Let's face it, if you're looking at apartments in Canberra you're going to be there for a reason... so you're about to join the never ending parade of parliament staffers, department monkeys, military types and screaming school tour groups that stay at these well-priced, but b@g-standard, apartments.
The down side?
Some apartments have fittings that are worn, the bathrooms have rotting timber in corners, doors that don't close properly, door handles that fall off, the carpets are peppered with red wine stains, and people will be coming and going at all hours... which is why security doors are left open more often than not - but the gates you want to use to get to your taxi will be padlocked and chained.
Manuka shops and Kingston nightlife are well within walking (or staggering) distance.
The infamous Kingston (aka the Kingo) Hotel is a short waddle away where you get to cook your own steak. Desperate for smokes after hours? You;ll be visiting the servo up the road.
Pinnacles offer 2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartments. Not all rooms have A/C or hanging space - some have mirrors, some have racks, some have plenty of space, some are tiny. If you're staying there with friends or colleagues, be the first one to pick your room. Chances are one will be pretty ordinary.
But there are plenty of pillows and blankets, fans and heaters... it's almost as if they know you'll have someone sleeping on the couch and another guy crashing in the bathtub.
If you don't like stairs, or are mobility impaired, this is NOT the place you want to stay. Most apartments are up several flights of Soviet era cement staircases.
As for value, some rooms have bunk beds and there are plenty of twin singles to go around - which means you can pile more people in.
Reception closes at 11pm - and if you get in later than that, phone ahead because you'll need to check in at another hotel - the Realm, which has a 24 hour desk and is about a ten min cab ride away.
The Pinnies are apartments. Don't expect room service or a nice place to eat there. There is a full sized kitchen and a Coles ten minutes walk away. You do the math.
In other words, this is not the place for a romantic hideaway with an open fire place.
The Pinnies are for people who would rather be at home - but want somewhere that feels a little bit like it...
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