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10 Best Hotels in Dunedin

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Where to Stay in Dunedin City

Dunedin is an unmissable stop on the New Zealand itinerary. With grand architecture, a wealth of interesting museums and the wildlife wonderland of the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin has plenty to offer leisure travellers. But where should you stay in New Zealand’s second-largest city? We go through some of your best options in this list of hotels in Dunedin!

Find alternative accommodation in our 10 Best Motels in Dunedin and 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Dunedin.

1. Law Courts Hotel

The Law Court Hotel is one of the closest (and cheapest) hotels to The Octagon. While the rate at the hotel seems almost too good to be true, the Law Court Hotel is extremely well-appointed with modern furnishings. The boutique hotel is made up of four single, six twin and 14 double rooms, each including an ensuite, TV and other basic hotel amenities. The hotel sits just above with Jury Room Bar, offering a classic pub-style watering hole, as well as the Wig n’ Pen Restaurant where you’ll be able to pick up affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Law Courts Hotel© Law Courts Hotel

2. Wains Hotel Dunedin

Get a taste of that Victorian elegance that Dunedin is so famous for when you stay at Wains Hotel Dunedin. The 3.5-star hotel, located in Dunedin city centre, is situated in a grand Victorian-era building containing 48 guest rooms. The rooms include all the hotel basics, as well as free WiFi, Sky TV and secure parking is available for a fee. The double rooms are your most affordable option, while upgrades to king rooms, superior twin rooms and suites offer something a little more flashy. Wain Hotel also features an on-site restaurant with room service and buffet breakfast available at cost.

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3. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is more than just a lodging in Dunedin city, it’s a landmark. Set in an 1883 heritage building, the hotel oozes with historic charm. Yet, it’s fully refurbished with contemporary-style guest rooms and amenities, from Tesla charging stations to, of course, free WiFi. There are room types to suit just about any style of traveller, from more affordable Standard Rooms to Superior Rooms and Suites featuring his-and-her basins in the ensuites. But at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, it’s more about the downtime, whether it’s indulging in spa treatments at the Amaia Luxury Spa or trying your luck at the casino. What’s more, all of this right next to The Octagon.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross© Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

4. Kingsgate Hotel

A popular and relatively affordable hotel in Dunedin is the Kingsgate Hotel by Millennium Hotels. All of the hotel’s 55 rooms have a private balcony soaking up city views. Just about any visitor to Dunedin will find a room to suit here with twin, double, interconnecting and family configurations available. While the Standard Rooms do the job, the Junior Suite offers more space with a separate lounge and larger balcony. However, your stay is not complete without having dinner at the on-site restaurant, Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen where you can sample Kiwiana favourites. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Dunedin for Foodies.

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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin© Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

5. Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Another hotel from the Scenic Hotel Group, the Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is a more contemporary offering in the centre of Dunedin. Relax in spacious guest rooms with local artwork on display, free WiFi, Sky TV and an ensuite. There’s an on-site restaurant serving a buffet breakfast, as well as a breakfast and dinner a la carte menu with 24h room service available. Facilities such as the fitness centre, free WiFi and Sky TV may also prove useful during your stay.

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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City© Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

6. Leviathan Hotel

Step back in time at the Leviathan Hotel, set in a heritage building beside the Queen’s Garden and mere moments away from The Octagon. Not only does the budget hotel in Dunedin offer private single, double, twin and triple rooms at outrageously affordable prices, but there are backpacker dorms available too. Should you want to upgrade, choose larger hotel rooms called the “Standard Rooms” or one of the Suites which include a spa bath. Find the quietest rooms around the courtyard area.

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Leviathan Hotel© Leviathan Hotel

7. Hotel St Clair

Swap the inner city for an unbeatable waterfront location along St Clair Beach. The award-winning Hotel St Clair features 26 self-contained rooms and suites with underfloor heating in the bathrooms and a kitchenette. Most rooms offer a glorious ocean view, while others have luxurious features like a deep-sunk spa bath and extra-large balconies. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Hotel St Clair© Hotel St Clair

8. The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

Located moments away from Dunedin’s major city attractions, staying at The Victoria Hotel makes exploring Dunedin all too easy! There is a range of rooms to suit different budgets and group sizes, from uninspired Standard Rooms to the ultra-luxurious Victoria Executive Suite. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Well Manor Restaurant, which also provides room service. Other facilities at the hotel include a gym, free Wifi, car parking at a cost and Tesla chargers.

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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin© The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

9. Distinction Dunedin Hotel

This once 1937 Chief Post Office has been elegantly transformed into the Distinction Dunedin Hotel. The 4.5-star hotel boasts 121 modern and stylish suites and studios with a basic kitchenette and laundry facilities. Ensuites feature walk-in showers with double showerheads. There are many areas to enjoy at the hotel, including the stylish Post Bar to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, as well as the Parcels Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also private dining experiences available too in the original vaults of the post office refurbished into individual private dining rooms.

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Distinction Dunedin Hotel© Distinction Dunedin Hotel

10. Best Western Dunedin

Stay in a quieter suburb of Dunedin situated between the city centre and the Otago Peninsula at the Best Western Dunedin. The hotel offers modern well-appointed king studios for two people and one-bedroom apartments sleeping up to four people, which include in-room movies, iPod docking station, free WiFi, basic kitchen facilities, free on-site parking and disability access rooms. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Best Western Dunedin© Best Western Dunedin


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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