I stayed at the Canberra Mercure for two nights recently whilst in Canberra for work. I've never stayed here before and was interested to try it because it is a little bit further out than some of the other hotels.
Let be begin (as always) with the good things. The staff were excellent. The lass on the desk was a trainee but her service was first rate, Fast, friendly, accurate. A good start to my stay. Reception is open 24 hrs and I arrived to check in at about 9.30 pm which didn't present a problem.
I was in Room 306 which is towards the rear of the hotel. It was a bit of an effort to find the room, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is an older hotel - the atmosphere (which I loved) kind of reminded me of the old Parliament House. The rooms are around a courtyard so everyone gets an opening out to a garden view. The room had new carpets and seemed to me to be recently painted. It was very clean and the beds were new as was the iron, which was clean and it wasn't a cheap one either.
The TV on the wall facing the bed had a crisp clear picture and the fittings all worked well. The bathroom was clean and well appointed. The towels were huge and very thirsty which I do like!
Breakfast was the winner here. For a $15 pre pay voucher from the reception (normal price is $25 per head) you get a full buffet breakfast of really good quality. This is truly good value.
Now for the not so good. The fridge in the room was very noisy. So much so that I turned it off for the duration and simply switched it back on before I checked out. My room was near a walkway and door to the courtyard which banged loudly as anyone walks through. It'd be so easy to put a soft door closer on it and that would have stopped me swearing a few time too.
The distance from Civic is not a big problem. The Canberra Centre is about a 900 metre walk down Ainslie Ave. If you're not very mobile that could be a bit of a challenge. However if you have a car the carpark at the rear of the hotel is huge and very easily accessible.
Summary: Not what I expected. For an older hotel this is really quite nice. I'm glad I tried it and honestly, if I could get a room not so close to that damned door I'd probably stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Canberra combines old world charm with modern comforts. The hotel, one of Canberra's first, opened its' doors in 1927 and even after a recent $8 million refurbishment, still maintains many original features. Set around an impressive internal courtyard, the hotel is the ideal place to unwind after a hard day at work, or relax after exploring the many tourist attractions or outdoor activities that Canberra has to offer.Superbly located, the hotel is moments from the city centres' shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment as well as the National Convention Centre and many of Canberra's Government agencies. Canberra's two Universities, Australian National University and University of Canberra are only a short drive from the hotel as are many popular attractions, including the Australian War Memorial which is only 800m along Limestone Avenue.Along with 129 rooms, gymnasium, three flexible meeting rooms, two stunning fish tanks and complimentary off street car parking, the hotel facilities are sure to please business and leisure guests alike. Mercure Canberra offers two dining options, Courtyard Restaurant open for breakfast daily and a la carte dinner Tuesday to Saturday (closed for dinner mid December to end January). Alternatively the Olims Bar/Bistro and Beer Garden is open for lunch and dinner every day of the year for a more casual dining experience.We look forward to welcoming you to Mercure Canberra ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Canberra Hotel Canberra
- All Seasons Canberra
- Canberra All Seasons