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berkshire
Reviewed 24 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 10 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

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 12 April 2015

Fantastic place to stay for a couple of nights. Our 2 bedroom apartment was clean, comfortable and spacious. The laundry facilities were great. The whole serenity of the place is a drawcard in itself. Away from the crowds. Could very easily stay here for a week or two. Our hosts, Mel and Nigel were extremely kind and helpful.

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

Thank you for your positive review and it was a pleasure to host you. We would welcome to have you come and stay with us again in the future. Kind Regards Mel & Nigel

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed in one of the cottages with 2 bedrooms. The resort looks and feels pretty new. Its owners are very caring. Its away from all the noise and the shops, resturants etc. Couple of the times the owners dropped us at the town centre and the some of the resturants also offer pick up and drop services. So the...

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

Thank you for your lovely review. We pride ourselves on the fact that even though we are slightly out of town, no one without a car should feel isolated as we will always make sure our guests do get to see the sights. The added benefit of the pick ups from the Restaurants is very handy for our guest. Enjoy...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 8 April 2015

We stayed one quick night in one of their adorable little cottages. The rooms were very very clean, well maintained and well appointed. The only drawback is that because they are built off the ground there is a bit more residual noise (footsteps, etc). You will be happy you booked here.

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

Thank you for your review of our cottages. Sound proofing is one area we try to make time to remedy peak season but find the cottages are very for groups. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards Mel & Nigel

Fish Hoek, South Africa
Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

This is a really good place to explore the area from. The Retreat is out of the tourist busy-ness of the village - too many people. We really enjoyed our stay here. From the moment we arrived until we left we felt welcomed. The apartment is well equipped and spacious enough for a few nights. Highly recommended.

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

Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the quiet of being in the country whilst still being only 4 mins from the town Regards Mel & Nigel

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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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 

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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: €102 - €235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Franz Alpine Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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