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“Formule 1 Watson ACT”

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Ibis Budget Canberra
Ranked #46 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
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“Formule 1 Watson ACT”
Reviewed April 16, 2011

Floor in room needed sweeping, toilet needed cleaning. Receptionist brusque. Allowances made for the renovations and painting at the time. Good quality sleep though. Very comfortable bed. No facilities for coffee due to renovations. TV kept turning itself off.
This hotel will be very nice when renovations are completed.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

If you're looking for just a bed, the Formule1 is probably the best option.
The room is tiny and they've got one of those built-in toilet / shower cubicles.
BUT it's cleran, the bed is ok, there is a TV and it's relatively cheap.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

After my last stay at a formule1 I vowed I'd never do it again, however on this recent trip to Canberra which coincided with a political demonstration there were no vacancies at any central hotel, except this one and we were grateful to find it.
Excellant value at just $90.00 for 3 people, the room was what we expected, basic, almost like a backpacker dorm but it did have a private shower and toilet, and TV, (which was free to use for local channels) the beds were comfortable and the best bit CLEAN! althought the pillows left a bit to be desired with just one on each bed and well past their use by date so we all woke up with stiff necks. We booked a room for three which had two single beds and one bunk bed, the bunk bed was not made but bedding was provided for it.
We arrived after 8pm and we were suprised to see the reception still attended, since this style of hotel has an automated check in for after hours, our welcome was a little costic with the receptionist having fun at my expense since I couldnt find the place, not knowing the area but it was all in good fun and she was very helpful in directing us to the shopping area for dinner, its clear to see this lady works very long hours and has little tolerence for the clientelle of this hotel but our experience of staff was nice enough.
The reception area has paid net available which worked well and had a fast connection, $2 gave more than enough time to check emails and book our next hotel.
A communial fridge is available and although there are no facilities in the room for tea or coffee making your can purchase from the vending machine or order a continental breakfast for very little cost.
The hotel had onsite parking which although not secure presented no problems for us and its FREE!
In reality we paid $30.00 each to use this hotel, how could you possibly complain about anything at this rate.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Travelled to Canberra Show. Motel great location for this venue. Rooms small but adequate. Very clean and modern. Fantastic value!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Expensive, and you have to pay 20 $ for only 3 hours internet access, and 10 $ for TV.

The last 2 nights were very loud, as a group of young people had partying around the whole nights.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

The room stank of dog. There was a used sanitary towel stuffed on the towel hook above the toilet. The neighbouring aircon made such a vibrating noise - almost impossible to sleep.
When I initially tried to book online - Imust have pressed the wrong button and my booking was cancelled. I had the frustration of having to re - book and only got my refund a week later. Very quick to take - very slow to give.
Need I say more.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Ibis Budget Canberra

Property: Ibis Budget Canberra
Address: 15 Tay St | Antill Street, Watson, Canberra 2602, Australia (Formerly Formule 1 )
Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ibis Budget Canberra 2*
Number of rooms: 75
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