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Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Ballarat
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“fine for a quick stop”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

The hotel is in a great location and you can walk to some great restaurants and landmarks really easily. The room was really clean and bed comfortable. There was a constant and irritating banging noise through out the evening and I assume it was coming from the closely located kitchen/bar. Overall the hotel is a little bit tired in some of the room furnishings but it's fine for a quick stop if you're not going to be spending much time if your room.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

From the reviews l read this hotel didn't quite live up to my expectations.
Great building, modernised well.
Parking at the rear is great, bit of a challenge carrying bags through the restaurant.
Service on arrival was good. Room 9 was tiny, just room for the bed and a desk. It did have a good ensuite although the toilet kept running and the shower dripped, these items didn't cause too much of as issue.
Price was relatively low at $145 for the night.
Take my advise though, there are 2 function rooms and if you want a quiet night check before you book to see if there are any functions on.
The noise from the function room below was very, very loud. Had to turn the TV up much to loud, just to hear it.
The music either stopped or was turned right down at midnight.
The breakfast was great, not overly generous,( one egg and one piece of turkish bread) but good value and good choice on the menu. We don't eat big breakfasts so was fine for us.
Noticed when we went to The Lane for morning tea that their brekyies were much larger, but that was probably reflected in the price!
Overall good value.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wollert, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Lovely hotel with king size bed and well appointed ensuite. I stayed in a studio which would be fine for 2 people. The food in the restaurant was divine - I can highly recommend dessert.

Staff were lovely and the only fault is there is no ground floor accommodation but there is porterage if you need assistance.

Would definitely book again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Beyond a doubt, this hotel is the finest hotel Ballarat has to offer!
From the moment I stepped into the warm and cosy reception, I was treated like royalty. The room was huge and with more luxury than I could imagine possible for the price (TV in spa)! With traveling a common routine in my line of work, I come across many hotels, and you can take it from me - you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Centrally located; easy access / walking distance to all amenities. Administration needs attention: Rang to confirm booking - Person who answered the phone (man) had absolutely no clues who to handle my simple call! I booked for a queen bed for me and my partner, but was given a room with 2 single beds! Room was overlooking the courtyard; was a tad noisy as they had a function that night. Pleasant enough stay though, as we made the best of what we ended up with! Was here in April-2013

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Oscar's is incredibly convenient to the centre of Ballarat. It is a beautifully renovated building without removing any of its charm. All furnishings used are in character with modern bathroom facilities and air-conditioning. Free wifi speed is just bearable. If you have any real business to do online better off tethering your mobile and using 3G/4G.

The staff are pleasant at all hours of the morning and evening. Parking is out the back down the lane beside Oscar's Hotel. If it is raining you will need to be quick getting inside as parking is not under cover - particularly tricky when it is 5C or lower.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

We had my mum's birthday party in the function room at Oscars in July. We had about 60 people come for tea then a few more for nibbles afterwards. The food was excellent and came out very fast, it was good value and we'll portioned. There was a little confusion with everyone making payments but I think that was due to some new staff working on the night.

Overall it was a great night.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar
Address: 18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Ballarat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Ballarat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique accommodation in the heart of Ballarat CBD. Great food, friendly staff and sunny courtyard in summer and gas log heaters in winter.The perfect place to stay for shopping, the theatre, soveriegn hill or attending functions in the city. ... more   less 
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