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.
- 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