My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights recently and what could have been a really nice stay was marred by a couple of things that really were not good enough.
I'll start with the positives: Good amount of parking facilities (although it is open air and not secure underground parking), Bed was comfortable.
And the downsides... Room was very small, which is fine if you're out and about like we were a lot. Room was very noisy at night from the music playing in the hotel bar. And the big negative was when we happened to be in the room when the cleaners came to make up our room and we asked for fresh coffee cups, which I assumed would be on the cart with the dirty ones then taken to the dishwasher to be cleaned. Instead, he took the cups and pulled a dirty sponge out of his bucket (with all the other sponges!) and went into the bathroom and rinsed them out with the dirty sponge and handed them back to me. After that I felt a bit sick about having used the cups at all. I am a very clean person with a science background so maybe it's my knowledge of bacteria that just made me focus on this point of uncleanliness, but it made me wonder what other revolting practices the hotel used in it's day to day. So after I saw that I was glad to be leaving the next day. My husband thought it was hilarious and an over reaction on my part, but what can I say - I like things clean!
Hotel bar was also pretty average, we had a drink here one night and when we saw the food coming out were glad we hadn't ordered anything.
If you have a car then the location is fine, but it's not really close to restaurants or any action, so we had to drive pretty much everywhere (except war memorial which is a 5 min walk away).
Overall, I wouldn't stay here again.
- 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