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Empire Hotel Backpackers

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#1 of 5 hostels in Oamaru
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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 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
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Self-serve laundry
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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 solo
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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 with family
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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
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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 as a couple
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Urbanspacesquid wrote a review Jul 2019
6 contributions2 helpful votes
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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esconditoe wrote a review Jul 2019
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Stayed here a couple of weeks ago. With it being the shoulder season at the moment, the hostel was very quiet but still inviting. Great set up in both kitchens, clean bathrooms with an extraordinarily warm shower (A+++) and comfortable shared dorm room. Wifi included for each day of your stay. Great value as it is 10 GB per day, excellent connection. If you're keen to do some walking around this is the best spot. Super accessible to the Victorian Precint, Steampunk Headquarters and the gardens on the other side of town. If you're looking for a bite to eat, there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby. I stopped in at Steam for a cuppa and had dinner at the Star and Garter just around the corner. Also conveniently located right near the iSite for any inquiries you may have. For the bookshop junkies you can walk to 'Adventure Books' from the hostel, as well as 'Crafted,' a gallery full of beautiful art works by various craftswomen and craftsmen. Friendly, helpful host at the hostel and great hospitality. Definitely stay here for a night or two, you won't be disappointed. As an added bonus, the building itself has some neat history behind it!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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LesleyAMacAskill wrote a review Jan 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions2 helpful votes
Cheap, warm and right in town. Knowledgeable Lovely staff. 2 kitchens and dining tv rooms. Great warm water pressure. Clean and tidy. Music instruments to use down stairs to party with in the basement.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anne-Marie wrote a review Dec 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
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 :)
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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BohemianRaven wrote a review Aug 2018
Townsville, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
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 was a fail, you had to get up and turn it on again and again every 20 ish minutes even though it says 45 minuts and it didn't heat the room. Heating:epic fail Laundry:epic fail Bathroom:epic fail Staff:epic fail Friendly:epic fail
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Explore1995 wrote a review Dec 2017
Turre, Spain130 contributions39 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$80 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionOamaru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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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 Steampunk HQ (0.2 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 Fat Sallys.
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 (5.7 km).