A new luxury boutique hotel and restaurant offering has re-opened the doors of one of Ballarat’s most iconic heritage buildings, The Provincial Hotel. Built in 1909, the iconic building, recognised by the National Trust, has housed publicans and hoteliers, each enriching the hotel with greater grandeur.
Earlier this year, Simon and Gorgi Coghlan stumbled across The Provincial Hotel and decided to combine their respective skills to create something incredible. Simon, a stalwart of regional Victoria’s hospitality industry, and Gorgi, a media personality with a penchant for design and beautiful styling, partnered with Drew Harry, a hospitality guru, to make their vision a reality.
“The luxury market is growing. Simon and I saw an opportunity to grow that market in Ballarat through boutique accommodation and an adjoining restaurant offering fantastic quality food and wine.” says Gorgi.
The boutique hotel and restaurant provides luxury, timeless beauty and quality nestled within regional Victoria’s Western Highlands. Inspired by female characters who have influenced Ballarat’s history, the hallways of the hotel is the home to a revolving swag of local female artists’ original works.
Lola restaurant, named after one of Ballarat’s most influential female characters from the Goldfields - dancer, actress and courtesan Lola Montez, is the newest offering to Ballarat’s ever-growing food scene. Lola is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a locally sourced, seasonally driven menu with a European influence. Head Chef Shaun Thomson brings his experience working alongside Peter Gilmore, Neil Perry and Peter Kuruvita to create a delicious, honest and impressive dining experience.
“When staying at a hotel, most travellers look for more than just a bed to sleep in. Increasingly, fantastic service, attention to detail in a competent and relaxed manner, and of course a comfortable bed, create an intimate hotel experience. The Provincial Hotel and Lola restaurant have been designed to exceed expectations.” says Gorgi Coghlan.
The boutique accommodation comprises 23 suites, each one uniquely styled with a mix of bespoke antique, modern and custom pieces. Drawing inspiration from the most beautiful hotels in New York and Australia, Gorgi and her team of interior designers went to great lengths to source fabrics and pieces of unparalleled beauty to create a warm and timelessly stylish environment for guests to relax and indulge.
“We are the only destination hotel that doesn’t involve the need to get in a car. Directly across the road from Ballarat’s iconic Train Station in the CBD, our guests will have direct access to the best food, wine and cultural experiences Ballarat has to offer, all within walking distance. We’re confident The Provincial Hotel will become the gateway for travellers from Adelaide heading to Melbourne by road or rail.” says Gorgi.
Lola restaurant and Provincial Hotel are open for reservations. Visit theprovincialballarat.com.au