We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Esplanade Motel & Apartments

14 Esplanade Saint Clair, Dunedin 9012 New Zealand
COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this property is taking.Read more
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect total costs of the stay, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveller (55)
Room & Suite (24)
Pool & Beach (9)
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
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.
A note from Esplanade Motel & Apartments
Updated 14/06/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#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.
Read more
Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Show more
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
149Reviews2Q+A34Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 109
  • 27
  • 1
  • 3
  • 9
Time of year
Traveller type
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Zacchary C wrote a review Sep 2017
Bluff, New Zealand28 contributions11 helpful votes
Perfect location , off street parking , very friendly reception, views of st clair beach and esplanade , overall we really enjoyed our stay here , will be back for Xmas , 51sky channels ,approximately five restaurants that are busy but take bookings stay away from the ribs at salt bar not good at all , but nothing can take away from a great stay at esplanade motel and apartments
Read more
Date of stay: September 2017
Monica C wrote a review Jul 2017
Hawera, New Zealand81 contributions16 helpful votes
We were lucky enough to get a waterfront room and nothing other then the road/footpath between us and the water. An elevated room with your own garage below very handy. Well kitted out rooms, they are a little tired in the paint finish. Lovely people running the place and happy to accomodate a late checkout if requested 👍
Read more
Date of stay: July 2017
S M wrote a review Jul 2017
1 contribution
Wonderful beach views from the lounge and bedroom-stunning! The unit was very clean and the kitchen useful.There was a tv in each room and they each had their own sky decoder so we could watch different channels. Having a locked garage was handy. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Read more
Date of stay: July 2017
David D wrote a review Jun 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom23 contributions7 helpful votes
How I wish we'd had more time here to fully appreciate the excellent facilities and further explore the the surrounding area. Well laid out, comfortable, super clean, everything you could need was supplied, couldn't ask for a better place as a base. View from our window and garage facility make this a fantastic place to stay.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2017
TinaLLea wrote a review May 2017
Auckland, New Zealand118 contributions67 helpful votes
This property overlooks the stunning coastline of the quiet suburb of St Claire. A nice location with a great place for breakfast and dinner a few steps away. Sadly that's about all the good comments I can add. The room we had smelled so badly of smoke no amount of room freshener or window opening could clear it over the 2 days we were there. Carpet was dirty, rock hard pillows and the water pressure was so bad washing properly was near impossible. This place was probably great 10 years ago but not an ideal business stop off at all.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2017
US$126 - US$198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
esplanade motel & apartments hotel dunedin, esplanade motel and apartments, esplanade hotel and apartments, esplanade hotel dunedin
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing