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The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Ranked #27 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Blenheim, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Loved The Brothers”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We had just done the Rail Trail and needed a bit of comfort and luxury. We weren't disappointed. The Brothers is so convenient to Dunedin Centre, the restaurants etc.. Yes the rooms are smallish, as other guests have noted, but I knew that in advance, it's perfectly obvious from the website. Obviously a building that housed religious brothers a hundred years ago is not going to have large rooms?? However, they are perfectly adequate for a couple and have plenty of hanging space on the back of the door. The hotel common space makes up for this. A guest choosing this hotel wants character and history otherwise they would be staying at the Mariott. The owners have managed to incorporate ensuite bathrooms into the existing room footprint very cleverly. The owner is very welcoming without being intrusive. He so clearly has a passion for the building and for Dunedin as a whole. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Hamilton, NZ
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

A very nice hotel to stay in. Nice rooms, nice facilities, nice manager and a nice breakfast.

I have stayed here twice recently and have enjoyed the experience. Admittedly I have had a room with a nice view both times. The hotel is close to town (with a bit of a climb home-ward). Rooms are small but have everything you need.

I will stay here again next time!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here two nights In a balcony room with great views over Dunedin. Very welcoming and helpful hosts. And a lovely historic building. But we were a little disappointed by the room itself; bedding (in particular the pillows) could use a refresh as could the bathroom. The furniture seemed slightly tired. Whilst this may be in keeping with the building's original function, considering the price and other hotels we have stayed in, we expected more.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We spent 2 nights here and enjoyed the location and views. We were in room 15, which is the top on the end facing the Octagon so we had great views from our balcony chairs. The balcony is semi-private, as you share it with 4 or 5 other rooms, but we never saw any other people out there when we were. The rooms all face the church, a pretty view.
As other reviews state, the rooms are definitely on the small side. One perk of this is that this was the warmest hotel we stayed in all trip (New Zealand in the spring, a bit chilly!). The room was comfortable, just no extra room.
Personally, I enjoyed all the old fashioned bits of the house, and in the guest lounge they have photos of the renovation. Bookings here include breakfast (cereal, toast, fruit, coffee, etc) and parking. The parking lot is good, just a little tricky to find so if you plan to stay here, get a map of it and save yourself some time hunting with only a GPS.
Great location, very close to Speights Brewery and the Octagon with many restaurants and bars.

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Denver, CO
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at The Brothers Boutique Hotel. The room was comfortable, if a bit spartan (which I supposed is fitting, given the setting). The view over Dunedin and the harbor was very nice from the shared deck outside the room. However, watch for open curtains on the other rooms sharing the building-length deck... you might surprise another guest like we did one evening!

Rod, the host, was extremely friendly, and we enjoyed the continental-style breakfast in the morning... with a complimentary pot of fresh French-press coffee served with the breakfast, too.

While close to The Octagon and downtown Dunedin, the hotel is quite high on a hill. The walk down is easy, but the walk back up is a bear if you're not prepared, so be forewarned!

One pet peeve: the bathroom. A somewhat odd setup, with the lighting on the opposite wall of the sink and mirror (made getting ready in front of the mirror difficult), and the shower curtain didn't reach all the way down to the tile floor of the European-style wet bath, which meant shower water splashed quite far outside the shower.

That being said, The Brothers was an enjoyable stay, and we'd visit again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Wow! The best place in Dunedin to stay. Beautiful sunny, historic boutique hotel with wonderful views over the city and through to the harbour. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Easy walking distance to shopping, restaurants, bars, galleries and a great place to start a morning run from. Thank you Rod and family for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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New Zealand
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Rooms are small but cute. Proprietor very pleasant and helpful. Happy hour with glass of wine in evening. Very comfortable lounge area. Nice continental breakfast. Close to town. Good parking. We have been twice now and would stay again. Good value for money. Rooms are not very sound proof though.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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