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Scenic Hotel Dunedin CityEnviro-Silver Award Rating 4 Star Plus Qualmark Rating

Our stylish Scenic Hotel Dunedin City features a stunning contemporary award-winning design, with spacious guest rooms, modern facilities and attractive local artworks all in a handy inner-city location.

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This stylish hotel has a fresh contemporary design, with clean lines and dramatic features softened by natural elements such as timber and neutral tones. At once energetic, yet restful, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is well in tune with the beat of this vibrant city. Located in the heart of the city and just blocks from the Octagon, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions, great restaurants and shopping centres. So whether you are visiting Dunedin for business or pleasure look no further than the exquisite Scenic Hotel Dunedin City for your accommodation choice!

Throughout the hotel, attention is paid to style, quality, convenience and service. This has earned Scenic Hotel Dunedin City an impressive 4 star plus Qualmark rating, as well as the Enviro-Silver rating in recognition of our environmental awareness. We look forward to making your stay memorable!

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Location

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Lat: 45° 52' 34.5426" S
Lon: 170° 30' 9.3888" E
GPS: 123 Princes Street, Dunedin

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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Facilities 

For your convenience the Scenic Hotel Dunedin City has...

  • Street-side Princes on Dowling Restaurant serving breakfast and dinner
  • Lounge bar with gas fireplace and large-screen TV
  • 24-hour Reception
  • 24-hour Room service
  • Two guest laundries
  • Valet laundry and dry-cleaning service (available six days)
  • Fitness centre
  • Internet kiosk
  • FREE WiFi available throughout hotel
  • Conference facilities
  • Valet car parking (a charge may apply)
  • Tourist information and booking service
  • Guest recycling bin located on the 5th Floor
  • Guest ice making machines located on 2nd and 5th Floors

Check-in time: 2:00pm. Check-out time: 10:00am

Please note: Valet Parking Service is available at a charge of $12 per night (increasing to $13 per night from 1st Jan 2016). As well as our own hotel basement parks, we lease other carparks on adjacent street to hotel in order to provide valet parking for guests – please be advised that some of these parks are outside - and are not in a locked secure area. Although damage is unlikely and very rare, if any damage does occur in any of our carparks – in hotel basement or otherwise, hotel does not accept liability, and it will be drivers/owners responsibility to contact their insurance company. Please also note that very occasionally, when there is very heavy demand for car park spaces, we do run out – if this happens to be the case, car parks are used up on a “first in first served” basis.

Please be advised that there is no free carparking available at the hotel – if guests choose to park in the inner city designated council carparks rather than choose our valet carparking at $12 per night, they will need to feed the parking meters money unless time parked is outside of chargeable hours.

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Room Amenities

The Scenic Hotel Dunedin City has 121 large rooms comprising of Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms and Executive Rooms, including some with balconies. Special access and Interconnecting rooms are available.

All rooms include:

  • Tea and coffee facilities (free plunger coffee)
  • Sky TV
  • minibar
  • telephone
  • FREE WiFi
  • work desk
  • clock radio
  • fridge
  • iron and ironing board
  • hairdryer

Dunedin Local Attractions

Often referred to as the Edinburgh of the south, Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and traces its history back to its Scottish settlers. As such it has a rich history to explore but also has many other activities to interest and thrill visitors. Just a few to consider include:

  • Albatross colony
  • Historic architecture
  • Penguin & seal colony
  • Larnach Castle
  • Marine Studies Aquarium
  • Olveston Historic House
  • Surf beaches
  • Otago Settlers Museum
  • Glenfallock Gardens
  • NZ Sports Hall of Fame
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Dunedin Art Gallery
  • Monarch Harbour Cruises
  • Speights Heritage Centre
  • Dunedin Casino
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Forsyth Barr Stadium
  • Cadbury World
  • University of Otago
  • Theatre
  • Shopping, including boutique fashion
  • Trout fishing
  • Saltwater canoeing & kayaking
  • Cycling & mountain biking

Princes on Dowling Restaurant

Situated street-side, the Princes on Dowling Restaurant offers the perfect vantage point to take in the sights of central Dunedin, whilst sampling a tasty menu showcasing fresh produce from the Mainland. Or you may choose to unwind by the gas fireplace in our lounge bar which has its own bar menu and a large screen TV perfect for those sports games which draw fanatic support from the locals.

Opening Hours

The Princes on Dowling Restaurant is open for a la carte and buffet breakfast from 6am until 10am and the a la Carte dinner service is from 6pm until 10pm everyday.

Central Otago cuisine - promoting New Zealand Mainland produce

The menu here features some very tempting local food and wine including some of the very finest Pinot Noirs from central Otago to compliment your selections.

View the selection at the Princes on Dowling restaurant below:

Princes on Dowling Restaurant Breakfast Menu
Princes on Dowling Restaurant A La Carte Menu
Princess on Dowling Restaurant Dessert Menu
Princes on Dowling Lounge Bar Menu

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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Our Hotel History, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Designed by Ian Dunn of the Dunedin architectural practice Miller, White and Dunn, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City was originally called Cargill House. It was completed in 1970 for the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

One of the first tenants, Commercial Bank of Australia, commissioned the mural which now hangs in the hotel lobby. The wall frieze was discovered in 2003, when the building was purchased by Scenic Circle Hotels and converted into a 110-room hotel with restaurant, bar and conference room.

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City was opened in July 2004.

Scenic Circle rebranded to become Scenic Hotel Group in 2009, bringing two distinct brands to the accommodation market – the four star and four star plus Scenic Hotels, and the three star and three star plus Heartland Hotels.

In 2010, the 8th floor of Scenic Hotel Dunedin City was converted to 12 accommodation rooms and suites, with balcony views across Dunedin City and the harbour. Pure New Zealand wool carpets were specially designed for the refurbishment and carried throughout the hotel by 2012.

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City prides itself on its collection of original New Zealand artwork. More than $70,000 worth of art adorns the public spaces of the hotel, dating from the 1930s to the current year.

The mural mounted on the wall at Reception was created in 1970 by Fred Staub (b. 1919), a Dunedin sculptor. Staub directed creation of moulds which were then filled with crushed red bricks and white cement at Fletcher Construction’s Parry Street yard to produce separate, pre-cast concrete panels. These were then assembled to form the mural. It represents southern New Zealand industries and reflects the optimism and energy of the city at that time.

Other artwork includes traditional paintings and mixed media on board, paper and canvass, and earthenware and ceramics.

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123 Princes St
Dunedin 9016
Ph: +64 3 470 1470