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Sahara Guesthouse & Motel

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#48 of 56 hotels in Dunedin
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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NEW MANAGEMENT Sahara GuestHouse and Motels is under new Management, from October 2020. The Sahara Guesthouse has undergone extensive RENOVATIONS during 2020. The Guesthouse offers comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a grand old heritage house in central Dunedin. Sahara Motels have also had RENOVATIONS completed in 2021. The motels offer 2 stylesof accommodation -- the basic motel unit or the more modern studio unit. The Sahara is ideally situated in central Dunedin. It is a short walk to University, museum, hospital and to many great cafes and restuarants .
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Centrally Located
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Hayden wrote a review Jul 2021
Wellington, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked for 5 nights and have zero regrets - would definetely stay again.
My room in this character building was warm, lush, and tastefully decorated.
All the guests seemed happy and friendly and the building somehow delivered on that impossible balance between warm and well ventilated.
The staff were attentive, eager to please, and their passion and attention to detail was evident in every aspect of my stay from the breakfast display through to the well maintained laundry facilities.
The free breakfast left nothing to be desired; cereals, fruits, juices, toasts, tea/coffees, mueslis, blueberries, peaches, chocolates, muffins etc.
The central location was perfect for my needs.
I cannot recommend highly enough.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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TakoTako wrote a review Aug 2023
Singapore562 contributions46 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 2 nights at the guesthouse and hence comes with breakfast. We are able to park within the premise and there is a self serviced laundry at the self serviced units bldg - $4 for washing machine and $4 for dryer. There are 2 washers and 2 dryers and there’s an ironing board and iron within the laundry room.

Breakfast are the same on both days, cereals and bread (with toaster), and muffins for us to take. On each table are an assortment of butter/margarine/peanut butter/honey/jams.

Room is spacious (we can hear the road traffic since it is facing the road). We are fine as we get that at our hse back home. As it is an old house, hot water need some time to come in.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zara M wrote a review Dec 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom18 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such an amazing experience staying at Sahara guest house! The new owners are the most kind and caring hosts I've ever come across. With my partner in hospital, I stayed here alone over Christmas and I was made to feel incredibly welcome and part of the family. I was even invited for Christmas Lunch and it was delicious!

Without staying here, my time in Dunedin would not have been so lovely. My unfortunate situation turned into a wonderful experience, all because of Mike and Julie, and of course Otto the puppy. Can't thank you all enough for rescuing my Christmas!

The house has been beautifully refurbished and bought up to date while maintaining the character of the building. Everything is super clean and comfortable with nice homey touches throughout. They've done a fabulous job!

The guest house is in the centre of Dunedin but on a quiet street, just a couple of minutes walk from the hospital and nightlife. There's parking, tea, coffee, breakfast, Netflix, fluffy towels, a puppy and friendly hosts. If you find yourself in Dunedin in need of a restful night sleep and some great hospitality, you must stay here!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Lynda Harris wrote a review Apr 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A hidden gem that isn’ truly replicated in the photos. This guest lodge house has been tastefully refurbished adding to its character.
Rooms had an inviting and calm atmosphere including a comfortable bathroom & TV.
Breakfast in the quaint dining room came with freshly baked muffins, an assortment of cereals fresh fruits & drinks. There is also a cosy lounge, microwave, fridge tea & coffee.
Location is great. Families can choose the motel units behind which come with kitchen etc amenities.
Hosts friendly & helpful so no problem to stay if your travelling alone.
Thank you so much our stay was totally charming.
Lynda from Auckland
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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pd NZ wrote a review Mar 2022
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in the motel. Room had everything we needed and with the recent renovations in 2021 (paint, new blinds, updated bathrooms) it felt new and modern and was very clean. Staff were friendly and approachable which just added to the experience. Loved the addition of the charging ports on one of the sockets.
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Date of stay: February 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kjeld g wrote a review Apr 2023
180 contributions67 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
There is the motel and the guesthouse, with breakfast included. We slept at the guesthouse for two nights. It's an old building and therefor quite noisy. So you have to be lucky with other guests. If there are small(er) children you are screwed. Breakfast is included but if you love the hot stuff you will be dissapointed. Capacity in the breakfast area is not ok. People are forced to share a table or can't sit at all. One well meant suggestion for the owners: do not facilitate a room just metres from the entrance and right across the reception and breakfast area. That is just no place to accommodate guests. So for everybody who considers booking, you don't want to stay in room nr.7.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michelle T wrote a review Jun 2021
Timaru, New Zealand531 contributions74 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in the guesthouse here. What a delightful experience. My room was lovely and the whole place was clean warm and inviting. A wee surprise I had was breakfast was free...a added bonus...I didn't know about that. A five minute walk into town if you're here for a concert Forsythe Barr is down the road about 10mins away. Definitely stay here again
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Bruiser96 wrote a review Oct 2020
Huntly, New Zealand11 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very friendly new owners who were extremely accommodating.
Clean rooms and clean amenities, close to city centre.
Nice breakfast available if required.
Definately recommend if you want a relaxing stay.
Students around the vicinity can be a little noisy but nothing outrageous
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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travelwell129 wrote a review Feb 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We felt welcome and supported by gge staff from the first phone call. Today deluxe suite was a pleasure to walk into and we gsd a great night. Our 2nd night was in the motel unit but still had everything we needed. Very clean and great beds.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nick wrote a review May 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apparently renovated during covid, the guesthouse is warm, welcoming and comfortable.
The owners/hosts Mike and Julie(and night manager Hannah) are the soul of the place. They are extremely helpful, charming and accommodating. Decent breakfasts, very comfortable beds, cozy lounge, clean and modern bathrooms.
I could not speak more highly of this place. Very reasonably priced for what they offer.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Jo W wrote a tip Aug 2023
Napier, New Zealand11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"One of the showers there appears to be no light switch but it turns on automatically when you step in"
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grta678 wrote a tip Aug 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty of parking. Short walk to restaurants. "
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PRICE RANGE
$157 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the sahara guesthouse hotel dunedin, the sahara guesthouse and motel
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sahara Guesthouse & Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Sahara Guesthouse & Motel?
Nearby attractions include The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery (0.4 km), Tūhura Otago Museum (0.3 km), and Knox Church (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sahara Guesthouse & Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Sahara Guesthouse & Motel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Sahara Guesthouse & Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sahara Guesthouse & Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Good Earth Cafe, Lone Star Cafe & Bar, and Buster Greens.
Are there any historical sites close to Sahara Guesthouse & Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (0.6 km), Northern Cemetery (1.1 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (1.3 km).