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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

We hadn't planned to come to Oamaru but had to change our travel plans at the last minute and this was one of the few places with a room available at short notice. The hotel is in serious need of refurbishment and an upgrade. It all looks very tired and dated. There was a most unpleasant smell in our room when we arrived. As there were no other rooms available, staff put an atomiser in the room which did help. Our bathroom door wouldn't close as it was warped. On the plus side, reception staff were really pleasant and helpful, the beds were comfortable, there was free parking and the hotel is situated right in the beautiful Victorian section of the town.

Great place to experience Oamaru's historic Victorian quarter. Charming hotel with different corridors leading around the building. We stayed in the old hotel - definitely better for us than the newer annex. The staff was very friendly and helpful - they let us check in early, and accommodated our request for a quiet room. The room was nice - modern bathroom, but the toilet was leaking. As it was a holiday and couldn't be fixed, they upgraded us for free to a nice, historic corner room with floor to ceiling windows and a very comfy bed. The upgraded bathrooms have shower only; the older bathrooms have a small tub. The hotel itself was quiet, though guests on bus tours get up early and made noise in the hallways. We would definitely stay here again.

The hotel is conveniently located in town. Being old, the lobby area was very cramped. An add-on to the hotel resulted in floors in one wing not aligning with those in the other, so one had to go up stairs half a flight in order to eventually work one's way down stairs. Our triple room had three twin beds. The condition of the room was mostly okay. The old window was a bit drafty and the wall heater could not be adjusted to suit us, it was either too cold or too hot. The door was secured with only an old keyed lock with no deadbolt and there was no room safe. It was quiet.

This hotel is like a rabbit warren. We parked at the car park at the back of the hotel and went in the back entrance. To get to reception we were directed upstairs, through various corridors and back downstairs. It was farcical. It smelled musty and mouldy and was very dated. The most modern part was the shower room. At night the noise from outside was so bad, it sounded as though there was a party in the street it was so rowdy. The restaurant wasn't great and breakfast was awful. the receptionist was friendly and helpful and let us in our room when we arrived early.

Early morning stop for breakfast. Staff could be a bid more friendlier. Waited a long time for our food. Coffee was ok. No causes offered wth meal. Food was ok. Nice old building. No water offered during meal.

We were warmly welcomed in the early evening and made our way to our room which was wonderful. We were offered free wifi (via a voucher for up to 5 devices) which we accepted. Beyond the carpark below, we could see the harbour area and the lights from the penguin place and hillside above. The room itself was spotless, reasonably sized, but had a noisy fridge which we got used to. We dined in the restaurant where we received quality food and service, complemented with wonderful local wine. All reception and restaurant staff we encountered were happy and adept, but one thing noticeable was that no one had a name badge, so I cannot single out praise. If it were possible, we'd have stayed longer, but we'll do that another time, so we could hopefully experience the same, plus have more time to explore the local area.

The hotel is very good with spacious and very clean rooms. It has a very nice bar and restaurant. It is located in the heart of the city. The service is excellent and the people are very kind. Great spot to visit on your way to see the penguins and the steampunk.

After spending one night (only one, luckily) at this hotel, here's what I think: this was an old building, road facing, which was expanded with a second building in more recent years, with a "seamless" connection so that from the inside it looks like you are still in the same building. The final result is a half-maze which doesn't really suit how a hotel should look like. The old building has rooms which are very classic in style, with very high ceilings (good luck keeping it warm in winter). Fun part, while both buildings are connected and have lifts (the old one is a thrill ride by itself), they did not "match the floors" meaning that when you reach your floor with the lift of the new building, you'll still need to walk up a few stairs to reach the old building, if your room is on that side. And the new building is the one with the entrance you'll need to use if you use their parking on the back. All this to say: watch out if you are not keep in bringing your luggage upstairs without much lift help. Our room, in the old part, was likely "redecorated" recently and is the result of a few rooms joined together. What we got was an entrance foyer where they put a single bed and where there's a heater, a bedroom with a queen bed which has no heater but has an old CRT TV and a small fridge and a wardrobe and table, then finally a bathroom which has CARPET in it and that was likely the old staff dedicated bathroom which they renovated and connected to this room (and that has a window that cannot be sealed, making it quite freezing after a shower). The beds were quite soft to my liking but the worst issue was the floor under the carpets... old wooden floor squeaking each time someone walks about so if you don't want to wake up your roommates in the middle of the night, you better delay your night "needs" until the morning and just sit tight! I looked at the rooms in the new area and while they had the same look and feel, they were much better in terms of layout and looked more like typical hotel rooms. And I bet they did not have squeaky floors (but I may be wrong here). The price paid was not bad but looking at the overall experience we were definitely charged more than the value of what we got. Oh, and before I forget, one of the biggest issues which also makes me give the lowest score to this place: internet access. The speed is abysmal, which could be ok, but what we got was just 250MB of free use (to share among 5 devices) after which they wanted us to buy more traffic on a per use basis. I travel all over the world and pay-per-use internet in hotels is something from another century (literally). Even if, at least I would expect premium speed. So if you are still reading... yup, you better avoid this hotel unless they improve drastically or you find yourself in Oamaru and desperate to get a (high) roof above your head.

Nice room overlooking car park at rear. Comfortable with good facilities. Centrally located and nice bar and restaurant. Good value. Friendly staff huge breakfast. Large comfy beds. Room on back for peace and quiet

115 Thames Street Oamaru

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 Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 178 reviews