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“A clean, safe inner-south alternative!” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Garden City Hotel
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   55 Jerrabomberra Avenue | Narrabundah, Canberra 2603, Australia   |  
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Ranked #8 of 53 Hotels in Canberra
Canberra, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A clean, safe inner-south alternative!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This hotel doesn't profess to be anything it isn't. It's pleasant and quaint and is situated away from the noise, hustle and bustle of the Parliamentary Circle (+ Gallery and Museum) but only a ten minute drive away if you need to get there.

Ideal if you're in town for sight-seeing (as long as you have a car) at a reasonable price.

Well equipped and the team at Reception are very helpful!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Millers Point
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 1 night while attending a function in canberra got it as the wotif mystery stay and needed south side room was fine parking ok free wifi so ticked all my boxes had a late meal in the dining room which was a really nicely cooked meal good range of wines by glass including local ones

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed one night on a Toulouse-Lautrec Package - and it wasfantastic value here. Booked through Visit Canberra it was actually cheaper than Wotif - No easy feat! It is well located in Narrabundah, very close to the centre of Canberra and near the National Gallery. Rooms are a good size, although bathroom was small. Clean and tidy, only real issue was the air-conditioning unit which was noisy.

Breakfast was a la carte for the hot food and continental buffet for remainder. Service and reception staff were great, friendly and enthusiastic. I will definitely stay there again when in Canberra.

Room Tip: Back of the hotel overlooking the pool is a good spot away from the road noise
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Found via whatif.com, the motel looks nothing from the outside. The staff are welcoming and professional. The rooms are renovated, clean and has all the services including Maccona coffee and Appelles toiletries. 15minutes drive from the National Gallery, it's in a fantastic location for exploring the city. Extremely affordable, give it a go.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I stayed only one night, and it was good value here, but only because it was a "Mystery Hotel" on the booking site "Wotif". It is well located in Narrabundah, very close to the centre of Canberra. The hotel is clean, but nothing special decor-wise. Rooms are quite a good size, although bathrooms are small. Typical Best Western.

Breakfast is your standard buffet or continental. Service and reception staff are reasonably attentive and polite without being overly enthusiastic. The hotel has a small gym (free to guests) next to the pool (which is an attractive one) which I used. I will most likely stay there again when next in Canberra.

Room Tip: Best rooms are at the rear, away from the main road.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Devonport, Australia
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is definitely NOT a 4 1/2 star hotel, and I don't know where they could possibly get the rating from.

Check-in and check-out was good, and the staff friendly.

The room I had was very small and not what I would expect from a 4 1/2 star hotel. The room was right on Jerrabomberra Avenue, and the noise from traffic on Jerra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive was quite loud considering it is in an out of the way location.

The room on initial inspection, although out dated, looked clean, however before long I started to get an itchy throat and nose, which usually means it is dusty. On reflection, I think it must be the heavy curtains which contained the dust. I needed to take an anti-histamine to get me through the night, and I am not a regular taker of such things.

You will need a car to access this hotel, but in a reasonable location to reach most things in Canberra.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is not right on Jerrabomberra Avenue
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

For many years I have stayed in Kingston in apartments. This time, it was just Mum and me for one night so I chose a motel. The best one, at a reasonable price, was the Best Western Plus Garden City Hotel. I wasn't sure where Narrabundah was, but as I had a rental car - and Canberra isn't all that big - I chose it. Well, it's only a 5-minute drive from Kingston, its cafes, restaurants, big licensed supermarket (IGA), etc. Our room 234 was on the first floor, right opposite the lift, and was very large. A queen bed and a single, good bathroom, fridge, lots of extra pillows (if 4 on my bed, and 2 on Mum's weren't enough!) in the top of the wardrobe. The pillows on my bed were a variety of density from high to low and soft. Safe, iron and ironing board. Fabulous hair dryer. Breakfast was in a big dining room overlooking an inviting pool and lovely gardens. We chose the continental breakfast at $14 each, and it was good value. I'm not sure that paying an extra $5 for the hot food - which didn't look very inviting - would be worth it. The staff were very good; pleasant and very helpful. Thoroughly recommend this motel

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 55 Jerrabomberra Avenue | Narrabundah, Canberra 2603, Australia
Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Greater Canberra > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 53 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Garden City Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the great value of the 4.5 star BEST WESTERN PLUS Garden City Hotel, conveniently located in Canberra's vibrant inner-south, just a five minute drive from the popular shopping and restaurant hub of Manuka-Kingston and top national attractions including the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Parliament House and Questacon!All guests enjoy fully refurbished rooms including new high-comfort bedding, iPod/iPhone docks, in-room safes and large flatscreen TVs with FREE Foxtel and FREE movie channels. Convenience is paramount with FREE undercover parking, and FREE access to the onsite gym and swimming pool. Treat your tastebuds at the Secret Garden Bar & Restaurant, open seven days for breakfast and Monday to Saturday for dinner, serving a contemporary range of local and international favourites.Rest assured that the modern, convenient facilities and outstanding service at BEST WESTERN PLUS Garden City Hotel will make for an enjoyable stay in the nation’s capital. ... more   less 
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