I decided to venture to Canberra just over a week ago and was glad to score a good deal at this hotel (1 night in a superior room, full buffet breakfast, and 150MB wifi).
Let's start with the location. It's in a quiet residential area of Canberra (then again, most suburbs in Canberra are quiet anyway), about 10 minutes drive to the CBD. And as some reviewers have said, you do need a car in Canberra due to its inadequate transport system. There was a bus stop outside the hotel and I did see a bus go past. Not sure how frequent the buses are though.
Check in was a breeze, though I would have liked a bit more explanation on the hotel's amenities. There was also plenty of parking at the hotel, with a second car park at the back available for use if required.
The room had all the features one would ask for in a 3-3.5 star hotel. It was clean, spacious and comfortable. One complaint I had was the lack of noise insulation. I could clearly hear the noise from the hallway and room next door. I was rudely awoken by the loud antics in the neighbouring rooms in the middle of the night. From listening to the argument, it would appear the police was called and had to force the drunk hotel guest to go back into the room to sleep. Expletives followed and the hotel guest came close to being arrested.
Another complaint I had was the lack of wi-fi. Although wi-fi was included in my hotel package, I could not use it at all in my room.
Pity about the discontinuation of the buffet dinner. I was looking forward to it. The new menu offered to me did not appeal to me so I ended up driving to the CBD for dinner. The buffet breakfast was adequate, nothing fancy.
Overall, the hotel was adequate for the 1 night weekend stay. The price I paid was reasonable so I wasn't expecting 5 star treatment. Would I be back? Probably if another similar package was available.
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- Also Known As:
- Heritage Hotel Canberra