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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Booked on the day which we don't often do. Was welcomed by a lovely owner who upgraded us to a two bedroom studio. Room was very spacious. Loved having separate rooms and enjoying a bath for once! Would definitely recommend

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Thank SarahS14123
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bvfox, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thanks for your lovely review Sarah, glad to hear you enjoyed the extra treat of having the spa bath!

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We were looking for a comfortable moderately-priced motel for one night prior to visiting the glaciers and chose the Bella Vista based on Tripadvisor reviews and ratings. We were not disappointed. It is a clean, comfortable well-appointed motel and the recommendations from the owners on where to eat, how to get the best out of our glacier visit and whereto stay on our onward journey to Greymouth to catch the train to Christchurch were all spot-on. We wouldn't stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: All rooms are fine, those upstairs have a better view of the street but there is no elevator so take your pick.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

We don't often "wing it" when travelling as i enjoy the research and trying to work out good accommodation well ahead. However, being unsure about the weather and conditions on the west coast we decided to come to roost where we ended up for the day. Spending most of his career as international sales manager, my husband is a jaded traveller who talks a lot about "it's just a bed for the night".
Pros: The unit was nicely situated upstairs away from reception. The owner manager was very pleasant and helpful. Most appreciated was her suggestion to have a walk and brunch at Lake Mathieson next morning. Bella Vista provided just that "bed for the night" at a reasonable tariff.
Cons: No view, a highway frontage, no character. Very small room. The bed barely fitted in the room. The bed came with scary instructions about sleeping between the sheets. That kept me awake thinking about the alternative sleeping arrangements of tourists. And what do they do in the shower? Very unsettling.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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bvfox, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Hopefully it was at least a comfortable 'bed for the night'! Our compact rooms are indeed small, but priced accordingly and very popular. Thanks for taking the time to write a review Dojii, we appreciate any feedback we receive from guests as it helps us improve our service.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Great place to stay ~ very clean, modern & comfortable. Only a stones throw to the magical Glow Worm walk & some of the best restaurants we enjoyed during our trip. Manager, Sue gave us a flyer with suggestions to stop off at on our road trip from a Fox Glacier to Queenstown which was great. We enjoyed beautiful waterfalls, walks & views which we may of driven right past without Sue’s list. Thank You for a wonderful visit to your beautiful spot in the world. Would definitely recommend a stay at Bella Visita ~ we are already planning our return visit

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Karen M
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bvfox, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

It's great to hear you enjoyed the stops between here and Queenstown Karen M, it's a spectacular part of the world!
We were happy to host you and introduce you to the many things Fox Glacier has to offer, and we certainly looking forward to seeing you again when you return.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

A nice little establishment. Everything neat and tidy. Why those dumb as d.s. squeezy soap dispensers? A lot of us prefer soap. Otherwise, thanks. The town is small. A hop step and a jump to everything. Petrol expensive so fill up at Hokitika.

Stayed: September 2017
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bvfox, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Glad you enjoyed time here Markoledaddio and good tip about the petrol.
The thing with the soap? For our Qualmark environmental requirements, we can't use soap that has to get thrown away after each guest.
Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip, and thanks for taking the time to write a review.

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