This was one of the rare instances during my frequent travels in which I first booked the hotel and only then saw the TripAdvisor reports. After reading the remarks on this hotel, I was sure my family was going to kill me! I was very pleasantly surprised. This is not a luxury hotel but it does not have the pretensions, or the price tag, of being one. The connecting rooms my family were given were large, clean and pleasant. I did not hear any of the street sounds described by other members. The bathroom was very large. The staff was very friendly and the lobby very pleasant. There is a gourmet restaurant on the premises that looked excellent although we opted to eat somewhere else.
At the Ansonia, and indeed all of Ballarat, there is an atmosphere of faded elegance but we felt that just added to its charm. The majority of tourists come to Ballarat just to see Sovereign Hill. But there is also a wonderful open range wilderness park filled with scores of kangeroos that can be endlessly fed, petted and photograped. It was one of the highlights of the entire trip to Australia for my children and we did not find any place as good in either Melbourne or Sydney. We were also very pleasantly surprised to find two exceptional restaurants in Ballarat. One was the Biboo cafe, around the corner from the Ansonia. It's a small place with a host of regular customers (they don't even have a business card) and amazingly wonderful food. (My son is still talking about the breakfast he ate there). Another place is the Phoenix, an informal wine bar with a gourmet menu that was exceptional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ansonia on Lydiard ia a B&B style Hotel set in a heritage building in the heart of Ballarat. A unique & tranquil setting suited to couples friends & corporate travellers. This property isn't suited to children under 8 yrs walking distance to restaurants,gallery's,shops,theatre/cinema perfect central location Guest lounge,open fire,sunny Atrium.Central to all tourist attractions in Ballarat ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ansonia On Lydiard Ballarat