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Empire Hotel Backpackers

13 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400 New Zealand
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#6 of 28 in Oamaru
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 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.
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Free parking
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hurd wrote a review Jan 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
Came up to Oamaru to visit my friend and stayed here for three nights. Stayed in the dorm which I ended having all to myself as no one else showed up. The room was cozy, bed was comfy and the staff were wonderful, I would highly recommend staying here
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Theresa W wrote a review Jun 2020
Morrinsville, New Zealand30 contributions2 helpful votes
Friendly service, spotlessly clean, comfortable rooms, although an extra heater maybe needed when the weather is freezing. The bed was comfy and had an electric blanket. The bathroom was clean, shower was great.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled
John Love wrote a review Mar 2020
Cape Paterson, Australia19 contributions1 helpful vote
A lovely good value venue in a great location. The staff treated us with real warmth and the 2 kitchens make it very easy to cook and dine. Close to Countdown and great onsite parking, room was small but bed was warm.Lovely log fire downstairs, good vibes.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Grace L wrote a review Jan 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom12 contributions11 helpful votes
Pretty standard hostel. Use the upstairs kitchen. We used the downstairs which was a mistake because the fridge was jam packed with the owner's and staff food. But upstairs looked fine. Good shower. Good location.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
Urbanspacesquid wrote a review Jul 2019
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Despite a problem with my booking (3rd party agent had booked Empire despite the hostel being closed for winter break) Empire honoured the booking anyway. Staying in a closed hostel in midwinter with only the custodian sounds like The Shining but it was actually a great holiday. Great location downtown Oamaru in the Victorian quarter, only a few minutes walk from Steampunk HQ and only about 5 mins walk from Intercity bus stop. It's a historic building, built before the days of central heating and energy efficient homes, so the building itself was a little chilly but the rooms are well supplied with bedding and electric blankets so I was toasty warm. Really comfortable, and well worth a stay.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Travelled
US$43 - US$49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionOamaru
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Frequently Asked Questions about Empire Hotel Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Empire Hotel Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Whitestone City (0.3 km), Oamaru's Victorian Precinct (0.2 km), and Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail (0.09 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Empire Hotel Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, self serve laundry, and baggage storage.
Is parking available at Empire Hotel Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Empire Hotel Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cucina, Scotts Brewing Co, and Star and Garter.
Is Empire Hotel Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Oamaru.
Are there any historical sites close to Empire Hotel Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Totara Estate (3.2 km).