A strange little place. It is true that there are character touches, especially in the Cathedral Room, but the decor is for the most part modern, and the rooms on the very top floor are completely modernized, so don't book if what you're expecting is a character hotel. (Other reviews misled me on this front.) The place is indeed spotless, and there's no denying that the views from the terrace are terrific, yet the place lacks a certain comfort factor. The bed, for starters, is not particularly comfortable -- certainly nothing like the other beds that I slept in during a three-week journey around NZ and Australia. The TV's very small, and I felt guilty watching it, as I was sure that the sound must be travelling to the room next door. And there's no closet (you have to hang your clothes on the back of the door), and only a little wicker thing with two baskets by way of drawer space. If you're staying for a single night, none of this would be an issue, but those wishing a longer stay should think twice. And, as others have noted, the rooms are indeed small. If I'd been sharing the room with a partner, we would have been continually tripping over one another -- and as it was, with the lack of closet, drawers, and counter space (the bathroom has only a sink and shower), there was nowhere to put MY stuff, never mind anyone else's!
Another strange thing contributed to my discomfort. Upon my arrival, the hostess offered me a glass of wine. When I came downstairs after hanging up my clothes to take her up on the offer, I heard her on the phone complaining (loudly) that the guests at the hotel were all a bunch of drunks. From that point on, it was very hard to shake the feeling that the friendliness of the host and hostess was insincere. (I had been offered a glass of wine, but was going to be judged, apparently, for accepting it!)
You should also note that breakfasts are quite poor. Day after day it's exactly the same: dull cereal with canned fruit (ugh) and/or toast with marmalade and jam. Certainly not what you would expect from a place characterizing itself as a "boutique" hotel. Again, probably not an issue if you're staying for only one night, but I myself could not face it after two days.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Brothers Boutique Hotel Dunedin
- Brothers Boutique Dunedin