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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 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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Free parking
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Private balcony
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Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
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macsndy wrote a review Apr 2017
Boston, Massachusetts42 contributions55 helpful votes
We recently stayed at the Esplanade in St. Clair, Dunedin and it was great. From the moment we checked in Wayne the owner made us feel right at home. The airline had misplaced our luggage, but he put our minds at ease and even offered to let me borrow some clothes. Without us even asking he contacted the airline to check on our bags and updated us on their arrival. The location is great, right across the street from the beach where the view is spectacular. The rooms were spotless and bed was comfortable. The kitchenette had coffee and tea with milk provided. There are plenty of utensils and dishware. There are several nice restaurants within walking distance. I would highly recommend the Esplanade. Photos are views from our room.
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Date of stay: April 2017
Gerry W wrote a review Apr 2017
29 contributions10 helpful votes
Wow! What a view and lovely spot. Very clean and comfortable, bed was great and sleeping with the ocean sounds was wonderful. Bathroom is outstanding, kitchen fully stocked, restaurants nearby. Need to drive to the city, shopping etc but very easy to navigate. Don't miss Otago peninsula, stunning scenery. Wayne was very helpful and informative
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Date of stay: April 2017
Jim R wrote a review Apr 2017
Great Falls, Va108 contributions49 helpful votes
A real suite with a kitchen. TVs in the bedroom and living room with 50+ channels and a view out the sliding glass doors to the patio that overlooked the Pacific just 50m away. Spent one night there and wished we could stay more. The internet was great too. Almost forgot, the free parking is in a private, one car garage. Incredible!
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Date of stay: April 2017
Andyko wrote a review Apr 2017
Elstree, United Kingdom78 contributions37 helpful votes
Unfortunately it was foggy when we woke up on our first day ,but the views of the sea were great from our balcony later on. It's very easy to get into Dunedin by bus ( parking in Dunedin is a nightmare) or taxi and we were able to leave our car in a safe garage for 2 nights . Very comfortable room and en suite.
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Date of stay: March 2017
rossp705 wrote a review Mar 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Excellent location - beach just across the road. Close to restarants, bars, cafes, children's playground, salt water swimming pool.Fantastic owners who were very helpful and friendly - just what the south is known for!! Warm, comfortable and spacious family unit accommadated us and our friends beautifully. Looking forward to next visit and staying in the front units and waking up with that amazing view of the ocean in the morning:) Highly recommend a visit here:)
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Date of stay: March 2017
Response from AsianGardenNZ, Social Media Manager at Esplanade Motel & Apartments
Responded 13 Mar 2017
Dear Rossp705, Thanks, thanks, thanks for your kind words! We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed the place and the options around us. We look forward to seeing you again! Hopefully one of the rooms in the front will be available for you. :) Kind Regards.
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US$126 - US$198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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