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Empire Hotel Backpackers

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Overview
13 Thames Street, Oamaru 9400 New Zealand See on map
AMENITIES
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Free Wifi
Breakfast included
Pool
Restaurant
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All reviewssingle roomthe main streetamazing buildingold buildingextra blanketsa great stayminute walklocation is greatlong drivestayed here for one nightloungefireplacetowndormharbourheatercommunal
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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

Thank BohemianRaven
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

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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

1  Thank Lori T
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

Thank Suzy52
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I unexpectedly ended up staying the night in this amazing building ,big thank you to the friendly and attentive owner . Location is great ,rooms pleasant and surprisingly warm as it was freezing outside,Would definitely recommend people to stay here 😊

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Description
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
HOTEL FEATURES
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Pool
Beachfront
Room Service
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
13
Price range
US$38 - US$46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Location
New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
13
Price range
US$38 - US$46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Location
New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
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Traveller (18)
Dining (3)
Room & Suite (3)
Family and Play Areas (2)
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"Noisy trains right outside the window all night long rooms on left side upstairs"
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"within walking distance to Steampunk and Penguins and the old town"
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"There are alot of stairs so if you are an oldie, looking for a quiet, friendly, homelike place to stay, very..."
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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..."
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