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The Brothers Boutique Hotel

295 Rattray Street Carpark- GPS directions: 10 Bishops Rd, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand
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#22 of 61 hotels in Dunedin
Welcome to a special place in Dunedin. Relax in our European style family run Boutique Hotel close to inner city amenities with spectacular views of the City and harbour. Extensive renovations have been done to this former Christian Brothers 1920's stately residence transforming it into elegant heritage accommodation with 15 bedrooms and all with modern tiled en suites. The Brothers offers a mixture of convenience, history, charm, elegance and tranquillity, with the building retaining much of its original grandeur. Unfortunately the Hotel is unsuitable for infants, babies and young children under 16 and can't be accommodated. The Brothers is also quite different from anything else in Dunedin. The intention during the refurbishment was to be sympathetic to the building's history and wherever possible the original character has been retained. As a result most of our rooms are of a size often found in European Cities and maybe considered small by some. If room size is important to you or the prospect of walking 10 minutes uphill from the city centre is a daunting issue then other options maybe more suitable for you . A welcoming drink is offered early evening in the main Guest lounge. Book direct with us for better price and room options.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Complimentary tea
Adults only
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Shared lounge / TV area
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Architecture and food wrote a review Sep 2020
Wellington, New Zealand625 contributions199 helpful votes
We stayed here for a great long weekend in Dunedin. Very close to the city, a small walk so very good location, up the hill and so has great views of the stone church next door. The standard rooms were a little plain so we upgraded to the chapel room, a floor below but facing the city and with beautiful arched ceiling and trusses, the side wall has arched stain glass windows. Bit more expensive but came with a nice Pinot noir.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Rod McMeeken, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Responded 12 Sep 2020
Thank you and sorry for not responding to your text which I saw a day to late!!! Kind regards Rod
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Monica wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland, New Zealand11 contributions3 helpful votes
I booked our room for both its architectural character and expansive view. Both were delivered in style and grace. Simple and thoughtful the renovation of this historic building is done with comfort and beauty in mind. The colours are subtle and interesting, the materials authentic and the over all feel is deeply satisfying; nothing out of place. It is both simple and elegant. And the views out of our room over a charming terrace and off toward a magnificent overview of the harbour. If you want to stay where the owner provides exceptional service and recommendations for day trips and restraints as well as local history, this is your place. An absolutely lovely accomodation.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Room Tip: Give a call and speak with the hotel. The rooms are excellent and there are many options.
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Response from Rod McMeeken, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Responded 2 Aug 2020
Thank you Monica.
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Max_Bank wrote a review Mar 2020
York, United Kingdom75 contributions30 helpful votes
Rod, the owner, makes up for the slightly tired complexion of the hotel. It would be better without the boutique name tag, it is just a medium sized B&B. It is clean but just a little worn around the edges. The rooms are stark without any pictures, the carpet while perfectly ok, is very 70’s and I can agree with a previous review that the bedding just needs refreshing. The duvet was clean but had discoloured from white to a gentle beige with repeated laundry. Breakfast was fine, but could just do with being a little less basic. Great fruit salad and plums and a choice of breads, could do with a little more choice of cereals (maybe a nice granola). It just felt as if it was being run on a fairly tight budget with no room to refresh.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Rod McMeeken, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Responded 9 Jan 2021
Quick lets do a review... It is what you do on hoiliday it would seem. How many places do you visit the size of The Brothers that offer a complimentary glass of wine to all that are there in the early evening. The Budget is not tight and the only thing tired around here is me having to respond to reviews like this.
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Berkshire roamer wrote a review Feb 2020
Reading, United Kingdom241 contributions143 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights, having been booked by Trailfinders in UK. Having checked out TripAdvisor and the hotel website this was a hotel in which we looked forward to staying very much. The term "boutique hotel" is much overworked generally, to the point where it means little more than smal hotel. That aside, having booked the chapel room and seen the photo on the website this hotel seemed to offer something quite special. In many ways it is special but, unfortunately, it did not quite hit the spot for us in the way it obviously has for many other guests. Our welcome from Rod was warm and professional and the advice and help he gave us to book local attractions, 2 very good restaurants and suggest the best route around the Otago peninsula are the reason for our relatively high rating. His help hugely enhanced our stay in Dunedin. The gift of a bottle of wine is a nice touch, as is the 5 pm glass of wine with other guests. The chapel room is certainly impressive, reflecting its origin and sensitive conversion. However, it is rather spartan in reality. The stained glass windows are a delightful feature but, understandably, have no blinds or curtains. The ensuite shower room is minute with no shelf space and rather spoils the overall experience. The room also lacks a fridge or phone although a ommunal fridge is made available downstairs. The overall feel of the place on entering from the car park is rather downbeat and lacking the sense of warmth evident downstairs. The continental breakfast is fine but, as other guests have commented, fairly basic: cereals, fresh fruit, jug of orange juice, a choice of sliced breads to toast and little packs of honey, preserves and butter. All OK but not special. Yes, it is on the side of a steep hill, but it is not far from the centre of Dunedin and the walk up is good exercise.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Rod McMeeken, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Thank you for your candid views. There are a lot of things to think about when you do a Heritage conversion. We called The Brothers” Boutique” simply because it would have been a bit odd to call it The Brothers Small Hotel. When considering where to locate the en-suite in The Chapel in our view the only option was to make it small and functional and in the corner of the room so as not compromise the main attributes of the room including the stained glass windows, the vaulted ceiling and ensuring there would be enough natural light. (as I said there are a lot of things to factor in when you do a conversion). Interestingly, there are a few images on our website of the en-suite which clearly shows it as being small. To have a bigger bathroom would have necessitated cutting the room in half. Perhaps someone else doing the conversion may have done this. We could have knocked over practically every wall in the building to make bigger bathrooms/bedrooms but we felt the history of the place was more important than to trying to create a cookie-cutter Hotel you can find anywhere. The “spartan” and minimalistic feel of The Brothers overall is deliberate to reflect the rather austere existence of The Christian Bothers who lived here. Yes, the entrance from the carpark off Bishops Road is perhaps underwhelming compared with the ground floor entrance via Rattray St. Being on a hill entering the Hotel from the carpark is the only practical solution when most of the rooms are on this level or above. The majority of the feedback on the breakfast is favourable and we have no intention of changing it. We are very comfortable in where The Brothers sits and acknowledge and accept “it is not every ones cup of Tea “ and we are never going to please everyone all the time but are gratified most are appreciative of what we have done.
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PaulandChris86 wrote a review Feb 2020
Knaresborough, United Kingdom12 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed here for 4 nights on our tour of South Island and weren't disappointed. Rod was very welcoming and helpful about where to visit and eat. Thought it was a really nice touch to have early evening drinks and meet other guests. The hotel has been sensitively renovated to keep the original features and character - it had a nice feel and was very peaceful. There is a communal fridge which all guests can use which was very helpful, particularly as we were doing a combo of self catering and hotels during our holiday. Enjoyed the breakfasts, particularly the fruit salad with Black Doris plums. Our room was very comfortable with all we needed and views to die for. What a special place. Thank you Rod and Shelley for a fab stay - we enjoyed your sense of humour and banter!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Rod McMeeken, Owner at The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Thank you Chris and Paul. It is alway satisffying to see people enjoying their holiday and in particular their time in Dunedin. .
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Brothers Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Brothers Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Escape Dunedin at The Savoy (0.4 km), St. Paul's Cathedral (0.4 km), and Dunedin Public Art Gallery (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Brothers Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Brothers Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Brothers Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Brothers Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Etrusco at the Savoy, Speight's Alehouse, and Nova.
Is The Brothers Boutique Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Dunedin.
Are there any historical sites close to The Brothers Boutique Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (1.0 km), Northern Cemetery (2.5 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (0.8 km).