to standard. After reading your comments I have had our handyman check all door closers to ensure doors do not loudly slam. Kind Regards Josh Bramley

New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 8 January 2017

I have stayed for two weeks during winter and it was the most comfortable stay I had in NZ. I was in a 4 mix dorms. It was very spacious, the bathrooms were cleans. They is a t.v room with a nice selection of movies to choose from at reception, all for FREE with FREE soup as well. The staff...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora cryssoue Great to hear you enjoyed our Hostel! We offer the free vegetable soup during our cold winter months to our guests between April 1st and October 31st . It is unfortunately some guests decide not to clean up after themselves so we make sure to clean our kitchen throughout the day for our other guests. Great to...

Reviewed 6 January 2017

Positives: 1. Free wifi with good speed 2. Free Sauna bath which is pretty amazing 3. Good level of cleanliness in rooms and bathrooms 4. Good lounge area Areas of improvement: 1. Interaction with staff and check-in experience - wasnt very helpful in terms of providing info about the place and activities to do, etc. 2. Kitchen could see some...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Franz Josef, responded to this review

Kia Ora Akshat Awesome to hear you enjoyed our facilities! We have had new staff join our team recently and we are making sure they spend time exploring Franz Josef and its activity’s so that they can better inform our guests. We try our best to keep our kitchen clean and well stocked for our guests throughout the day but...

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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
YHA Franz Josef Glacier offers 5 star backpacker accommodation in a lush rainforest setting in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village. Only a five minute drive to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and just 30 minutes to Fox Glacier. Fantastic communal areas with lots of entertainment options: flat screen TV, DVDs, Sky TV, pool table, piano and cosy open fire. Free sauna - perfect for relaxing in after a day’s walking on the Glaciers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about YHA Franz Josef

Address: 2-4 Cron Street | PO Box 12, Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand (Formerly Franz Josef Glacier YHA)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range: ₹ 2,006 - ₹ 5,616 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Franz Josef 4*
Number of rooms: 103
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“Spacious and clean .”
 of 5 bubbles cryssoue, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you are in a group of four go for the family room”
 of 5 bubbles JennyD33, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The wireless internet signal was weak in the triple beds room”
 of 5 bubbles EasonChou1018, 15 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Excellent place”
 of 5 bubbles V2C, 28 Mar 2016 | Read review
“This is a YHA so set your expectations accordingly and you wont be disappointed”
 of 5 bubbles GlowWormBenny, 4 Jan 2016 | Read review
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