When I arrived I was checked in to a room which was slightly lower standard than I booked as apparently it fitted my criteria better, ie "no connecting door". Apparently every one of the superior rooms has a connecting door to the next room. However the room I was allocated was very good and facing the garden which is the way to face if you stay here. Do not face the road! The room itself was big enough and clean , the bathroom was pleasant and functional. The lobby area is nice and bright and the gardens are beautiful. The restaurant is the weak point, it does nor serve lunch and closes at 9pm in the evening, very parochial I thought. I ate in there one night and paid too much for too little in return. however the express breakfast is bearable in price using my advantage plus card, less bearable if paying the full price.
The staff in the restaurant were a mix of pleasant and surly. Reception staff and maids were all very charming. The location of the hotel is a little out of the town but not too far to walk, I suppose a beach-ball guest would complain at the distance. The hotel is opposite the Botanic Gardens which are marvellous and also near (about 15 mins walk) to the Otago Museum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunedin's Garden Hotel. 76-Rooms in relaxed garden setting. Adjacent to Dunedin Botanic Gardens; short stroll to Otago University, Stadium, Hospital, the city's dynamic shopping centre, and visitor attractions. Easy access from State Highway 1, plenty of complimentary off-street parking. McGavin's Restaurant and Bar, offering contemporary cuisine using fresh local produce. Conference rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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