Stayed here for a few days on a short tourist trip.
Location is good, and excellent distance from both Kingston and Manuka shops. (Belluci's restaurant in Manuka shops highly recommended!)
Good restaurants in easy distance, and the place itself is a short drive from the tourist zone of Parliament House, Gallery, Library.
Indoor pool is in a basement, and dark and dreary. No windows, no natural light. Flickering flourescent bulbs and a pungent sharp stench of chlorine. A little sauna cupboard, and average spa in a dark corner.
The outdoor pool is much better, but only suburban house sized. Ok if there's just a couple of you. Also, quite cold, unheated.
Apartments are nice, big lounge and kitchen, and a sizable bathroom between the two bedrooms. Enough space to swing a small cat, so it's a nice change from a tiny hotel room. Each apartment has a private balcony - however the individual apartment air conditioning unit is located on the balcony, making this a noisy place to sit if it's running.
The noise from this unit is also audible and annoying in the bedroom next to the balcony.
For ducted air conditioning, it is also rather loud in the apartment. It works fine, and keeps the apartment and rooms nicely chilled, but beware for noise sensitive people.
Daily servicing is excellent, with a high standard of cleaning done in kitchen and bathroom, and beds made in bedrooms. Linen is not changed for short stays of less than a week. Four clean towels provided each day.
Underground parking is a bit of a squeeze, and there is only one lift. The lift is a fair distance from the far apartments, and there are a few sets of 3 step stairs between the far apartments and the lift, so not a great spot for access impaired visitors.
Small TVs with free to air only, no dvd player. Found myself wishing for some speakers to hook my ipod into.
The proffered internet service, through Rooms Online was a complete fail. The two options to pay both failed, 1st, by room number and date of stay - didn't accept our details, 2nd, direct to credit card failed with a server error. Quite annoying.
If returning to Canberra, I'd probably try my luck at another serviced apartment, biggest let down for me was the indoor pool, spa, and sauna.
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