Everywhere I usually stay in Dunedin was booked out and was therefore "forced" into seeking accommodation with a higher price tag than I usually do. Given this, I then expected more than what I usually receive, and I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I would very definitely return again, despite a higher than normal (for me) tariff.
Speaking of tariff, however, do check very carefully what you are being actually charged against what the motel is offering. I found the agency through which I booked (on line), had misquoted the actual tariff by 50%, so I spent a great deal more than was expected.
When I first arrived, the roadside sign announced it as an “EconoLodge”. Having stayed in many of these while travelling in the United States, and having no inclination to wish to return to any of them, I was at first ready to be very disappointed. I was very pleased to find this one an exception.
Upon arrival, the receptionist was very helpful and informative, and even accompanied me to the room to ensure everything was in order before leaving me to stand in awe at the room.
Despite the expense, the motel is absolute value for money, particularly if you get an upstairs spa studio.
The room (which is actually a series of rooms) was very well furnished with a leather lounge suite (all recliners), very stylish table and chairs, mobile television set and queen size bed (amongst other items). Adding to the unique atmosphere was a loft bedroom (a first (and wonderful) experience for me). The unit also had a balcony, as well as a separate bathroom and toilet. The bathroom (which is separated from the toilet has an enormous spa bath, from which you can soak and watch television at the same time. Now that (for me anyway) is luxury.
The Guest Information booklet is also VERY informative.
There is a 24 hour general supplies shop right across the road, but Dunedin’s main shopping centre is a mere 10 minutes’ walk away, where retail outlets and restaurants abound. It may take a great deal longer, therefore, than ten minutes to reach the city centre given the many diversions you are likely to make.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Alcala we pride ourselves in offering our guests a welcoming stay and real value for money. Our classic Spanish architecture offers something a little unique in Dunedin, and we are well situated near the University, Otago Museum, Public Hospital and Botanical Gardens. There is a service station, 24hr convenience store, pharmacy and restaurant all within 1 minute's walk from the motel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Dunedin
- Dunedin Best Western