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“Overpriced and under staffed” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar

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Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Overpriced and under staffed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

My partner and I went in on a Saturday afternoon for originally cake and coffee. We changed our minds and decided on wedges and drinks. After waiting 10 mins for our order to be taken my partner went up and ordered himself. Another 20mins later Ge wedges appeared but no drinks. We were expecting a bowl we couldn't finish for the price but alas we should have ordered that and something else too. So after finishing the wedges we were still waiting for drinks which was a spider and jug of soft drink. Again we had to go and ask where they were. Out table wasn't cleared even after wai staff walked pass a number of times and just stared at the plate there. $30 later we left annoyed and wondering why we used to love this place!! :(

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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183 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

My family stayed there recently for a wedding. We had two rooms. We had stayed there a number of years ago when it was first renovated and it was much better. The rooms look tired and the bathrooms more so. No soap holders in the shower, no shower curtain and the vanity units are showing signs of age. Blind in bathroom would not go up because cords were broken. Cracks in the room plaster show signs of neglect. The beds are very cheap and uncomfortable. Staff were friendly but the breakfast was average and not worth the money. All in all not worth the money and we would not stay there again in Ballarat.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Martin G
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Hamilton
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92 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

This hotel was fine. The room was clean and comfy. the shower was excellent and the bathroom had been modernized. I didn't dine in but the restaurant was busy. The staff we friendly and helpful. The wifi was free which is great although a little patchy. I had a room on the street side. If you were a light sleeper you might prefer a room a litle further back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank golfingkiwi
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Sorrento, VIC, Australia
Level Contributor
113 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

I have dined at Oscar's on a number of occasions ... most recently a few days ago. We were a party of three who had different selections from the menu. I had Leg of Duck confit with a mixture of fresh vegetables and salad that had excellent flavours. My lady had the Roast Vegetable Lasagna that she found delicious and her 17yo son had the Chicken Parmagiana that also hit the spot. the servings were substantial, the staff were friendly and the patrons ranged in age from infants to those well into their 70s ... but no problems with noise from the youngsters. We ate indoors as it was a bit chilly for the alfresco courtyard.

Room Tip: We didn't stay ... just ate at the cafe.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Phil H
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Friendly staff, clean rooms that are well appointed with bar fridge, great restaurant with reasonable prices. Only stayed here one night but would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Location is also right in the heart of town.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bhowarth
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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

Great Central location, clean place, great staff. Good atmosphere. The restaurant is great too. Can't go wrong. Value for money. Rooms are average size. Has got everything you would need for a night or two including free Wifi.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms facing the main rood, even though Ballarat is quiet at night.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank indkiwi
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Geelong, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

This is the first time i had stayed at Oscars but it definitely WONT be the last! The experience was truly relaxing and this was because of the great friendly service provided by the staff. Pricing of the room was very reasonable and was a wonderful modern boutique room that provided all the essentials. The plus side for me was the location of Oscars, as i was on a girls weekend it was lucky to have a day spa directly next door. Was a great weekend and it was all thanks to Oscars

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank loveablegirl_12
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Additional Information about Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar

Property: Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar
Address: 18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Ballarat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Ballarat
#7 Luxury Hotel in Ballarat
#12 Romantic Hotel in Ballarat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique accommodation in the heart of Ballarat CBD. Great food, friendly staff and sunny courtyard in summer and gas log heaters in winter.The perfect place to stay for shopping, the theatre, soveriegn hill or attending functions in the city. ... more   less 
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