As an expat Dunedin Kiwi I was returning to my place of birth and was travelling by myself and wanted a quiet central place that wasn't expensive. Since reaching 51 I wasn't up for noisy places where lots of young things hanged out in. Been there and done that. I picked this as it had a great review and I wasn't disappointed.
As it happens I once had piano lessons in the top bay window when I was ten, the white has since been painted and the building once had apartments then later student accommodation.
I was lucky to have a b&b with ensuite, a good size room, comfortable bed, chest of draws and a coat hanger that replaced a wardrobe rather charming, electric blanket which was lovely as it was very cold and I felt it after coming from Brisbane with temps of around 25C .Plenty of blankets, a oil heater and lamp. The ensuite was very roomy had a heater, towel warmer, shampoo/body wash, fresh towels every day, I got two sets nicely on the bed even though it was only myself. A good basin a small antique style cupboard with a large blow dryer inside. The bathroom was cleaned every day and the beds made.
I have worked in 4 & 5 star accommodation one being part of The Leading Hotels Of The World and the standard of cleanliness was as good, better than the public toilets at The Versache Hotel on the Gold Coast in Australia.
It was a home away from home great when traveling on ones own as their is always someone to have a chat to and the lady who runs it was warm and friendly, very welcoming and would have a chat with me at breakfast.
I was able to use internet set up in the large hallway, there was a lounge with TV over looking George Street with tea and coffee and cosy odd pieces of furniture that went with the decor really well being an old place
Breakfast consisted of 3 types of bread all fresh which you toasted yourself, 3 types of cereal,yogurt, jams, vegemite etc. Set on the table were butter dishes with butter in them, beautiful china tea cups with different styles of flowers on them and with silver tea spoons. Glynis would make a fresh pot of tea with about 2-3 tea choices for you to have as many cups as you wanted. There was also fresh home made fruit salad and muffins. The breakfast room had three large tables. Very spacious , beautifully set up with a teapot stand, milk jug and your plates. The lovely muffins looked tempting but after two slices of toast, cereal and home made fruit salad plus two cups of tea I just had no more room.
I will come back with the family, it would suit most people some of the rooms are huge with queen or double beds plus single beds in them.
There was a little noise from traffic but not heavy as Dunedin speed limit is 50ks or 30 mph and a bit of student noise as they were letting their hair down after exams.
As a light sleeper it didn't bother me and neither did the traffic although I was at the back. I live on acreage at home and it is quiet so for those who live in city's you won't notice much plus it is not at an intersection so it is quieter. But keep in mind it is a main street.
It was a home a way from home and great value for the money.
For those that want the perfect place and at a low $$ don't complain this is as good as it gets.
Some tlc is needed here and there due to bad paint jobs from the past but not much. Rome was not built in a day.
The plumbing was a little noisy when others were having a shower but that did not last long and being an old place you expect these things.
Had a most enjoyable stay.
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- Character Bed & Breakfast. Friendly, warm & comfortable. Some rooms have Fridge and Microwave. Sky TV in Guest Lounge. Free Wifi/internet, Ensuites, Central Heating, Delicious Continental Breakfast, Great City Location ... more less
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