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Highfield Mews, Oamaru
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Modern,spacious and welcoming.”
Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed the motel and the town.The accommodation is only 4years old and the rooms are surprisingly large,splendid bed,nice balcony,double spa bath and well equipped kitchen. The owners were very friendly and assured us that the problem with lack of dining space will soon be addressed,let's hope so as this was the only concern in an otherwise first class motel.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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County Durham, UK
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is an excellent, inexpensive motel. The room was large and immaculate. It had a really good kitchenette that meant that I did not need to eat out. The bed was very comfortable and the choice of channels on the TV was excellent (far better than much more expensive hotels in NZ). The welcome from the owners was great, and they were very proactive in advising me of great places for breakfast on a Sunday morning.

The only downside was a limit of 200 MB on the internet, which was a bit of a pain when I wanted to skype with my kids. However, the connection was quite quick and those 200 MB were free.

I'd stay here again without a doubt - it is a gem.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the road.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for our wedding night recently before moving on to Thailand and were so impressed with everything. The place is only a few years old and everything was spotless. The towels were soft and fluffy, the heating awesome and the real coffee and proper milk in the fridge was a great touch! We were so happy to have been able to spend such a memorable night in such a clean and modern place. Thank you.

Room Tip: We stayed in an executive/honeymoon suite and it was lovely
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed in the Highfield Mews for a night and were very happy with the studio we had. It was nice and quiet. It provided everything we needed in terms of catering to a short stay. The motel is indeed located somewhat outside the city centre, which may mean you'll need a car if you want to go for something to eat or to visit the blue penguins (unless you really like walking).

The only thing that put us off was the welcome/check-in. We were greeted (actually not really greeted at all) by an older man in the reception, who processed the formalities. Things got a bit off however when he asked whether we wanted to pay there and then or the following day at departure. Having just travelled a very long way, we said we would settle the bill the next day when checking out. What followed was a very odd insistence that the bill should be settled immediately as it would be inconvenient to do it the next day. All in all we got the impression that we were somehow not really fully trusted with settling the bill, even though the motel had all of our credit card details which were needed for the booking itself. Seeing the problems we're causing, we settled the bill immediately, but were left with a somewhat unpleasant feeling. I would advise the owners to try to address this issue in a clear fashion as some visitors may be put off.

Despite this issue, we would stay in the Highfield Mews again if we ever visited Oamaru in the future.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in an executive studio which has a separate bedroom and this was well worth it. This was very quiet and the main room was spacious.
Everything was very clean and well appointed and although we did not meet the owners, the people looking after it temporarily were very helpful and pleasant.
A suggestion would be to have another chair in the room to be able to sit to eat breakfast around the table that is provided.
Also for wi if users check your zenbu code works before 8 pm as there is no one manning the office to help after that. Also for Apple users close the browser after each use to ensure it doesn't swallow up the remaining MB.
We would definitely stay here again. Thank you.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I agree with all the good reviews about this motel. Managers are very friendly and helpful. It should be a good place for couples. The interior is super clean and nice. Ideal for a romantic stay :) Walkable to the Victorian District too.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Leeston
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I stayed one night to break up a trip. Very comfortable and nicely furnished, sun-drenched room. Larger than usual TV and nice big spa bath. Oamaru township within walking distance, about 5-10 min away. Although my unit was next to the main road, traffic noise was negligible at night. Kitchen area is well appointed with mini fridge/freezer, microwave, cooktop, rangehood. Everything was spotlessly clean. Only minor quibble as others have mentioned, is the lack of somewhere to eat in the room, you have to either perch on the bed or squeeze up at the narrow writing desk. Highly recommend and would definitely stay again when in Oamaru.

Room Tip: Executive spa unit was only a little more than a standard studio and well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Property: Highfield Mews, Oamaru
Address: Corner Thames & Exe Streets | GPS 26 Exe Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Highfield Mews, Oamaru 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet and private executive Accommodation in a village like setting, Highfield Mews places you in the heart of Oamaru. Within easy walking distance of the town cafes, restaurants, shops and Historic Precinct, this new motel is ideal for both work and relaxation. Luxurious interiors complemented by unique design Highfield Mews is enhanced with many features and comforts including king size beds, double spa baths, 42" TVs. ... more   less 
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