Sahara Guesthouse

619 George StreetDunedin9016New Zealand
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About Sahara Guesthouse

Sahara Guesthouse is a budget-friendly guest house in the northern suburbs of Dunedin. Besides no-frills rooms in the main building, this property also offers classic motel rooms and deluxe self-contained units with kitchenettes, all conveniently situated behind the guest house.

The non-smoking guest house rooms come with electric blankets and washbasins. They also feature en-suite bathrooms or access to shared bathrooms.

Conveniences comprise a communal living room with a cable TV, microwave, toaster and tea and coffee-making facilities. Guests can also take advantage of laundry facilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi and free parking. Moreover, the front desk can arrange local tours and wake-up calls.

A buffet continental breakfast is available. Seoul Restaurant and Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant are among the eateries found within ten minutes’ walk.

Sahara Guesthouse is within five minutes’ walk of the Otago Museum. Downtown Dunedin lies roughly 15 minutes’ stroll away. Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street where houses cling on for dear life, is three kilometres away.


619 George Street, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 34776662 | Fax: +64 34792551 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 13:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

An array of affordable options

It appeals to travellers on a tighter budget that this property offers a range of affordable accommodation types. Besides the no-frills rooms in the main guest house, there are also deluxe self-contained units with kitchenettes and motel-style rooms. Reviews indicate that the various quarters on offer are usually clean and well suited to a range of guests, from families to those on quick overnight stays. Furthermore, reviewers often feel they pay reasonable prices for their rooms.

Pleasant personnel

Reviewers feel that the customer service here is one of the property’s strengths. The personnel are reportedly friendly, approachable and helpful. In addition, they have in-depth local knowledge to share.

Handy suburban location not far from downtown

Being a comfortable walking distance from downtown, this property appeals to travellers because they can easily reach dining and shopping options on foot. Reviews suggest that many city attractions are easy to get to without a car, either by walking or using public transport. Indeed, those without their own transport welcome the proximity of bus stops nearby. Drivers comment that they are glad of the free parking.

Negative Reviews

Some units are small

Traveller feedback reveals that some of the units can feel rather cramped, in particular when they are accommodating the maximum number of guests.

Noises and smells can leave guests unhappy

Musty smells bother reviewers in some of the guest house rooms. Meanwhile, there are claims in reviews that soundproofing measures could do with being strengthened so that light sleepers are not disturbed by nuisance sounds from neighbouring rooms and noisy plumbing.

Maintenance and housekeeping issues

Dated décor, tired-looking furniture, sagging mattresses and ageing carpets are among the maintenance issues visitors report in the guest house rooms. Bathroom mould is also a problem reported by guests in some rooms.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 468 reviews across the web
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7.7 out of 10 based on 468 reviews