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4.7 out of 5

"Owners were very helpful. We had breakfast there each morning and they provided what we wanted and was very good and at a very reasonable price. " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 18 May 2017

Hotel Description

Ruskin House puts you in the centre of Byron Bay, 1.3 km (0.8 mi) from Main Beach and 1.7 km (1.1 mi) from Tallow Beach. Highlights at this guest house include in-room free WiFi and LCD TVs.

You can enjoy iPod docks, private yards, and DVD players, featured in all 5 soundproofed rooms. Fridges, coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans are also available.

This business-friendly guest house offers a garden, tour/ticket assistance and multilingual staff. Additionally, you'll find gift shops/newsstands and luggage storage. Each morning continental breakfast is served between 8 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 4-star Byron Bay guest house, you'll be 2.1 km (1.3 mi) from Clarkes Beach and 3 km (1.9 mi) from Wategos Beach.

Twin Room, 2 Single Beds

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Ruskin House ratings based on 74 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Ruskin House

Everyone (28) Couples (41) Family (5)
4 out of 5
Great location, quiet and just a short stroll to everything!

Posted by on 2 Mar. 2019

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5 out of 5
Owners were very helpful. We had breakfast there each morning and they provided what we wanted and was very good and at a very reasonable price.

Posted by on 18 May 2017

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4 out of 5

Very well appointed motel close to town.

Pros: Very close to town centre.
Very pleasant and friendly owners of well appointed and well managed motel.

Posted by , from Brisbane on 19 Jun. 2016

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5 out of 5

Nice stay, close to centre of town

Spent three nights in this lovely b&b, 10 min walk to centre of town and beach. Very clean and lovely room. Hosts were very hospitable. Would certainly stay at Ruskin house again.

Posted by , from launceston on 18 May 2016

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4 out of 5

wedding guests at Byron

Pros: proximity to everything..more of a home feel than a larger complex.
Cons: nothing I can think of
Location: central location..lots of cafes nearby and also a supermarket and many takeaways. travel agent to organise day trips/activities and interesting shops.
comfortable residence within walking distance to shops and cafes. pleasant clean room and friendly hosts. a lovely place to stay.

Posted by , from brisbane on 28 Apr. 2016

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5 out of 5

Great location, very clean.

Great facilities, walking distance to everything in Byron but not too close so it's nice and quiet. Great facilities and very clean room. Friendly hosts, keen to help if needed. Good value for money.

Posted by on 30 Nov. 2015

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4 out of 5

Nice and quiet stay.

Pros: Spa bath, air-conditioning. Gave me a spare mattress when my Dad came to stay, very appreciative. Owners were lovely.
Cons: Microwave in the room, bowls and other cutlery.
Location: Beach, Cape Byron Bay Light House, swimming pool. Lots of clothes shops, Woolworths & ALDI, liquer stores and lots of pubs and, tourist outlets.
Great stay at The Ruskin House. Close to everything. Owners are very friendly and helpful. No issues. Just a microwave in the room would have been nice.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 24 Nov. 2015

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4 out of 5

Comfortable guest house

Pros: Easy access, comfortable, limited rooms so quiet. Friendly hosts.
Cons: As a guest house, I think it was really good value for money. Can't think of anything to improve.
Location: Very handy to shops, beach, RSL for tasty meal and just walk over the road. Good location, easy to find but not in the bustle of town.
The hosts and the room were very welcoming. The room was clean and comfortable. We had a luxurious spa bath! Plenty of lighting and bedside lamps which I love for reading in bed at night. An easy walk to the beach and all shops. Good value. Cold water in the fridge on arrival! A most pleasant stay!

Posted by , from Sunshine Coast Qld. on 19 Nov. 2015

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5 out of 5

Very quiet location for a short get away

Location: Very handy to shops and food
The staff offered us good quality coffee when we arrived which was a nice touch

Posted by , from Brisbane on 11 Nov. 2015

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4 out of 5

Great location, close to town.

We would come back the staff where super helpful. Its on a great location.

Posted by on 28 Aug. 2015

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Property Features

As a guest of Ruskin House, you'll find tour or ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and gift shops/news stands. The front desk is open around the clock. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Byron Bay guesthouse.

  • 5 guestrooms or units
  • Built in 1996
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking in designated areas


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Ballina, NSW (BNK-Ballina - Byron Gateway) (35.3 km / 21.9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Ruskin House offers 5 forms of air-conditioned accommodation which are accessible via exterior corridors, and features iPod docking stations and DVD players. Each accommodation is individually decorated. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and a ceiling fan. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • iPod dock
  • Private outdoor space
  • LCD television
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast daily from 8 AM to 10 AM.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have a front desk. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Guests arriving after hours will have to wait until the next morning to check in. To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property in advance of arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10:30 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 15 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 15 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: AUD 15 per person (approximately)
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 1.5 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Ruskin House Byron Bay
  • Ruskin House
  • Ruskin Byron Bay
  • Ruskin House Hotel Byron Bay
  • Ruskin House Guesthouse Byron Bay
  • Ruskin House Guesthouse

You should know

  • Children 15 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.