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The Ansonia on Lydiard
Ranked #24 of 34 Hotels in Ballarat
Reviewed 28 October 2010

An interesting place, not the best in the world but we'd definitely return if we were out this way again. The room was very comfortable, plenty of space with a nice bathroom. Ceilings are very high - it's almost like being in a cube! Filtered water in the fridge is a nice touch. Breakfast is ok - relatively small choice, but it's all tasty and fresh.

Downsides - there's no parking, so you're out at 9am to feed a meter. That said, it's $1.20 per hour, so not a big expense and it encouraged us to be out doing things instead of lazing the day away. The wifi was a bit weak, but that may have just been our room location, I never tried downstairs.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2010

This place is a bit of a puzzler.
The good: The place was very clean. My room was stylish & gorgeous, with high ceilings, plenty of tech amenities, soaker tub, fabulous toiletries, super up-scale bed. Interesting heritage building. The library had plenty of books, a free computer, a huge TV, free filtered water, and a nespresso machine to use at will. Yahoo!
The not-so-good: The ground-floor atrium rooms, (mine), open directly into the corridor to the restuarant, which is interesting, but decreases privacy. If you close the shade, and you must, you now have no exterior windows, save the high slits catching the atrium morning light. My package included a glass of beer or wine in the restuarant, which was closed for painting, but they brough me a glass of the cook's "favorite" wine, but it tasted oxidized. The paint smell was strong, but I opened the exterior doors in the hallway, and that made it OK. No breakfast available, due to work. Parking is on street and $1.20/hour from 9 am.
So, mixed review - but I got a deal on wotif, and despite the unusual elements, I enjoyed it and would return.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 May 2010

My partner and I stayed at The Ansonia on 15 May. Room was quite nice, reception when we arrived was very pleasant. Funny place tho' not as grand and regal as it looks on the website. Felt more like what was once a boarding house but of course, it has been completely refurbished although a bit tired. That was fine - for one night - but breakfast was a complete schemozzle! Only one staff member was on duty - the chef - so when we arrived in the dining room all the tables had been used and none were cleared. Tea cups, milk, cutlery, glasses - all had been used and we had to hunt around behind the bar to find glasses, cups and cutlery. Meanwhile, the chef was struggling to cook breakfasts - many of which were left behind by guests - uneaten. The strange thing was breakfast was scheduled to end at 10am and after we managed to have some cereal in a sauce bowl (no cereal bowls around) a flustered member of staff arrive and another soon afterwards at about 10 to 10am. Too late - most guests had left or cleared the tables themselves or managed to eat some toast. Never experienced anything like it. I would have tolerated this if it had been a modest B & B but it does seem to market itself as boutique accommodation - this breakfast service was simply amongst the worst I have experienced.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2010

This hotel was an absolute gem. For $139.00 on a Saturday night (long weekend) hot breakfast included, this was one of the best hotels I have stayed in. Being a long weekend we expected the typical 2 night minimum stay term as the bed and breakfasts seem to do (which is a total rip off).

We checked in with ease and were shown to our rooms. Room 15 and 16 on the ground floor stemming from the atrium. The rooms were spacious and nicely decorated with large bathrooms and very clean. Large Flat screen TV!! a bonus. There is a lovley common room with free internet access, an open fire greeted us on this 12 degree day and it was warm and welcoming.

A few doors down is the famous Craigs Hotel which is where we spent our evening having drinks and dinner (but thats another story). Back at our hotel there was a small group that used the common room into the wee hours of the night and my partner woke at around midnight due to the noise. If you stay here, make sure you are either upstairs or if you are downstairs, right at the very end away from the common room because I could imagine that it could ruin a good nights sleep if there were to be a louder larger group using the room.

Breakfast was great, a stunning little built in licenced restaurant on the ground floor, very basic but nice.

Overall an awesome stay and will definatley stay again when visiting Ballarat. We would also recommend to friends and family who dont want to pay huge money for accommodation just because the hotel claims to be the oldest and best in the area (ie Craigs).

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2010

Our family recently visited Ballarat and started our accommodation search by surfing the local tourist website. My husband and I like to stay in boutique style accommodation, as there is always something interesting about this type of abode. Another must for us, was the ability to walk to cafes and restaurants.

The Ansonia on Lydiard caught our attention as it was previously a bank and was located 5 mins from Ballarat's main street, Sturt street. A bonus was that by booking direct with the hotel over the internet, we reduced our family room rate by around $50 per night.

Located in Lydiard St, the hotel is opposite Her Majesty's Theatre. The entrance foyer has a number of interesting art pieces on the walls. This continues through a longer hallway, the atrium. Family rooms are located on the first floor, while standard rooms are on the ground floor.

We were pleasantly welcomed by the manager, Laura - nice to see as we were hot and tired after driving from Canberra. Laura showed us to our room and gave us lots of information about the hotel.

Our family suite consisted of two bedrooms (1 with queen bed, the other with 2 singles) and an ensuite. There was also the usual fridge, tv and desk. The rooms were quite big in comparison to what we have seen on our many travels around the globe. The bathroom was spacious and well stocked with toiletries.

The only downside, if there is one, would be that the room was quite sparse, in terms of art on walls, but this could be due to heritage listing/regulations from local council. Curtains on the windows would assist in keeping street noise down as the venetian blinds only keep light in or out. But in saying that, we stayed a Saturday and Sunday night and the only noise we encountered was from the street sweeper and some local lads at around 5.30am.

While there is only street parking available to guests, we were able to find a park directly at the door on most occasions. This is not metered after 5.30pm and even when it is costs around $1 per hour (quite cheap compared to what we are used to in Sydney CBD $4 per hour).

We went out to breakfast both mornings so did not sample the Hotel's breakfast menu. We looked at the dinner menu, but as we had two small children with us, we decided to go for a walk and fed them at a local restaurant.

We were very happy with our stay at the Ansonia and we would definately stay there again if we ever make the long haul to Ballarat again.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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: $122 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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