Address: 8/10 Cron Street, Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier), New Zealand
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Great place, stayed with a large group of people and lots of room for socialising any bonus of not being a dry hostel too. Heating was awesome and kept us toasty.
Outstanding. character, free extras, nice staff
Very nice and responsive staff. A cool place in a good location, free soup and bread, free tea, free WiFi which is very nice in NZ where many places charge, and free hot tub, very nice after a day of tramping. The room we stayed in was great and the two bedroom building had its own little kitchen. I will stay here again when in Franz Josef.
Great staff, hot pool and atmosphere
Loveliest hostel, people were so helpful and charming. Love you jo!
Pleasant and comfy, close to amenities, friendly staff
Stayed in Westport the previous night and Chateau Franz helped us overcome the trauma. Helpful and friendly staff, a backpackeress from Israel made chocolate chip cookies for general consumption; peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.
We stayed two nights at Chateau Franz. The owners and staff are VERY nice and helpful!!! ... locked my key inside the room and dropped it just above a street grate the next day. Quite chaotic days ... nevertheless, no one got angry but everyone smiled and helped out!! Rooms are clean and the terrace is a nice place to hang out after climbing the glacier.
Chateau Franz Backpackers is an inexpensive BBH-registered hostel in a convenient location in the town of Franz Josef. It feels a bit overcrowded since it is registered with BBH and several hop-on/hop-off buses stop out front. Despite this, the hostel is relatively comfortable and, again, in a great location.
Chateau Franz is one block from the main street, which is where the grocery store and bus shelter are; however, most buses will pick up and drop off right in front of the hostel, because it is in a cul de sac with three or four other hostels. It's about a twenty minute drive to the glacier, but if you plan to walk, give yourself a few hours because the footpath is very windy.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are a variety of room options, ranging from single to five-bed dorm, and they seem to make an effort to keep the dorms divided into all-female and all-male rooms as much as possible. The bottom bunks are a bit short, making it difficult to sit up all the way if you're a bit tall, but overall they're pretty comfortable. The downside is that there are no personal lights, and there is only one outlet for five people in the room, and it is difficult to find outlets in the rest of the hostel building. There are no lockers, but the door to the room locks securely.
There are only four showers and four toilets in the main hostel building, which sleeps a large number of people. But the facilities are kept clean, with plenty of space to change and hang your clothes.
There is one main common room on the second floor, attached to the kitchen. It has a large TV with Sky TV as well as several movies, which you can check out at reception. It is full of small couches and a couple tables, and features some board games. Unfortunately, the TV can get loud sometimes, making it a bit difficult to sleep, and there are no visible outlets in the room for laptops or anything. But otherwise, the room is very nice.
Next to the common room is a large kitchen, which is kept very clean and organized, with all the cooking gear you will need. It can get fairly crowded at night with everyone cooking, despite its large size, so you may want to plan on eating a bit early or late. Next to the kitchen is a separate room with several large wooden benches and tables for eating, which seem to be used regularly. There is a room full of computers with internet and Skype access, but they are very expensive. Wi-Fi is also available through IAC.
It is a very big hostel, with a large number of people, so you get a pretty varied crowd in terms of party people and those looking for something more subdued. But there doesn't seem to be too much partying in the common area, so it isn't very intrusive.
This hostel is comfortable and inexpensive, but crowded It's a good place if you'll only be there for a couple nights, but if you plan on staying in town longer, then you may want to stay somewhere with fewer people.
A really quirky place. I stayed in a motel room, with a shelf-full of memorabilia of past times and old photographs of the surrounding area. The kitchen area was well equipped. The room had a table and chairs and a comfy sofa on which to relax after a long day. The dressing room/shower and separate toilet were very clean and the shower hot and powerful. To cap it all, there was a TV with all channels. The rest of the complex was almost surreal, with the buildings decorated with old tools, horseshoes, and findings in general. The staff were extremely helpful and Robin and Helen are an asset to this place. And yummy free soup too. And a book exchange. Go there -- it's a treat and so different from faceless establishments. One to remember!
This place is pretty rancid. It smells a bit a house that on old lady lives in shortly before sh*t snuffs it and can't keep the place clean anymore and is too proud to accept help. In fact it smells a little like what it would smell like after she died. Worst hostel I stayed at in entire NZ. Kitchen is pretty skanky too.
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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Credit Card Payments
Lockers in Rooms
Min. Age without Parent: 18
Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Maximum Stay: Unlimited
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Open Dates: All Year
Reception Hours: 8am-8pm winter, 7.30- 9pm (summer)
Size: Very Large (100+ beds)