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Law Courts Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It is a pub, let's be clear. There is a blackboard specials board. The menu is not huge but there are starters, mains and desserts. I had ham steak and it covered HALF the big plate. You could have salad and fries (that's what I had) or vegetables. My partner had roast beef with vegetables. There was a lot of thickly cut meat, gravy and horseradish and served with vegetables. Holy moly the vegetables they served were amazing. Roast potato, mashed potato, carrots, peas, pumpkin and cauliflower with cheese sauce. This is a hotel with rooms upstairs - it seems a lot of truckies stay there but there are also a lot of older people eating there. Is it trendy? NOPE. Is the food delicious? YES. My food plus a PINT of diet coke was the same as the roast with the same drink...$22. Could also have had fish and chips (cooked several ways), steak, burger, schnitzel, chicken cordon bleu and so much more. No room for dessert...but wish I did have. The staff are lovely. Yes it is a pubby place but the food will blow you away.

I booked a single room for a stay over whilst at Uni. It was very inexpensive (about $81 for the night) and I got what I paid for. The room was warm once a broken heater was replaced and the bed comfortable and plenty of hot water. Staff friendly and the room was quiet.

Although the hotel is old and in need of a update the lovely staff more than make up for it. The room was ok and the bed and linen very comfortable, it was great having free parking and in a good location, would definitely stay here again.

Town was extremely busy at the time. So was quite noisy on the street. However, easy location. Love the art deco details and the vintage pub. Lots of history. Rooms are small but practical and clean. Staff were friendly, a major plus factor for me.

This is probably more my fault than the hotel, we wouldn't normally stay in a place like this, unfortunately I misinterpreted the listing on line. It's a pub and rather dark inside. The Manager / Owner(?) was very helpful with local directions and provided free car parking. The room itself was less than desirable, it had an odour which required the windows to be open but this became a catch 22 as the room location was overlooking a traffic light controlled road junction, fortunately, ear plugs were provided in the room, that's a first. The room appeared to have a reasonably new carpet but everything else was so old. In the room there was a double and single bed, a table with a T.V. on it and a small fridge underneath, a bedside cupboard and a dining chair. The wardrobe was a built in affair but I was not game to use it. The bed was surprisingly comfortable. The windows and the "French" door were metal framed and difficult to close which was a concern as the hotel was surrounded with scaffolding so security was non existent. Then there was the bathroom, very small and less than desirable. The toilet was ancient and had obviously been patched up and around the base were (urine) dribble marks on the brown Lino, not nice. The hand basin was cracked and the taps were very close to the porcelain making it difficult to wash hands or tooth brushes without touching the porcelain. The shower was in keeping with the rest of the bathroom and had a stainless steel base, something I have not encountered before. The wooden shower base surround was rotting. The ceiling had mould spots in many places, maybe this was the source of the odour as aforementioned. As stated, this is not my kind of accommodation, it may appeal to many wanting budget accommodation and what I have stated is factual but it's not for us. The one fantastic benefit of this hotel is its location, it's in the centre of everything in Dunedin and only 100 metres from either the railway station or Cadbury's Factory but don't waste your money here as it's a rip off.

If your on a budget this is for you the rooms are clean and comfortable without being spectacular the food is very reasonably priced and decent with a cracking bar as well if you are not happy here your not a budget traveler

Excellent location close to the Dunedin Railway Station and the Octagon. Plenty of good cafes/eating places and also 3 cinemas nearby. Can walk to all the major sights. Fast check-in and check-out. Friendly staff. Good WiFi. Tea/coffee making facilities in room. There is a restaurant/pub in the hotel although I have not tried the food there. Overall, it was a nice stay.

Both my husband and myself cannot praise enough the excellent service from this hotel. From household staff through to management. A very friendly hotel catering to all. The meals are well priced and delicious with a great selection to choose from. The rooms are all lovely and clean and we'll serviced.Room prices are very reasonable. The highest shout out to this place. We will return.

Very handy for the rail station as we had just finished the Otago rail trail and got the Taeiri gorge train back from Middlemarch. Decor old apparently the queen visited in the 50s it might have been trendy then.

Don’t be put off by the slightly run down look and dark old fashioned bar area. Beautiful Art Deco building with a lot of its original features still intact. Rooms were very clean with good quality linen and towels, comfortable beds and working amenities. Ensuites are old, with outdated sinks and showers but they work very well and add to the character. Sarah in the bar area and evening manager (I think) was helpful and fun. The location is fantastic,. We went to a venue at Forsyth Barr and easy walking distance and great for the Octagon. All in all a great place to be based when visiting Dunedin. Oh yes, could be noisey as traffic in central city area both cars and people mean it’s busy.. ear plugs are provided!

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 First Church of Otago. 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 The Octagon.


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. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee 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

50.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 136 reviews