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Reviews of YHA Franz Josef

Hostel | 2-4 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand n/a

89.6% Overall Rating

127 out of 139 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (28/02/2014)

"Set in a beautiful area of the west coast, I love the warm homely feel about this property"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Bicycle hire
  • Laundry service
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 0.78

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

YHA Cancellations Policy • To cancel any bookings a NZ$5.00 cancellation fee applies per transaction. • For cancellations made before 6pm the day before arrival - full refund. • For cancellations made after 6pm the day before arrival - no refund for the first night. • Cancellations on bookings made on the day of arrival will receive no refund for the first night, normal cancellation policy applies for subsequent nights. • If you do not advise the Hostel the non-arrival clause applies.

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89.6%

Overall Rating

127 out of 139 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'YHA Franz Josef'

Atmosphere
88.0%
Location
91.2%
Facilities
86.4%
Cleanliness
89.6%
Staff
92.8%
Value
90.4%
Safety
88.8%
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94.3%
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William McLean

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

15 March 2014 William would recommend this property

Liked: Nice facilities and a good, large kitchen.

Disliked: The toilets were in a very poor state one night (more likely a guests fault judging by the cleanliness of the rest of the hostel) and the Wi-Fi was very slow and week in the rooms.

100.0%
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Customer review

With a large group / tour

Visiting friends or family

28 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Set in a beautiful area of the west coast, I love the warm homely feel about this property

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Michaela Bastian

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

30 January 2014 Michaela would recommend this property

Liked: Good location to stay. Rooms are quite big, which is nice, bathrooms are relatively clean. Outstanding staff - unfortunately, my sweater had gotten lost at the hostel and it only appeared after I had left to Queenstown, so the guys managed to put it on an intercity bus, so that I could collect it in Queenstown. Thank you so much again!

Disliked: Security lockers IN the rooms would be nice - anyway, there are security lockers on the hallway, for which you however need to pay in order to deposit your stuff.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

As a family with children

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Taehoon Kang

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 December 2013 Taehoon would recommend this property

Liked: The place was really clean and cozy. People hang around each other at the living room area.

Disliked: The sauna doesn't make enough steam, but it was still good.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Juliette Pavey

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

11 December 2013 Juliette would recommend this property

Liked: Was cheap for New Zealand, friendly staff members.

Disliked: Needed more utensils/plates in kitchen... Lockers had to pay for every time you went into them. Wifi was $5 per 24 hours. It was an alright hostel, just nothing to rave about.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

weiting shao

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa
Shopping

10 December 2013 weiting would recommend this property

Liked: Every is ok

Disliked: No dislike

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Big kitchen, Nice facilities!

Disliked: Not so much charm, big hostel

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Mathew Ladley

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

07 October 2013 Mathew would recommend this property

Liked: Great place! Just lovely. Big warm lounge and kitchen area, lovely staff

Disliked: Hostel itself was perfect but FYI, you can no longer do a hike onto Franz Josef glacier - they only have helicopter trips available due to a landslide

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

25 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: A little dated but adequate facilities

97.1%
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Luis Kuae

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

18 September 2013 Luis would recommend this property

Liked: Big kithcen (lots of stoves and storage space). Nice private room.

Disliked: Not entirely hostel fault, but the dining area and sinks were dirty. On the next day I guess somebody cleaned them up. Some people left dirty dishes and pots on the counters and sinks.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Rooms and kitchen were generally clean, NO damp smell in rooms. Dorm rooms had windows that open. Individual reading light for each bed. Big kitchen, well equipped. Heating in the rooms worked well, so no problems with cold. Always people in the common room to hang out with and socialise. Location is good, Intercity bus drops of and picks up right from outside their door, supermarket is 2 mins walk away. Did not try out sauna, so can say nothing about it.

Disliked: Wifi is only free for YHA members, they said so on the website so its okay, still a negative point. 24 hours wifi costs 5 dollars, which I find quite expensive. Common room is big, but lacks a little bit of character I find, not as cozy as in other hostels I have stayed in in NZ. However, this is really not a mayor point. Not for people with cat allergy, as they have a cat. Could have more power plugs in the room.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: + nice staff location

Disliked: - No free internet No breakfast Bathrooms and shower rooms are so cold, they should put a heater

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

06 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Big kitchen with ovens. Separate tv room with DVD player. Fire with sofas is a great spot to read a book.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Matti Tornio

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 July 2013 Matti would recommend this property

Liked: Free sauna, even if it wasn't that great

Disliked: Thin walls, could easily hear a phone conversation from nearby

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Tobias Klaer

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 June 2013 Tobias would recommend this property

Liked: Though I only stayed for one night I really liked this place. Very friendly staff, really nice and warm atmosphere in these cold winter days. Kitchen and bathrooms clean and all in stainless steel. And free sauna, awesome to have some luxury stuff when you are a borderline broke backpacker : )

Disliked: Tobias left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

30 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I accidentally booked the wrong nights and they fixed the situation easily and were happy to do so! Great location. Very clean.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

01 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easy location Quiet Good facilities Large kitchen

Disliked: The smell? By reception I think it was actually an air freshener but it was bitter sweet and much too strong, it brought a tear to my eye. In the rest of the hostel and particularly by my room it stank of bad feet. This was probably coming from the dry room which is a great idea, but the smell wa not nice.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Big social areas

Disliked: Cold showers!

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Comfortable mattress

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Family Holiday

30 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Front desk staff outstanding. Clean complete kitchen. Comfy.

Disliked: Not a thing

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Dustin Main

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

07 March 2013 Dustin would recommend this property

Liked: Nice staff, large common area. Internet reasonably fast (capped at 100Kbps).

Disliked: Dustin left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Beth Potter

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

02 March 2013 Beth would recommend this property

Liked: Location is great, we had a double room and it was the biggest one we've stayed in throughout our time in NZ, similarly with the ensuite which was immaculate and looked fairly recently fitted. Free sauna which was nice, other YHA hostels which have one you have to pay. Staff useful for recommendations. Common room was really nice and tables outside to eat and the best bit of all was the hostel cat - so fat but cute!

Disliked: Wifi is expensive I feel but this is to be said of every YHA hostel in NZ. Also, no Wifi signal in the bedroom so you have to sit in lounge to use it but again this is standard for every YHA hostel so you can get used to the annoyance after a while! Downsides of the room were that there was no bedside lights, and the towels provided in the double room were disgusting. (One had yellow stains and one had very obvious brown stains all over it....enough said. Why couldn't the housekeepers see this?! It wasn't subtle!)

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Victoria Munn

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

09 December 2012 Victoria would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely lady on reception, helpful and good advice given. Cosy lounge and great tv room. Kitchen large and clean.

Disliked: Nothing apart from people slamming their doors to close them, minor issue

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Maria Dendl

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

02 December 2012 Maria would recommend this property

Liked: Clean facilities and free sauna

Disliked: Maria left no negative feedback.