Detail of an Art Deco Window in the Oscar's Hotel Dining Room - Doveton Street, Ballarat
Oscar’s Hotel and Café Bar is a beautiful Art Deco, boutique hotel in the heart of the Victorian provincial city of Ballarat. Located at 18 Doveton Street, it is the perfect base when sightseeing around the city, as it is so close to many beautiful and historical Ballarat buildings.
Oscar’s, when it was first built in the 1860s was originally the Criterion Hotel, a popular venue in the gold rush days. However, as the Gold Rush dwindled and was replaced with wealth generated through grazing and agriculture in the surrounding area, so the Criterion Hotel changed.
In the 1930s, it was completely refurbished inside. It is this interior with its Streamline Moderne liner style staircase, acid etched frosted glass windows and skyscraper style fireplaces that you see today after a recent restoration.
On a personal note as someone who has stayed there, Oscar’s offers a stylish and comforatable hotel experience at a reasonable price. It also has great food and excellent service.