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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 )
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Private balcony
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Complimentary toiletries
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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JackZorich wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia35 contributions23 helpful votes
Our accommodation unfortunately wasn't on the beach front with views, but at the back in an old run down 1860's unit. Yes, it has character from the outside, however, inside it is a nightmare for anybody who suffers from allergies from dust mite and dust. 2 members of our family had to take anti histamine to get a night's rest. Although the unit seemed clean, there is a musky smell of moth balls and dust that just irritate the eyes and nose of those who suffer allergy. The bunk bed had no rail on them, and seemed more suitable for an army barracks than a hotel. The bathroom is old, rundown and leaking water when raining. There was even one of those old separate cold and hot water taps where you need to fill both taps in the basin to mix the two waters to get your desired
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Date of stay: January 2020
taty p wrote a review Dec 2019
montreal8 contributions12 helpful votes
terrible experience. i was faced with DISCRIMINATION,because English is not my first language. They provided misleading information via emails. They offered an early check- in. Unfortunately, they are absolutely unprofessional ,rude and unfriendly. I was not welcome in their place.The hotel looks dirty and dated inside. The atmosphere there was disgusting. They forced to pay for my 3 night stay on advance in full ,even i was booked by Booking. They said they do not trust anybody,' There are to many hidden fee ,such 2% of full amount if you are paying by credit card, ext...... I was not surprise that hotel is almost empty. They do not care about their clients. When i said ,that they will get a truth review, i was asked to go away ......Just lost my money ,,my time.. So
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Kevin B wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom42 contributions27 helpful votes
For our two night stop-over in Dunedin, we chose a one bedroom apartment in the Esplanade motel at St Clair. Our ocean view apartment was spacious and well equipped. We were ideally located on a beautiful bay with beach, surf and the heated saltwater pool within easy reach. Straightforward to also drive into the city centre or out to the Royal Albatross Centre (highly recommended for both the Albatrosses and Blue Penguins. Asian cooking smells do waft across our balcony from the adjoining restaurant but it didn’t bother us. The location commands a higher price for the rooms but for us the location was worth it.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Double Happy wrote a review Oct 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
This place is great! Very friendly host Ray and Tania ! Carpark on site!! So close to the beach!! The room is nice and warm, good quality , old historic building in the middle , great garden setting! Good for family , nice and safe. Close to so many restaurants and the pool! Affordable price ! Loving this place
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Date of stay: October 2019
katiekitten wrote a review Mar 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand55 contributions57 helpful votes
The location of these motels is absolutely out of this world! Right in the ocean front. Close to fabulous bars and restaurants. Such an amazing place to stay. Rooms are perfectly nice. A little dated, but clean and suited all our needs. We will definitely be staying here again.
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Date of stay: March 2019
US$126 - US$198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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