We first went to Canberra in 1996 and stayed at this very same hotel in the loft rooms. Have stayed in other places since, but we were traveling here with my brother-in-law and his wife and I got a very good deal on the standard queen rooms. And we were going to be there 4 nights. Our stays at Accor Hotels have always been good, so I booked. On checking in I was very surprised to find we had been upgraded to loft rooms - I was really pleased and our relatives were thrilled. It gave us lots more room, a place for 4 of us to have drinks or coffee and a nice area for my husband to do some work in the mornings before setting out on our day's touring. Other reviews here reported that the beds were very comfortable and I definitely agree. Nothing like a really good sleep to give you a good day of visiting museums, the War Memorial and both Old and New Parliament House. We didn't eat at the hotel, but I'm pleased to read a recent review that found the food better than some older reviews. We did have a couple of "glitches" - my brother-in-law found the second day after another couple moved in next door that his wife got a cold shower in the morning. We had some minor problems with the heating (it was really cold these days) and found the last night never quite got warm enough. Other than these little things, the staff were all pleasant, helpful, responded quickly to a couple of calls (we did something to the TV and it just went blank!), the rooms were clean and comfortable. And I should mention there is easy parking.
By the way, Pizza Gusto on Lonsdale Street has the BEST pizzas! They triple rise the dough so the bases are light and thin! We brought back 3 for the 4 of us and enjoyed a bottle of wine from the bottle shop attached to the hotel. Great to be able to come back from a tiring day and enjoy a meal in the room.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Canberra Hotel Canberra
- All Seasons Canberra
- Canberra All Seasons