Craig's Royal

10 Lydiard Street SouthBallaratVIC 3350Australia
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About Craig's Royal

Founded in the 1850s, Craig's Royal boasts elegant, boutique-style accommodations dating back to the gold rush era. Guests are welcomed with complimentary valet parking, free Wi-Fi access throughout the property, and a complimentary continental breakfast every morning.

Preserving heritage and charm, the rooms are updated and equipped with many modern amenities, including air conditioning, a flat screen TV, iPod dock, personal safe, refrigerator, and coffee/tea making facilities. For added comfort, bathrobes, slippers and designer toiletries are also provided. Some rooms also feature a spa bath or balcony.

The hotel offers a 24-hour reception with concierge services and newspapers. Guests can also grab a souvenir at the onsite gift shop.

Gallery Restaurant offers all day fine dining in a glass-roofed, conservatory. A light bite can be had at Craig’s Café & Larder, and drinks can be enjoyed at the Foyer Lounge or Craig’s Bar.

Craig's Royal is ideally situated within walking distance of Federation University and the Art Gallery of Ballard.


10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, VIC 3350, Australia
Telephone: +61(3)53311377 | Fax: +61(3)53317103 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Elevator
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Desk
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

City Central

The hotel boasts an ideal, city central location on historic Lydiard Street. It’s ideal for visitors looking to explore some of Ballarat’s historic neighbourhoods and enjoy the architecture. Guests say the major points of interest are all convenient to the hotel, and can be reached on foot. In addition, if you’re arriving or departing by train, you’ll be delighted to know that the Ballarat Train Station is also just a short walk away.

Royal Atmosphere

This historic property has been wonderfully restored and managed to maintain every ounce of its historic atmosphere despite the updates. Guests were amazed by the beauty of the hotel, extending from the front entrance to every room. All accommodations feel luxurious and are full of unique details, as each space has been individually decorated.

Dining Delight

Make plans to dine at the Gallery. Guests are constantly impressed by the amazing dishes, which taste as well as they are presented. Even the continental breakfast gets plenty of compliments. Oenophiles will appreciate the varied wine selection, with something to compliment any dish. In addition, guests highly recommend the High Tea.

Negative Reviews

Small Spaces

Some of the more basic rooms are limited in space, and look significantly smaller than they do in the hotel website’s photos. Guests recommend upgrading to a bigger room if you’re not staying solo, or if you have a lot of luggage.

Out of Place

There are poker and gambling machines in a section of the hotel, which many guests found to be tacky and not matching the hotel’s classy atmosphere.

No Issues Reported

So far, no recent negative opinion has been expressed by guests about this hotel.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 463 reviews across the web
9.4 /10
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9.4 out of 10 based on 463 reviews