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Oamaru Motor Lodge
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great to have a modern motel in a good location at very reasonable rates, Oamaru is filled with old past their best by date motels so to have this immaculate modern complex is so needed - I don't know why you would stay anywhere other than here,value for money can't be beaten! Very clean modern rooms, having guest select sky 50+ channels was also a real plus . Great corporate packages for business travellers as well as a meal delivery option to your room from a well known local restaurant - this would be great if you wanted to stay in after a long days work. Top motel looking forward to my next stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Suzzieservice, Owner at Oamaru Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Struth!! Thank you very much for such a kind review. What a great way to start a day! We do try hard to exceed guests expectations and certainly will appreciate any return busness.
Thanks again. Cheers. Colin

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We've stayed in many motels, but I think this is the best! It's new, very clean, very comfortable, great jacuzzi, excellent range of Sky channels, and helpful, friendly hosts. We thought the layout and presentation of the motel information booklet was excellent, too.What totally won us over was the flexibility of check in and out times (as mentioned in the information booklet), the owners are so accommodating. We will always stay here now, when we're travelling through Oamaru.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Suzzieservice, Owner at Oamaru Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

Geez thanks for the great review - it certainly rates as one of the best we have ever had in 10 years of moteling. We would certainly appreciate hosting you in the future some time - please make sure you let us know what your prefered room number may be. Cheers. Colin

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Stayed two nights at this motel and it was one of the nicest motels we have ever stayed at. It is new, has excellent facilities and a very comfortable bed. It was great to have a wide range of Sky channels. Very helpful owners who have a huge amount of experience in the motel industry. Stay here with complete confidence that you will enjoy yourself.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent including double glazing.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MutmogMike
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Suzzieservice, Owner at Oamaru Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Hello. Thank you very much for the kind review - you have made our day!
We try very hard to present a product that will exceed eevry guests expectations;
tough standrds and it is very satisfying when a guest reports a positive and satisfying experience.
Thank you again.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Booked the night before going to Oamaru for a couple of days
The motel was clean and tidy and the linen lovely and fresh.
The kitchen area ideal and the little table great for breakfast
I take my own pillow as often find hotel pillows too soft
We did have the windows open as it was a warm night so did have some noise from the traffic
Bed was ok but we chose not to stay a second night as a bit soft for us
did ask when booking if bed was firm and was told people had complimented them on the beds - only thing that is negative in an otherwise lovely motel

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Suzzieservice, Owner at Oamaru Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Hi. Thanks for taking time to review. Unfortunately highlighting a bad bed in a motel is like reviewing a bad meal in a restaurant - not great for the business. It is a part of the business that should not come under question. To be very honest with you, if I had a dollar for every favourable comment we get at reception on check out about our beds I would be a well off man. Other sites also carry very positive reviews of our beds.
I can assure guests the beds are only a couple of years old and provide 99% of our guests with an excellent sleep. I am sorry your experience was not so great.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I just stayed one night for seeing the blue penguins. I was upgraded to have a room on 2nd floor with a jacuzzi. The keeper was a very nice lady who recommended some restaurants to me. Just about 5-10 mins drive to reach the town centre for supermarket, souvenir shops and restaurants.

Oamaru is a bigger town than I thought which you may spend half a day to look around other than seeing penguins.

Room Tip: If you don't want to carry your suitcase by a stair, get those on ground floor.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We very much enjoyed our stay here for one night. The room is immaculate, modern and very well appointed. No noise in our room. Very quiet. Hosts are friendly, helpful and very efficient. Great little kitchen and nice modern bathroom. We loved the extra large bath towels provided. We also enjoyed the electric mattress pads at night. The room was very nicely decorated, too. The later checkout time was a real plus. Close to everything.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Suzzieservice, Owner at Oamaru Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay. Your comments are greatly appreciated.
Cheers. Colin

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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

I was in Oamaru for a personal trip stayed over two nights. The hostess Jude keeps things in obvious order. The King Studio Suite was clean and from the wear refurbished not long ago. Shower cap, shampoo, soap, and handwash were all complimentary. No stove in the kitchenette, doesn't affect my stay, although there are instructions to contact the reception to get one if needed. Microwave oven is installed.

The room is double-glazed and I hardly heard any noise even though it is right on the main road into town. Breakfast can be ordered (which I didn't take up the option, but it sounds like 4-star hotel standard fares). You can also opt for the dine-in option with the last Post restaurant and dishes will be delivered to the motel. It also has arrangements with several high profile places that you enjoy a discount when dining.

I think for $120 it is about $10 to $20 pricier than most competitors - it's about in the 75%-tile in Oamaru, but you get much better facilities and services in return. I rate it as a 3.5 to 4 star hotel equivalent. Will return if I'm in Oamaru again.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Additional Information about Oamaru Motor Lodge

Address: 391 Thames Highway, Oamaru, New Zealand (Formerly 391 Oamaru Motor Lodge)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
Price Range: $100 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Oamaru Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oamaru's superior accommodation complex where "great value is only the begining!!" 15 stylish suites and apartments, double-glazed for quiet and warmth. Spacious studio units sleep couple or twin, double-corner spa baths, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom family apartments, access facilities. All units with tea/coffee-making facilities and microwaves with hotplates and frypans available.Some with fully equipped kitchens with electric range. Lovely bathrooms, king-size beds, electric blankets/heating, work stations, wireless broadband, phone, LCD TVs with 50+ Sky TV channels. Cooked and continental breakfasts. All units are non-smoking with ashtrays provided on outdoor seating directly adjacent unit door. Guest laundry available. Ample off-street parking. Pet friendly by arrangement. Courtesy vehicle. Restaurant 50 metres across road, choice of F & C shops, bakery and retail shops 100 metres from motel. Located on Thames Highway close to A&P showgrounds, Sports Stadium, high schools. Experience the difference! ... more   less 
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