Reviews of hostels in Franz Josef



Professional hostel critics from hostelcritic.com have visited, reviewed and assessed every hostel in Franz Josef.

Franz Josef is a compact tourist town that offers excellent accommodation options for backpackers. Everything here revolves around glacier tours and helicopter flights, but there are heaps of other activities available, including skydiving, quad biking, white water rafting and ice climbing. Kayaking on Lake Mapourika is very popular for the fantastic mountain reflections and sunsets. Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are similar and offer basically the same thing, but travellers tend to stay in Franz Josef for the facilities. 

Click on a hostel to read our reviews (and also to write your own review), or read the overview below for more detailed comparison of all hostels in Franz Josef.

Franz Josef YHA
2–4 Cron Street, Franz Josef 7886
Tel (03) 752 0754
(7)
Rainforest Retreat Backpackers
46 Cron Street, Franz Josef 7886
Tel (03) 752 0220 or 0800 873 346
(2)
Montrose
9 Cron Street, Franz Josef 9856
Tel (03) 752 0188 or 0800 666 876
(9)
Chateau Franz Backpackers
8 Cron Street, Franz Josef 7050
Tel (03) 752 0738
(7)
Glow Worm Accommodation
27 Cron Street, Franz Josef 7886
Tel (03) 752 0172
(11)

The best located hostel in Franz Josef

Franz Josef is a small village and all the hostels are within a five minute walk from the InterCity coach stop and the small supermarket. Although it would be a stretch to call it a town centre, we define the most central point in Franz Josef as the small Four Square supermarket that sits across the road from the InterCity coach stop on State Highway 6.

Based on the proximity to Franz Josef's small supermarket, the most central hostels in Franz Josef are Glow Worm Accommodation, Montrose and Chateau Franz Backpackers, which are all under 300 metres – or a four minute walk – from the supermarket/coach stop.

Glow Worm Accommodation 270m from the supermarket and coach stop (a three-minute walk)
Montrose 270m from the supermarket and coach stop (a four-minute walk)
Chateau Franz Backpackers 280m from the supermarket and coach stop (a four-minute walk)
Franz Josef YHA 350m from the supermarket and coach stop (a four-minute walk)
Rainforest Retreat Backpackers 400m from the supermarket and coach stop (a three-minute walk)

What amenities do the hostels in Franz Josef have?

The hostels in Franz Josef have all the facilities you would expect from a hostel and Franz Josef YHA and Rainforest Retreat Backpackers also have saunas.

Franz Josef YHA
Rainforest Retreat Backpackers  
Montrose  
Chateau Franz Backpackers    
Glow Worm Accommodation  

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Franz Josef

When hostelcritic.com's hostel critics visit a hostel, they work out a score out of five for the hostel’s cleanliness and maintenance. Cleanliness and maintenance are not the same thing, but they go hand-in-hand and a hostel with a high score is usually a nice place to stay, even if hostels that score well in this category may be light on facilities or feel a little sterile. It is usually a pretty safe bet if you choose a hostel with a cleanliness and maintenance score of three or higher.

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Franz Josef are Rainforest Retreat Backpackers and Montrose closely followed by Franz Josef YHA.

Rainforest Retreat Backpackers
Montrose
Franz Josef YHA
Chateau Franz Backpackers
Glow Worm Accommodation

Hostels in Franz Josef with the best atmosphere

Essentially, a hostel with a great atmosphere is a fun place to stay. It is somewhere where you are most likely to meet other travellers and have great memories. These are often party hostels, but that is not always the case as there are some quiet hostels that have loads of charm.

Chateau Franz Backpackers has the best atmosphere of all the hostels in Franz Josef.

Chateau Franz Backpackers
Montrose
Franz Josef YHA
Rainforest Retreat Backpackers
Glow Worm Accommodation

The best hostels in Franz Josef for parking

This is a great destination for a road trip and all the hostels in Franz Josef have off-street parking.

The following hostels in Franz Josef offer parking for their guests:

The best hostels in Franz Josef

It is a close call and there is no clear winner here. Franz Josef YHA and Rainforest Retreat Backpackers are the two top hostels in Franz Josef but all the hostels here are pretty good and you're pretty safe booking a bed in any one of them.