I find myself in Canberra a lot these days, so I thought it was time to cut loose and try a different hotel. Having read the mixed reviews for Olims I booked a room and braced myself for the worst. The young fellow at check in was very pleasant and helpful and was pleased to announce that I would be staying in one of the Hotel’s newly renovated 'Heritage' rooms. My room was located above the reception area, it looks like they're still renovating the 'over bar' Heritage rooms which was a relief given the reviews on the ‘over the bar’ rooms. The room itself was smallish but beautifully renovated to include a substantial wall mounted plasma screen and a very comfortable queen sized bed. The ensuite was fresh 'n' new but very poky with the door getting in the way most of the time and the louvred glass window was extremely drafty and allowed all the chilly CBR air in. Given that the ensuite has no heating (that I could find) the hotel needs to consider either replacing these windows or sealing them somehow.
The hotel has an appealing bar area, so after a few quite beers I proceeded to the adjacent dining room for dinner. As you would expect, the menu is less than comprehensive but seemed to cater for most tastes & budgets. The food I sampled was as good as I’ve had anywhere in Canberra (great lamb shanks) and very reasonably priced, so much so I found myself there for dinner again for the following evening, despite not staying at Olims that night. Well done Olims! I’ll be staying with you again soon.
- 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