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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed in the superior room with spa bath over Easter. Beautiful room, clean, tidy and large. Very warm. The Brydone is a great central location in walking distance to everywhere. Food not so great but there's plenty of local cafes and restaurants. Plenty of parking out back.

Stopped in for dinner on a Saturday night. Beautiful old building. Great food made with fresh ingredients, prices reasonable. Staff friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back next time we are in Oamaru.

This hotel is barely better than a flophouse. From the outside, it looks quaint and historic, with the possibility of Victorian ambience. Inside the downstairs lobby, bar and dining room, it also appears to have character. But, once upstairs, the rooms are sparsely furnished and not all that clean. Beds have no headboards and are shoved into the corners of rooms. Windows do not have screens, mattresses sag and we were forced to check for bed bugs! Ditto with other reviewers on the dining room. Place settings were smudged, not shiny; not all menu items were available; service was slow. We were thankful to have only one night here. The penguin colony is worth seeing, but staying in this hotel is NOT.

Our modern (refurbished) room had huge windows, a seating area, shower, double-basins and a lovely whirlpool bath. Breakfast was delicious and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Only drawback was the iffy wifi, we ended up buying a local data sim from the phone shop a few doors down. The hotel itself is very quaint and historic, so suffered a bit with leaks during the cyclone rain, could do with some modernising in parts. Great central location.

The main dining room in this super hotel could be such a fabulous place to eat- it’s got all the hallmarks -great setting, ambience, reminiscent of a bygone era ....etc ....but to us it misses the mark. The Roast of the day was really slow to arrive. The plates had greasy finger marks around them on the mains and the dessert. Our second drinks order never arrived (it was non alcoholic.) The young waiter walked sloppily around the dining and bar area with a wet tea towel slung over his shoulder. It all felt somewhat less than it should. Perhaps it comes down to lack of staff training and not hiring and paying for experienced staff who love and take pride in their jobs and are good at them. Having said this, the ladies that served and waited tables were super friendly and more efficient! Come on Brydone! Let’s not let the town and the tourists that visit us down.

I had a hard time picking one overall rating. I LOVE quaint, old hotels that have personality and charm, so I really enjoyed staying here. However, aside from the history & charm in the common areas, my sleeping room in the Brydone was just plain average. We arrived on an unusually hot day, and the hotel had no air conditioning and no screens on the window. To get any airflow, I had to prop open the door to my room and open the windows wide, which let in quite a few bugs. I was in room 22, and the "view" was pretty much of the alley behind the kitchen where the garbage cans were stored and where the workers smoked on their breaks, so having the windows open wasn't pleasant, and was noisy. Fortunately, I travel with earplugs, and the room eventually cooled down a couple hours after dark. The layout of the hotel floor plan is a little confusing, with different wings and several sets of stairs, even within the same floor. The location on the town's main street is good, within easy walking distance of the beautiful limestone buildings and the warehouse area that has been converted to shops and galleries. The bartenders and front desk staff were very friendly and helpful, and the small bar/cafe area was absolutely charming... probably my favorite part of the hotel. The breakfast buffet was very average, with fewer choices than at most of the hotels where our tour group stayed in New Zealand. The room itself had everything you'd need, although it was definitely outdated in style and the carpet was very thin. But the room was clean and everything worked without any problems.

When we did a day trip last year to Oamaru we decided to spend a night here. This hotel was built in the late 1800’s and has a lot of character to it. They have done refurbishment to some rooms so not all are equal. As it is not air conditioned request a fan as you will need it. Avoid rooms with western exposure in the summertime as it is hot in the sun. Staff are very hospitable and helpful. We would stay here again

Quite and small rooms. Interconnecting for families with older kids. In the middle of the main street, easy to walk to cafes and restaurants. Countdown only a block away, Farmers same distance the other way. It has a restaurant but we went somewhere else for dinner. Short walk to the Scott's brewery as well as the harbour.

We were welcomed at the bar and ordered a Latte and Cheese Scone for lunch. The coffee was delicious and the scone tasty with a hint of Cayenne to enhance the flavour. The rest rooms were clean.The bar staff were friendly and served us promptly

Too tired to continue driving so we stayed here one night recently. The reception staff were so friendly and warm and welcoming, both the evening person and the next morning when paying. The bed was comfortable, the shower was good and everything was nice and clean. It was road noisy with the window open but really quiet with it shut.

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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 203 reviews