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“A characterful, friendly place”
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Fletcher Lodge
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We were coming to the end of a holiday when we stayed here and had stayed at a really good places, so had got quite choosy. However this place was absolutely charming. It is owned by an English and Polish couple (not Portuguese as another reviewer stated). Ewa was in Poland to celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday, so their son some came down from Wellington to help. Both father and son were very very interesting and helpful. Our room was very nice and breakfast was excellent. There is free Internet access.

They have a file of recommended restaurants and made reservations for us. We stayed three nights and the three restaurants they recommended were excellent.

I cannot give this an excellent rating for the following reason. I am disabled and have difficulty with steps, therefore a groundfloor room was requested everywhere. We had a groundfloor room here. But there are two sets of steps with nothing to grab hold of to be able to access the property. To access the property I needed help from 2 people – my husband and the owners son. They were very helpful and there was never any problem, but we were not informed about this access problem and we should have been, so we could make the decision whether to come or not.The owners were awate of my mobility problem before we came.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

I was planning to propose as a surprise to my girlfriend on Christmas Day so chose to stay here at Fletcher Lodge, just a couple of minutes away from our home.

We loved the new apartment, it was beautifully decorated and furnished with many little bits and bobs to make our stay more enjoyable. We made use of the hot tub appointed in their immaculate gardens.

The garden made a wonderful location for my proposal!

We had friends visit the second night, who regulalry travel to high-end accommodation, who felt the apartment was a real gem.

Very much recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

We just spent three glorious nights at the Fletcher Lodge in Dunedin. It is a first class establishment, beautifully furnished, and run impeccibly by Ewa and Keith who are knowledgeable, friendly, and so helpful. The decor is absolutely gorgeous with magnificent furnishings and beautiful artwork. We were in a large, very comfortable room on the second floor, and had a porch and lovely view of town. The breakfast is everything you could want and more, served graciously by Ewa. They were so interesting to talk with and were there to call for transportation, recommend the best restaurants, and share information on sites to visit as well as the best places for purchasing New Zealand treasures. We have stayed at several Relais et Chateaux around the world, and would rate the Fletcher Lodge with the best. Definitely would recommend to friends and family, and would stay there again and again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

A beautiful night in this friendly home. Ewa was full of information and clearly loves sharing her home with others. We were on the second floor, in the front, overlooking a beautiful garden. The home has been stunningly restored, and information about Dunedin's history was available in the room and in the library. Breakfast was generous. The Octogon is just down the hill. Onsite parking.
Recommended to us by Robert of Tailored Travel.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

If you want to travel in time and live history then this place is a must check in. Ownedby a hosiptable Portugese couple each room in this property is very beautifully done. Built somewhere in 19th century this place is equipped with all modern facilities offers a unique experience. Customised attention while serving a brilliant spread in breakfast is worth experiencing........... must go place..

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Reetika T
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

Unfortunately our experience mirrors the review written 24 April 2010.
We too had the misfortune to have been booked into the Arran room - gloomy beyond belief. Plus it is off the main hall opposite the lounge, next to the computer, and with glass panelled doors it is very “on view”.
A computer was provided to check emails but it was very slow. To use our own laptop would have been a charge of NZ$20. This was the only B&B in our 5 week holiday to charge for wifi.
Dunedin itself was a disappointment although the nearby Otago Peninsula has good wildlife and coastal scenery. We booked for 2 nights but I would only recommend 1 as a stopover on what otherwise could be a long journey between other attractions.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Shenden
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kiwipolly, Owner at Fletcher Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2011

Gloomy is as Gloomy does-
I find it truly astounding that after a five week tour of New Zealand this happy couple joined trip advisor especially to post one negative report. Surely in a country as diverse in scenery and as abounding in wildlife, land based and aquatic, there was something, somewhere, they liked!
They didn’t like Dunedin and they didn’t like Fletcher Lodge something they made very apparent during their stay. Each to their own of course but it’s difficult to rely too strongly on a report that dismisses a culturally rich vibrant city renowned as the historical and wildlife centre of New Zealand as “at most a stopover”
As to their room which boasts a magnificent white ornate plaster ceiling, bespoke furniture and light wallpapers and bedding it has a floor to ceiling tiled bathroom with under floor heating, this they described as gloomy. Then of course there’s the period glass door, a bit devious not to mention the fact that it is the entrance to the ante room and of course the bedroom/bathroom complex has its own separate solid wooden door! They do refer to a previous report but conveniently overlook the fact that the writers of that report had the courtesy and good grace to point out their likes as well as dislikes.
Both reporters unfortunately didn’t like the city they were in and that’s never a good start for us, in so far that I know they are so wrong about Dunedin I take heart that they could be wrong about us too.
Lastly the $20 they mention is our charge for doing the guests laundry and they didn’t want to pay that either.
I do however entirely agree the “Free” broadband computer has become too slow for the rapid advancements in modern software and it is being replaced for the new season.
I wish this couple from London well and will try to see constructive criticism but I feel we are literally worlds apart.
Keith and Ewa Hosts and owners of Fletcher Lodge

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Reviewed 13 February 2011

Ewa and Keith provided us with a night of absolute luxury. When we arrived, late at night after our wedding, our apartment was beautifuly presented, quiet and romantic.
Breakfast the following morning was just as good. It was cooked to perfection and served in a magnificent dining room.

Ewa and Keith have got a real hidden gem in Dunedin. As a local, I can thoroughly recommend this. Wether you're travelling from a distance, or simply live and Dunedin and fancy a night of luxury, there is nowhere else I would rather go.

Top class in all ways possible.

Thankyou very much for making our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fletcher Lodge

Address: 276 High Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Dunedin
Price Range: £234 - £329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Fletcher Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a few minutes walk from the Dunedin City centre, Fletcher Lodges complex offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities.Nestled in a secluded, established gardens the lodge complex is conveniently located within minutes of many of the citys finest and most popular cafes and restaurants.A Lodge stay offers the charm and personal attention of a bed and breakfast whilst extending the amenities associated with full service HotelsBuilt by Sir James Fletcher in 1924 to serve as his private residence whilst he oversaw the construction of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition complex, the main historic property offers a rare glimpse of New Zealands Heritage. ... more   less 
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