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Bluestone on George
Ranked #1 of 61 Hotels in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

The managers stayed open late to accommodate our out-of-hours arrival.
The room was just as pictured on the website and with a fantastic view over Dunedin.
Definitely staying there on any visit to Dunedin and would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Virtually impossible to fault this superb property which is every bit as good as it appears on their website. Personable hosts who clearly work to exacting standards. Everywhere should be this good but rarely is. Everything was as described but personally I would prefer some airconditioning, I know its rare in the South but it would solve the age old quandary of whether to have the room airy but light or dark and dank at night. Having said that, Dunedin was exceptionally toasty during our visit. Thanks and well done, Bluestone.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The accommodation was all we could have hoped for. After a long journey we arrived tired and grumpy and were pleased to be offered an early check in. The room was decorated in cool greys and blue/greens - very restful without being boring.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

we stayed in the bluestone on george for three nights. loved all of it, it's conveniently located, you can walk to shops and restaurants, it's very clean and modern, the staff are friendly and helpful. you have a great spa bath and even an own washer/dryer for your clothes complete with complimentary detergent. the bed is super comfy and there is a tv and a couch as well as a little kitchen unit where you can make a cup of coffee. the resident cat, honey, is an added bonus as well as the two bunnies who live in a lovely enclosure outside the hotel entrance. parking is no problem and the neighbourhood was very quiet when we stayed there.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2013

It almost seems redundant to add another good review of Bluestone on George but it's one of the best places I have ever stayed so I wanted to add my compliments!

My partner and I were looking for a nice place to stay while visiting relatives in Dunedin for four days or so. This place had the best reviews on TripAdvisor and was available when we needed it. I felt quite excited having read the reviews and the website and was not disappointed.

If you like cleanliness, quiet, thoughtfulness and excellent modern design this is the place for you. It is actually a motel (an "executive" motel on their sign) but in New Zealand motels can be anything from skanky to luxurious and this is definitely top end. They do not allow children, and they request that you do not cook food with strong odors in the rooms. This may give you a bad impression but honestly we felt so comfortable and welcome- if very much on our best behaviour in terms of looking after the room.

It's hard to describe exactly what makes this place so special- everything has been designed and appointed so beautifully but with great thought for what the traveller needs. For instance, there is a power plug for your mobile phone by the bed, not halfway across the room. The comfy sofa is perfectly located to view the TV *and* to see out the window (they offer stunning views over Dunedin city; we had the room with a small balcony and there are rooms with their own access to a verandah with tables and chairs- we preferred ours). The slippers and dressing gown are not the stiff, over-bleached products you get in some places, but very soft and fluffy and smell lovely. Good soundproofing for exterior sound and blackout curtains.

What else? Amazing shower and spa bath with lovely strong jets. Luscious complimentary toiletries and a surfeit of fluffy towels and facecloths. All the kitchen gear was gorgeous and sparklingly clean. Brand spanking new washer dryer, with complimentary washing powder and excellent instructions (and clothes horse provided on request). Large screen TV with incredible picture, plus Sky, and a few DVDs to borrow downstairs. The even provide earplugs for those who are bothered by other guest noise.

Service? Warm welcome, excellent advice re eating locally, all of the staff couldn't do enough for you, and the friendliness felt so genuine. Our first night we arrived quite late and couldn't get the TV/Sky box to work. We weren't that bothered, went to bed, mentioned it on our way out the next day. When we came back it was not only fixed but Neville had left a box of chocolates by way of apology! Completely unnecessary but much appreciated.

They keep some lovely rabbits to help with recycling, and there is a gorgeous cat who visited us on our last day (on the balcony, not in the room I hasten to add).

A few small quibbles: Milo sachets - really? Could they not do a luxury hot chocolate that adults would like in the room teas/coffees? And the coffee provided for the plunger/cafetiere was not good at all - we could not make it produce a decent cup of coffee in 4 days - not a big deal in some places, but in New Zealand, a cardinal sin. And, finally, only offering a microwave oven for cooking alongside such wonderful cutlery, plates, cooking implements really limits what you can make for yourself- I would expect at least a hot plate of some kind. The food we'd lugged on our flight from Auckland was useless - rice, fresh veg, and oats for porridge in the morning.

However, these quibbles are exceedingly minor and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend BoG to anyone and in fact would recommend they visit Dunedin just to stay here! Thank you Neville and Sandra and all the team.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toowoomba, Australia
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This hotel is welcoming, clean and well-appointed. The staff is helpful and friendly. Our room was positively luxurious with great views over Dunedin towards the harbour (we were on the fourth floor). The bed was large and verycomfortable. The bathroom had a shower over the spa bath. There is a laptop in the lounge area if you don't have yours with you. A couple of unexpected bonuses were the cat and rabbits! These gave the modern luxury of the hotel a homely feel. The hotel is on the university end of George Street and situated off the main street. There is a discrete sign pointing up a driveway and you need to be on the look-out for it - which is why I called the review 'hidden gem'. There is ample parking for guests. We really loved our time here and would definitely stay at this hotel again.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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HK
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2012

I stayed 2 nights in mid Nov 2012. The staff were ery nice and room was spacious and cozy. The balcony got me lovely fresh air. It is about 15 mins walk to the town centre and you will find many cafe and restaurants close to the hotel. The hotel is located on a formed platform of a slope and you need to park your car on a slope. You need to be careful when you open the doors of your car, otherwise they would have bumped against other cars. The washer was useful for my 2 weeks trip in NZ. All in all, it is a very nice hotel for couples.

Room Tip: Try to get a higher floor room with an open view balcony,
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bluestone on George
Address: 571 George Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Dunedin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Dunedin
#2 Business Hotel in Dunedin
#3 Family Hotel in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bluestone on George 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bluestone is a small property owned and operated by its owners who take personal care in every aspect of the business to ensure our guests have a pleasant experience. Bluestone has studio rooms suitable for the single and couple travellers, or business clients, and is not a family orientated property. ... more   less 
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