I don't know if my disappointment was with the motel or the Accor Group. We booked on a Le Accor Club 50% discount promotion a couple of months before staying. We booked a loft room and requested a room with a balcony, based on suggestions from previous reviewers on Tripadvisor. What we got was a room without balcony overlooking a tin garden shed sat on an unmowed lawn and overlooking busy Ainslie Ave, complete with traffic noise. Rooms either side had fenced in courtyards, and I know from walking through the place, there were garden view rooms, with balcony's, vacant. So, does 50% discount equate to "worst room available"?
On the positive side, the location is excellent. Close enough to everything and far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Would recommend The Banana Leaf Sri Lankan restaurant just outside the shopping mall ($100 for 2 mains, a good bottle of wine and a beer) and the London Beer and Burgers ($35 for 2 burgers, a glass of bubble and a schooner of beer. Could not finish the burger, it was that big).
- 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