Ebb, a boutique hotel in central Dunedin, owes its name to its location on the edge of the flats salvaged from Otago Harbor. Photo / Dunedin NZ
Hamish fletcher stays at Dunedin’s newest city center hotel, Ebb
Site: A jump, jump and jump from the Octagon in central Dunedin, Ebb is tucked away behind the Meridian Mall on Filleul Street. drab buildings next to shame.
Getting There : 30 minutes by car or shuttle from Dunedin airport. Parking is available, but Ebb’s downtown location means you might as well ditch the car and stroll downtown.
Recording experience: Zero fuss, zero fanfare.
The hotel: Under six months old, Ebb makes a statement as soon as you approach. Its facade facing the street is wrapped in a gargantuan work of art showing a Polynesian waka arriving at Ōtepoti. Built around an atrium that spans all four floors, Ebb’s industrial design is punctuated with paintings in its balcony-shaped rooms. Its downstairs cafe has a great outdoor space (albeit small) – a breezy lunch spot in the warmer months and a cozy fireside spot in the winter.
Room: 35 m² of style and balance. Its large windows filled the room with light even on a gloomy winter day. Details matter at Ebb – they brought in Sydney Architects Indyk (QT Hotels) to shape the interiors, which feature furniture and accessories by New Zealand designer Simon James and Japanese Bentu. Opulent, luxurious and extravagant – our two nights were a delight.
The bed: A super comfy king – not too soft, not too firm – with premium cotton linens.
Bathroom: A heavy downpour is always impressive, but what stands out are the stunning black and white veined titles. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a sliding ribbed glass screen (this works in the bedroom’s favor – the bathroom is so beautiful you can also watch it when not in use).
Toiletries: New Zealand-based Ashley & Co.
View: Suburban parking and homes, but screens on the windows, along with the clean room style, grab attention and make guests look inward, not outward.
Food and drink: Ebb Cafe, run by writer and chef Alison Lambert, was lively the weekend we stayed. Open from 7 a.m. until afternoon (closed for dinner and Mondays), the coffee was strong and hot and the menu catered to the adventurous palate (think cauliflower and kimchi pancakes) and at the more traditional dinner (think of a bacon butty).
Our room minibar had a nice range of spirits including local New New New New beers, JMR chocolate martini and negroni pre-mixed cocktails, and Maude wines.
Wireless: Fast and free. TVs have streaming apps like Netflix – but you have to sign in using your own account.
Noise: Not a glance. Ebb is for adults only, which may have something to do with this.
Installations: This is not the kind of hotel where you go to the gym or lounge by the pool.
Price: Starting at $ 190 per night.
The bottom line: Such a treat that we had to tear ourselves away from our room to explore the city. I would move in if I could.
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