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University House
Ranked #30 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
York, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

My wife and I stayed here in a Queen Superior Suite in Jan 2012. The accomodation was very good, if somewhat dated. The location is excellent and was keenly priced. Breakfast in the Cafe Bar was also good value. Would certainly go back.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

An excellent affordable option for singles, couples and families alike. Harks back to the 1950's but that just adds to the charm. Very peaceful, well located and good range of breakfast options in the buffett. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

Having read the reviews, I was expecting University House to be retro in its decor, with good bathrooms, no lifts and a pleasant central grassy area. It was all of those. I was also expecting it to be quiet and appealing. Sadly, it was neither.

I had asked for a quiet room when I rang and booked, instead we were put in a room close to the gate and facing out onto the carpark, and it was anything but quiet. Not only was there an extremely rowdy group of people gathered around the gate, smoking, on our first night, we could also hear people clattering up and down the stairs and we had to jam a suitcase against our front door in order to stop it rattling every time a door slammed anywhere up the stairwell. Added to that, the room smelled old and there was long black hair tangled through the plastic mat in the bathroom.

The next morning, we asked for another, quiet room for our second night. It turned out to be further away from the gate, but still facing out onto the carpark. The bathroom looked as though it had been cleaned but it smelled awful, and I could hear the person in the room above us getting in and out of bed and going out onto their balcony in the middle of the night.

The only reason I am rating University House as “Poor” instead of “Terrible” is because they did at least shift us into another room on request, although the woman at the counter seemed initially reluctant to do so.

Thankfully, we had a wonderful day sightseeing in Canberra to make up for our disappointing stay at University House.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed the stay here. Rooms are old, however they are decked out in the latest accessories. Bathroom well equipped and did enjoy the stay. Usual web abuse of $10/day. Boffins was really nice, the breakfast was good, and the service was very good. Super close to the academy of science. Would stay again.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

Yes, it is a blast from the 1950's but that's what makes it appealing. We stayed in December 2011 and found it quiet, clean and convenient. We loved the old style rooms and wooden furniture. Our executive room had a separate bedroom, large lounge and nice view. The gardens surrounding the hotel are lovely and breakfast is very good. However one person arrived right on the cut off time and was refused breakfast even though a number of us were still eating and the buffet was still laid out. I thought that was a bit rude!
It's an easy walk to the CBD and easy to drive to all the local sights and museums

Room Tip: the Leonard French paintings in the Boffins room are worth seeing.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2011

If you loved the 70s and their decor, this is definitely where you want to stay. It's very retro in a non-ironic way (which is a bit of a worry). The rooms are huge, some come with a cute balcony, and they're in good shape--if you don't mind being transported back in time about 40 years.The location is not the best, there's really nothing there except the ANU, so if you're attending an event on campus, it's convenient, but if you're sightseeing in Canberra, it's not, and you'd be much better off staying in the city center. The front desk staff was not particularly friendly but quite efficient, no service with a smile but competent.The price is not unreasonable and includes a moderate breakfast, but I probably wouldn't stay here again as I found it too isolated and the 70s furniture really didn't grab me.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

Very convenient location, and quiet. Very basic amenities - do not take too much luggage as there are no lifts, and you have to take your own luggage up flights of stairs. I had booked a 'suite' room, which was just a single room - when I enquired at reception, they said it was called a 'suite' because it had a bathroom! Small balcony with air cond unit taking up half of it.

However, it is clean, bathrooms refurbished, value for money and peaceful. Dated decor. But very inexpensive set in the beautiful grounds of the ANU, so quite historic.

Room Tip: Try to get low room if you have lots of heavy luggage. Check room type.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Property: University House
Address: Cnr Balmain Cr & Liversidge St | Australian National University, Canberra 2601, Australia
Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
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#3 Best Value Hotel in Canberra
#15 Family Hotel in Canberra
#16 Business Hotel in Canberra
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — University House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
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