Stayed here overnight after driving down from Picton. Decided by the time I got to Oamaru at around 4:30 that I'd better stop after driving off the ferry at 6am!
Seeing as how I didn't know how far I'd be driving, I hadn't made any bookings. Every motel in Oamaru was completely booked out, and after asking at a backpackers, found out about the Criterion. I used to attend the heritage weekends when I was young, so I vaguely remembered the hotel before it had been done up. Upon checking into my room, I was pleasantly surprised. Although my room was quite small, it had been restored tastefully and the sandstone walls did a marvellous job of retaining the heat during the night.
Meals in the bar downstairs were reasonably priced considering the serving I was given, and a free continental breakfast was included which was great.
Overall, highly recommended! A+++
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