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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Still this place is at most a 3 star hotel, which still does not offer concierge service, however on the other hand does have some great views of the alps and mountain ranges and the rooms are pretty decent as well.

The Scenic Franz Josef is an excellent hotel and more! I rate it best for customer service, cleanliness and quality. The circle drive is spotless,all the staff are personable, polite, dependable and prompt. Reception and restaurant staff were extremely helpful and polite. The hotel lobby sparkles with cleanliness which continues throughout the main dinning area. We used the Jacuzzi with water temperature up to 40 deg it was just perfect..We had dinner at their restaurant and I cannot believe the lamb which I ordered was just perfect. I was quite taken with the great customer service, cleanliness and excellent quality of this hotel.

This Hotel was a stopover on our way to Queenstown! The Bar was very cosy! It was pouring rain when we arrived so it was great to see a fire!!! The breakfast was good and the room was clean and bright with a safe and all you wanted!

The stay was overall good with big enough rooms and bathroom. The shower pressure is good. The location is excellent with even an INDIAN restaurant “the copper pot” nearby. The only sore point was the wifi which keeps disconnecting and could not sustain even a minute of continuous wifi on my phone.

We stayed as part of a tour. Found our room to be clean and well presented. The bed was fabulous!! Was reluctant to get up for dinner. Had great sleep! The shower had good pressure and nice product to use. We had a Three course set menu dinner which had good options all of which were well received. The Breakfast the next morning was the best on tour by far, with great selection. We would definately go back again.

Lovely large room - clean and well equipped. Delicious breakfast with the best choice I have ever seen. Smoothies, yogurt, fruits, lovely breads and good hot selection - all served with a smile by the young lady that looked after us. Didn’t have dinner at the hotel but lovely bar area.

We stayed at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Hotel for one night with Grand Pacific Tour group on our way around the south island. We found our room was more than adequate for our needs, very modern, comfortable, spacious, clean with free wifi. Our dinner and buffet breakfast was more than satisfactory for our tastes, with all staff we encountered friendly, helpful and professional. The hotel is conveniently located with shops, cafes supermarket, bars and restaurants. Overall we enjoyed our stay.

This is a great hotel to stay in. I found the service outstanding, great food, good value and the staff will make you feel very welcome. This is a great area of New Zealand to visit,. The scenic hotel is close to all restaurants, shops bars ect.

I stayed here on my tour of South Island. It is a nice hotel. Wi-fi but not perfect. No air conditioning. Noisy at night from nearby restaurants. Nothing else to say really but I am forced to by the system.

I didn’t expect the rooms to be quite this nice considering the outside of the building not looking quite as impressive. The beds are very comfortable. Front desk duty manager so friendly & professional. Breakfast buffet was good. Shower pressure is strong. Highly recommend .

State Highway 6 Franz Josef Glacier

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier places you next to Westcoast Wildlife Centre and within a 5-minute walk of Glacier Hot Pools. This 130-room, 4-star hotel has 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Our Lady of the Alps and St James Anglican Church are also a short walk from this Franz Josef Glacier hotel.


Enjoy dining at Canavans Restaurant, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


All 130 rooms provide refrigerators, minibars, and desks. Guests can enjoy TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

At Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, guests have access to 4 spa tubs, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an area shuttle for a fee. Front-desk staff can assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables.

Room options

Superior Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Triple Room, 3 Twin Beds

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 764 reviews