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“Canberra Weekend Escape”
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Mercure Canberra
Ranked #22 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
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“Canberra Weekend Escape”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Hotel is from 1927, so is a beautiful building with really nicely renovated up to date rooms. The staff were really helpful and friendly. The l,ocation on Limestone Avenue is central for us. It is about a klm walk to the war memorial, and about a klm wlak to centre of town with all shops and cafes etc. Also great for an early morning run up Mount Ainsley,there are lots of different tracks up the mountain. The view from there is worth the effort even if you take more time and walk up. You will be puffing a bit when you get to the top.
We also walked to the Lake via Anzac Avenue and stopped at all the individual memorials to different wars Australia has been involved in. This is really a great thing to do, walking along Anzac Avenue gives more time to appreciate the history and enormity of the sacrifices made by so many.
Apart form the many National Icons in Canberra, it would also be a highlight to have fish and chips for lunch at the Canberra Sailing club, and on weekends go to the Old Bus Terminal markets, great food and entertainment there also.
We walked everywhere, and we lucky with perfect weather with blue skies. Take a look at Manuka also and walk on to Yarralumla and see soem of the embassies.
Canberra is a great place and would stay at the Mercure again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

As we're Advanatge Plus members we always try and stay at Accor hotels. They're excellent value for money, especially with food. We were a little hesitant with this hotel as we were told it was quite old. However, it's location close to the War Memorial swayed us. Although older style with rooms a little difficult to find at first, we soon acclimatised. We loved the warm comfy feel to the place. Our room was spacious, clean and nicely decorated, the bathroom new. We couldn't fault it. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we felt like we were visiting friends. The restaurant meals were very very nice and the staff great.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wodonga
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our stay was made enjoyable by the attitude of the staff in all departments of the hotel.I would like to make particular mention of the cook in the Courtyard restaurant at breakfast,I enjoy trying my hand at cooking and it was a pleasure sharing his food and tips.
A disappointment however was the restaurant not being open on Sunday or Monday nights,whilst the bistro was adequate and the staff efficient My wife and I enjoy the quietness of hotel dining rooms.
The hotel obviously knows its best trading times,but perhaps an indication when booking would have made it possible to make alternate eating arrangements.
All up however we thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and history of the hotel and have already recommended it to friends and family and would not hesitate to stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robertson
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

This was one of Canberra's early accomodation buildings. Being a former boarding house the rooms were small and have had to be made smaller to fit in bathrooms. The beds are comfortable, the staff pleasant and helpful and it is a pleasant 20 minute walk to the city centre but........ it is a bit of a rabbit warren with most of the parking a long way from reception and if you are tall or large try and get a room with a bigger bathroom or you will end up with bruises on your elbows. Still it is good to see an historic buliding being preserved and used and i would stay again.

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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

I stayed here during a conference and everyone in our party had difficulties with noise in the rooms--either traffic from the busy road outside, loud music and partying in (I think) the rooms upstairs, an alarm constantly going off in the courtyard, etc. Otherwise the room I had was comfortable and clean and seemed newly renovated. The staff was a mixed bag--some were very friendly and helpful while others not so much. The location is good, a short walk to the city center. Internet prices were exorbitant, as usual in hotels in Canberra (and much of Australia).

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Property: Mercure Canberra
Address: Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenue, Canberra 2612, Australia (Formerly Olims Hotel Canberra An All Seasons Hotel)
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Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Canberra
#7 Romantic Hotel in Canberra
#10 Business Hotel in Canberra
#20 Luxury Hotel in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Canberra 4*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Mercure Canberra, a part of Canberra's history Originally known as the Hotel Ainslie, Mercure Canberra was built to provide accommodation for public servants relocating to Canberra to support the transfer of the Commonwealth Parliament. It is one of eight remaining government built hotels or hostels from Canberra's first stage of development in the 1920s and is listed in the Register of the National Estate. Mercure Canberra is historically significant for its important role in the development of North Canberra and the forging of its community identity. While maintaining many original features, the hotel embraces the need for 21st century comforts to ensure you feel welcome and have an enjoyable stay. Our 129 guest rooms are well appointed and have been decorated in keeping with the heritage style of the building. Our Standard rooms are located in the Heritage wing, with the layout and style of room not changing from the hotels' original days. For those looking for a more modern layout, you may wish to select one of our Superior or Deluxe Loft rooms in the newer part of the building. Our guests have the option to dine at our onsite Courtyard Restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine in the evening and a choice of Continental or Buffet breakfast in the morning. Those looking for a more casual dining experience can enjoy Bistro style meals from our Olims Bar & Bistro, a favourite spot for hotel guests and locals to mingle, serving Craft Beers & Cider from our very own Lovedale Brewery Our location is ideal. 600m from the Australian War Memorial commemorating those who serve our country, both past and present. Most of Canberra's National Attractions are within 10 minutes' drive from the hotel and the CBD is and easy 10 minute walk away and offers a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as shops and a Dendy Movie Cinema. Our team at Mercure Canberra look forward to making you feel welcome when you plan your next stay in beautiful Canberra, Australia ... more   less 
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