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Law Courts Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel has been registered since the 19thC. The new building completed in 1938. Superb artdeco frontage and old pub interior. Accommodation is more than good. The dining while not fine, is excellent for such a place. Good value in the heart of the city.

Check in was fine,we had parked in a free hotel car park at the rear of the hotel. We had room 308, on the 3rd floor. The room was fine for our needs, comfortable bed, and quiet overnight , both inside and out.There was some traffic noise but not noticeable overnight. We ate one evening meal, a roast beef dinner which was very good for 18 NZD, if the dining room lacked atmosphere. The Octagon was 3 minutes walk in one direction, the Railway Station 3 minutes the other way. Yes, it is an old hotel, but for the price and location it's very good.

We were pleasantly surprised with our 3 night stay here after reading mixed reviews. There were loads of positives - ie, location is right down town Dunedin, good unlimited free wifi, spacious room, good housekeeping, great shower pressure, nice towels. We were not bothered by noise, and although the lift was not so reliable and noisy when it got 'stuck' we managed to use it 90% of the time. A great value place to stay - with free parking.

Recently my 99 year old mother was admitted to Dunedin Hospital to get her lower leg amputated, so we booked accomodation at the Law Courts Hotel because of the close proximity to the hospital. Mum's op was scheduled for the Tuesday so we booked Monday for the first night. Because of mum's age, we were not sure if she would survive the op, therefore we did not know how long we needed to book the room for. Robby was very understanding, & said that they did not need a confirmed number of nights, that we could 'play it by ear'. That was such a relief to us. He also gave us a very reasonable price - $100 per night. Our room was on the 1st floor, had a queen bed & a single bed and was decorated nice & modern with fresh clean colours. Bathroom was quite small but adequate, had a shower, toilet & basin. Being on two busyish roads, there was a bit of traffic noise, especially early in the morning. Mum came through her op extremely well, so we ended up staying five nights. The staff were so obliging in keeping our room for us. Because of its great location & proximity to the hospital, Octagon, Railway Station, shops & restaurants, I have no hesitation in recommending The Law Courts Hotel as a convenient place to stay.

I was excited to see where the queen had stayed and I suppose I wasn’t disappointed. People say they don’t wash their hands again after shaking hands with her, so the hotel follows the theme - nothing has changed since that day. The antics of the lift had a Fawlty Towers air to it (I never managed to get it to work). The bar is nice and the staff are friendly and helpful, but please please do the place up! Dunedin needs it!

The room was nice and clean and shower was ok. But the lift is soooo bad! I'm surprised it's legal and safe and passed inspection. Constant banging and tapping both nights even when it's not being used!. Caused me to have an awful sleep! Also the building is so old you can hear EVERYTHING going on outside including street lights and Every car that goes past!

Well situated within easy walking distance of just about everything. Good parking. Room adequate and quiet and clean. Staff friendly. Good restaurant where I had the biggest omelet I have ever seen. Reasonably priced.

The building is old, and it shows. Could use a renovation. Despite that, it has a lift. Very good location, very close to city center. Free parking just next door with enough spaces. The rooms are clean and the price is good.

A group of 6 friends stopped here recently and enjoyed our stay. We booked twin bed rooms, rooms were small but clean and comfortable. But if you get the front rooms be warned, they are very noisy due to the traffic. Ear plugs were provided !!!!!. Still in all it is a good place to stay in a fabulous location.

Good location but a bit tired. The bed and linen were excellent however the lack of a desk and any bench space in the bathroom were frustrating. There were very few coat hangers and only one iron and ironing board per floor.

53 Stuart Street Dunedin

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Cadbury World and New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Dunedin City Centre, Law Courts Hotel is next to popular attractions like Cadbury World and New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. This 24-room, 3.5-star hotel has a restaurant, a casino, and free in-room WiFi. Centrally located in Dunedin, the hotel is also a short walk from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and First Church of Otago.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.


All 24 heated rooms feature refrigerators, coffee makers, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Ironing boards are also included.

Property features

Guests of Law Courts Hotel enjoy features like a casino, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NZD tba. Front-desk staff can help with luggage storage, and provide local restaurant recommendations. This smoke-free hotel also has an ATM.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Triple Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Apartment, 3 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 7

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

50% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 119 reviews