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Reviewed 15 December 2023

We were the only guests for our nights stay. we went to the Blue Eyed Penguin observation and wandered around town. Very Steam Punk. The lodge was pretty awesome. Our room, Elizabeth, had a ensuite bathroom and very comfortable and seating for two. We had a dinner at the Lodge just for the 2 of us. A lovely night and following day breakfast. It had all the fixings. The public rooms were quite opulent and fun to see all the books, etc. The proprietor was very helpful in all counts. Helped with finding us a Doctor to go to and a fantastic driving route up to Mt Cook.

Date of stay: May 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Joel K
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James Glucksman, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2024

Thank you very much Joel for your review! I hope you got everything taken care of and enjoyed the rest of your time in NZ!

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Reviewed 25 November 2023

We had an absolutely wonderful stay with James and James at Pen y Bryn - I would recommend making this part of your stay for anyone visiting Oamaru. We were welcomed so warmly on arrival, and helped with our bags. They also upgraded our room which was a great bonus. There were delicious freshly made cookies and a great range of drinks waiting in our room. The modern bathroom (with underfloor heating) was huge, and the room felt very luxurious. James was so helpful in telling us where to go to get best views of penguins and lending us his binoculars. In the morning, breakfast was incredible, by far the best breakfast I have had in a hotel. Everything fresh and homemade including granola, jams and honey, followed by a spot on cooked breakfast. The room is also this gorgeous Victorian space. James was great to chat to and both were perfect hosts. Thanks so much for making our stay so special!

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Pippa H
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

Great place to stay if visiting Omarua - trip back to Victorian times.We were met by James when we arrived & he couldn’t have been more helpful. Lovely room - we were in the annex in the ‘ nest’.
End of the day we had a night cap in the lunge - very comfortable & relaxing.
Breakfast included a lot of home grown produce and all well prepared.
Overall thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Evans4dc
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

This was definitely the best hotel stay we have ever had. From the first moment we got out of the car and were greeted in the parking lot by one of the owners, to the tips on how to get into town, what to see, the binoculars given to us to see the penguins better, to advice on the holiday the next day and the efforts to book us a restaurant at our next stop in Dunedin, we realized that both owners want to provide excellent customer service and really do with their efforts. The three course dinner that evening was superbly put together and executed!
If we ever come to New Zealand again, we will definitely plan our tour to stay at Pen-y-Bryn Lodge again for at least one night. It is recommended to book half board here as the food and service are really something special.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Guido H
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

Very nice overall, older style property with quaint features. The room we choose was well equipped however rather small. The two James’ were very good hosts and catered for our needs. Excellent food cooked by the hosts made the experience quite special. Thanks P&S

Room tip: Very nice for a one night stay, the area isn’t as nice as the accommodation. The town appeared quite backward and very little to do
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Dinerdoll
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James Glucksman, Owner at Pen-y-bryn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2024

Thank you for your stay and your review--we do have three larger rooms than the one you were in (in the Annex building across the courtyard from the main lodge building) if people want a bit more space. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the meal I prepared for you!

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