I had requested a room away from Northbourne Avenue to ensure a peaceful three night stay. Room 737 fitted the bill.
Staff at reception and at breakfast were friendly and helpful.
Our room was very quiet and spotlessly clean. The bed was fairly comfortable, with crisp linen, good pillows and excellent bedside lighting. Towels were large, thick and fluffy.
The location of the vanity basin in the main room, whilst unusual, was manageable. The shower recess was spacious, but the water pressure was not strong. Toiletries were adequate.
Storage space was quite limited: a cupboard containing six coat hangers, a small safe, coffee/tea facilities, mugs, glasses etc.
The work desk and chair were useful, as was the lounge chair. The air-conditioning had individual controls.
Free wifi was an unexpected and very welcome bonus.
Local street parking is very limited, so the only realistic option was to pay $18 per day for concierge parking.
Breakfast was excellent: the quality and variety of the full buffet offerings ($30) was equal to five star establishments in Sydney, which charge $45 - $50.
The lap pool looked inviting, but a full schedule precluded a swim.
The location of the Novotel is central, within easy walking to shops and restaurants in Civic and Braddon.
There is one area with scope for improvement. We were offered no luggage assistance by the concierge staff, who stood around watching us and chatting. We had to acquire a trolley from the car park, load it up, and push it to and from our room. However, in the scheme of things, this was a minor quibble.
We got a great deal at a very competitive price, and were well pleased with our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Canberra offers premium 4.5 Star hotel accommodation in the heart of the nation's capital and close to the retail, entertainment and business district. Novotel Canberra features 286 rooms, suites and apartments, all with a comfortable, modern design. The hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym. Please note that the pool, spa and sauna will be closed from 26 April 2016 until 30 May 2016 during refurbishment of the pool and spa area. Enjoy the onsite One Restaurant for breakfast and dinner 7 days, while One Bar offers all day dining and drinks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Accor Canberra
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