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Empire Hotel Backpackers

13 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400 New Zealand See on map
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Free Wifi
Breakfast included
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a twin room for $70. The beds were confortable, the bedroom is a bit small but ok. The kitchen and bathroom were clean. The receptionist was friendly and the location perfect. We would have no pb coming back :)

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Anne-Marie1981
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Stayed here in July and it was a massive mistake. Rooms are cold, the bathroom is not heated was like walking into a freezer and floors were ice cold. Unfriendly staff and the laundry was expensive,had broken dryers and no lights. Heating in the rooms...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Loved this place. Very homely, compact but sufficient twin room, 2 kitchens and lounges, as well as a basement room meaning that the place doesn't feel busy or noisy. Would definitely recommend and it's a great town to stop over in

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Explore1995
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for one night but would have loved to have stayed another, alas, our itinerary did not allow :) We arrived quite late driving down from Christchurch after we finished work, slightly after reception closing. Lavleen was really lovely and waited for us...More

Date of stay: July 2017
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

I arrived in Oamaru at night and by chance passed this hostel so I walked in to book a room. The reception door was closed but there was a bell and the girl came over quickly. She mentioned the rates for a single dorm bed...More

Date of stay: May 2017
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Empire Hotel Backpackers is a carefully restored 1867 hotel in the heart of historic Oamaru. Guests walk through Victorian Streets to penguin viewing, galleries, cafes, bars, gardens, harbour and heritage More walkways. We offer heated bedrooms, comfortable beds, well equipped kitchens and lounge rooms. One lounge has a log burner and free video library, with 3 internet kiosks. WiFi is available throughout the hostel. Our cleanliness and hot showers are a legend. Less
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Room Service
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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US$39 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$39 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
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"Noisy trains right outside the window all night long rooms on left side upstairs"
7 Mar 2016
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"within walking distance to Steampunk and Penguins and the old town"
13 Jan 2016
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"There are alot of stairs so if you are an oldie, looking for a quiet, friendly, homelike place to stay,..."
20 Apr 2014
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"If you want to see the penguins but are not keen on paying the extortionate tour prices then speak to Mandy..."
1 Jan 2014
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