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Sovereign Hill Hotel
Ranked #17 of 33 Hotels in Ballarat
New Prague, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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“Sovereign Hill with Family”
Reviewed June 18, 2007

We are an American family of 4 (2 adults and 2 boys; 6 yrs & 8 yrs). We choose to spend time at Sovereign Hill as it offered a unique experience as well as a thumbnail view of Australian History. Our oldest son read a book on the Australian gold rush prior to visiting which gave him a foundation to his experiences at the park. We arrived in the early evening just as the park was closing to the public and got set up in a nice accommodation. We purchased the dinner and evening show which I would recommend doing if you have the time. We participated in this prior to attending the park which I would also recommend especially to foreign travelers who are not aware of the story behind Sovereign Hill.

The park was unique experience and offered something for all ages. Our boys enjoyed the gold panning, gold smelting, and walking in the tunnels of the mines. My husband enjoyed watching the demonstration of the old tools and I would have to say my favorite part of this attraction was observing the students participate in the reenactments.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this attraction to anyone traveling to the Victoria/Melbourne area.

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adelaide, australia
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Reviewed February 12, 2007

Stayed at the Lodge in February 2007 and it was very well situated for visiting Sovereign Hill. We stayed in the more modern wing, which was a bit disappointing but adequate. The room was large with two sets of bunks and one queen bed, but that was more or less it. The kids really enjoyed it. But one suggestion would be to order a cooked breakfast, because the bread in the fridge isn't that appetizing.

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Colchester, UK
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Reviewed October 22, 2006

Sovereign Hill was on our ‘must see’ list of places in the Melbourne area and we chose The Sovereign Hill Lodge as the best option for our overnight stay. We purchased, via the Sovereign Hill website, the complete package of accommodation in a Heritage Room, breakfast, dinner, day entry pass to Sovereign Hill and admission to the sound and light show, Blood on the Southern Cross.

The lodge is located slap bang next to Sovereign Hill and your electronic pass allows you to come and go as you please between your accommodation in the Lodge area and Sovereign Hill. Although we only stayed for one night, the package included admission to Sovereign Hill both on our day of our arrival and on our day of departure making it good value.

Sovereign Hill and the Lodge are located a little way from the centre of Ballarat but we didn’t find this a big problem. We either walked (a pleasant 40 minute stroll) or drove (5 mins).

When we booked in we reiterated that we had requested a quiet room. The receptionist, in a matter of fact and totally unconcerned way, said that there were 150 school kids staying at the lodge that night and that we should expect some noise. “Besides”, she said “You won’t be staying for long in your room anyway”. Slightly disconcerted we made our way to number 56 in The Officer’s Quarters – a small period building overlooking a central Green. The room itself was very pleasant, decked out as it was in lush Victorian style furnishings and we couldn’t fault it.

However after an hour or so the noise began. A mob of 150 school kids descended on the green, screaming, shouting, blowing whistles, kicking balls against the wall of our room and stamping around in the porch away outside our door. Even the TV on full blast couldn’t mask the noise and after an hour of this we were wound up and fuming. We vehemently complained at the reception that the noise was bang out of order. We pointed out that to make matters worse we had paid extra for a Heritage room. The receptionist somewhat taken aback contacted the teachers who up until then hadn’t been supervising the kids. We heard the kids being told off but after a while the noise started up again and continued for another hour or so.

Dinner that evening couldn’t come soon enough (we just wanted to get out of the room!). It was a buffet style affair in a reconstructed period hotel within Sovereign Hill. It took a fair while to queue for the food and by the time we reached the end they were starting to run out of bread. The food itself was canteen style fare – nothing lavish but perfectly acceptable. The show that followed was absolutely excellent and I’d totally recommend it – unmissable.

Next morning we took the supplied breakfast out of our fridge (you eat breakfast in your room). Again the food was okay but there wasn’t much of it at all. The morning and early afternoon were spent exploring Sovereign Hill and it was very good indeed.

Would we stay here again? I don’t know. We may have just been unlucky that the kids were staying at the same time as we were (and it may or may not be a rare occurrence) but it would certainly make me think twice about staying here again – given the racket that they were creating the room was hardly the place to unwind after a longs days drive.

Chris C (krizz00)

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Nowra, Australia
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Reviewed March 26, 2006

This place is great to stay if you are visiting Sovereign Hill. Our room was in the Canadian Wing and had a queen bed and 2 sets of bunks.Bathroom was adequate.Breakfast was included and you go down the hall to a little dining room and help yourself to cereal and toast. It was very nice.You get to access Sovereign Hill through a side cate with your room key. Dont miss the nightly show which is fantastic. Overall this hotel is great for visiting Sovereign Hill but a bit far away from shops/ restuarants etc.

Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed November 29, 2003

This was my 7th trip to Sovereign HIll and my second 'stay over' at the Lodge. I loved the Officer's quarters (no. 56) where I stayed for three days and two nights. In fact, I wanted to stay longer but had deadlines to attend to. I shall be back as soon as I can though.

I had more opportunity to explore all the little cottages and backyards including the vegie patches this time. It's all so real and very relaxing indeed. Wouldn't have been that way for the people of the day way back when but as a 'fly on the wall' so to speak, I enjoyed every moment.

The show at night was absolutely fantastic. I don't know how you developed such a good display!!! Someone has a terrific imagination, that's for sure.

What I do think might be a god idea for the future is let people actually stay and experience what the miners went through out there in the tents - eg all weather. At their own risk of course. I'd be interested in finding out how cold and miserable it would have been like in a little tent or cottage with just what was allowed in 'those days'. Sort of like the Frontier House which was viewed on the ABC earlier this year. Anyway, food for thought.

Well done all of you there at Sovereign HIll. Fantastic job you are doing. Keep up the good work.

Kind regards

Heather Hamilton

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Reviewed November 6, 2003

We find it a great place to stay while in Ballarat. Facilities are great, easy place to find and access is no worries. We have stayed there on quite a few occasions now. The first time that we stayed there, it was called the Government Camp and that was in March 1988.

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Property: Sovereign Hill Hotel
Address: Magpie St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia (Formerly Sovereign Hill Lodge)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Ballarat
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Ballarat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sovereign Hill Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sovereign Hill Hotel offers modern, family-friendly, hotel accommodation right in the heart of Sovereign Hill. The hotel offers comfort and convenience with all the action of Main Street and our evening sound-and-light show, right on your doorstep. Choose from a variety of accommodation,ranging from luxurious Governors Rooms to spacious and comfortable family rooms. The hotel offers a range of cost effective packages to fully engage you in the Sovereign Hill experience. ... more   less 
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