The Provincial Hotel

In an ornate Victorian building with twin turrets and arched balconies, this polished hotel is a 1-minute walk from Ballarat train station, 2.9 km from the Sovereign Hill open-air museum and 4.2 km from Ballarat Wildlife Park.

Chic studio and 1-bedroom suites feature modern furniture, chandeliers and designer linens. All provide free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars and whirlpool baths. Some have fireplaces; 1- and 2-bedroom apartments add kitchens with stainless steel appliances.