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#25 of 31 motels in Dunedin
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make Owens Motel their motel of choice when visiting Dunedin. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a refrigerator, a kitchenette, and a sofa, and you can stay connected during your stay as Owens Motel offers guests free wifi.

The motel features newspaper. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as University of Otago (0.3 mi) and Knox Church (0.4 mi), guests of Owens Motel can easily experience some of Dunedin's most well known attractions.

While visiting Dunedin, you may want to try some bibimbap at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Korea House.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular art galleries such as Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, and Gallery De Novo.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Owens Motel as you experience all of the things Dunedin has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Parking
Wifi
Shuttle bus service
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Room service
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
69Reviews0Q+A18Room tips

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FyingKiwi wrote a review Mar 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand949 contributions358 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly greeting given upon arrival.
Typical of many buildings in this part of Dunedin, the Motel is a converted historic dwelling. Regrettably, however, such conversions do not always mean an ability to provide ideal accommodation units.
The room allocated to me was of a reasonable size but was clearly originally two rooms converted into a studio style lounge/bedroom. A ground level unit, with another unit above. located toward the end of the building, which may have contributed to the initial musty odour experienced when first entering. In fairness, the mustiness was quickly dispelled after a brief time of airing and was not present for the remaining three days of residence.
The room was nicely furnished with a wonderfully comfortable double bed and a comfortable sofa from which to view the television (making a change from having to view it from a wall hanging, and a chair. Carpet, however, was clearly of a commercial industrial type adding to a tired décor despite the attractive artwork.
Disappointingly, there was no Guest Compendium, suggesting that guests already knew all there was to know regards local attractions and eating establishments.
The ceiling clearly disguised the wooden flooring of the unit above through which even the smallest movements above were transmitted.
A separate room served as a kitchenette, which appeared to have more removed from it than added. It also contained a simple plain table, providing the only place from which to be able to work as well as meaning you were isolated from any other activities in the studio area.
While the kitchenette was well stocked with customary complimentary beverages, it did lack a sink, meaning dishes had to be washed in the bathroom handbasin (which of itself was a problem). It also had a small refrigerator which it was discovered was not entirely clean.
The bathroom was small and contained a handbasin without a plug, making retention of water (as for dishwashing) impossible. Personal toiletries had to be precariously balanced on a windowsill above the basin.
While the water pressure was good, the shower cubicle was ridiculously small making any movement impossible without also making bodily contact with any part of it. Considerable leakage while showering also results in a wet floor outside of the cubicle (despite the doors being closed). Complimentary body wash was provided, but this was good for only two showers if used sparingly. If you stay for multiple days, you will need to provide your own.
Convenient location, being only a twenty-minute walk into the city centre.
Excellent free Wi-fi.
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Date of stay: March 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Select an upstairs unit.
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Kathleen S wrote a review Jul 2021
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand310 contributions114 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Its hard to find hotels if you are travelling with your pets. some places say they are pet friendly but make you leave your dog in the car. Owens welcomes pets which is great.
Even if we werent pet owners we would have really enjoyed our stay. The rooms are large, warm and have everything you would need for a long term stay. Its location right in the main street was very useful, yet our room wasnt noisy at all.
We certainly will be back for a longer stay. Thanks
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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JoefromNewZealand wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand52 contributions19 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice host, we had family of seven, 4 adults, 3 kids, arrived onsite, ameneties are there. We stayed in older villa section upstairs and found layout awkward, half the windows didnt lock, internet was non existent, shower was ok. I know its not always easy to house a group of our size but $$$$ for what we got seemed a bit rich. Wouldn't stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Other side of complex is newer, try and avoid smelly Villa if possible
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traveler123 wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The location was perfect, close to the hospital. Big unit + separate bedroom.
Free wifi & a heat pump which was a bonus as Dunedin is cold compared to Cromwell.

The only concern was the roadworks outside during the night - which of course is the price you pay to be close to the hospital. All & all would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Bring earplugs for the traffic outside!
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Odie2013 wrote a review Apr 2023
Whanganui, New Zealand38 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Host was hospitable right from the start.
This wee place looks older from the outside yet they have modernised on the inside.
All good for a one night.
One bedroom with Queen only but single available in lounge. (Rm3)
Owens Motel is close to the central city, the museum, restaurants and bars, the central shopping precinct.
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Date of stay: February 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Host made it available for us to complete washing and drying clothes even though 8pm. Appreciated.
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Jen wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love it here, it's our second stay. Pet friendly. The owners are super nice. Can not fault this place at all and we brought our small dog along who was welcomed. Close to everything and I have nothing bad to say about the motel at all. Thanks you for having us.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Clare F wrote a review Feb 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand95 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I put a small group in this motel most years and have to say that Ray is just lovely. He is super helpful and very aware of our group requirements. It's a pleasure dealing with him. The units are clean and tidy and roomy. A great location for our pipe bands.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chalkygirl wrote a review Jun 2015
Christchurch, New Zealand9 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed here a few times. It is clean and functional, but a little dated. On my recent trip the weather in Dunedin was really cold, and the heater in the room barely took the chill off with the drafts coming through the windows. So I went to bed only to find the electric blanket didnt work. It is handy to town and reasonably well furnished, just wish it was warmer in winter!
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Date of stay: June 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Phil A wrote a review Apr 2013
Auckland Central, New Zealand167 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived in Dunedin looking for a place to stay. They offered a comfortable studio unit with a great bed and good facilities for a very reasonable tarrif and also with some complimentary internet useage!
private off-street parking and 1 minute walk to a convenience store, 5 minutes walk to some very nice cafe's and restaurant. Only 10 minutes walk to the town centre.
Very friendly couple running the business and I recommend highly to anyone seeking comfi=ortable rooms with good facilites at very reasonable rates!
Phil
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: All good rooms
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Ingevan wrote a review Mar 2020
Orange, Australia63 contributions36 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
hotel is just basic , small shower place had been renowated using paper to laminate the floor in the bathroom , (very badly done) this is a tripping hazard. We had problems with the air conditioning it switched itself off during the night , we were sitting in the cold and were unable to start the unit again. The accommodation is unsuitable for disabled people as there are stairs, could not use my mobility scooter.
this hotel is not close enough to the centre, there is still a fair walk, which I can not do, it also was very noisy. seating area to small
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Date of stay: March 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: I would not go again as this place is not close enough to town for me and not suitable for a...
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Odie2013 wrote a tip Apr 2023
Whanganui, New Zealand38 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Host made it available for us to complete washing and drying clothes even though 8pm. Appreciated."
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FyingKiwi wrote a tip Mar 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand949 contributions358 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Select an upstairs unit."
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traveler123 wrote a tip Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring earplugs for the traffic outside!"
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JoefromNewZealand wrote a tip Oct 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand52 contributions19 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Other side of complex is newer, try and avoid smelly Villa if possible"
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Ingevan wrote a tip Mar 2020
Orange, Australia63 contributions36 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would not go again as this place is not close enough to town for me and not suitable for a mobility scooter, to noisy"
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$146 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Owens Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Owens Motel?
Nearby attractions include The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery (0.6 km), Olveston Historic Home (0.8 km), and Tūhura Otago Museum (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Owens Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Owens Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Owens Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Owens Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include No.7 Balmac, Golden Harvest Restaurant, and The Good Earth Cafe.
Does Owens Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Owens Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Owens Motel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Owens Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Owens Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (0.8 km), Northern Cemetery (1.0 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (1.5 km).
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