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Begonia City Motor Inn
244 Albert St. | Sebastopol, Ballarat, Victoria 3356, Australia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 20 Ballarat B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Well done”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Hi

Received a welcome email from Jim a few days before our stay and they even offered to book us tickets for the show at Sovereign Hill. They were very welcoming on arrival and the room was very comfortable. Unfortunately the weather was against us but at least we could relax in the pool and escape the heat for a while.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Begonia City Motor Inn was one of our last stays on a long road trip so we had a lot to compare it with. Hands down the loveliest place we stayed - and we had stayed in some accommodation that was twice the price. The owners obviously try really hard to maintain an exceptional standard.

Rooms are nicely updated and the gardens surrounding the entry to the rooms eliminate that "sleeping in a car park" feel you get in other motels. Extremely clean and comfortable, decent size, quality bedding, really friendly staff and management….I could go on but you should check it out for yourself.

Best thing of all - on a 44 degree day - was the sparkling clean pool which was the perfect temperature and a great relief after a day melting at Sovereign Hill! The kid's rated it the "best pool ever".
I just wish we had been able to stay more than one night.

Room Tip: Room 8 was nice and close to the pool
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We only stayed one night but we enjoyed our stay here. It was quiet, clean and easy to find. I enjoyed utilising the Pay TV and free Wifi while my husband was out that evening.

He enjoyed the comfortable bed when he finally got back and all the pillows.

We were able to get a discounted ticket to Sovereign Hill the next day as well. I think we will likely be coming to Ballarat again in the future and will definitely look at booking this property again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Stayed one night on our way through the area. Slightly out of town centre (about 10 minutes' drive). Very friendly and helpful reception: lots of information and recommendations for dining options. Nice, well-maintained swimming pool. Room larger and better than average for this style of accommodation. Free internet access always appreciated. Would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Courteous staff whether owners, cleaners, glad to help out and make sure theres a pleasant stay. Karen and Jim were very friendly and dedicated towards making sure people not only got value for money, but had a pleasant stay both at the motel and in Ballarat. They were very helpful when helping to look for a lost mobile phone before we left, very understanding about any mess created by having two kids under 5. Rooms were clean, breakfast was great, my only advice would be to put extra breakfast order slips in the rooms ( we only got one so only ordered for the one morning). Another piece of advise would be to add a little booklet including local eateries, take aways etc and even have menu's from them on hand, including delivery places which would have saved us finding them online on our phones.
Though overall, wHenever we look at staying in the area again, Begonia will be our first choice. Thanks for helping us have a lovely new years ever away with the kids :-)

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet enough it seems. Baby cots available are no added cost for those who require the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JummaBee, Owner at Begonia City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Hi Valandria,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, we greatly appreciate it. Great to hear that you had such a pleasant stay. We appreciate your feedback regarding the breakfast menus however there are a number of reasons that we only leave one in the room as we find if we leave more we end up with menus for each person rather than one for the room which poses a number of problems. We will however follow up on your suggestion for local eateries and despite the information contained in the compendium we need to ensure people can locate this information easily. Great to hear that you will be back when next in the area...safe travels.

Regards,
Jim and Karen
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you are travelling as a family, couple or on your own and need stop @ Ballarat, then look no further. This Motel is a pleasure to stay at. Upon arrival we had welcoming greetings from staff, with also a lovely welcome from Pepper the dog (very cute). The manager was very welcoming and helpful during our whole stay. Family room we had was great and very clean. Will definitely stay again. This Motel is definitely worth a 5 star rating.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JummaBee, Owner at Begonia City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
G'day Russell,

Thank you for your glowing review and for taking the time to share your experiences with other travellers. We are always delighted to hear positive comments which help regenerate our enthusiasm to serve our guests better. Glad you enjoyed the visit from Pepper who always like to check out who's staying. And thanks so much for the endorsement for our star rating...we are more than happy to stay 3 and a half stars rather than 5 but appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks and regards,
Jim and Karen
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Hawkesbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Excellent value for our 2 night stay in Ballarat. Very convenient location. Close to Sovereign Hill being our main reason for visiting the area. Coles in walking distance and the local bowling club across the road. The room was perfect! Very clean and quiet, plenty of room and the bed was really comfortable. Great to have all Foxtel channels. Staff friendly and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JummaBee, Owner at Begonia City Motor Inn, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
G'day Joemark,

We were delighted to learn that you enjoyed your stay at Begonia City Motor Inn so much. Whilst only a short drive to the CBD and Sovereign Hill and with plenty of great services a short walk away we offer some good options without the noise and congestion of a CBD location. Great to hear at least one of you enjoyed our Foxtel Platinum satellite TV service so much...120+ channels mean that there is always something worth watching!

Thanks and regards,
Karen and Jim
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Additional Information about Begonia City Motor Inn

Address: 244 Albert St. | Sebastopol, Ballarat, Victoria 3356, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Ballarat
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Ballarat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Begonia City Motor Inn is a small family operated motel located in the Ballarat suburb of Sebastopol. Located on the Midland Highway all units are located at the rear of the property well away from traffic noise. Unit types include Doubles, Twins, Family, Spa and two-bedroom self-contained apartments. All rooms are well-appointed with queen beds, 81cm LCD televisions, DVD players, toasters, irons and tea and coffee making facilities. Televisions have all free-to-air stations as well as eight Austar (satellite) channels, and all rooms have access to free high-speed wireless internet. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD yet still very accessible to all the cities' features including Sovereign Hill, the motel is located an easy walk to shopping facilities which include a Coles Supermarket, post office, hotels, chemist and take away food premises. The Sebastopol Bowls Club is 200 metres away and provides bistro meals for lunch and dinner seven days a week, as does the Royal Mail Hotel which is a five minute stroll away. No matter what your needs you will find that Begonia City Motor Inn will provide you with all the comforts of home. It is the idea base for your visit to Ballarat, be it for leisure or business or if you are simply looking for a good night's sleep so that you are well rested to continue your journey. ... more   less 
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