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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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#34 of 61 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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Rick W wrote a review Mar 2018
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom1669 contributions313 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at the easy to find, yellow painted Esplanade motel which is right on the sea front at St Clair, a quiet seaside suburb of Dunedin. It was easy to find and is about a ten minute drive from the city itself - but conveniently, you can drive onto the Otago peninsula from St Clair without having to go back through the city. The motel is 100 yards away from the heated salt water swimming pool (open 7 am to 7 pm) and a few yards away from a few small restaurants. There is a convenience store some distance away - so best to buy any things you need before you arrive. The motel has modern refurbished rooms that look right out onto the sea with great views of surfers riding the dramatic waves. To the left of the hotel is a wide sandy beach that is a bit less full of
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Date of stay: March 2018
H3803ZZmikew wrote a review Jan 2018
Hastings, New Zealand19 contributions
Highly recommend this place! Probably the best place we stayed in for our whole honeymoon South Island trip. Outstanding apartments literally right on the beach so a beer from the speights brewery in the evening while sitting out on the deck watching the surfers was just brilliant. Great to have a small lounge and mini kitchen as well Both upon entry and departure the owners were incredibly helpful and very personable. Very much contributed to an amazing honeymoon. Thanks so much and will recommend to anybody coming to Dunedin!
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Date of stay: January 2018
teowsoon wrote a review Dec 2017
Singapore, Singapore207 contributions30 helpful votes
Road work around the hotel, so be caution. Property is located just next to the sea, but no sea view from my unit. Staff was very friendly and had a good chat with him (think his name is Wayne). Property is clean and well maintain, unit come with kitchen and a big living room. DIY laundry is available and the amount to pay for is cheap.
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Date of stay: December 2017
SpaceCadets03 wrote a review Oct 2017
Otorohanga, New Zealand7 contributions
An amazing two night stay with the best view ever! Wayne was so welcoming and friendly. Apartments were modern, clean and tidy with good kitchen facilities. Great water pressure in shower and comes with own personal lock up garage. Would definitely stay again next time we are in Dunners and recommend this place to others.
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Date of stay: October 2017
Colin R wrote a review Oct 2017
4 contributions
We stayed here 2 nights Would definitely stay here again Tidy rooms with modern furnishings and the view is is in unbeatable Wayne was friendly and offered a warm welcome Has garage parking underneath big enough to fit the double cab ute, I thought this was a is also Another bonus was the kitchen had a stove top microwave and toaster.
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Date of stay: October 2017
US$126 - US$198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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