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Craig's Royal Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 Lydiard Street South | PO Box 485, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Ranked #9 of 34 hotels in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't stay here as it was outside of our budget, but we had dinner here and it was exceptional. The service was good, the atmosphere was relaxed but civilized and the food was excellent. We would eat here again when we visit Ballarat again.

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Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Ballarat for 2 days, one night overnight stay at the Craigs. Love the old world charm of this hotel, just gorgeous. Staff are pleasant and friendly, both on check- in and departure. The hotel rooms are clean and have everything you need al-though very compact & the view from window was very poor. But love the high end products in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We had an overnight stay at Craig's, what a delightful experience. Rooms have renovated to a very high standard. Spotlessly clean and well prepared. Staff are excellent, nothing is too much trouble. We had valet parking which is great, park right outside then your car is parked. Location is great in central Ballarat, close to shopping and cafes and all... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed here on the first night of our honeymoon and were amazed. Our room wasn't cheap but was well worth the price, champagne provided and breakfast in the morning. Incredibly sophisticated operation for regional area, very professional. A family crisis that night meant my mother was stranded in Ballarat but the staff at Craig's went out of their way... More

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Great Ocean Road
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We'd eaten here before and it was fabulous....not anymore. Our meals took 45mins even though the restaurant was almost empty. The 220grm eye fillet was about 150grm, cold and overcooked. With a price tag of $35 it was more than disappointing. The food on the menu was basic pub food, not good pub food. The parmigiana was $25! and I've... More

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wallabi point
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Went for Wedding Anniversary dinner. Meals were served cold after a long delay. Were offered free dessert after complaining, but in all, a very disappointing dinner. My wife had fish while I had sirloin steak at $35.00 . Frankly, I've had a better steak meal at $12:95 at an RSL !

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Melbourne, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We decided to book for dinner at Craig's Hotel, although we didn't stay the night, this was our choice for dinner as we had chosen the bistro for dinner on other occasions with overnight stays in beautiful accommodation. We just couldn't fault the service from the French waiter and her husband, the chef. The food was cooked to perfection. My... More

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Ballarat, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We were given a Royal Suite Package for a one night stay which included dinner breakfast car parking. Although we live in Ballarat we had never stayed at Craigs Royal Hotel. Dined there often. We had a beautiful tower room and we could sit in the tower and look at the wonderful views to be had. All the beautiful buildings... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The afternoon tea was served by staff that were new or on work experience, they were hesitant and did not offer hot water or refreshing the teas. The cost at $58 is outrageous at one scone per person. The food at 2 sandwiches per person was not added to - most places at least offer a tea cake. It is... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The hotel looks great and I slept and ate very well. The rooms and public areas have been very well restored. They alone are a reason to stay here. We’d heard the restaurant had a high reputation and it was deserved – both our dinner and next morning’s breakfast were very good. A nice French white with dinner and breakfast... More

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Also Known As:
Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat, Victoria
Address: 10 Lydiard Street South | PO Box 485, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Ballarat
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ballarat
#3 Business Hotel in Ballarat
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ballarat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Craig's Royal Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the legendary Australian gold-rush era grand hotel. Opened in 1853 and host to poets, princes and prime ministers over its 150 year history, the hotel is a true icon of the Victorian period. Now, after 4 years extensive restoration, the magnificent accommodation, dining, meeting and banquet facilities are re-establishing Craig’s as the finest boutique heritage hotel in the colony. ... more   less 
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