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“A great place to stay in central Ballarat!”

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Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
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“A great place to stay in central Ballarat!”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had a great stay at Oscars. It has clearly been recently and well renovated, and the staff were helpful and friendly.

Free parking was provided behind the hotel. There is also conveniently a Bistro downstairs that does breakfast, lunch & dinner and room service available. Plenty of food and drink options available within walking distance as well.

The room was just right for a short stay, with lovely high ceilings and a large bathroom with made it a feel a little bit luxurious.

Be aware that all rooms are upstairs, and the building itself has probably been there for a while so its not like a modern hotel in the city. But you definitely get more than you pay for, I felt it was very good value for money and so much nicer than staying in a motel.

The bed was comfortable if a little bit soft. Everything was clearly cleaned to a high standard. They provide a kettle and T2 tea (so much better than the standard hotel fare!) The shower was very very high pressure!

Overall perfect for a couple to stay a few nights in comfort within the centre of Ballarat.

Room Tip: All rooms are upstairs. The executive room which was not large but had plenty of space for a short s...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We recently stayed overnight at Oscars Hotel, Doveton Street Ballarat. This is an old renovated pub with character and charm. The rooms are spotlessly clean, warm with a comfortablebed and brilliant shower. Large mirrors are a feature and a balcony gives the room a spacious feeling. The staff are friendly and obliging and the restaurant serves high quality delicious food all day. Be sure to leave some room for the amazing fresh cakes and great coffee. Excellent location knly a minute walk to Sturt Street. Highly recommended for a comfortable and cosy weekend away.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Colac, Australia
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

So so comfy bed, brilliant shower/bathroom in a studio room. Enough room for one night, excellent location with off street parking. Staff were great, even though service at dinner was a little patchy, but generally staff overall were excellent. Roadworks/footpath right at the front of the building was an inconvenience mainly for the hotel staff, and there were apologies to us for the workmen starting at 7.00am. Not the fault at all of the hotel, and not really an issue. Would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to or through this lovely city.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Beautifully renovated. Off street parking. Staff could not have been more helpful. Carried our bags upstairs and out to car the next morning. Even though Café was about to close they kept it open for us for evening meal as we were Hotel guests. Very comfy, clean spacious room with balcony in central Ballarat.

Room Tip: Stairs only to access rooms, no lift but only two storey. My friend with hip problem found this diff...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Stayed here with my daughter on Saturday night as we were attending an event in the area.
The room was lovely, a good size and beds were very comfy. The decor was nice and the bathroom was awesome.

We could not eat in the restaurant as it was booked out so we ordered from the menu and had it delivered to our room.

My only issue was the constant banging of doors in the corridor caused by other guests - the doors do not have a soft close and we were woken every so often by the doors being slammed shut. I am not sure if the doors don't close easily and therefore require slamming or the other guests were just oblivious to their noise.

All the staff were very pleasant and professional with off street parking to the rear of the building down a side laneway.

Overall I really enjoyed staying here - it was clean, comfortable, lovely decor and very pleasant staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Siena, Italy
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

WE stayed the night last week at Oscars and were very happy with the service the food and the wine. Great people keen to help at all times and we loved the wine. I could recommend this place to anyone who is travelling through or just interested in a lovely historic town Ballarat.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Very good all round experience. Experienced high quality service from the moment I set foot into the establishment. Good food and smart comfortable accommodation. I will book to stay at Oscar's next time I go to Ballarat.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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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
#8 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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