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Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Only stayed one night. Well appointed rooms, clean and efficient. Would have like to stay longer. Restaurant service good for breakfast and dinner. Friendly staff. Nice grounds around Hotel. Next to Botanical Gardens.

I traveled with my girlfriend and we have stayed 3 night at the Mercure, the room has very nice view to the garden and a very satisfied king bed. Restaurant is not extraordinary but cozy and nice view to the front of hotel. But my special thanks to Mr.Jeff (it could be Jets, sorry if i spelled wrong. Working night shift receptionist or porter), a very kind man. We’ve been struggled to find a way to Tunnel Beach. I called the reception around 11pm to find out more about the trip or how to get there by other transportation. Jeff was the one who pickep up the phone then helping us find the way. Apparently no tour in Dunedin will take you to Tunnel Beach, the only way you can go is travel by bus then walking for like 2 more kilometres or having your own transportation. Jeff has offered that he can take us there once he finished his shift in the morning. It’s very unexpected offering and very special for someone you don’t know but still offer help. Though, we didn’t take the offer in the end but sincerely we truly appreciate it. It’s rarely to have someone that care to their guest as a friend or trying to go beyond their daily work. Once again, thank you very much Jeff and hope we’ll meet again one day.

The hotel was average but clean. The staff were helpful but not necessarily that knowledgeable. Close to botanic gardens which are great and probably makes a good family friendly hotel. Quite a walk into town but was in a nice quiet area

Last minute change of plan, we called the hotel 4 hours prior arrival. Spoke to Jeff who was so friendly and helpful. Booked double room, as it would have 2 double beds that would be suitable for us, a family of 4 people. On arrival Jeff greeted us right away and he upgraded us to a 3 beds room so the kids got to sleep on separate bed. The room was spacious and smelled very fresh. Bathroom was very nice and looked like it was newly renovated. The bedding was very comfortable. Price was very reasonable. Very happy indeed.

We had 2 double beds in a spotlessly clean room, the only downside was the room faced Great King Street a main thoroughfare so traffic noise was a bit of an issue. We didn't use any other hotel facilities. However, the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. The Lodge is very close to the Botanic Gardens but a 30 minute walk along virtually straight roads to the Octagon in Dunedin centre. Architecture worth looking at is the railway station and the roman catholic cathedral. If you enjoy craft beer the Inch Bar on nearby Bank Street is about the best place in Dunedin with a good selection from truly independent brewers, it's a bit quirky but friendly. If you have a couple of hours to spare take a drive out to Harington Point outbound along the low level route via Portobello Road returning along the high level route for some great views, I doubt you will be disappointed.

We stayed at the Leisure Lodge for a couple of nights while on our tour of New Zealand. We were allocated a nice large room with two double beds. I would guess that this room had recently been renovated as everything looked new. In fact there were renovations going on to the exterior of the hotel while we were there, but they were not obtrusive and didn't start until about 08:30. All the staff were super friendly and the food at breakfast and dinner was excellent. The only downside is that its a good 30 minute walk to the centre of town, but taxis are plentiful and inexpensive.

The reason I have to give this such a low rating is chiefly due to the room we were given. It may be the worst room in the lodge, at ground level and close to main road traffic and bright lights, city noises, etc. There was an unpleasant smell in the room which could have been due to past smoking or perhaps the carpet/curtains just need to be replaced. I could see that some of the other rooms not on the traffic side could be better. The main problem: we happened to stay during a warm spell and the room was airless. There are a door and window that open but 1) heavy curtains block the flow of air; the air from the window was insufficient anyway, and I didn't want to leave the door open all night ; 2) the noise of the traffic was horrible, so leaving the window open was not good; 3) I tried using ear plugs, but could still hear the traffic; tried opening the curtains anyway, but 4) the lights from the signage and roadway were extremely bright, so no luck there, either! The refrigerator was generating so much heat that the cabinet was hot to the touch, but we need the fridge so didn't unplug it. There was a small central-air fan near the shower which mysteriously came on in the morning, but it was weak and I don't know if it was helping to circulate air in any way. At any rate, morning was not the problem, since we could open window and door, although there was still the privacy issue i.e. could get no air unless heavy curtains were drawn back. It's really too bad we had the bad room experience, because otherwise we found the staff, breakfast, and location of the lodge very much to our liking. Another side note: the exit closest to this room is situated near a door that has a sign "No Smoking" due to the presence of hazardous/flammable materials," and we encountered people smoking out there. Although it hasn't caught on in New Zealand, I hope that more and more hotels and lodges will work toward making a large percentage of their facilities as smoke-free as possible.

We were pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful renovations that have taken place since we last stayed. The new deck and opening doors into the garden from the bar area is amazing! We loved sitting out here for our dinner on our first night. As always the staff are always so friendly and helpful. Room was great and housekeeping were so lovely and did a fantastic job. Thanks again, we can’t wait to come back.

I cannot say anything against the place , I love it and so nice thenearby peninsula of Otago. the scenario , arriving from North, is beautiful and the hotel is just next door to the highway. The rooms are wide and so well prepared

The hotel is very nice, unfortunately the beds are super soft and not comfortable. You sit down on them and both sides go up around you..... Also, the location is not for people who are without a car as the only restaurants that are within walking distance are fast food (Pizza Hut, McDonalds, KFC, etc.). And there is one pub not too far. They do offer nice meals at the hotel. They also have a couple washers & dryers available for $4 each.

30 Duke Street Dunedin

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Dunedin Botanic Garden and Otago Museum
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in North Dunedin, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Dunedin Botanic Garden and Otago Museum. This 4-star hotel has 76 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also close to this Dunedin hotel are Olveston and Cadbury World.


Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


The 76 rooms have an array of amenities, including minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge, guests have access to WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and express check-out. If you drive, put free parking to good use. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior King Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 672 reviews