This hotel is conveniently located on Northbourne Avenue adjacent to Civic and the Central shopping and business areas of Canberra and is a good base for a business trip or a city-focused weekend stay. It is an easy walk to many good restaurants and on a rainy night I walked to the West Row restaurants in five minutes under cover (except to cross the road). The rooms are reasonably comfortable but not luxurious but unortunately the furnishing was showing its age with lots of scratches on wooden panels. Rooms are double glazed and thus quiet but windows cannot be opened if you like fresh air. The things I like most about this hotel are its excellent indoor heated swimming pool which is about 20 metres long and lap swimmable, a welcome sight after a day in meeting rooms. I also like the bar area and in winter this has a nice apres ski feel to it and served wines from the Canberra area that I can recommend. The breakfast buffet was of good quality and the restaurant has a nice perspective onto the trees and streets below at the corner. The staff in the bar and restaurant were excellent and for breakfast they will bring expresso coffee to your table. You can access the car park from behind the building but there was an $18 parking fee and the cars are managed by a valet service but for me this was efficiently and pleasantly run. All in all this is a functional place but the general appearance needs a bit of sprucing up to make it a strong 4/5 star option for its price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Canberra offers premium 4.5 Star hotel accommodation in the heart of the nation's capital and close to the retail, entertainment and business district. Novotel Canberra features 286 rooms, suites and apartments, all with a comfortable, modern design. The hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym. Please note that the pool, spa and sauna will be closed from 26 April 2016 until 30 May 2016 during refurbishment of the pool and spa area. Enjoy the onsite One Restaurant for breakfast and dinner 7 days, while One Bar offers all day dining and drinks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Canberra Hotel Canberra
- Accor Canberra
- Canberra Novotel