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The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Ranked #26 of 57 Hotels in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Wales
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18 reviews
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“Comfortable and convenient”
Reviewed 30 March 2008

We stayed at The Brothers Hotel for 3 nights in March 2008, and can understand why the reviews have been somewhat mixed. Yes, the building has been modernised and so doesn’t ooze as much character as one might hope, but it is still better than a characterless hotel run by the big chains. We had one of their ‘superior’ (ie top floor) rooms, and there are indeed good views from the balcony. The bathroom was good, but the bedroom was small and the lack of anywhere to put clothes was a bit irritating. There were no drawers or shelves, just some hangers on the back of the door. However, it was comfortable and quiet, with no noise from adjoining rooms. The breakfast menu may have been the same every day, but it was fine and there was quite enough variety for a stay of a few days. There was a good communal lounge with a free internet access and a free PC – and complimentary wine if you wanted it.

The location has troubled some reviewers, and understandably so. It is indeed a very steep walk up from the City centre. However, it is not a long walk (5 minutes if you are reasonably fit), and its closeness to the centre is a real advantage. It is level from the car park into the hotel, though there is no lift to get from one floor to another.

So, it’s got pros and cons, but the real test is, would we stay there again? The answer is yes, because in our view the pros outweigh the cons, and at $170 a night, we felt it was good value. We do wish, though, that they would provide somewhere other than the back of the door to put your clothes.

  • Liked — Location, free internet access
  • Disliked — Bedroom storage
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2008

Brothers is definitely not your typical hotel. It does feel somewhat institutional and it's up a steep hill. We only stayed for one night but Rod really went out of his way to help us with taxis, flight cofirnmation, phone calls and restaurant reservations and handling phone messages. He is enthusiastic, helpful and efficient and made us feel very welcome and looked after.

Important to know that he does not usually come in before 7:15 am and is not there at night. This meant we could not receive phone calls after hours and could not check out early to go to the airport. When he did come in, he was so busy checking people out that he could not make breakfast before 7:30. So check out the night before if you want to leave early.

A few other points:
Make sure you bring your car to the parking lot on Brown St. If you go to the entrance on Rattray you'll have to carry your bags up the hill. It's a small place and so no bell boys to help shlep luggage.
We slept in the Cathedral room and there are no curtains over the stained glass window so the street light hits the bed directly. Might be good to bring an eye mask to avoid being disturbed by the light.
Bathroom is tiny and nowhere to put stuff.
There was a kettle in our room but I didn't see any cups
There is broad band in the lounge so you can plug in your computer and also one computer already set up.

  • Liked — The friendly owner and unique architecture
  • Disliked — Walking up the hill!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank newyorkanya
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Edmonton, AB
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2008

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.

  • Liked — Views from the terrace; cleanliness
  • Disliked — Uncomfortable bed; the breakfasts
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
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2 Thank Labonneviveuse
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BrothersHotel, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 26 February 2008
I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay with us.

Since opening just over 2 years ago we have had just over 5000 room nights and only 2 guests (including you) were dissatisfied with the comfort of the bed. We are always open to peoples views and really the feedback we have received has been excellent, to such an extent ,we would not want to change anything. The room you stayed in has been occupied for 403 nights (7 with you) and you are the first to show disappointment with the room and it;s facilities and layout. It was good enough for the Governor General of New Zealand who expressed a desire to return

Your comment about the "hostess complaining loudly about the guests at the Hotel were all a bunch of drunks" is simply not true and you have clearly misinterpreted a conversation.

The feedback on the breakfast to date is such that we will continue the existing offering.

It is a pity you did not express any of your issues while you were here . I guess anyone looking at your comments can make up there own mind as to whether they are giving a true and fair picture of the Hotel.

I guess you can not please everyone all the time.

Yours faithfully

Rod McMeeken
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UK
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Reviewed 6 January 2008

The building is, by any standards unusual. You wouldn't call it pretty, but you certainly would call it characterful. If you've had enough of corporate chain hotels this is a refreshing change - large comfortable lounge, equally imposing dining room and adequate bedroom.
The location is good - easy walk into the town centre, but far enough out to have its own car park.

The best aspect of this hotel is the owner himself. We had a bit of a flight connection disaster developing and only through his persistence and commitment to helping us out was it resolved. He went way beyond anything we could have reasonably expected to help us.

We were checked in by the owner's daughter who has clearly inherited her father's helpful attitude. She was unfailingly enthusiastic and gave us great advice on local eateries and trips.

Breakfast is fairly basic, but adequate.

  • Liked — The owners
  • Disliked — Dunedin itself
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Worldtravellingguy
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Minneapolis
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2007

We stayed one night at Brothers. Location is convenient we were able to walk to city center. Our room was small but spotless. The furnishings are simple with a slight modern edge. We appreciated the free internet access and menus of local restaurants in the lounge. Host was very helpful; he helped us re-arrange our itinerary for the next day so it would be more efficient.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank xixixi17
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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2007

Property is a converted Christian Brother's residence - structure is really solid with heavy doors and thick walls. Many rooms lead out to shared balcony with awesome view of the city and the harbor. Common room is really lovely. Free internet access. Easy walk (5 mins) to Octagon and very close to Speight's Brewery!

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank travelsonweekends71
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2007

This was a warm, friendly place near to the main city centre but up a steep hill. The manager was very helpful. There was a nice big lounge with internet & comfy lounges & friendly labrador. The bedroom though was the smallest we had ever seen- not even room for a chair. Good balcony, bed & bathroom & really nice breakfast.

Stayed September 2007
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Property: The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Address: 295 Rattray Street | Carpark- GPS directions: 10 Bishops Rd, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 15
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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