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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

Stayed for a night after not staying here for about 10 years. Room had been renovated since last time was here and was spacious and comfy. Good large bed. Nice large shower. Great location to walk around town and bar and restaurant is good. Would not have a problem recommending the Brydone and will stay here again.

Beautiful old limestone structure built in 1881 with ornate period interiors. We were given a warm welcome by the lady at the front desk. Our room was generously sized and easily accommodated us and our adult daughter with a king size bed and 2 twins in a separate bedroom adjoining our room. The beds were clean and comfortable as was the entire room. Our room faced a busy street so not so quiet, but nothing earplugs didn't take care of. The hotel offers guest laundry, and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free WiFi was available and price was mid-range.

I was booked in here by a client and my worst fears were confirmed as I spotted the old hotel as I pulled up. I told the pleasant young woman at the counter that I was disappointed and wanted to see the room before checking in. To give her credit she picked up on my disappointment and offered me an upgrade to a better room for no additional charge. She then gave me the keys for both rooms and the opportunity to look at both of them. The 'upgraded' room was marginally better in a younger addition out the back. The wifi was hopeless - wouldn't even drive the Radio NZ app let alone Netflix. A very small number of fuzzy TV channels - mostly sport - ugh! However it did have an excellent shower. There had to be something good. This place is for cheap bus tours - loading people in late at night and shipping them out early in the morning after a budget breakfast. Not good for business travellers who want peace and quiet. The 'carpark' out the back had faint markings and I felt safer leaving the rental on the road.

Organised a champayne birthday breakfast , my guests and i were not disappointed, the restuarant itself is lovely, the decor is white tableclothes, beautifully set tables, high ceilings rather like the old style hotels of the past. We were greeted by a lovely host supper friendly and efficient, table all set with strawberries in a class sprinkled with sugar to add to our glasses with the champayne. Good menu ,something for everyone, I had the most delicious omelette, choice of fillings, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes were mine, my other guests enjoyed full breakfasts, eggs benedict all fresh, great presentation and taste. all plates were cleared that says a lot... would recommend to any solo diners or groups whether it be for a special occasion or just for casual get togethers really enjoyed will come back, thankyou to the lovely server/host

Stayed here unexpectedly. Walked up to reception desk to enquire about room and was told only suites were left. Feeling my heart start to clench i asked how much they were (expecting the price to be astronomical). I was floored when they came back with a price that was cheaper than a normal motel room in Christchurch. GREAT value rooms and the restaurant was fine. It is obviously a bit older and needs a bit of a freshen up - but thats why it is rated 3 starts. I was VERY happy here and the friendliness of the people made you forget about the few minor things that were sub-optimal. I will definitely stay here again and in terms of value for money - i would recommend it to anyone.

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.

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 195 reviews