We spent two nights here in March having driven down from Christchurch at the start of our month in NZ . Very boring drive until we reached Oamaru when scenery improved dramatically .Would definitely recommend visiting the Moeraki Boulders which were strange and beautiful orbs lying in the sea and on the beach.
The Brothers Boutique Hotel is on a very very steep hill. We had difficulty finding it but got there in the end more by luck than judgment. This may have been more our fault than the directions provided on their website but we were very relieved to reach their private car park and not have to go round the centre yet again!
Nice hotel with free internet in the lounge and a very welcome glass of wine from the owner when we arrived around 6.00 pm. We had the old "Maid's Room" opposite the breakfast room. Quite small and no wardrobe space, just a hook on back of door, but this didn't matter as we were only staying two nights and didn't unpack much. Very clean and nicely decorated. Comfortable bed with good quality linen. Small en suite shower room which was perfectly adequate. Breakfast was the usual continental style as provided in most of the places we stayed in during our trip and was perfectly fine. Cafetierres of coffee or pots of tea were served at guests' tables and you just helped yourself to fresh fruits, juice, cereal etc and made your own toast as and when you needed it in the toaster provided. Lots of spreads and preserves. Very busy when we were there with separate tables.
The lounge was large and comfortable and contained a laptop with free internet access, guide books, newspapers etc. Nice views across Dunedin from the windows - obviously as very high up!
Plenty to see in Dunedin itself. We liked the historic railway station and the Otago Settlers' Museum. Enjoyed a vegan meal at Circadian Rhythm Cafe on our first night and a Turkish meal near a cinema off the Octagon on our second evening. As with most NZ places, it's best to eat early as places seem to close around 8.00 pm.
Would definitely recommend a drive out to the Otago Peninsula. We visited the albatross centre and Penguin Place. Great to see the albatrosses flying overhead with their 3 metre wing spans. Penguin Place is best to visit in the late afternoon when the yellow-eyed penguins return from the sea. Amazing to see them up close. Great value for money and the staff go that extra mile to ensure you see the penguins and learn all about their conservation work.
Lots of previous reviewers have mentioned the steep climb back to hotel from the town. Yes Rattray Street is very steep and you wouldn't want to do it many times in one day but it's good exercise after a big dinner and far too much time spent in a car on previous days. If really not keen to walk, guests could always drive down and park in the town. Mind you, driving up the hill is pretty hairy too especially in an underpowered hire car!
Would definitely recommend the Brothers Hotel as a good place to stay and worth the $170 per night. I was less keen on Dunedin itself with all its Edinburgh street names and yet nothing like Edinburgh. I was much more interested in seeing NZ countryside than its towns but it is a convenient place to stop during a tour of NZ.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a special place in Dunedin. Relax in our European style Boutique Hotel close to inner city amenities with spectacular views of the City and harbour. Extensive renovations have been done to this former Christian Brothers 1920's stately residence transforming it into elegant heritage accommodation with 15 bedrooms and all with modern tiled en suites. The Brothers offers a mixture of convenience, history, charm, elegance and tranquillity, with the building retaining much of its original grandeur. Unfortunately the Hotel is unsuitable for infants, babies and young children under 12 and can't be accommodated. The Brothers is also quite different from anything else in Dunedin. The intention during the refurbishment was to be sympathetic to the building's history and wherever possible the original character has been retained. As a result most of our rooms are of a size often found in European Cities and maybe considered small by some. If room size is important to you or the prospect of walking 10 minutes uphill from the city centre is a daunting issue then other options maybe more suitable for you . A welcoming drink is offered early evening in the main Guest lounge. Booked direct with us for more options and availability. ... more less
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