10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde
10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde

10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde

© Rail Trail Retreat Loft

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 visit by staying in the budget accommodation 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, cosy B&B or cheap-and-cheerful hotel. Check out your options on this list of cheap accommodation 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. Criterion Club Hotel

Affectionately known as “The Middle Pub” by locals, the Criterion Club Hotel offers extremely affordable single, double and triple rooms. 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, free off-street parking and has a restaurant and pub downstairs. All in all, it’s ideal for a short stay in Alexandra.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Criterion Club Hotel

2. Centennial Court Motor Inn

Centennial Court Motor Inn features an array of motel units and rooms for all types of traveller, 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, Ninety Six, open for breakfast and dinner. See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde.

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

3. Mirabell Chalets

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. See more like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Mirabell Chalets

4. Rail Trail Retreat Loft

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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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Rail Trail Retreat Loft

5. Muddy Creek Cutting

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

6. Omakau Commercial Hotel

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 Commerical 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

7. 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 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Alexandra & Clyde.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Alexandra & Clyde© Marj’s Place

8. Clyde Holiday Park

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), small fridge, microwave and basic crockery and cutlery which you can use to spruce up meals at the communal kitchen. Guests also have access to communal bathrooms where the showers are coin-operated (NZ$2).

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

9. Hole-in-the-Rock Retreat Bed and Breakfast

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

Finally, families or groups on a budget should look into The Leaning Oak. The two-bedroom holiday home sleeping up to six guests offers rustic-yet-vibrant farm cottage just 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 gas pizza oven in the garden nearby the spa pool (charges apply for the pool).

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


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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