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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hotel in good position but difficult carrying luggage from hotel car park to the room which involved going up and down different stairs lifts etc. Room spacious but has very drab coloured walls and bedspread which made it rather dark and depressing! The bathroom in contrast was beautiful - modern and pristine. For one night though it is fine and there are lovely places in the town to eat dinner and breakfast.

The beds are so comfortable. The hotel, although old was very clean. The staff were, without exception helpful. The hotel is a little bit up and down with regards to stairs though. Situated on the main street, location is superb, within walking distance to the waterfront.

I will never ever return! The premises was cold, uninviting and the lift felt like I would either get squashed in between the walls, or fall through the floor to the middle of the earth. The placement of the heater meant that my room was never sufficiently warm, the wifi was slow and they gave vouchers to use per 500mb, which is what old Internet cafes would do. The bathroom was horrible, small and the dirty plastic bath matt really took the cake for me, made me feel like I was at a camping ground. My room was positioned above the guest door to the back carpark, and the slamming of the door woke me up in the morning. The walls are like paper, I could here the guests next door planning out there day so clearly that I got a full education of the things to do in oamaru. The only, and I mean ONLY positive of my trip was the staff, they were amazing! Friendly, welcoming and kind. So I give alot of credit to them :) Up your game guys. I would've rather slept in the back of my car for free than pay the horrendous $140 per night for your place.

We stayed 2 nights on spur of moment decision I went in directly off the street and got a good rate after viewing rates online. I do not like to book through these websites such as Wotif and Expedia as they are all overseas companies taking a big cut and also not paying GST in New Zealand. Anyway, everything was great, room just redecorated and very tidy. Evening meal at restaurant was superb and the restaurant/bar staff were exceptional in their manner and service In fact all staff we dealt we're were very nice and were fully engaged in their attitude to us. Well done to you all, we will be back.

Stayed at the brydone recently with my children. Room was adequate and I was happy enough for what I paid. Nice and clean. I did find the heater didn't heat the room as warm as I would have liked. They are undergoing some renovations at the moment and it was very noisy from early in the morning. I would have appreciated being told that before I booked as sleep in was non-existent. Hotel staff were very friendly and happy to help in any way if asked. Would stay again for a short stay but probably not with the kids

This is a rambling old hotel that has been extensively modernised. Situated on the main street, it is just a short walk to the Historic Precinct . The carpark out back is free as is the wifi which we managed to get working after a couple of attempts. Our room was a bit on the small side ( had been divided to make room for an ensuite ) , but was adequate. It included tea and coffee making facilities, good TV with two Sky sports channels and Premier movies and the usual freeview channels. The ensuite was modern and had an excellent shower. The bar ,situated at street level, was well appointed, relaxing ( background music was playing quietly) and offered a reasonable selection of beer and wine. Our breakfast was nicely cooked with generous portions ; the waiter attentive and pleasant. This hotel is old, but well kept and possibly would be more favoured by a more mature clientele. It represented very good value for money.

I was apprehensive about the Brydone after reading the mixed reviews. But our room (jr. suite, in the old section of the hotel) turned out to be roomy, well appointed, updated, with a great bathroom (spa bath, great water pressure in shower). We enjoyed our stay. All of the staff here, at the desk, the housekeepers, and in the bar/restaurant, were incredibly gracious and hospitable. The location is also really convenient for walking around, trying restaurants, and exploring the Victorian District. My only complaint from our experience was the super-slow internet; it can be frustrating when you're trying to make travel plans and it turns into an ordeal. That being said, when walking around the hotel and seeing other rooms (during housekeeping), not all rooms seem to be as nice as ours. And they are definitely still doing some remodeling at the back end of the hotel. We could not hear this at all from our room, but if you're in a room at the back of the hotel and you like an afternoon rest, you would likely be disturbed by the noise. I'd suggest making a reservation by phone instead of online, just so you can be sure about the location of your room. Overall,

Whilst this is not the plushest hotel in the land - it is perfectly acceptable , very clean and without exception staffed by wonderful people . Big shout out to your dear night porter whom looked after us on Friday evening . Soundproofing isn't great but a bit of consideration from other travellers would help ! We have stayed a few times now and keep returning due to staff and proximity to Oamaru's Victorian precinct .

Stayed in a family room as we were travelling with grandchildren, room was good size and good bathroom had everything we needed in 5he room. The staff are nice nothing was a bother, children are well looked after in the restaurant they have a good children's menu. Would recommend this hotel rooms are nice and a central location.

The hotel is old, but our room was nicely updated. We had a large room with a queen bed, and a twin bed. Lots of room for luggage. Although in the center of town, our room overlooked a side road and was nicely quiet. The floor plan is a bit of a maze, making finding our way around somewhat interesting. Very attractive lobby and bar area. Staff was friendly and helpful. The dinner service was rather slow, although the meal was excellent. Very nice breakfast, we could have the buffet or order off a menu. Hotel is centrally located in the historic district with a very easy walk to shopping. Free wifi.

115 Thames Street Oamaru

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Brydone Hotel Oamaru places you next to North Otago Museum and within a 5-minute walk of Forrester Gallery. This 49-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. Woolstore Complex and Grainstore Gallery are also a short walk from this Oamaru hotel.


In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Brydone Hotel Oamaru's 49 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. For entertainment, guests can expect to find satellite TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bathrobes. Free weekday newspapers, ironing boards, and desks are also available.

Property features

Guests of Brydone Hotel Oamaru enjoy features like conference space, free newspapers and laundry facilities. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a fireplace in the lobby and wedding services.

Room options

Superior Twin Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior King + Single

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Queen Only

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 188 reviews