I got off to a bad start here as I booked via an internet 'mystery deal' - 4.5 stars in South Canberra. I immediately thought Kingston, Manuka or Barton - you beauty! Once I'd booked I discovered it was on the other side Narrabundah, half way to Queanbeyan. It is a not a death sentence (unless you don't have a car), but I was disappointed. It wasn't especially cheap for such a deal, either - $143 - though admittedly Parliament was sitting and hotel prices in Canberra always skyrocket then.
In actuality, I thought the hotel did live up to its 4.5 star ranking. The room was spacious and very well appointed, bathroom excellent, complete with upmarket toiletries. Free wi-fi always gets a big tick from me, and there was a wide range of TV options. I had actually stayed here once before, years ago, and it was a much more basic motel then.
The only reason I am not giving it a '5' is because of my initial reaction.
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- Style, substance and sanctuary! That is the Best Western Plus promise when you stay at the spectacular Garden City Hotel in Canberra. Modern and contemporary hotel rooms, combined with warm, memorable, efficient and effortless service, makes Best Western Plus Garden City Hotel one of the city's premier hotels. Guests enjoy a fantastic location in the heart of Canberra, just minutes from top tourist attractions including Parliament House, the National Gallery and Questacon. Located in Canberra's ever-popular inner-south, Garden City Hotel is nestled amongst tree-lined boulevardes and the quiet and tranquillity will ensure a peaceful and restful night's slumber. The on-site Secret Garden Bar & Restaurant is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Canberra's most exclusive dining venues, with a mouthwatering menu of local and international favourites, imbued with an eclectic twist to keep things dramatic and exciting. The Executive Chef is both culinary superstar and local legend, adding his own personality and vivacity to each dish. ... more less
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