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“Quaint hotel with a wonderful manager”

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The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Ranked #27 of 57 Hotels in Dunedin
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Oakland, California
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“Quaint hotel with a wonderful manager”
Reviewed November 9, 2011

The wife and I arrived in Dunedin in the early afternoon to this beautiful B&B in the heart of Dunedin. We arrived a bit later than we expected due to the still-snowy weather in Queenstown (we were traveling during the storm that nearly shut the whole south island down), but were were met by the extremely friendly and helpful manager and his loyal dog, Baron (we missed our pups from back home, so it was great to have a dog to pet!).

Upon checking in, we informed the manager that we had a nature tour booked in the early afternoon and if there was anywhere close by to eat so we could make it back to Brothers in time for our pick-up. He pointed us in the right direction (about a five minute walk to The Octogon) and then said that he would call the tour company and tell them to pick us up in downtown so we didn't have to come back to the hotel! Sure enough, the tour company picked us up right where the manager said they would and we had a great day. Brothers is also within short walking distance to the Speight's Brewery so you don't have to worry about driving after the tour (just stumble back to your room), although the hill back to the hotel is quite steep.

Breakfast was great, coffee and tea were brought out promptly and every request was catered to.

The only minor complaint I had was about the quality of the room. While it was clean and comfortable, it was quite small and fairly plain. We had an excellent view of downtown Dunedin (breathtaking at night) but I guess we expected more since we were on our honeymoon. Please don't take this as we were totally disappointed with our stay, but the room fell slightly below our expectations since were were not on just a normal holiday.

All in all, though, I would stay at Brothers again...the service, location and atmosphere of the hotel more than makes up for what the room lacks.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

The hotel is very centrally located (although it is a steep walk back up from the centre) and in a beautiful old building. I would definitely stay here again, although I would book a slightly bigger room. By the time we booked for the rugby world cup only the smallest room was left and it is small (although the website is very clear that it is small). There is no room for a wardrobe or cupboard.
The owner, Rod, is a wonderful host and extremely helpful. Free wine was provided every afternoon in the lounge and Rod was brilliant at advising on the best trips to make from the city, the best places to eat and what time was best to visit the different attractions. It was also great to have breakfast included in the price as so few hotels in NZ do.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

The boutique hotel was wonderful, inviting and felt just like home. A wonderful host and fabulous location made our stay in Dunedin a lovely memory.

We would recommend to anyone who loves a fist class experience with an amazing and healthy breakfast!!! And the beautiful sounds of those church bells in the morning and late day were magical.

Kauna & Gregory

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

A lovely place to stay. Like being home from home.
The host was extremely helpful and very nice.
The rooms are all different but that's what adds to the charm of the place.
Close to town.
Would stay there again!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Small rooms with no cupboard space. Energetic uphill walk but close to centre. Poor service - a request for fresh milk was met with incredulity. Owner is rude and smug, how dare an ungracious guest not agree with his overblown opinion of his hotel. If boutique means small, charmless, under-furnished with high prices and poor service this is the place for you.

  • Stayed July 2011
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BrothersHotel, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2011
I do not believe a Guest who does not return the key or settle the bill/ does a runner has the right to say anything. Rude Guests are few and far between but this Lady is in a league of her own and her tantrums had to be seen to be believed

It is tempting to relate the full story about her demanding and dismissive behavour and her outbursts and rudeness with no regard to other Guests... Cringe!!

She managed one night in our “charm less and under furnished” Hotel, and for another three nights, before absconding in the early hours with out paying and with the key .

The Police are taking an interest in her as they advise me it is fraud to deliberately cancel a card. You get the impression she has done this before.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

Stayed in a top floor room. The view of the city and church was great. However, the room itself was rather disappointing and plain and didnt have the "boutique" touch. But in fairness, the room was large and had a nice balcony. The building itself used to be a friars lodge and has some charm, but the room itself lacked character and attention to detail. So if you are looking for a no frills stay with a great view in Dunedin this could be the place for you.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

The Brothers Boutique Hotel was our favourite during our 11 day stay on the South Island. We initially stayed for 2 nights after arriving from Brisbane, and then just had to stay there again on our way home the following week. Rod is a fantastic host, the rooms are spotlessly clean, and the views are wonderful. The sitting room is really special, big windows let in plenty of light, even on an overcast day. It's a great place to enjoy a glass of wine while swapping stories with fellow travellers. Rod has great knowledge of the local area and his restaurant recommendations were much appreciated. The central location is a bonus. Many thanks for your wonderful hospitality.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Brothers Boutique Hotel

Property: The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Address: 295 Rattray Street | Carpark- GPS directions: 10 Bishops Rd, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to a special place in Dunedin. Relax in our European style family run 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 16 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. Book direct with us for better price and room options. ... more   less 
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