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Southern Cross Motor Inn
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Southern Cross Motor Inn
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Ararat
Melbourne, Australia
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136 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Happy stay”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I chose to stay at this property recently. Read reviews etc from Trip Advisor and could not for the life of me say that the bed was hard ( as in a previous review ) The management were courteous and helpful. Upon arrival after a long journey our booking was upgraded to a King Unit as a complimentary gesture which was much appreciated. The unit was spacious and spotless and we had a very comfortable nights rest. The motel is central to the business area of Ararat and very easy to locate. Would most definitely stay at the motel again. Thanks again to Barbara and Doug.

Room Tip: Rooms facing High Street ( Western Highway) are quadrupled glazed to keep noise from traffic to a mi...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Traveling on my own, I was very nervous! I chose this motel on its central location... I didn't want to be on the outskirts of town ! I was very late arriving and it wasn't an issue at all! The room was SPOTLESS ! I was exhausted and all i wanted was a shower and bed... ! The room was massive, great tv, comfy bed, little kitchenette .... Even a couple of Minties ! There was plenty of room for me to set up my computer and download and backup ... Perfect ! I felt very safe and would have loved to have spent more time there ! Thank you for the friendly service and safe and beautiful room!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a high quality, very well priced country motel. The spacious room had a small kitchen area, tea and coffee making facilities, (including biscuits and complimentary minties) and a microwave oven in case you need to heat any food. Double glazed windows, quality bathroom with all extras right down to toothbrush and toothpaste pack.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Geelong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2012

After talking to the owner and being assured we would not hear the road noise I booked a front room for two nights. This was the best decision I have ever made. It was rather funny to be able to see the transports travelling along the road but not a sound to be heard.
The room was modern and spacious. The large bathroom had all the little extras that you don't get in many other motels. It is always a worry for me what the bed and pillow will be like. The King Size bed was one of the most comfortable I have slept in and the pillow was the same. The heater and fridge were both whisper quiet - adding to the sleep comfort.
Real milk, good quality tea and coffee along with biscuits and minties also made the stay more enjoyable.
This motor Inn is in the perfect spot to be able to walk to the city centre/clubs etc and we would not hesitate to book in here again. The owners are a credit to the hospitality industry.

Room Tip: The quadruple glazed windows don't open but they are large and you can see out but nobody can se...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Myself and a friend stayed here overnight after doing the 'Aradale' ghost tour and I was very happy with Southern Cross Motor Inn, possibly one of the nicest motels i have ever stayed in. After looking at photos on their website i was pleasantly suprised when I arrived as the room was alot larger than i had expected, it was clean, quite modern and spacious with more than enough room for 2 people. I was quite impressed with the fact fresh milk (and UHT) tea, coffee, sugar and even a couple of mints & biscuits were all provided as well as a shower cap and toothbrush not something most places provide anymore. Overall a very pleasant place to stay i would recommend it highly :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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South Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

It's the little things that raise the Southern Cross above its competitors. You get biscuits to have with your coffee (a rarity these days), then a free toothbrush in the very generous bathroom. A thick extra blanket for those chilly Ararat night - even Minties in with the tea, coffee etc.
They may be little things, but it does leave you with a good vibe about this spotlessly clean motel.

Room Tip: Try for one of the back rooms - they are just a bit further away from the main road. And they are ju...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2011

They have changed their name recently to Southern Cross motel, but it is the same people with the same good standards. the rooms are large, pleasant and have everything you could need from a good motel.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the highway are well insulated against noise, the others having opening windows- which...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Southern Cross Motor Inn

Property: Southern Cross Motor Inn
Address: 96 High St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia (Formerly Orchid City Motor Inn)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Grampians > Ararat
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Ararat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located, close to shops and restaurants. Opposite the Visitor Information Centre and railway station and bus terminal.All our units have kitchenettes, quiet split system airconditioning, individal instananeous gas hot water systems, double or quadruple window glazing. ... more   less 
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