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Law Courts Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

We stayed for a long weekend with friends and family. Good location in the centre of Dunedin but needs modernising. Basic hotel, very cold, and a rubbish shower. Would be ok for 1 night as a cheap base but nothing more than that.

Warm friendly welcome. The rooms were great - clean, warm and spacious. Only a two minute walk to town!! The bar had a really relaxed atmosphere and bar staff were fun and friendly. Just can't fault! Will stay again and recommend!

Really enjoyed staying at the Law Courts Hotel. Beds were very comfortable, room was very clean & tidy, in fact the whole hotel was very clean & tidy. It is old but it's an old building & exactly what we expected. Within walking distance to everything which was great & extra handy having free car parking behind the hotel. The Staff were friendly & helpful. The food was your typical Pub Grub but priced well & very tasty. I won't hesitate to book this Hotel if we are coming to Dunedin again.

Unique operation....dated but it suits the character of the building and I wouldn't change anything, in fact I fell in love the moment I stepped in the for. From the initial contact with Grant through the entire stay the customer service was very high, Friendly, polite and down to earth. The room I had was cosy and comfortable and the original character is maintained. The bed was so comfortable and the bedding, fresh and clean. Room amenities was just what you needed and the decor and furnishings are bright and refreshing. The meals affordable and very tasty and delivered in a timely manner and with a big smile. Loved that everything was under one roof and if you just wanted RnR this hotel is perfect. Yes it is close to the main road but they supply ear plugs which was one of those extras they think of. Thank you Management and staff you exude great hospitality and I will definitely recommend your hotel and hope one day to return.

Room was clean, warm, comfortable, service at reception was helpful and friendly and quick to help with any queries. Ideal location to walk to and from town, however if you like quiet for sleeping this was quite the opposite, I struggled even with ear plugs - as did friends in other rooms, but if noise doesn't affect you, value for money definitely here.

Lovely old hotel. Room was clean and cosy and the service was excellent. I also had room 310, which was mentioned in another review. The bathroom arrangement was a little odd, evidence of doors having been moved, and I spent some time pondering what the original configuration must have been. Maybe I'm a heavy sleeper but I wasn't bothered by noise at all. All in all, an enjoyable stay. Very convenient location, two minute walk from both the train station and the city centre. Will definitely stay here again.

We were only here for 1 night but made to feel very welcome. Heater in room was very effective and electric blanket on bed. We even stayed in the room that the Queen stayed in ....63 years ago! Good breakfast ( extra charge), free parking and Wi-Fi in some rooms.

My mother taught me to never say anything unless I had something nice to say. I’m here because I have something nice to say about the Law Courts Hotel. We’re well into the 21st century now, and walking into the Law Courts is like stepping into a piece of New Zealand that time forgot. Situated in the heart of Dunedin’s lawerly district, directly across from the Otago Dally times building and a stone’s throw from the Cadbury factory, The Octagon, and the train station, The Law Courts hotel is an institution unto itself, absolutely reeking of subtle, humble history. The Jury Room – the pub on the ground floor – is strewn with all kinds of interesting flotsam, with old whiskey jugs hanging down from above the bar, ornate, brass power outlets along the skirting boards, a piano, which I can only assume is utilized on the most legend of Saturday nights, or during a particularly epic rugby game on the telly, the quintessential chalkboard menu highlighting the day’s soup de jour, the roast of the day, the fish of the day, as well as all the staple bar snacks, and a gaming room straight across, forever beckoning you with the sound of bells and whistles, clanking coins, and a jackpot meter that begs you to try your luck. The staff are like old friends, and treat you with the utmost of Kiwi hospitality whether you just arrived, or if you’ve been drinking there for years. Within a day you’ll know their names. I had the roast on one occasion, and it was like stepping back to grans for Sunday tea: generous portions, roast veg, gravy and sauces, and a hearty helping of nostalgia. Couple that with a well-poured pint of Speights and you may as well be in a time capsule. The Law Courts has the atmosphere of a museum, it’s walls tastefully decorated with old, historic menus, photos from the royal visits, various portraits of Dunedin patriarchs, and of course, nostalgic Speights pub memorabilia. For some reason—I don’t know why—the atmosphere made me think of the Titanic in all its upper-crust glory... before the iceberg, of course. On the other side of the ground floor is hotel reception, where they are happy to store your bags if you happen to arrive before check in time or sort out whatever complications you might be encountering, and the Wig and Pen restaurant, which serves all the classic pub food staples, and is quite popular on Sunday when the septuagenarians of Dunedin come in for their roast of the day. I stayed in this hotel for a week. The room I stayed in was huge, well kept, clean, warm, with all the amenities you would expect from a chain hotel, and all the comfort of a home away from home. The room attendants were more than helpful, descrete, and made sure that I was well taken care of, down to my sullied laundry that I needed washed. But after hours.... If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Shining,” then you’ll know what I’m talking about. The upper floors of the hotel, the back stairways, the elevator and the service floors, all take on a completely different atmosphere after hours. Upon check in you’re given a door code to get in and out of the hotel after hours, and it’s after the downstairs pub, restaurant, and gaming room close up for the night that the Law Courts takes on a completely different atmosphere. The carpeting is classic Stanley Hotel – practically a replica movie prop—and wandering around late at night you really get a feel for the history of this beautiful hotel, and the elegance it once possessed. You almost expect to encounter ghosts wandering the hallway, but benevolent ghosts, who only remain because of the wonderful times they spent there. The remnants of the art deco splendor that the Law Courts once had remains in tact, even if it has become humbly antiquated, but that’s all part of the experience. Modern, more than affordable rooms, staff that goes out of their way to accommodate you, a comfortability that comes only from a place that’s stood the test of time, and hospitality the way it should be. This place is old school in the best sense of the word. The bartender even gave me a bag of apples to take home because someone gave her a huge lot of apples, and she had too many to use for herself. Thanks, Tina. If you want a generic hotel room for a night, book one in a well known chain. If you want a real, classic-in-every-way, Kiwi hotel experience, stay here. I stayed here for a week, but by the time I left it felt like home, and for a weary, well-seasoned nomad like myself, you couldn’t possibly want for more.

Stayed here a few nights with the kids and we didn't mind it at all. It's an old hotel with creaky floors but basically having a pub downstairs is something different. Lots of pokie machines are there also if you are into that. A restaurant is also located on site. The beds were comfortable enough and the room was a decent size, small bathroom but overall o.k. Located basically in town it can be quite noisey and the car park was hit and miss as there isn't enough parks for the accomodation. Wifi was very weak where we were much to the kids dismay and the elevator didn't work also but overall we would stay there again if the price point was good.

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 109 reviews