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Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Ranked #21 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Good Value”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Booked a room at approximately 6pm the night we were staying and received a friendly phone call an hour later asking for our ETA. When we arrived we were provided a map and directions to local restaurants (which were very close).
The location is very central, the room was clean, the service was good and price was very reasonable. Definitely can recommend it.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms may be better as we could occasionally hear the person above us walking around from o...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi Hammertim2014,

Love the pseudonym,

Very glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, its a great little location we have, minutes to everything.

Hope to see you again sometime, and all the best for 2014.

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Stayed on the 6th Jan. 2014. As we were driving through Canberra they rang us (6.00 pm) to confirm that we were coming. I asked for a quiet room and that is what we got. The room was clean, well appointed and the window was open when we arrived; thus getting rid of that usual hotel smell. We had travelled from Melbourne and while in Shepparton I pulled something in my back. My wife went down to Reception and asked where the nearest chemist was situated. The receptionist actually gave us some pain killer that we were going to buy at the chemist. She also recommended some local restaurants as their restaurant was closed. The bed was great and i thought the parking was secure. This hotel is close to the action.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi Angus ,

Thank you very much for the feedback, Greatly appareciated. Our girls on the reception desk, and in housekeeping do a wonderful job of taking care of our customers. So very glad to hear we were able to help you.

All the best for 2014,

Kind Regards ,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Sydney
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed one night at Forest Hotel Apartments in a twin room that sleeps 3. The hotel is located at a very good central location giving easy access to the suburbs and attractions.
Loved the heated blankets. We stayed at a room on ground floor, had no view. Was woken up by a loud bell ringing at 8.30am, could be from a neighboring building.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi NimSydney,

Thank you very much for the feedback. Apologies for the bells waking you up. They were probably from one of the lovely historic churches nearby. If you are sight seeing they are well worth a look. Also they come in very handy when i need a favour from upstairs ;).

I hope the stay was generally enjoyable. all the best for 2014

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2014

There are 3in our family. We booked a room with large double and single. The room was awesome with getting extra room, with them building a kitchen and small lounge under the outside stair case. Great thinking. The only problem the shower would go really hot then cold. We weren't using any other water in our room.

Room Tip: Room 51 was great
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
hi JoRhys,

Very much appreciate the comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry to hear about the hot water issues. Would appreciate more information about your stay details, so we can follow up.

All the best for 2014

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2014

Stayed for 1 night in a standard double sized room January 14.

The room was clean and tidy, if a little dated. The size of the room was smaller than I amd used to but in retrospect the sized of the room equated to many hotel rooms that I have stayed in. In otherwords substitute the 2nd floor location in Forrest to say, the 33rd floor in Sydney and the rooms are teh same size.

The location is very good. Not far to walk to most of the attractions and things on the Parliament Building side of the world (lets face it Canberra thinks it is the world). I did not eat there but had a pleasnt walk down to Manuka village for breakfast giving a number of options.

I can see how noice complaints could be made for the ground floor occupants. The floor definitely sounded 'drummy' if that is a word. I was glad I was on the top floor. That would be my traveller tip for this establishment.

The check in staff were polite and friendly without being sickeningly overly so.

THe toiletries were fine. The shower is probably standard size but felt a little small. The water pressure was adeuate but I like blasting showers so was a little dissapointed there.

The bed was quite firm and comfortable. I was happy with the bed and bedding.

The door locks seems a bit, well, average. I don't know how strong they'd actually be.

The AC was older but worked very well.

On the whole for the price paid, which was quite modest, it is value for money.

The parking, which is free and plentiful is not allocated but it is not far to walk to your car.

Room Tip: The foors appeared to me to be drumy so get a top floor room if you can
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Hi Andy_H001,

Greatly appreciate the thoughful comments. We will certainly investigate some of the issues you have raised. All the best for 2014.

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Cairns, Queensland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

We did find that we drove to many places, but it was easy to find, in a quiet location, and there was bus service by the hotel. The room was quiet even though it was very busy. The buffet was good hot food. The beds were comfortable.

Room Tip: We would have requested a room on the ground floor for health reasons, but it was very pleasant anyw...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Hi cookcy1,

Thank you for the feedback. We have a wonderful location next to Parliament House, perfect for sight seeing, and i am glad you could take advantage of it.

All the best for 2014,

King Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

We had an upstairs room overlooking National Circuit and park. It was clean and tidy and just what we needed for a short stay in the heart of Canberra. The staff at Reception were very friendly and helpful and the breakfast in Sherwoods on the two mornings we were there was lovely and value for money. Parking is not room-allocated but this was never an issue. We always managed to find a spot close to our room. We'd stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
Hi AucklandMeringue,

Very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. All the best for 2014.

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Property: Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Address: 30 National Cct | Forrest, Canberra 2603, Australia
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Region: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #21 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Forrest Hotel And Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forrest Hotel and Apartments is a wonderful family owned and operated hotel in the heart of Canberra. We offer FREE WIFI FREE PARKING AND ESPRESSO COFFEE!!! Located just behind Parliament House in the leafy suburb of Forrest, we are ideally suited for government, business and leisure travel.We have 76 hotel rooms and 40 serviced apartments, with a conference room, restaurant and deck overlooking the beautiful parkland setting.Accommodation options:• Standard Room (sleeps 2): Enjoy the cosy comfort of double or twin share rooms • One Bedroom Apartment (sleeps 4): Spacious and private with separate kitchen and lounge area• Family Rooms Two Rooms (sleeps 5): kitchen/lounge/dining• Executive Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 4): Stylish decor and ultimate comfort and facilities ... more   less 
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