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“Excellent value, great stay.” 5 of 5 stars
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Forrest Hotel And Apartments
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   30 National Circuit, Canberra 2603, Australia   |  
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Ranked #20 of 53 Hotels in Canberra
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Excellent value, great stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stayed in a 1st floor executive 1 bedroom apartment, with 3 adults for 2 nights. We found the room to be very nice. Although the building is a bit dated, it is hardly evidently within the renovated apartment. It was a clean and tidy room with simple modern décor. It was a reasonable size, although it can become a little bit tight for space if you need to use a rollaway bed too.
We only arrived to check in just before 10PM. Although the lady was about to swap over with the next staff she checked us in without hesitation. She had called us earlier in the day to confirm our ETA, and made check in quick, informative and easy after a long drive to Canberra. All interaction we had with staff during our stay was friendly and polite.
The bedding was firm and comfortable and the addition of heated blankets was a bonus. The rollaway bed was also fairly comfortable.
The bathroom was very nice, spacious (for the size of the apartment) and clean – something I am very particular on. The only issue was that maintaining the temperature of the shower. It would take a bit of time to adjust to and stay at the right temperature.
The kitchen was handy with quality appliances and utensils available to use. We loved the abundance of storage space available too.
The TV was a good size and the free Foxtel channels offered good additional entertainment.
The free parking was away from the street providing a bit of security. It was not allocated parking, but we never had an issue trying to find a spot and it was a very short walk from the apartment. Overall, the location was great as it was very close to attractions.
The lock on the door was a bit tricky, and we couldn’t lock it at the end of our stay. However, the staff we notified was polite and told us she would take care of it.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend the place. The price we paid for an executive apartment was excellent value, and I’d suggest choosing it if your budget permits – you get a whole lot more for a little bit extra.

Room Tip: Apartment 118 was very nice. Try to choose an apartment on the 1st floor if you can.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Hi Liha25,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments. Very much appreciated. Very glad you enjoyed your stay, and you found us good value for money.

All the best for 2014,

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Nice location, good room size, quiet... walking distance to restaurants and supermarket... staffs are welcoming... reasonably enough parking space... We secured a last minute discount deal for 2 nights online on the same day of check-in...

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Hi Wang,

Appreciate the comments.

All the best,

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Brunswick, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Room was small, only had 2 chairs for the 3 of us, toilet lid wouldn't stay up as it didn't fit toilet correctly, however overall clean and very good value for money. TV remote was missing but staff happily supplied a replacement. Location was great as only a few hundred metres to a pile of restaurants and very close to Parliament house and various galleries.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Hi BrenyW,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful comments. very much appreciated. Would love to get more details on your stay so we can follow up on the toilet seat issue.

Would love to have you stay with us again, and do check our website out for the best prices online.

All the best for 2014,

Kind Regards,

Mahaish Raja(operations manager)
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 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, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 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.

Room Tip: Ask for your requirements
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 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, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 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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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mahaish R, Front Office Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, January 28, 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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Address: 30 National Circuit, Canberra 2603, Australia
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Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Greater Canberra > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 53 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Forrest Hotel And Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forrest Hotel and Apartments is a wonderful family owned and operated hotel in the heart of Canberra. 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 3): Spacious and private with separate kitchen and lounge area• Family Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 5): Private bedroom, 3 bed bunk room and kitchen/lounge/dining• Executive Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 4): Stylish decor and ultimate comfort and facilities ... more   less 
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