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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

118 High Street Cnr Princes & High Streets, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand
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#26 of 60 in Dunedin
Travellers' Choice
Dunedin’s largest and most prestigious hotel, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, enjoys a premium location in the heart of the city. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago university, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Your every comfort is well provided for, with 178 attractive rooms and suites, extensive hotel facilities, and a very high standard of service. As our guest you will enjoy: A choice of room styles, including standard rooms and sumptuously furnished suites up to a four-star-plus standard, with quality room amenities. Superb dining options in our selection of restaurants, cafe and bar. High quality hotel facilities for business and pleasure, including extensive conference and meeting facilities.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Casino and Gambling
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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SandraD wrote a review 19 May
Christchurch, New Zealand91 contributions53 helpful votes
Was booked here through work since the first and second hotel options were full. The hotel is dated which is disappointing considering Scenic is a branded hotel. Upon check in I was NEVER advised that they were short staffed and there was no make up service (even though I was thee 4 days), which is fine if communicated to and then we could discuss how to best cater for my needs, but not tell people upfront is just outrageous. There were no additional coffee, milk, towels, toilet rolls etc for days, I had to ask for this which is really bad considering the cost per night (and no nightly discount?). The staff did not really care that I was not getting the hotel service I was expecting. I honestly think if you cant cater for a room cleaning service the least you can do is make sure you have extra items ready and available for your guests, we understand "COVID" but honestly there are ways to communicate and Scenic you just did not do a good job here!
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Date of stay: May 2022
Trip type: Travelled
Tony J wrote a review 14 May
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Rooms are tidy. Really comfortable bed. Room had everything you needed. Staff really friendly. Right in town so handy to everything. Had a great night at the casino right next door. Car parking on site.
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Date of stay: May 2022
Trip type: Travelled
Di O wrote a review 2 May
Palmerston North, New Zealand46 contributions4 helpful votes
Rooms are a good size, pillows fantastic and beds comfy. Staff are always helpful and friendly, can't fault them. Well positioned to many places including some good coffee shops. Some minor things are a bit tired, the kettle in my room needs replacing but otherwise a good place to stay. Rooms are very quiet and parking on site is easy
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Trip type: Travelled
John J wrote a review Apr 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand15 contributions
We found the room spacious, with every amenity one would normally expect to find. The bed was comfortable, there were adequate pillows. The window opened easily and allowed fresh air, without causing disturbance. The heater was efficient in the colder hours. The bathroom was well set out and there were plenty of towels etc. Staff were efficient and hospitable. The breakfast was tasty, with a great variety to choose from. All in all, it was a very pleasant stay. If I had to make one small suggestion, I had forgotten a pen and so one attached to or available on the room desk, would have been nice.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: We have experienced various rooms on various floors, perhaps the Western side rooms may be...
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John wrote a review Apr 2022
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Room was very small and everything was far to overpriced compared to the quality they delivered and to top it all off they made up reasons to charge me more money on top definitely would not recommend
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Duty Manager, Guest Services / Front Office at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear guest, we are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay with us, we appreciate your feedback. Kind Regards, Duty Manager
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US$97 - US$122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Which popular attractions are close to Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Nearby attractions include Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (0.4 km), Dunedin Chinese Garden (0.3 km), and First Church of Otago (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Conveniently located restaurants include Etrusco at the Savoy, The Perc Cafe, and Vogel St Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Scenic Hotel Southern Cross located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Dunedin.
Are any cleaning services offered at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Scenic Hotel Southern Cross offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Scenic Hotel Southern Cross?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (1.3 km), Northern Cemetery (2.5 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (0.6 km).