Southern Cross Motor Inn
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Southern Cross Motor Inn

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4.5
#2 of 5 motels in Ararat
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Centrally located, close to shops and restaurants. Opposite the Visitor Information Centre and railway station and bus terminal.All our units have kitchenettes, quiet split system airconditioning, individal instananeous gas hot water systems, double or quadruple window glazing.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Modern

Location

96 High St, Ararat, Victoria 3377 Australia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 66 out of 100
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Melbourne Airport
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Tim602 wrote a review May 2021
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Southern Cross Motel in Ararat is the nicest and most thoughtfully designed motel that we stayed in during a two week trip to South Australia and Victoria. Let me explain why.

The Southern Cross is a motel only; no dining room or added facilities. Moreover, it is small with only 9 units. However, what it does is the accommodation function very well. It is located close to the Ararat shopping centre within easy walking distance to shops and cafes. Although about half the rooms back onto the main road from Ararat to Melbourne, an uncommon extra is double glazing on the windows, which means the rooms are not only whisper quiet but also well insulated from cold winters and hot summers.

The rooms are larger than normal, which means that there is room to set your luggage out for packing and unpacking without feeling cramped or in danger of tripping over them during the night. Also, because the rooms are wider, the parking spaces in front of the rooms are wider than normal so there is ample room for parking and unpacking.

The rooms are very well designed. A wide desk for setting up the laptop computer. Plenty of power points throughout the room. A useful kitchenette with ample bench space. Instead of cold tiles on the kitcenette and bathroom floors, there is timber flooring which is both warmer and softer. The large bathroom is very well laid out with nothing cramped and ample vanity benchtop space. Many of the motels we stayed in during this trip had small bathrooms with doors that had to be closed before you sit on the toilet or something equally ridiculous. The only thing missing in the bathroom is a grab handle in the shower.

The units are well equipped, with a quality large LCD TV and a VCR. The TV reception was excellent. The beds are very comfortable; extra pillows and blankets are available in the room.

Because they only have 9 units and the motel is deservedly popular, you will need to book well ahead. All in all, an excellent choice for a night or two in Ararat.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Because of the double glazing, all rooms are fine.
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Response from Joanne Ryan, Owner at Southern Cross Motor Inn
Responded 23 May 2021
Thanks Tim ! We aim to make your stay as comfy as possible. Hope to see you again.
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David48_13 wrote a review Mar 2020
Epsom, United Kingdom42 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is by far the best motor inn we have stayed at during numerous journeys. The room was spotlessly clean with a kitchenette. We asked about local eateries and our hosts recommended a local hotel which turned out to be a great find. We would highly recommend the Southern Cross if you are looking for this type of accommodation.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Joanne R, Owner at Southern Cross Motor Inn
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Thanks David for your positive review. We hope you can stay with us again sometime.
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Ian O wrote a review Nov 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a week of away work in Ararat and booked rooms at the Southern Cross Motel, which couldn't have been a better choice. The rooms are large, incredibly comfortable and sparkling clean. Having lots of equipment and gear was a breeze with the spacious room. Huge amount of desk space for working in the evening as well.

The bed was better than what I sleep on at home! As all away workers know, sleeping on a quality bed makes all the difference in how your day goes, so I very much appreciated that!

The showers are LARGE and the water pressure is EXCELLENT. Another make it or break it factor passed with flying colours.

Soundproofing is spectacular in these rooms and I didn't once hear the occupants in the rooms either side - whom I know were watching television and having phone conversations. Not a peep.

The owners are truly kind and caring people. They aren't your typical motel owners/managers who give what you need but not much else. We had great conversations and felt so welcomed and cared for throughout the week. They regularly checked up on us and made sure we had everything we needed.

It isn't often that you WANT to stay in a motel, but here you actually do. Thank you guys so much for making a very difficult work week away from our loved ones go so easy and comfortably. I don't exaggerate when I say that it made all the difference. Looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks!

Thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Tim602 wrote a review Oct 2023
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been coming to the Southern Cross Motor Inn in Ararat for 2 years now and have never been disappointed with the quality of this accommodation. The rooms are bigger, the windows are double glazed so the rooms are quieter and they are always scrupulously clean. The operators of this motor inn are always looking to make small changes to make visitors more comfortable including, dare I mention it, the best quality toilet paper we have seen in a motel or hotel in a long time. The last time we stayed in October, we noticed they have now supplied non-slip mats to avoid older people like us slipping in the shower. We can thoroughly recommend this accommodation for its comfort and attention to detail.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marsha D wrote a review Mar 2020
Adelaide, Australia30 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked for the night after supposedly attending the races that were unfortunately moved to Stawell due to rain. However, we decided to keep the booking and drive the extra 30ks or so and we're glad we did. Lovely large modern room, excellent amenities and my husband really appreciated the security of the dedicated car park right in front of our room. A short walk to a delightful pub called the Blue Duck with great service and an enjoyable meal - made better, of course, by the day's win at the track! Faultless breakfast was delivered on time. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Joanne R, Owner at Southern Cross Motor Inn
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Thanks for your detailed review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again.
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Gayle Y wrote a review Mar 2023
Melbourne, Australia105 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Returning guest. Such a joy to be at your wonderful motel again.
From the warm, country welcome to the very comfortable beds, restful decor, hot and strong showers and your breakfasts are filling and delicious …. everything is done to such a tremendous standard.
Always a pleasure to stay there, thank you.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Susan M wrote a review Dec 2022
20 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Super friendly owners who maintain the property to a high standard. My room had a super comfortable king bed, triple glazed windows (no noise at all) impeccably clean with table and chairs as well as a couch. Fridge, toaster, kettle microwave and sink as well as large well appointed bathroom. Excellent tasty breakfast as well. It is the place to stay in Ararat!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Southerncross Motorinn, General Manager at Southern Cross Motor Inn
Responded 7 Jan 2023
Thank you very kindly for your lovely thoughts, We hope to see you again very soon! Warm regards Janos - Southern Cross Motor Inn
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SydneyJim56 wrote a review Apr 2021
Green Point, Australia292 contributions112 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only in town for one night. Very convenient to the train station and very pleasant, friendly staff.

Great size room with an equally big bathroom. Comfy king size bed, couch, table and chairs, large screen tv, kitchenette (includes a microwave). Couldn’t fault it. As a bonus your car is under cover.

Cooked breakfast this morning was both tasty and a generous size.

Would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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mum23all wrote a review Mar 2023
Mount Gambier, Australia306 contributions72 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stopped over here for 1 night on our travels. Although they didn't have a family room large enough to accommodate to our family of 6, they did give us 2 rooms side by side. The rooms were both very large, one had a queen bed (wit a couch, desk etc), the 2nd room had a queen bed and a single bed. The rooms were cleaned tidy, the owners were very friendly and lovely. We would most certainly stay here again, and would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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42golf56_9 wrote a review May 2023
Coatesville, Pennsylvania480 contributions119 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This a family run motel and it is adequate but not set up for longer stays, as we stayed 4 nights. It was clean and quiet but very dark. They need better lighting or sheer daylight curtains, since the curtains open to the street. TV and internet were good but I have had better sleep in other places.
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Date of stay: April 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John W asked a question Feb 2015
Carisbrook, Australia15 contributions2 helpful votes
is there a pool?
Answer from Joanne R
Ararat, Australia
Dear John, No, we do not have a pool on our premises. But, the local heated indoor pool is one block from us. Kind regards Barbara
Tim602 wrote a tip May 2021
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Because of the double glazing, all rooms are fine."
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geoffrod51 wrote a tip Mar 2018
Kangaroo Flat, Australia35 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Central Position. Easy walk to shops etc."
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Aroney wrote a tip Mar 2018
Port Fairy, Australia234 contributions148 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Liked our room which was Room 3"
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Bosun wrote a tip Feb 2018
Melbourne, Australia93 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Any would be fine"
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Heather Y wrote a tip Oct 2016
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are identical only small complaint close to a busy road although did not trouble us with the noise"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$154 - AU$159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Orchid City Motor Inn
LOCATION
AustraliaVictoriaGrampiansArarat
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Cross Motor Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Southern Cross Motor Inn?
Nearby attractions include Ararat Gallery TAMA (0.5 km), Langi Morgala Museum (0.3 km), and Ararat Catholic Church (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Southern Cross Motor Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Southern Cross Motor Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Southern Cross Motor Inn?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Southern Cross Motor Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Southern Cross Motor Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Duck Hotel, Desi Swag, and Foragers Cafe.
Is Southern Cross Motor Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Ararat.
Is Southern Cross Motor Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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