My husband and I had a one night stay at Craigs Royal Hotel. I chose this hotel for the history aspect as it was the first hotel built in Ballarat. back in 1851. I was told on booking that the renovations should be finished by the time we arrived - they weren't. However, the staff were really helpful finding a car space on the road and keeping the metre paid as there were no parks through the day due to trades vans, etc.
The hotel looks spectacular, even though it's not entirely finished (March 07). We had a standard room, which was beautiful, smallish, but we weren't there long. We got to have a look into one of the larger rooms, with a fireplace (not sure if it works, probably not) and that was truly stunning.
The continental breakfast (inc. in the price) was a bit of a joke, though. Pretty much tea/coffe and toast, little boxes of cereal :( and that was it. It was a beautiful old room we ate breakfast in so that made up for it.
It was also a shame to see a Tabaret (pokies, etc) on the ground floor. That brought the tone of the place down a bit.
We have no need to return to Ballarat (see my review of Sovereign Hill) but would love to see this beautiful hotel finished..... one day :)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat, Victoria