About Us

Centrally located 4-star motel delivering on service, style and comfort

Dunedin is a city where nothing is too far away and 538 Great King Motel is ideally placed in the heart of it all. We are the closest motel to the University of Otago and just a stone’s throw from Otago Polytechnic. Guests can walk three blocks to the city centre for some inner-city dining, shopping or business meetings, visit family members in hospital, or wander in the other direction to explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens. If you are here for a concert or sporting event at Forsyth Barr Stadium, that is just a short walk as well.

Whatever the reason for your visit, we want to make your time with us easy, comfortable and stress-free. 

Contact us directly to find out more about how we can help you make the most of your time in Dunedin. 

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A fresh, modern and comfortable sanctuary for quiet relaxation

538 Great King Motel started its life with a major refurbishment. The former Cargill's Hotel closed its doors in July 2015, and from the distinct physical structure that was the Great King Street entrance to the old hotel came a very clear vision and personality of what is now the modern and sleek 538 Great King Motel. From its large and welcoming reception area, to the well-appointed rooms in the accommodation block and even the onsite café that was created to complement the motel. All of the old Cargills units were completely gutted, and the property morphed, reshaped and revitalised into this fresh, modern and comfortable motel. Warm and quiet with enviable bathroom facilities and peaceful surrounds, our motel units provide a sanctuary where you can relax and get a good night’s sleep. 538 Great King is simply the best 4 Star motel in Dunedin!

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Experience the convenience of onsite dining at Buddha Stix

Buddha Stix is a sumptuous Thai restaurant, and part of the wider complex. Walk from the carpark through to the restaurant’s George Street frontage where you can enjoy great food and great atmosphere at Buddha Stix.

View the Buddha Stix website

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Oaken Café for breakfast, lunch or coffee

Fancy a coffee, or a cooked breakfast, a sneaky treat or lunchtime meal? Across the carpark you will find a fantastic cafe on Great King Street - Oaken. Let Linda, Sam and their team treat you with fabulous fare, fine coffee and in Linda's own words; "Bowls of deliciousness!".

View the Oaken Café website

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Peter and Morag Firns, your hosts at 538 Great King Motel, Dunedin

We are Pete and Morag Firns, your hosts at 538 Great King Motel. We look forward to welcoming you to Dunedin and to our funky motel. And Ruby, our gorgeous little staffordshire bull terrier, is always on hand to welcome dog-lovers who come to stay. 

We take pride in everything we do here at 538 Great King. Our aim is set the bar in terms of cleanliness, comfort and service. Our mission is to deliver a superior accommodation experience that you will wish to repeat! 

We are here to help make your stay in Dunedin enjoyable, comfortable and memorable for all the right reasons!

Book online with us for the best rates or contact us directly to discuss your needs before booking.

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