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QT Canberra
Ranked #15 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
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Katoomba, Australia
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63 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Had a great weekend in Canberra made all the better by being made so welcome at Rydges Lakeside. The room was clean well furnished and looked as though it had recently been refurbished. The bed is probably the most comfortable I have come across for some time. Views from the room were nice and the room itself very quiet.
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and everything went like clockwork. The restaurant food was well presented and reasonable priced. The onyt fault we could find was that the loud music from the bar area made it difficult to carry out a normal conversation at times but this seemed to become less of a problem later in the evening.
All in all a very pleasent stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rien_Donkin, Manager at QT Canberra, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
The Rydges Dream Bed gets great feedback from our guests and is one of the best features of our rooms. They are so popular that we’ve done a deal with the manufacturer to make them available for purchase on our website.

Thanks for the review, Jim. It’s very pleasing to know you left satisfied and were impressed with the team.

Looking forward to welcoming you back,
Rien
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Great location as a base in Canberra. The rooms are generous and well appointed. The in house restaurant is great. Overall a good stay for a reasonable price. Recommend to travellers visiting the capital.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Rien_Donkin, Manager at QT Canberra, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Very pleased that we met your needs, Lukas. Thanks for the review and I look forward to welcoming you back.

Cheers,
Rien
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Gosford, Australia
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We recently stayed at Rydges Lakeside Canberra for five nights & found this accommodation
wonderful. My first impression was of the lovely friendly staff at the Reception Desk who were so helpful with any questions. We requested a room away from the lifts because of adverse comments on "Trip Advisor" about noise & our room was 420 which was very quiet. I would advise anyone staying anytime other than summer to ask for a room facing the street.These rooms get the beautiful morning sun which warms the rooms. The rooms were beautifully cleaned and maintained that way every day by the meticulous cleaners. The bed was very comfortable but I was a bit disappointed with the bathroom. The vanity & toilet were so close together preventing you from getting close enough to the mirror to apply makeup.I would take my own portable makeup mirror next time. ( just a tip for all the females ) The room was very stylish,well appointed & had a large flat screen TV. The hotel is just a short walk to the City & we made the most of the 100 " hop on hop off " bus which took us to all the tourist attractions.
Don't bother to go out to eat as the Hotel's Restaurant,LOCANDA has delicious food. We ate there every night & the Staff are all very friendly & the Chefs are 1st class We also can't speak highly enough of the continental breakfast which has everything you can imagine & so fresh.
We had an extremely enjoyable stay at Rydges Lakeside & would not hesitate to stay there again & recommend it to others.

Room Tip: Choose a higher floor if you can & the rooms facing the street get the beautiful morning sun wh...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rien_Donkin, Manager at QT Canberra, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
I guess it’s because we call the hotel ‘Lakeside’ that most people request rooms on the ‘lake side’ of the hotel. Personally, I prefer the ‘city side’ of the hotel. Not only does it get the morning sun but it has a great view of Canberra’s under-rated cityscape with Mt. Ainslie in the background. And you can still see the lake, if that’s what you’re into.

Thanks for the review Suzanne and your helpful tips for other travellers. Glad you liked Locanda, the chefs have been working very hard lately re-working the menu for winter.

Cheers,
Rien
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Recently attended an Exhibition and stayed at Rydges. It has recently been refurbished, and the rooms are quite big and very comfortable. The breakfast is great, and the staff are friendly. We invited some friends to come for a drink before heading out to dinner, and the bar, the variety of the drinks and the costs were excellent. The location is also outstanding - minutes from Civic Centre, and a 5 minute drive to the Gallery.
It costs nothing to join the Rewards programme, and you always get a room discount, free arrival drink and discounts on all purchases in the hotel. Member of Seniors on Line also get free breakfast!
We have stayed in Rydges both here and NZ and find them always consistent in their quality,

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kathryn150
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Rien_Donkin, Manager at QT Canberra, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
It was great to read that you had such a great time here at Lakeside, Kathryn. I am especially pleased that you found us friendly and I have made sure I shared your comments with the team.

Also pleased that you thought breakfast was great. We’ve been working very hard to deliver a top-quality breakfast with a broad range of healthy, fresh and delicious options.

Look forward to welcoming you back, and thanks for your support, Keep an eye out for our future packages with the National Gallery.
Rien
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

A well appointed room of fresh design and sleek bathroom let down by the fact that only free to air tv available. No access to any movies . The usual Internet gouge somewhat compensated for by free parking if you book through what if.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank James_S255060
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Rien_Donkin, Manager at QT Canberra, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
In addition to the digital free-to-air channels available in Canberra, we provide pay-TV channels from Fox: the three sport channels plus Fox8, Sky News, W and Discovery Channel.

James, I`m glad you liked your room, I gather you would have appreciated and in-house pay movie system. The movie system wasn't getting much use, so it went when we recently spent $200K+ upgrading our internet service. We provide free WiFi internet in the public areas of the hotel, or private unlimited use from your room for $18 per day.

Cheers,
Rien
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Ulladulla, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2013

I spent the night here this week while on a business trip to Canberra. The hotel had lots of under cover secure parking (at a charge) The room looked recently renovated and had a fresh, modern feel. The room had the usual desk, chairs, mini bar area, great storage space for luggage & if you need to hand any garments.

I had room service for dinner and I ordered a pizza, it was good. The restaurant down stairs looked really good also. The staff all where very friendly. The only thing I found a bit off putting was the price of breakfast.

The bed was so comfortable and I very much enjoyed my good nights sleep. All in all, a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Thank TaraJDunn
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Spent a Friday night there and took up their package of : Secure parking, Queen bed room, 2 course dinner for two, bottle of wine with dinner, buffet breakfast. We are locals but the cost of a return cab to the city to dine at the restaurant was more than half the cost of the package deal. Real value!! Room was clean and modern, good bathroom, no complaints.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about QT Canberra

Property: QT Canberra
Address: 1 London Cct, Canberra 2601, Australia
Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Canberra
#10 Romantic Hotel in Canberra
#14 Luxury Hotel in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — QT Canberra 4.5*
Number of rooms: 205
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
QT Canberra sits within the iconic Lakeside hotel that has been the scene of many a handshake deal and long lunch. In the great tradition of Australian politics we do business with a wink and a nod and know that after a gruelling day of question time (from the kids or the leader of the opposition) you need a place to put your feet up an a soft bed to fall into. Our 205 guest suites are kitted out with designer decor and all the business savvy mod cons we know you need to get the job done. Expect a seamless technology offering and a team geared to assist you with any left-field requests. ... more   less 
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