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Craig's Royal Hotel

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Property amenities
Room service
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Banquet Room
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Meeting rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
Wheelchair access
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Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
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This is the second time I have stayed here. THe first time was underwhelming. THis time (March 2019 during the Begonia Festival weekend) is disappointing. THe key issue is value for money. THe rooms are at least $300++ per night and would not stack up against good Melbourne
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The food here is amazing and a perfect amount. Good selection. menu is a little hard to work our what is what but we asked the waiter to clarify a few things. One waiter was amazing and nothing was a trouble, the other waitress was slightly impatient it seemed and a little bit
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Stumbled upon this beautiful old world hotel. So glad we chose it for our evening meal.. the photos speak for themselves we think. Brevette of SR2+ with crisp polenta cubes & watercress. Bannockburn chicken breast (best chicken ever!!) with charred cauliflower & smoked chicken
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We stayed at Craig's Royal for the 73rd Australian Jazz convention. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, the rooms are excellent as were the staff. I would rate this hotel as the best that I have stayed in, the continental breakfast was plentiful and good quality. A 5
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This was a second visit to Craig's for the Australian Jazz convention 2018. My wife an i were upgraded to a superior room which was beautifully decorated in the period of this historic hotel from the gold rush era. The bathroom has a spa bath and shower. Very comfortable room
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Individual character in all 41 rooms
Small Room but very comfortable, beautiful bathroom which I didn't take photo of.
There are no grounds or carpark for this property. The entrances to the hotel from from the footpath. You should ask the hotel where smokers can go.
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I stayed in a king room when there last month.
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"Confirm which room they are giving you"
"All floors have lift access"
"As we didn't stay here I cannot coment."
"We only visited the restaurant."
"ask for the tower room nice suprise"
US$177 - US$248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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