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Esplanade Motel & Apartments

14 Esplanade Saint Clair, Dunedin 9012 New Zealand
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If you’re looking for stunning beach views, space for families, groups or a private getaway motel in Dunedin, look no further than Esplanade Motel & Apartments. Your Dunedin ocean view motel accommodation, Esplanade Motels are situated on Dunedin's esplanade, just minutes from the city centre. Overlooking St Clair's sweeping surf beach, we offer apartment accommodation with one and two bedroom units, sleeping one to seven people. Our 4 one bedroom apartments lead onto private balconies overlooking the million dollar beach views , whilst the Heritage Character House offer 3 two-bedroom apartments ideal for groups or families, one with a partial ocean view. Keen to try surfing? Check out the Surf School, situated right on the beach! Or maybe you would prefer a more leisurely activity, Esplanade Motels' location makes it the perfect Dunedin motel accommodation to just laze, go for a walk or swim, or indulge in a gorgeous lunch. At the southern end of the beach is St Clair hot salt water heated swimming pool, a must for visitors, open annually from October to March Dunedin Spring /Summer months. This unique pool is nestled within rocks just metres from the ocean. In 2004 the sea wall was refurbished to provide a modern, wide esplanade, with steps leading down to the beautiful sandy beach. Explore the esplanade and choose from the great range of restaurants and bars catering for every occasion, from a quiet morning coffee taking in views of the Southern Ocean, to a lively night out in a fantastic seaside setting. There is also a re-modelled playground for children. St Clair Beach is a ten minute drive from the Dunedin city centre, or hop on one of the local buses that run regularly from the beach to the city. Esplanade Motel & Apartments makes check in easy with our contact-less entry system. An ideal beachfront experience each one bedroom beachfront apartment accommodates up to 3 guests offering a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a kitchenette in the rooms, making it easy to stay connected during your stay as free internet access . Our 2 bedroom heritage house apartments are something very unique for families or groups accommodating up to 6-7 people, with king , single and bunk bed facilities. Full kitchen and lounge dining areas offer fantastic space for families and groups ideal for sports and leisure gatherings For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.
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Free parking
Free internet
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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Fireplace
Private balcony
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Ocean view
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
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English
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dsingh2000 wrote a review Feb 2024
Sydney, Australia101 contributions17 helpful votes
Amazing location. We stayed in the apartment Surfside with wonderful views of the beach and the surfers. The sunrise everyday was incredible. Service was excellent from Loryn. We tried the nearby Long Dog cafe. Lovely to chill out with great views and snacks/coffee. It’s got to be one of the best places to stay in Dunedin. Our first time to Dunedin. Warm, friendly folks. The weather was a bit colder but today the max is hitting 29C! We did the walk on St.Clair beach, Tunnel Beach, visited the Peninsula (picturesque ride), the Baroque inspired Railway Station, the Botanical Gardens, The Chinese Garden and the Larnach Castle. 4 nights seem to go quick. Enjoyed very much ps: bonus sighting of a sea lion near the apartment
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Definitely book one of the four ocean facing apartments The garages are tight. Good for a...
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EleanoreM wrote a review Oct 2023
Eskdale, New Zealand71 contributions22 helpful votes
Perfectly positioned apartments, overlooking the esplanade and beach, these have stunning views and easy walking to some fabulous eateries. This was modern, beautifully furnished, with a lovely bathroom and a very comfortable bed. We would absolutely choose to stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Garages best for smaller cars. Make sure you get a beach view.
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Elaine W wrote a review Mar 2023
5 contributions4 helpful votes
Fair weather or foul (and I had both!!) the Seabreeze apartment with a “front row seat” was perfect. Beautifully presented and super welcoming and comfortable. I remember these apartments from my teenage years and it is such a pleasure to see them so well renovated now. I will definitely be back
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Gary B wrote a review Feb 2023
West Chester, Ohio338 contributions181 helpful votes
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My wife and I recently stayed here for two nights on our visit to Dunedin, New Zealand. The place we originally booked “lost” our reservation and they were full and so we had to find a place after arriving in town about 5:00 PM. This place turned out to be 100 times better than what we had booked originally. It was an apartment right on the ocean. I can’t believe it was still available at such short notice. I think it may be because some people may have been confused as to whether it was an apartment or a hotel. You could book it weekly if you wanted to or maybe even longer. You had to walk up about 20 steps to get there but it was well worth the climb even though my wife has trouble with steps, she absolutely loved the place. It was huge. A full kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. A huge living room with a nice couch, television, and pool table. It even had it’s own designated parking garage spot. The morning we left someone had parked in front of our door so we could not get out while visiting a restaurant but he eventually came after 30 minutes and yelled at us for complaining. There are really nice park benches in front of the apartment where you can sit and enjoy the ocean and the pounding of the waves. Several restaurants very close by. I would give the place a 10 out of 10 and I only wish we could have stayed there longer, I thought it was also quite reasonably priced. Quiet and the bed was wonderful as well.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jedzz wrote a review Jan 2023
Perth, Australia659 contributions100 helpful votes
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You will slumber well with the roll of the surf as we had a beachfront room. Very comfy bed which is important after a lifetime of dodgy beds working offshore and in the construction world. Great coffee cafes to the left as you exit apartments. Restaurant at the corner near playground and surf club very good. Take a easy walk along beach to St Kilda Cliff and back to St Clair about 6 KMs easy beach walk. Never did get a room clean after two days but the owner provided fresh towels on request. Bring a brick or rock as we were in Seabreeze carport and the old rickety door swings out from the wall and hits side of car as wind blows in. Overall great comfy stay.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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speegalNewPlymouth wrote a review Apr 2022
New Plymouth, New Zealand25 contributions4 helpful votes
Prime location on St Clair’s beach, Dunedin. However, from the advertising photos on the internet and booking.com I was assuming I would be getting a balcony with my room overlooking the ocean, and this was really the main reason I booked. Otherwise I would have gone into Dunedin. Pros - beautiful house - excellent communication with hosts - clean and tidy and immaculately presented Cons - hot water pressure is terrible. The shower barely got us wet, and a slight turn of the tap made it either scolding hot or freezing cold. This needs to be fixed as could be potentially harmful to young children - as stated I felt it was misleading with the balcony overlooking the ocean.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mcamp1roy wrote a review Dec 2021
Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
When we turned up initially we were early and they said the room would be unlocked when we came back which was fine. We arrived back 30 minutes later to the door being locked and a man in the living area watching tv and presumably smoking (room had already been cleaned and made ready for our arrival) because when we eventually got in be room smelt of cigarette smoke, we were then told by the cleaner who turned up to let us in that the man we saw leave out of our room still had a key. After we looked around the rooms we felt they were in very poor condition and we couldn't stay. The beds smelt incredibly musty and like a perfumed spray and had just sprayed everywhere to disguise that smell and the smoke. Someone had left their shoes at the front door also. When I tired to cancel on the phone with the lady who we rang to let us in she wouldn't accept it so we had no option but to leave. The male cleaner we encountered was lovely but the rest of the experience was unacceptable and felt unsafe.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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357Barbara7 wrote a review Mar 2021
Geraldine, New Zealand20 contributions7 helpful votes
We just love staying here. The view is just spectacular and the accommodation perfect for us. Was so clean and just love the sound of those beautiful big waves. So relaxing. Have just returned from our third stay here and would most definitely recommend. Lovely cafes all close by. Thank you Rosann we will be back again soon.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Rosann ConnollyGeorge, General Manager at Esplanade Motel & Apartments
Responded 27 Apr 2021
Thank you for your time to leave a review. We love it when our guests can relax and soak up the million dollar views and better yet return often ! We look forward to you coming back in the future . :)
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Glenda Cooper wrote a review Feb 2021
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Recently had the pleasure of staying in an oceanview apartment. The service was excellent. The apartment was spacious enough for the three of us and the location could not have been better. Sitting on our balcony enjoying a wine watching the surfers and busy esplanade. The cafes and restaurants were amazing and all within walking distance. Highly recommend and look forward to revisiting. Many thanks for your wonderful hospitality Rosann.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Rosann ConnollyGeorge, General Manager at Esplanade Motel & Apartments
Responded 27 Apr 2021
So pleased you loved your stay. It certainly is a special place , thank you for staying and leaving your review . We certainly look forward to hosting your return in the future - Rosann :)
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Dave H wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions6 helpful votes
My family turned up on day and time we had booked - mid afternoon on weekend of local Úni. Graduation. We waited, and waited, we phoned the contact number on the door (multiple times), we tried tracking the owners down online ... no response. Gave up after waiting an hour. We wouldnt have had anywhere to stay, but by pure bad luck, the major event in the city was canceled that weekend and a motel room opened up elsewhere ... otherwise we would have had no where to stay. Owner rang to apologize about 1 week later ... said they would send a voucher to stay free in the future. But several months later and no voucher or follow up. Place seems to being run by a travel agent ... all a bit odd and obscure. Good luck to those wanting to stay there. So time to write the review.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Rosann Connolly, General Manager at Esplanade Motel & Apartments
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Hi there unfortunate for this review when we did discuss the communication breakdown at the time and It it was resolved. However as promised we did say you would have a night complimentary - we never spoke about giving out a voucher we did say merely email us and have a complimentary night and that still stands. Sorry at the time we took these on early after reopening from Covid that the communication breakdown had occurred. We strive to give our best to all guests , we Hope you will return sometime - Rosann
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Frequently Asked Questions about Esplanade Motel & Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Nearby attractions include St Clair Beach (0.1 km), Dunedin Beach (0.09 km), and St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool (0.01 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include Esplanade Restaurant, Titi, and Starfish Cafe and Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Esplanade Motel & Apartments?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (5.1 km), Northern Cemetery (6.1 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (4.3 km).
Does Esplanade Motel & Apartments have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.