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Canberra Rex Hotel
Ranked #25 of 59 Hotels in Canberra
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Welcome to the mid-1950s. It's like a visit to your grandparents place - but your grandparents haven't bothered to update anything or change the carpet in 60 years.

The front desk staff are great. Here endeth the positives.

You're only looking here because everything else in Canberra is full, yes? Your option is to FIFO from Sydney. You should seriously consider that option...

(They're renovating rooms. Apparently the renovated rooms are better. Then again, it appears that they have been renovating for several years and any stay at the moment comes with the noise and inconvenience of said renovation at a price that doesn't reflect it.)

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

I went to Canberra on a short holiday sans family, so choosing accommodation was really a pig in a poke! However, I was pleased I did stay here as I was extremely comfortable!!
Admittedly, the decor is dated and the fittings and fixtures are no longer in the first flush of youth but, and this is the pertinent fact, everything worked as it should and every day I came back to a freshly cleaned and serviced room; spotless is what it actually was; I was impressed!
I had breakfast included in the tariff which was very good indeed, though being early rather than late is the key as the chafing dishes aren't that efficient, but, that said, I sallied forth into the delights of Canberra replete!
The staff could not have been more helpful without being obsequious - I'm a little uncomfortable being addressed as "Sir" at the best of times!!
I did witness some guests treating the staff as something unwelcome found on the bottom of a shoe, though, and must wonder what these people are like in their own homes?!
All in all, a most enjoyable stay with the caveat that parking is at a premium around the hotel and one should be careful as my rental car was dinged by someone who didn't care to leave his/her name & address.....

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in one of the newly renovated rooms & even though it was a little small, it was very clean and well appointed for what we needed. The bathroom was spotless which was important to us. There could be a little more space for your suitcases and bags. We had to leave all our things on the floor which made it a little difficult to move around. We were staying with other members of our car club and breakfast, which was plentiful and varied, was inclusive in our deal. The car club hired out function room for the Saturday night. We had a lovely meal there and access to drinks. Considering we have stayed in some other not so clean places in Canberra, we would definitely go back to the Rex.

Room Tip: Try and get a renovated room. Much nicer than older ones.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Helen D
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Welcome to the Rex!
Here you will find the novelty of a bar fridge empty of anything but a jug of water.
You will also get a picture window view of the former car park, upon which the new proprietor is erecting an apartment block, leaving guests finding it difficult to park hire cars, in this pedestrian unfriendly city with infrequent bus services, particularly at night and on long weekends.
Our bathroom had been recently renovated. This involved simply removing the old taps and fixings and updating them. Sadly, the tiles still bore the scars of their previous fixtures and were tired to say the least.
To add insult to injury, The Rex had managed to bar all internet use within the hotel, unless you paid their very high WIFI fees. This included blocking your personal mobile phone access to the internet, so you had to physically leave the grounds of the hotel to access your private cell phone internet services.
Their flagship restaurant had recently been refurbished, hopefully to a far higher standard and with better compliance to health regulations than the bathroom. We did not eat there,as too many exciting free attractions were happening within the Parliamentary/Art Gallery precinct, celebrating the centenary of Canberra's foundation.
There is a bus stop very near the hotel.
The noise of the building site on the hotel's former car park would be a real downer at times when work is in progress. Fortunately, we were there over the Labour Day long weekend, so avoided the noise, but parking would be even more problematic with the workers vying for parks nearby, along with the guests.
The Rex did however provide us with considerable amusement, as it is reputedly now owned by one of the richest women in the Australia. If that is the case, she is clearly very astute at saving money, at the expense of the comfort of her guests.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

I was staying there for to night 14-16 of October will start with the rooms
Old the blind are not close the bed are so old that lay on to rood of iron
Bathroom old mold in the shower/ bath no parking in the hotel need to park of the street 10 min walk food the diner was from recycled left over
No net no wifi only with pay
Never go back there no way

Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
3  Thank Zvika C
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights while on a cultural visit to Canberra. The location was good, and within easy walking distance of the central area of Canberra and many restaurants. The staff were helpful, and when I made the telephone booking were able to arrange for a quiet room away from the main road, and to advise on gluten-free food options for breakfast.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Stayed there recently. Was not impressed that we were not informed there was a 200-250 people attending a wedding in main reception hall, right next to the restaurant. Wed had booked accommodation accommodation and the restaurant for 12 eldery people well in advance. There was lucky to be 30 parking spots available onsite for parking. Rooms very average for the price. Would not recommend. Look elsewhere for better value.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Address: 150 Northbourne Ave, Canberra 2612, Australia
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Region: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 59 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range: £73 - £147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Canberra Rex Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 152
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