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Wains Hotel Dunedin

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The pictures on the website are misleading. The corridors feel like a hospital ward and you catch the lift to your level to only go up/down a flight of stairs to go to your room. The room was tiny. The room didn’t even have space to open my suitcase. Shower also had no water pressure and felt like a dripping tap. It’s a decent walk to the main area. Next time I would spend the extra couple of $$ to stay somewhere else

The place is clean, staff is nice and location is in the middle of Central Dunedin, very close to the Octagon. Recommended for short stays with family, friends or yourself. Try a room located to the front, to have a nice view and a big window.

No parking in the hotel itself - had to park up the street and walk. Awkward getting luggage to room as it includes ramps and stairs from the lift. On the upside we received excellent service and assistance from the staff but we felt bad as our luggage was heavy and he struggled down the stairs. Room was unclean, carpet shabby, shower over bath was unclean (who puts timber architraves in a shower? just creates mould!) and awkward to get into too. No view - windows looked over fire escape and air conditioning ducts - horrible feeling. To top it off breakfast was terrible - overcooked eggs and undercooked cold soggy toast, burnt measly strip of bacon and the yoghurt was definitely out of date - made me ill!

Wains hotel is comfortable not to much noise. Good sized rooms beds are firm and pillows need updating as hard and thin. Other wise very pleasant. The hote is a bit rabbit warren like. But I guess that's what you get from a heritage building. Breakfast is very good and price wise on par with other hotels. Breakfast in the room is either continental or cooked. There are more options in the restaurant down stairs. There is a small option avalible for room service. On the plus side wifi is free.

We stayed here with a large group recently and were very impressed. The building looks very old on the outside but is nice and modern inside. We found the layout of the Hotel to be a little different to the usual tower block hotel but the staff were so friendly and described where our room was really well. The rooms we stayed in were modest in size but well appointed with everything you would expect. The highlight of our stay was the staff though, we were amazed at how friendly and accommodating they all were, but especially Sophie & Melissa. They really went above and beyond with making sure us and our group had a great stay. Thanks Wains crew.

There is no onsite parking at the hotel it is 1 street away in a different building and is $15pn unless you want to park on the street which you will need to purchase a ticket. There was the previous guests hair on the shower wall and you could hear people in the rooms surrounding you also the noise from the street came up through the window. I dont think breakfast was worth the extra $20 unless you counted the long blonde hair through the dish of tinned fruit a bonus.

Stayed here for a weekend in September. We were in one of the smaller rooms right upstairs which we got for a bargain. Staff was friendly and all information was given to us during our late night check in. There is an elevator old as time which adds lovely character. No elevator for the top two floors, but that should not be a problem as I think the price for your room reflects it. We didn't have much of a view as the window was really high - but again - we didn't pay for a view as we just really needed a bed. We had all the things you would expect from a hotel - room service (limited menu), complimentary toiletries and tea and coffee, a few extra channels on the telly and other services available. I am a clean freak and our room could definitely do with a deep clean in the corners of the shower and ceiling, but I also didn't feel like I needed to shower with flip flops on as a lot of other stuff was obviously cleaned beautifully. We didn't go for the breakfast options offered by the hotel as it is located a stone throw away from the popular Octagon where there's a wide range of funky coffee shops and cafes to choose from. I'll stay here again definitely although depending on your stay, you may want to find out more details about parking. The hotel's parking lot was full so we parked across the road in a side street. Only had to pay between 9am and 6pm on Saturday ($1 per hour) and the rest of the time (after hours and Sunday) was free. If you plan on going site seeing during the day as we did, this is no problem. Beautiful character building and I would like to check out the 'nicer' rooms next time.

We had two nights here and for the price were impressed, being a central location. The rooms and decor are a bit dated but the bed was good, and there was plenty of hot water. The staff were friendly and helpful in every respect. After seeing the prices for breakfast in the city, we opted for the hotel offer. Excellent in quality and quantity with efficient waiting staff. Would stay again.

Wains was fine for our one night stay, the lift is quite interesting, and the breakfast buffet was good. Central location was convenient, room was clean and sufficient and we didn't find it noisy - but were in the top floor) and our room had been prewarmed with heater before arriving...A factor I hadn't counted on/and was unaware off was parking - you could use street pay parking which is free between 6pm-9am or pay $15 per day to park in hotel park. I probably wouldn't stay again for this reason..cause on a budget with so many accommodation options if we were paying for hotel parking each day that does add up. Good place if you don't have a car with you and want central location.

We had a lovely stay with outstanding service. For an old building, it has been well maintained and was clean. Loved the vintage lift! Will happily stay again. Very romantic and very cute. Well positioned where we could walk easily to near by shops.

310 Princes St Dunedin

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Speight's Brewery and First Church of Otago
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Business center

Located in Dunedin City Centre, Wains Hotel Dunedin is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Speight's Brewery and First Church of Otago. This 3.5-star hotel has 48 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a conference center. Centrally located in Dunedin, the hotel is also a short walk from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.


The 48 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, coffee makers, and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Phones, ironing boards, and desks are also available.

Property features

Guests of Wains Hotel Dunedin enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a conference center. Self parking is offered for NZD 15 per night. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a business center, a computer station, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Twin Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin Room

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Superior King Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

41% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 313 reviews