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Stanleys Hotel

1760 Macraes Rd Macraes Flat, Central Otago, Dunedin 9483 New Zealand
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#1 of 7 small hotels in Dunedin
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Non-smoking rooms
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1760 Macraes Rd Macraes Flat, Central Otago, Dunedin 9483 New Zealand
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Dunedin Airport
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Getaway763014 wrote a review Mar 2024
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A group of us had lunch here last Saturday for Lunch. This is a beautiful local pub seeped in local goldmining history. From the moment we walked through the door we felt welcome. We spoke to Danny at the bar whilst ordering drinks and sat out in the back courtyard to order lunch. We all settled for the Open Steak Sandwich and Chips, which may sound ordinary but was delicious, crispy chips and a beautifully prepared tasty steak sandwich with a potato and herb rosti instead of bread. We were served by Dayle who also cooked our meal on this particular day.
Will we go there again, of course!
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: A little off the beaten track for most but certainly worth the visit.
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Nic wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great friendly service and yummy bar menu, the fire is always warming the space. The original stonework is stunning. The wee township also has a few points of interest outlining the old gold mining works.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Denise F wrote a review Feb 2023
1 contribution
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our short stay at this wonderful old hotel and the interesting area and history that surrounds it. Such a home away from home. Very clean and comfortable with the best chips I’ve had in my 76 years! Lovely relaxing garden area to sit in and homely lounge/dining room with tv, complimentary continental breakfast and great friendly hosts. Definitely recommend to our friends as something different to experience.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sheryl H wrote a review Oct 2020
Invercargill, New Zealand5 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were warmly welcomed by Helen who showed us through the entire premises. Our room was quiet & a heater & warm duvet were provided. Our evening meal arrived promptly & was delicious. Fires were roaring in the bar and lounge. The locals called in for a beer after work & came over to say hi on both evenings.
Unfortunately the cleanliness of communal areas was not good. The bathroom showers & mirrors were marked & smeary and the kitchen tables were sticky & not wiped once during our two day stay. Such a shame
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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michelle s wrote a review Apr 2022
Takapau, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoy coming here for its welcoming and homely environment. staff are accommodating and treat us like friends. The rooms are comfortable and clean.
They embrace the history of the pub and Macraes area. Really interesting.
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Date of stay: March 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Tabqc wrote a review Sept 2011
Wellington, New Zealand34 contributions31 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this historic rural hotel in March 2011. We were realistic about the likely accommodation standard but expected the same wonderful Southern hospitality that we had experienced elsewhere in Central Otago while biking the Rail Trail. The accommodation was average, it was clean as were the communal bathrooms. That is where anything positive ends! Four of our overseas guests were picked up by the proprietor in Hyde for the 15-20 minute drive to the hotel. They asked the driver if she could turn the heating down as they were feeling very uncomfortable. She evidentally took no notice till one of them had to raise her voice. There was no conversation or attempt to make them feel welcome. Two of us following the van could barely keep up and as we were unfamiliar with the area, lost sight of the van a few times. After what we later heard about the heating and the lack of communication, we were pleased we weren't in the van with the others. This was the start of an unpleasant stay. The proprietor throughout displayed a complete lack of hospitality and empathy. Accommodation: The entrance to the guest rooms was via a darkened passageway that relied on sensors to provide what was totally inadequate lighting for a very dark area. Sensors were triggered by movement but didn't come on till you had take a few steps and they would go out before you reached the next trigger point (leaving guests hoping they wouldn't trip in the dark). We expressed our geniune concerns when being shown to our rooms and asked if a light could be left on as we were very worried about tripping. Proprietor was not remotely interested in our concerns! There was only a small glimmer of light coming from a half glass door (the fire exit) at the very end of the passageway which disappeared at nightfall. Not surprisingly within an hour of arrival one of our friends stepped out of her room and fell down a single step near her doorway that resulted in a severe foot fracture. This completely ruined their long planned holiday to NZ and resulted in an early return to the US for further treatment. Fire exit: The door at the end of the passageway was also the fire exit for guests. At night, the door leading through the bar and hence the front entrance of the hotel were locked as to be expected. In addition to the single door at the end of the passageway, guests had access to a communal dining room which had an exit door but this was locked from the inside and there was no key in the lock. Hence guests were only able to access one emergency exit! Food: Breakfast items were very basic and included tea bags, instant coffee, white sliced bread, standard cereals, communal sugar bowl and the butter, honey, jams, and fruit salad etc were in large plastic containers in the fridge which guests could help themselves to. As a result these containers contained other peoples bread crumbs and toppings that they clearly just dipped their knives into. YUK!!! This was so unhygienic. It is better to wait to you get to Hyde if you want something more appetitising. We understand that this place was going to have a make over later this year. What is really needed is a total change of attitude. Hospitality, kindess and warmth cost nothing and bad experiences leave a long memory. As Kiwis, we were particularly ashamed that our overseas guests had to experience this unfortunate place and particularly that our injured friend received no sympathy from this establishment.
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Date of stay: March 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Could not recommend one over another. The first room in the passageway is larger then the others...
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Response from Annie M, Owner at Stanleys Hotel
Responded 2 Feb 2017
This review was written over 5 years ago now and Stanleys has subsequently been through some changes since. My daughter Claire and I have now been running Stanleys for the past year and we have remodelled inside plus changed the menu extensively with rave reviews. We can assure any future patrons will have a very warm welcome and a fabulous time.
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RitaB1982 wrote a review Mar 2012
auckland1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have recently stayed at Stanleys Hotel and had a pleasant experience. The managers have only recently taken over and are already making what i consider to be positive changes, as the previous reviews I have read made me reluctant to stay. The new managers offer true southern hospitality at its best. The menu was reasonably priced and offers rustic home cooked meals suited to the hotel and were enjoyed by all our party. The manageress was a lovely woman and more than obliging, happy to meet our dietry requirements. The bar manager was more than knowledgable about the area and products he was serving. He arranged a 4 wheel drive trip with a local the following morning. I understand the current managers have been in this establishment previously and i think this is an advantage and they aspire to make more in the future. I look forward to seeing the changes.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: rooms are slightly dated, however the linen as all very modern and most importantly, warm and clean
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Rachel M wrote a review Apr 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Stanley’s Hotel. We had a group of 9 that was made up of two families. Annie and Claire accommodated uscwirh plenty of space and personable conversation where we learnt lots about the area, it’s people, everyday life and it’s history. The rooms were clean and each had heating. Dinner was served with a smile and meals were great pub cuisine. Breakfast was a good continental variety and there was plenty. Absolutely would recommend staying here. Many thanks
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Annie M, Manager at Stanleys Hotel
Responded 20 Apr 2018
Thank you Rachel Lovely to meet you all and so glad you had a great time Cheers Annie
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Traceybwelly wrote a review Apr 2018
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
As with many other visitors, we stayed overnight while doing the Otago Rail Trail. Annie picked us up on time and took out of her way us for a tour and so at the gold mine. She and her daughter are super friendly hosts. Our room was small but for pub accommodation I thought it was a notch above. The beds had electric blankets 😊 The shared showers were clean, hot and there was no annoying button you sometimes have to push at places that are strictly limiting water. The wine selection was slim, but the food was very good. Breakfast the next morning was a bit more basic cereals and toast, but they happily catered for a gluten free diet. Macrae's Flat itself is also a really lovely heritage place with old stone buildings. Really enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Annie M, Manager at Stanleys Hotel
Responded 20 Apr 2018
Thanks for coming and spending time with us here at Stanley's so pleased you had a fab stay as part of your rail trail experience. Cheers Annie
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Merlouis wrote a review Mar 2018
Caloundra, Australia153 contributions56 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
After a long first day on the rail trail - we had gale force headwinds - arriving at this old hotel in the country was a delight. Small but cosy rooms with bathrooms at the end of the hall. We enjoyed a nice pub meal. The owners picked us up in Hyde and dropped us back to the bikes in the morning - complete with a sheep drive.
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Date of stay: February 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Annie M, Manager at Stanleys Hotel
Responded 20 Apr 2018
Thanks guys so pleased to be part of your rail trail experience. Cheers Annie
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Getaway763014 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A little off the beaten track for most but certainly worth the visit."
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Lynda R wrote a tip Mar 2017
Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We didn't stay, just passing through"
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beachcomergirl wrote a tip Nov 2016
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All 5 rooms and unit at the back were beautifully decorated."
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QLDDEBO wrote a tip Aug 2013
Australia612 contributions97 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are rooms at the back of the pub behind the breakfast area. Sunny and open up to the back garden"
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Paul W wrote a tip Aug 2012
Auckland14 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"take what you get."
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