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“B&M Mitchell” 4 of 5 stars
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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Corner Princes & Dowling Streets, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #22 of 56 Hotels in Dunedin
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“B&M Mitchell”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Room clean ;tidy and spacious. Stayed in room 701; very noisey Friday. Saturday and Thursday. Had 7 nights.Staff friendly and helpful. Very central so only needed car one day.Found room to hot as only one window to open.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Dear maureenm466,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. We were delighted to read that you found your room clean, tidy and spacious, and really pleased that you found all staff very friendly and helpful. We are sorry that you experienced some noise disturbance mainly on the weekend nights - this sometimes does happen on street-facing rooms and there was a big event on this weekend so my guess is that may have contributed to the noise situation. Thanks again and hopefully we can host you some other time.

Kind regards. Greg.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We did know about the $12 per day (I think that was the cost) charge to park our car, but only because we'd read this website. It's as if you book a ticket to see a film and arrive at the cinema only to be told it will cost you a couple of dollars more to enter the auditorium and five more to sit down. We were met with an unexpected charge - not a huge sum - but it seems very sharp practice to charge an extra amount in this way, and the problem is that it annoys guests - well, certainly us - from the word go.
Why not build the cost into the room price? The hotel's income will be the same, and everyone will be happy.
We also questioned the wi-fi policy; you get 60 minutes' free internet access per day, which is pretty generous, but you have to use it in one go, which is silly. Once you sign off, you have to pay.
These moans aside, this is a good hotel in a wonderful location.


Stayed March 2014
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Dear LondonpairLondon,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. Thanks also for your great comments about us being a good hotel in a wonderful location. We are sorry that you felt our valet carparking service is not advertised - just fyi the $12 per day charge is listed on our website under Hotel Facilities where it says "Valet carparking at $12 per day". - we choose not to add this valet carparking charge to everyone's account as not everyone who stays arrives by car. Apologies also that our one hour free wifi did not meet your requirements. We hope you enjoyed our fine city and had safe travels back home.

Kind regards. Greg.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I have stayed three times at this hotel. The rooms are huge, comfortable and clean. Breakfast is well presented with cooked and continental options. All the staff are approachable and provide excellent service. If you need to stay in central Dunedin, try it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear CA13Or,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. We were delighted to read that you have stayed with us 3 times! Thanks so much for all of your great comments - we really appreciate it and look forward to hosting you again sometime soon.

Kind regards. Greg.
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Diamond Beach, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were a bit limited. There were very few Sky channels to view. We stayed in a number of hotels on the South Island of NZ and this was the only one that charged for Wi-Fi use (albeit after 1 hour). It was a little difficult getting in and out of the shower as it was in the bath which was high sided for someone with crook knees. The hotel is very well situated and the rooms are comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Alan F,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. It was fantastic to read that you found our staff very friendly and helpful, our location great, and our rooms comfortable. We are sorry that our free 1 hour wifi did not meet your requirements on this occasion. Thanks again and we hope to be able to host you again sometime.

Kind regards. Greg.
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

When we arrived we discovered that we had been booked into a room without air con. Since it was very warm we opted not to take up the offer of fans but to upgrade to a room with air con. It was well worth it because we also got a safe and a balcony. The room was huge, beautifully decorated and the bathroom was lovely.
The staff were extremely helpful and the manager gave us complimentary desserts because we hadn't been happy with the room on arrival.
We ate bar meals on both nights, which were very good, although the bar and restaurant were a bit soulless.
The hotel offers an hour's free wifi. The location is in the heart of the city so parking is valet - for a small charge.
I would recommend this hotel for its comfort and for the helpfulness of the staff.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Dear Maureen G,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. Thanks also for mentioning that our staff were extremely helpful, and that we were able to offer an alternative room for a small upgrade charge that you were very happy with. I hope the rest of your travels in NZ went well and that you enjoyed your time in our great city.

Thanks again and kind regards. Greg.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed in a family room for two days, rooms were lovely and it was a great location, there is valet parking but as a family we needed the car a lot and found it a bit inconvenient that we were not allowed park or get our own car when ever we wanted with out asking not too much of a big deal I guess, there is only 1hour free wifi every 24hours, I found this ridiculous as most hostels provide free wifi let alone a 4star hotel, we had to eat out both mornings for breakfast as it was $29 pp which is crazy and $19 for continental. We also were charged $12 per night for parking. Over all it was so expensive breakfast should be included if not reduced dramatically, other people we know that stayed also ate out because of the cost. When you have kids only 1hour of free wifi is ridiculous really considering we spent a lot of time in the room as we have a toddler. Finishing on a positive note the beds are amazingly comfy and warm its a pity about all the extra costs and this is why we won't be returning

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Sangeyb,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. Thank you also for all your positive comments regarding our lovely rooms, great location and "amazingly" comfy beds. We are sorry that our 1 hour free wifi did not meet your families requirements. We are also sorry that you found our breakfast prices too high - our market research shows that our pricing is well within the range of 4 Star - 4.5 Star hotels in NZ. Anyway we do hope that your travels went well.

Kind regards. Greg.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We arrived early, really early and the Receptionist, was quite unfazed. After explaining that I understood that we probably couldn,t check in but could we make arrangement to store our bags until our room became available, She responded "well although we were fully booked last night, let's see what we can do.

She was at the time trainuing a new receptionist and explained very clearly what she was doing and why. So she was also a good on-job trainer.

Within a few minutes, for which she apologised, she had found a room which despite being a two double bedden room we took thankfully after a very early start flying from Wellington.

Tghey car was parked for us, by the porter and we accepted the receipt. Our bags were whisked away whilst I completed registration requirements.;

We thanked her for her efficient check in and headed up to the room. the bags were already in the room when we arrived.

Everything was clean and tidy. All of the lights etc were working there were sufficient bath towels for a couple, plus it had a window (more about that later) which I always like when traveling in NZ., NO problems with China Smog here!!!!!

The beds as promised was extreemly comfortable, including those beautiful duck/goose feather duvets.

We freshened up, and changed into more casual attire because it was a beautiful sunny Autumn day.

We then set off to refamiarise ourselves with Dunedin. What an interesting mix of old and new. We sat in the Quadrant and had a fine southern breakfast and coffee. We then spent the next few hours walking around the city, visiting places we had been to in the past. Sadly many lovely restaurants especially down in the train station area have long gone and there seem to be quite a few vacant buildings.

However, many of the old Pubs are still in evidence such as the Law Courts Hotel which I would recommend to all and sundry. Great beer and huge selection on tap.

Returning to the hotel we got ready for dinner which had been booked for a quite early start. We dined at "Etrusco" and what a fantastic meal. See seperate report.

Returning to the hotel we arranged for a taxi for my daughter and discovered there was a Taxi rank right outside the hotel. She was whizzed away to her student digs and we retired to our room.

Window open, air cond off and soon we were asleep. However, even being on the 4th floor early in the morning around one or two in the morning we suffered from the usual loud-mouths staggering along the main street making their way home with the boy racers. The the Taxi drivers parked ouside started conversing with loud shouts... Close window, put on air con and things much better and noise levels simply what one would expect in a busy city Thursday night environment. I', sure it would be a lot quieter in the wing off the main street.

Early start next morning. Check out was handled promptly and we were able to get a printout for the room which we had pre-paid and our incidentals and set off for Queenstown....

All in all a pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Rooms off the main street would I believe be quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hotelstaffmember, Manager at Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Ian-R-Bray-JP,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. And thanks also for all of your wonderful comments regarding one of our front desk staff members, valet carparking service (@ $12 per day), location, and great beds with our goose-feather underlays and toppers. We really appreciate everything you have said and hopefully we can host you again sometime when you come back for more reminiscing of our fine city.

Kind regards. Greg.
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Address: Corner Princes & Dowling Streets, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Dunedin
#7 Family Hotel in Dunedin
#16 Luxury Hotel in Dunedin
#20 Romantic Hotel in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Scenic Hotel Dunedin City 4.5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The stylish Scenic Hotel Dunedin City features a stunning contemporary award-winning design, with spacious guest rooms, modern facilities and attractive local artworks all in a handy inner-city location. Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city. As our guest you will enjoy: Generously proportioned rooms with plenty of space and light. Quality room amenities and services, including excellent bedding and high speed Internet access. Memorable street-side dining in Princes on Dowling Restaurant - the perfect place to watch the city go by. Or get comfortable beside the fire in our lounge bar. Our great central location in the heart of the city. Ideal for business guests and convenient for visitors wanting to explore the city and local attractions. ... more   less 
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