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Leviathan Heritage Hotel
Ranked #56 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
Reviewed September 16, 2010

This is more like a boarding house than a hotel, with dated and clunky furnishings. That said, it is clean with comfortable enough beds and adequately working showers. It's not the sort of place you would want to stay in for more than 1 or 2 days. The location is fine, just outside of the main commercial drag of Dunedin. The reception staff was friendly enough if appearing a bit jaded.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

I stayed in the backpackers dorm which was a small, dark and cold room which only had 1 heater that didnt work very well. They did provide us with another heater on the 2nd night so it was alot warmer with 2!
The location is good - about 10 minutes to the city and supermarkets.
The kitchen was compact but in good condition and the showers and toilets were well maintained.
The staff were not very friendly or helpful which was unfortunate.
The TV room on the 1st floor was cosy and had quite a number of sofas to choose from!
Overall an ok hostel which needs updating and more heating!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

We stayed in the Leviathan for 2 nights, we read that this is an old Hotel before reserving so had some clue about where we were going.
The service at this hotel was out of this world, we were welcomed and given a list of interesting things to do in Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula including tips about what are the best times and tours available.
The hotel is old but is well run with all the expected services available. We were used to staying in backpackers and I would say that this hotel is about the same level as some backpackers.The hotel is very large and the corridors go on and on but we were given an internal room (not streetfront) and so was very quiet so we did not mind the walk.
We reserved a double room, the room was very large (almost like a suite), with a bed, sofas, coffee table, kitchenette, TV (with all the public channels +Sky movies) and with an ensuite, of course.
The room was not so clean - there were stains on the carpet and in the bathroom sink but it was not too bad. The hotel provides daily cleaning service and as we weren't interested the cleaning crew offered us a set of clean towels and the rest of the amenities they provide (more tea and coffee and soaps and shampoo), we thought that this was a nice touch.
The hotel had many guests but everything was quiet and there were no disturbances.
The location is very good very close to the center of the city and by the train station and museams and they also provide free parking for your vehicle.
All in all we enjoyed our stay in Dunedin and Otago Peninsula and the Leviathan.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

Hi, we visit the Leviathan on our way to queens town on the stray travel bus... once we arrived we found out that one of our backpack whas missing, after a few phone calls from the owner of the place (peter) we knew that our pack was still in Bluff at the ferry.
peter phoned some acquaintance from the aluminium smelter and some how arranged a pickup from the ferry and got our pack deliverd the next day! and for all our sorrow we got an upgrade from the dorms to a two person room! for free ! Peter was so helpful without him we would not got ourbag so quickly and about the sanatary of the place there is nothing wrong with it when we visit the place evreything was clean! it looks a bit old fashion but that gives it his charme! go there!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

Recently, my High School, Kirwan High, went on a music tour around New Zealand and stayed at the Leviathan hotel over night. I found the place interesting and full of history. It was not the most flash hotel, but it had character and a sense of humbleness and antiqueness. Everything was somewhat beautiful from the furniture to the art works and I think people should not base accommodation with materialistic views. You do not need hi-tech computers with the internet, large televisions and so on in order to be comfortable. I would definitely consider staying here once more and I recommend it to anyone travelling to Dunedin, New Zealand. It was clean, tidy and restored.
You may think that I am young I have no experience in accommodation; but in fact I’ve been to varies places in France, including Paris, Rome and Hong Kong. And of course around my home country Australia.

  • Stayed: September 2009
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

If your stuck for accommodation then this place will do. Yes it is dark, dank and very dated but hey, if your just looking for somewhere to rest your head for a night then it will do. The rooms themselves were tidy although very small.

I've been back to Dunedin many times but have never stayed here again, but in a pinch it's more comfortable than the back seat of your car!

  • Stayed: January 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 17, 2008

The place was recommended in our travel guide but I am still wondering how on eart hcould that have happened.
The place was absolutely disgusting but it was late and we couldnt find much in the city in summer, so we stayed.
Terrible mistake. I couldnt have got away from it quicker the following morning...!
The room was small and very worn out, the bed was not even and the bathroom dirty.
The fact that at reception we were rushed into checking in should have confirmed what the first impression told us...
Would specially mention to any friends not to go there.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 27 Queens Gardens | PO Box 112, Dunedin, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #56 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
Price Range: $39 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Leviathan Heritage Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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