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Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Ballina
Certificate of Excellence
Greater Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Quality, central with riverfront views”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

We have stayed & eaten in this hotel on many occasions over the years both for business and quiet weekends away - where we rarely left the hotel.

The main reasons we frequent the Ramada Hotel & Suites in Ballina is the location (centre of town and riverfront), the friendly & efficient staff and the high quality of rooms.

Spacious rooms with river views. Peter Morrissey toiletries & we love the large duck boards in the bathrooms. We like the open air corridors and pool with a good selection of lounges - especially the pods - although they are the only shade on a hot & sunny summer day like in November 2013.

The restaurant is riverfront & is open to the public with great river views and a good selection of food at standard prices for it's quality & locale - if a little expensive for some other options in Ballina.

Byron Bay is only about a half hour drive away, and there are many eating options and things to see in the locality.

On a separate note if you like antique furniture Summerland Antiques Ballina is a short drive away with an large selection of mainly English & Australian furniture, clocks, crockery and typical antique shop finds.

Room Tip: River views!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Dear bodmor, thank you for your continued patronage and review of your stay at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. We are delighted that you enjoy the facilities and accommodation offered at the hotel. Of interest, there is also an antiques trail throughout the region which you may enjoy when you are back in the area. You can find it on Health's Old Wares website. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.
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Ipswich, Australia
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Ramada Hotel & Suites, Ballina is our first choice of accommodation.
We have stayed there on a number occasions on the Riverside of the Hotel. It is so relaxing any time of the day, particularly the setting of the Sun over the Richmond River.
The Suites are very comfortable and very well appointed.
Staff is next to none, very professional.
Ramada Ballina is in close vicinity, walking distance to Shops and all facilities.
If your are thinking of going to Ballina, checkout Ramada, we recommend that you will have a great time and money well spent.

Room Tip: Riverside rooms on the higher floors
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Dear WallyK, thank you for taking the time to post a review about your stay at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful sunsets on Richmond River, a definite favourite of our guests! We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Brisbane Australia
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80 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2014

A comfortable room with three excellent restaurants nearby with staff that were pleasant and very helpful a clean room with a water view at a really reasonable price.
We had an accident in the room with a glass of juice and no problem the matter dealt with in a matter of minutes thank you very much

Room Tip: Rooms facing the river are pleasant even on the ground floor
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear FreddyW51, thank you for this wonderful review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. We hope to see you again in the future.
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed at the Ramada Hotel & Suites for the Easter 2014 break - 2 adults and 2 children. It was a beautifully appointed hotel for price point (particularly in school holidays), great restaurant downstairs and excellent facilities in room. The pool was great - fantastic lounges and cabanas for relaxing.

Our room faced the river overlooking a small marina. Every morning and afternoon a dolphin or two would swim in to visit and this was great entertainment for the kids. There was a board walk around the outside of the Hotel leading to a great river walk/scooter ride for kids. Woolworths was a 2 minute walk as was the main town. There were plenty of food choices and the Woolworths had a great deli/array of convenience foods if you wanted to take something basic for dinner back to the hotel. The big waterslide fun park was a quick walk away as well.

My only disappointment in the hotel was it did appear to be understaffed at times. I was in holiday mode so this did not upset me, I just expected a slightly higher standard. The staff themselves were of a high standard and very friendly, there just wasn't enough of them at check out and they were noticeably short staffed on one of the evenings in the restaurant (not a public holiday). Other than that we had a great family holiday at this Hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear Traveller4C, thank you for taking the time write a detailed and positive response review of your stay at the hotel. We genuinely appreciate receiving feedback and we will take on your comments regarding staffing, it is sometimes hard to forecast when it is going to be busy at particular times. I will also pass on your comments to the restaurant which is separately owned and operated. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay and our dolphins! Thanks once again and we hope to see you again.
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Hope Island, Australia
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56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2014

If you're looking for a large hotel in Ballina (rather than a B&B) this is the place to go.

The location is super, right on the water, staff friendly, restaurants very good and the rooms are clean & comfortable.

If I had to fault it the TV's are a bit old and I couldn't plug in my media streaming device (no HDMI plug) but this really is minor.

The lady on reception said "you'll be back" and she was right, we will and fairly soon too.

Room Tip: Try to get a room near the front of the hotel, ours was near the back with not such a great water vi...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear freebo, thank you so much for your terrific review of your stay at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. We are currently looking into new televisions so hopefully by your next stay we will be able to accommodate all of your needs. Thanks once again and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Facilities were great here as they offered a washing machine and dryer, just outside of the room. Spa suite with hot tub overlooking the river was beautiful. Made for a very pleasant stay. There is a very basic gym.. But the pleasure here is outside, great walks straight outside the door.

Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear mingomagic, thank you for your positive review regarding your stay at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. We are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful environment in which to enjoy the outdoors and glad you had an opportunity to enjoy it. Thank you once again and we hope to see you again in the future.
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Perth, Australia
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141 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2014

We recently stayed for 2 nights in a self-catering one bedroom suite. A last minute booking meant that we were offered a special rate, which we appreciated.
Super friendly and efficient guy at reception, a lovely room with King sized bed, en suite stocked with Peter Morrisey products and living area with two huge sliding doors onto the balcony overlooking the river made us very happy.
The kitchen was exceptionally well stocked with crockery, glasses and utensils and meant that we could have meals on the balcony without having to resort to paper plates and plastic (which we experienced at our previous stay).
We had one breakfast in the restaurant and another was delivered to the room, to be enjoyed on the balcony. Both meals were delicious and the coffee was great.
All in all a fantastic stay and highly recommended.

Room Tip: We had a suite with a river view, which was fantastic. HOWEVER: Don't leave the balcony doors op...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Karen W, General Manager at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear balifoodie, thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay at Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina. We genuinely appreciate the feedback and are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and our beautiful environment. We hope to see you back again in the near future.
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Property: Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron
Address: 2 Martin St, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Ballina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ballina
#2 Business Hotel in Ballina
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ballina
#4 Family Hotel in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron 4.5*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ramada Hotel & Suites has 115 rooms consisting of hotel spa rooms, 1 and 2 bedroom suites and 2 and 3 bedroom penthouses, all with modern, stylish decor and all the facilities you would expect from an international class hotel. ... more   less 
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