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The Ansonia on Lydiard
Ranked #24 of 33 Hotels in Ballarat
Tel Aviv, Israel
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57 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Very Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed 31 August 2007

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.

  • Liked — Nearby restaurants, location
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2007

Generally diasppointed with this hotel. The first "atrium" room we were given opened directly onto the restaurant courtyard, facing the entrance to the restaurant on a Sat night. Hardly private. Asked to be moved, the next room we couldn't open the blind as faced onto the general atrium, so no privacy and very dark. Furnished starkly and everywhere the paint work and upholstery getting tired. Very noisy overnight with people leaving the restuarant and calling out. Bathroom toiletries very basic, more like a motel, no tissues or shower cap etc. Would have expected these in a place marketed as boutique. The only good thing was the breakfast, very nice. Wouldn't stay here again.

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  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank libstar
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Melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2006

After an exhausting and busy hot day, we looked forward to our stay at this hotel.

Expecting luxury, and having bought into the severely cropped photographs offered on their website, we were expecting a nice, comfortable overnight stay.

We arrived to a less than hospitable concierge, and were advised to carry all our luggage up a rather large flight of stairs.

There were no coffee and tea facilities in the room. They were available down stairs in the "library" full of uninviting old 60's literature. There was a coffee making machine there with no instructions, and the milk warmer was out of order. So you could have yourself an espresso coffee so long as you liked it black.

We paid $239 for a family room. The TV was missing it's cover over the controls, and our toddler kept turning the volume on full ball. The window wasn't able to be shut properly, and every car that drove by, and every padestrian laughing and speaking outside was heard as if they were in the room with you.

The windows weren't draped, so the room was bright day and night. (At night time due to a well lit main street outside).

The hot water took a long time to get through the pipes in the bathroom.

I wouldn't stay here again even if it was free.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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2 Thank MuchoS
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2005

We stayed here for one night and wished it had been longer. The hotel was an oasis of calm in Ballarat which itself was a nice and quiet town. The staff were absolutely professional and polite. Our atrium room was impeccably clean, comfortable and spacious. We were also pleasantly surprised to find in the reading room a computer with high speed internet service, for the guests' use. The only (minor) regret was that part of the hotel was undergoing renovations and breakfast was served in a small room off the atrium, which was probably okay given it wasn't a peak period and it wasn't too crowded.

  • Stayed September 2005
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5 Thank Val2300
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2005

This hotel was a hidden treasure, quite an unexpected and pleasing find.

The bedroom was of an average size with huge ceilings. The style was simple, but stylish, almost 'New England'. Very comfortable.

The restaurant was the biggest find, the food was absolutely wonderful - I had the best Rib-Eye steak and veg. Well worth above average restaurant prices.

The place to stay in Ballarat if you want to treat yourself!

  • Stayed February 2005
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7 Thank sjdjw04
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Property: The Ansonia on Lydiard
Address: 32 Lydiard St S, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Ballarat
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Ballarat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Ansonia on Lydiard 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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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