This hostel does not live up to expectations from the start. It is dark and dingy and not at all modern as is advertised!
The rooms are Clostraphobic and smelly and the living area feels a bit like a rest home. After travelling the whole of New Zealand and paying around the same price in other hostels, this one felt over priced.
The bathroom and kitchens are average, as you would expect from a hostel of this price.
All of this would be bareable if the staff were friendly and welcoming but they definitely are not! The reception when were arrived was frosty and I think most of the people staying there actually work there, therefore it felt like you were crashing their party.
The final nail in the coffin was the fact that this is the only hostel in the whole of New Zealand that makes you leave the premises by 10am or pay and 10 dollar charge. We were aggressively asked at 10.05 to leave the building in ten minutes or be charged! Treated like naughty children. Every other hostel we have stayed in has been more than happy for us to stay and use the kitchen for breakfast as long as our beds were unoccupied.
This hostel is definitely out to take money and not provide much of a service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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