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538 Great King Motel

538 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand
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#4 of 31 motels in Dunedin
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Welcome to 538 Great King Motel, simply the best 4 star motel in Dunedin! Ideally located, we are the closest motel to the University of Otago and just a short walk to the CBD, the Museum, Dunedin Hospital, the stadium and the Botanic Gardens. We offer a range of stylish rooms to suit all requirements, from small cosy studios to family-sized two bedroom apartments. Excellent service, a super comfortable bed, a terrific shower, unlimited internet access (wifi & wired), 50+ Sky channels - all this in a tranquil garden setting with an onsite cafe – what more could you want? 538 - It all adds up!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Express check-in / check-out
Car park
Wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Umbrella
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Seating area
Separate living room
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Telephone
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Happiness wrote a review Jan 2024
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The most welcoming hosts ever. The motel is comfortable no matter what room you stay in. Decor is amazing and they are always carrying out maintenance to ensure that customers have the best experience ever. At the risk of making this motel too popular and not being able to find a room when we want one - I can't speak highly enough of it. If we can't stay here we wont come to Dunedin. Only place to stay.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: Walking distance from all Dunedin down town amenities. Transport easily available - can even...
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Response from Pete and Morag Firns, Owner at 538 Great King Motel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your lovely comments and for your return visits over the past 5-6 years. We really do enjoy welcoming guests to the motel. It is important to us that each and every guest has a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Also, we are pleased that our maintenance efforts are noticed ... our aim is to maintain a fresh, modern and inviting feel about the motel to help ensure that guests do have a great experience. Thanks again. We look forward to your next visit. Pete and Morag
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창희 이 wrote a review Nov 2023
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I stayed here for more than a couple of weeks in a double bed room with kitchen, and found this place comfortable, accessible to everywher by walk. The staffs were always nice and ready to help me. Perhaps I can't forget my stay here.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: If my parents visit me, I will stay here again.
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Response from Pete and Morag Firns, Owner at 538 Great King Motel
Responded 19 Nov 2023
Thank you 창희. It was a pleasure to have you here and we are pleased that you are leaving here with fond memories of the beginning of your life in New Zealand. We are happy that we could be part of that and we wish you all the best for the future. Pete and Morag
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Richard S wrote a review Nov 2023
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I was in Dunedin for a family bereavement and I managed to get a room at short notice. The management were VERY accommodating and helpful. My room was awesome, loved it. Clean, tidy everything i needed. I would and will definitely recommend these guys!!! Thank you for your help and kind words!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Use this hotel
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Responded 17 Nov 2023
Thank you for recommending us Richard. It was a difficult time and we are just pleased we had a nice room for you with everything you needed. We wish you the best. Pete and Morag
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Wildsouth2016 wrote a review Oct 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
We stayed at 538 Great King Motel for 5 nights. What a great place. The friendly and helpful welcome was matched on every interaction we had with Pete while we were there. Our room was spacious, immaculately clean, and well-presented. There were many thoughtful inclusions for our comfort and ease of use, and the heated bathroom floor and the night light in the bathroom were a bonus, as well as the amazing shower. Although the Motel is on a busy road, our room was quiet and restful, and we enjoyed looking out onto a view of their beautiful gardens. We will definitely stay again next time we are in Dunedin, thank you Pete and Morag.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 31 Oct 2023
Thank you Wildsouth. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to have you both here and we look forward to seeing you again. Pete and Morag
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Claricyn wrote a review Oct 2023
New Zealand1 contribution
We stayed for 2 nights, slept really well. Bed was very comfy. The room was big enough for both of us and the heated bathroom was a bonus. Parking was a breeze. Pete was very kind for showing us our room and was also very welcoming. . . We would love to stay again.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 12 Oct 2023
Thank you Claricyn. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and your welcome. It was a pleasure to have you here and we'd love to see you again. Pete and Morag
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MRLA A wrote a review Jul 2023
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We stayed for only one night, but it was a stay worth remembering. The welcome at the reception was warm and attentive. Our room was spacious, bright and clean. It smelled fresh as well. The small kitchen and dining areas were a big plus. The open garden in the middle of the building was refreshing. Checking out was a breeze. We appreciated the gesture of having our luggage kept until we were ready to go. 538 Great King Motel is Dunedin's gem!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Pete and Morag Firns, Owner at 538 Great King Motel
Responded 23 Jul 2023
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are pleased you had a "stay worth remembering" for all the right reasons. A warm welcome and clean, fresh rooms are what we like to deliver for our guests, and we are happy that is what you found here. We do hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand. Pete and Morag
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Jim S wrote a review May 2023
Havelock North, New Zealand60 contributions14 helpful votes
Six of us stayed in 2 units - 202 a 2 B'room unit & 102 a Large 1 B'room unit for the weekend of the Otago Graduation. Excellent location - 1 block from Otago University, 10 min walk to New World supermarket & 20 min walk to Octagon. Very well appointed quiet double - glazed Units with comfortable beds, adequate heating plus underfoot heating in bathroom. Helpful / friendly management staff.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Pete and Morag Firns, Owner at 538 Great King Motel
Responded 1 Jun 2023
Thanks very much for your feedback Jim. It was our pleasure having you and your family here for the graduation weekend and we are very pleased that you had such an enjoyable stay. Yes, we too think this is great location for visitors to Dunedin. Helpful and friendly is how we like to be, so we are pleased that's how you found us. Pete and Morag.
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woodfamily2013 wrote a review Apr 2023
Birkenhead, New Zealand79 contributions15 helpful votes
everything as expected . very modern, clean , tidy and friendly . our Dunedin choice from now .with teenagers studying at Otago we will be back many times and this is our new favourite . very handy to town and located between our daughters different residences so really couldn't be better .
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Responded 18 Apr 2023
Thank you for choosing to stay at 538 Great King Motel and for your rating and review here. We are pleased that you had a great stay and look forward to welcoming you back to the motel. We will do our best to ensure you have many more enjoyable stays here. Pete and Morag
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Toni B wrote a review Mar 2023
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Rooms are very comfortable, clean spacious and quiet. It's an easy walk from the Motel to the hospital and Octagon. Pete bent over backwards to make my stay easy when I was under a lot of stress with an acutely ill husband - he facilitated a (very) late arrival and we sorted out the details (like payment) later. The following day, when 538 Great King Motel was booked out he helped me find another place to stay-fantastic service when I really needed it. I highly recommend this motel.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded 18 Mar 2023
Thank you Toni. We are pleased we had a bed for you when you needed it most and that we were able to help you find something after that. We do hope thinks are OK for you now. Pete and Morag
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Sue B wrote a review Mar 2023
Oxford, United Kingdom24 contributions6 helpful votes
Lovely welcome on arrival. Pete showed us to our fantastic accommodation. Lovely and clean and very comfortable beds. Sorted out my left jacket for us - very much appreciated. Would thoroughly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Responded 16 Mar 2023
Thank you Sue. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay here and that you found it clean and comfortable. Now we've just got to hope the posties do their job and get your jacket to the motel on the North Island in time for you. We wish you the best for a safe trip home. Pete and Morag
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$191 - $246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about 538 Great King Motel
Which popular attractions are close to 538 Great King Motel?
Nearby attractions include Tūhura Otago Museum (0.3 km), University of Otago (0.4 km), and Discovery World Tropical Forest (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at 538 Great King Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at 538 Great King Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at 538 Great King Motel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at 538 Great King Motel?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to 538 Great King Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Good Earth Cafe, Lone Star Cafe & Bar, and Buddha Stix Restaurant & Bar.
Are any cleaning services offered at 538 Great King Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to 538 Great King Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Olveston Historic Home (0.8 km), Northern Cemetery (1.0 km), and Dunedin High And District Court (1.4 km).
Is 538 Great King Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.