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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

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.

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 Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Only FF

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 181 reviews