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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde

10 Best Budget Accommodations in Alexandra & Clyde 🛌🏼 [2024]

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Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Alexandra and Clyde

The balmy weather, enticing wineries and some of the most premium cycle trails in the country: there’s plenty to draw travellers to the Central Otago towns of Alexandra and Clyde. But whatever your reason for visiting, make sure it’s an affordable one by staying in the budget accommodations in Alexandra and Clyde. There’s sure to be something to suit your style and needs, whether it’s a comfortable motel, a homely holiday home, a cosy B&B or a cheap-and-cheerful hotel. Check out your options on this list of cheap accommodations in Alexandra and Clyde.

For more budget tips, check out The Guide to Alexandra & Clyde on a Budget and the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Alexandra & Clyde.

1. Centennial Court Hotel (Alexandra)

Centennial Court Hotel features an array of motel units and hotel rooms for all types of travellers, whether you’re solo or travelling with family. You’ll find affordability in the hotel-like “Compact Room” while additional facilities like a kitchenette and lounge furniture are included in the studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. In the complex, you’ll also find a sauna, laundry facilities, free WiFi and a restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner. For more motel units, many of which are within the budget realm, check out the 10 Best Motels in Alexandra & Clyde.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Centennial Court Motor Inn

2. Criterion Club Hotel (Alexandra)

Affectionately known as “The Middle Pub” by locals, the Criterion Club Hotel offers the cheapest single, double and triple rooms in town. While the rooms aren’t winning any style points, at least you don’t have to pay too much to upgrade to an ensuite room with a basic shower and toilet. The hotel offers free WiFi and off-street parking and has a restaurant and pub downstairs. All in all, it’s ideal for a short stay in Alexandra. For more hotels to choose from, take a look at the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Alexandra & Clyde.

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3. Mirabell Chalets (Alexandra)

Enjoy an affordable home-away-from-home experience at Mirabell Chalets. Each standalone chalet with attractive timber-lined interiors features a bathroom, kitchen, dining and lounge furniture. Guests also have their own patio area with a barbecue, while the on-site seasonal outdoor pool, expansive gardens and spa pool offer more ways to enjoy this budget accommodation in Alexandra. Discover more stays with kitchen facilities in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Alexandra & Clyde.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Mirabell Chalets

4. Rail Trail Retreat Loft (Alexandra)

One of the most affordable holiday homes in the area, Rail Trail Retreat Loft is a one-bedroom cottage sleeping up to four guests. You get the whole top floor of the cottage to yourself with a private entrance. The cottage is nestled among manicured gardens, right next to the Otago Central Rail Trail where your hosts offer electric bike hire should you want to try out the trail for yourself. This accommodation is particularly good for solo travellers thanks to the solo rates available.

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5. Lavender Drive Bed & Breakfast (Clyde)

A reasonably-priced B&B near Clyde, Lavender Drive Bed & Breakfast offers accommodation adjacent to the Otago Central Rail Trail. The accommodation offers a couple of grades of modern guest rooms within its schist stone building. You’ll find that the queen room with a shared bathroom is the more affordable option, while the king room with an ensuite offers a more private stay. With peaceful surroundings and lush gardens awash in fruit and vegetables, the B&B is a cute place to escape to for couples. For more couple-centric alternatives, also check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Alexandra & Clyde.

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6. Muddy Creek Cutting (Lauder)

Another affordable stay along the Otago Central Rail Trail, Muddy Creek Cutting can be found in Lauder, approximately 35km (22 miles) from Alexandra. This B&B accommodation is set in a charming 1930s mudbrick farmhouse, cheerfully modernised with five guest rooms with colourful decor and local artwork adorning the walls. The B&B has two bathrooms for guests to share, as well as a lounge with a piano and open fire, a fully-equipped kitchen and gorgeous gardens.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Muddy Creek Cutting

7. Omakau Commercial Hotel (Omakau)

Yep, here’s another one on Otago Central Rail Trail, this one located around 26km (16 miles) from Alexandra in the village of Omakau. Omakau Commercial Hotel offers a comfortable stay in an 1898 homestead, offering an array of cheap hotel rooms sleeping one to four guests. Alternatively, upgrade to the two-bedroom cabin with an ensuite should you crave more privacy. Your stay includes a continental breakfast each morning. On-site is also a bar and cafe serving in-house brewed beer.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Omakau Commercial Hotel

8. Clyde Holiday Park (Clyde)

Set among the sporting grounds of historic Clyde, Clyde Holiday Park offers reasonably-priced cabins and camping sites for tents and campervans. If you don’t have your own camping gear, stay in one of the basic cabins, either with a triple or five-bed set-up. Cabins have a bottom sheet and pillow (you may need to ask for a duvet), a small fridge, a microwave and basic crockery and cutlery which you can use to spruce up meals in the communal kitchen. Guests also have access to communal bathrooms where the showers are coin-operated (NZ$2).

10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Clyde Holiday Park

9. Hole-in-the-Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast (Earnschleugh)

Halfway between Clyde and Alexandra sits this cosy and affordable retreat in Earnscleugh. The Hole-in-the-Rock Retreat is a B&B studio set among a cherry and apricot orchard, of which their produce is a main feature of the included breakfast. The cosy macrocarpa studio is ideal for solo travellers and couples with a queen bed and lounge furniture surrounding a small log burner to keep you warm on those chillier winter evenings. The grounds are also endearing, landscaped around a picturesque pond.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Hole-in-the-Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast

10. The Leaning Oak (Clyde)

Finally, families or groups on a budget should look into The Leaning Oak. The two-bedroom holiday home sleeping up to six guests offers a rustic-yet-vibrant farm cottage just a two-minute drive from Clyde and 10 minutes from Alexandra. You have all you need for an easy self-catering stay with a kitchen and barbecue and a gas pizza oven in the garden nearby the spa pool (charges apply for the pool). See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Alexandra & Clyde.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© The Leaning Oak

[CLOSED] Marj’s Place

A spacious backpacker hostel and guest house in Alexandra with plenty of facilities, Marj’s Place is well worth considering for your stay in Alexandra. Choose from private double and single rooms or one of the twin, triple or quadruple shared dorms. With three kitchens, two lounges, showers, toilets and more set in beautiful garden surroundings, you should have everything you need for a cheap and convenient stay. There’s homestay accommodation available too. Long-term rates are available for seasonal workers in the area. See more like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Alexandra & Clyde.

More About Budget Accommodations in Alexandra and Clyde

That’s it for our list of the best cheap budget accommodations in Alexandra and Clyde. For more handy guides to plan your trip to the wine and cycling capital, check out these:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Alexandra & Clyde on a Budget.


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Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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