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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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

This hotel is centrally located on the main street of town. If you take the train from Dunedin to Oamaru, get off at the stop before the station. The train stops to let passengers off at the crossing on the main street of town. As you get off there is the information center to one side of the track. Cross the track and walk a couple of blocks to he hotel which fronts the street like a store front. The registration desk is in the old part of the building. From the lobby there is an elevator to the second floor or you can climb the lovely old staircase. There are a very few rooms in the old building part of the hotel. Added to the the back of the hotel is a large annex wing where the majority of rooms are located. These rooms are common and look like rooms in any moderately price hotel with nothing unique about them. If you really want to stay in the old rooms make sure you request them specifically. Off the reception area in the old part of the hotel is a dining area serving meals and a coffee bar. I didn't eat there so don't know how good it is. I arrived after 11 at night after watching the blue penguins to find that they lock the door at 11. Someone was at the desk to let me in but be aware of it and understand how you can get into the hotel if you have a late night. I stayed one night. I took the train one way to Oamaru from Dunedin and arrived around noon. The next day I took the bus back to Dunedin at 6. This allowed me a longer time in town.

I love the experience of travelling back in time and this is one of those places you feel just that, arriving late afternoon we were able to book Dinner (great menu) and take our selves down to the Harbour at dusk to see one of natures best 100's of little blue penguins come home after all day at sea feeding it's a sight to see busy as they scurry out of the water accross the road heading for there home in nearby burrows or under buildings. It's a must to visit The Precedence Victoria times in Harbour Street, quaint shops selling there wares, don't leave without having one of the best ice creams of your life made onsite as praised on Trip Adviser flavours so different so delicious could eat one right now so many things to see and do. On your way to Dunedin don't forget to call into see the Moeraki Boulders quite spooky clusters round hollow boulders could be related to the moon take a stroll along the beach for a photos then back to the picture perfect cafe for a coffee and snack before setting off to Dunedin Don't forget to stay Larnach Castle (yes its suppose to be haunted) what fun until next time signing off. LADY DI

We've enjoyed a tasteful lunch at reasonable prices, sumptuous pizzas and rich cakes. Good coffee. The service has been OK, a bit slow at the beginning. The atmosphere of the place is great and suites the tremendous Victorian buildings of charming Oamaru. We'll return on our next visit.

The last time we went here we walked out after 20 mins of waiting to be given a menu. We had picked one up from the bar but were told to put it back and we would be brought one. 2nd visit went better. Menu arrived orders taken in good time but meal took a long time to come. They were not busy. Food very tasteless. Not worth the price.

We just dined in without staying at the Brydone but were totally delighted with the high quality of food that we ordered. As a group we requested a wide variety and all the food came at the same time, hot and supremely delicious.

115 Thames Street Oamaru

Brydone Hotel Oamaru places you next to North Otago Museum and within a 5-minute walk of National Bank. This 49-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free self parking. Forrester Gallery and Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail 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 173 reviews