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Esplanade Motel & Apartments

14 Esplanade Saint Clair, Dunedin 9012 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 14/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 14/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#34 of 60 hotels in Dunedin
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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Car park
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Popular mentions
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
Room Tip: Beachfront apartment.
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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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Room Tip: Ocean views
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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 Zealand8 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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Leigh & Laura wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Right on the water! Sent off to sleep listening to the sound of the ocean. Clean, cosy...we were really surprised. We both agreed we would love to come back. Apparently under new management, would highly recommend to anyone wanting to chill and enjoy the ocean
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
MaryAnn A wrote a review Dec 2020
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The is the best ever location for lovers of sea and sky. For me it is liquid heaven to see through every window of the motel and to be in just a hop skip and a jump from motel terrace. The clarity of the sea rivals the world’s most crystalline lagoons and only this morning saw seals cruising the wave curves. 🙏🏻🙏🏾🙏🏻🧜🏻🧜🏽‍♂️🧜🏼‍♀️
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$126 - US$198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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.