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Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Ranked #21 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Central location but showing its age”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

My wife and I stayed 3 nights at the Forrest Hotel in March. We paid $145 per night for the privilege. The room was adequate for our needs but it was starting to show its age in general wear and tear. The bathroom was "compact" to say the least. On the positive side it has a great location. The Manuka restaurant area is only a 10 minute walk away and it is only a 3 minute drive to the parliament section of Canberra----National Gallery of Art, The High Court, Archives Musuem, old and new parliament house etc. The room had a double door access to the adjacent room-- my unlocked door opened easily so I assume so does the other.-- security could be an issue.
Would stay there again but only for central location.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Director of Sales at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Dear MichandKay1,

Thank you very much for your feedback in regards to your stay at the Forrest Hotel & Apartments.

We at Forrest continuously strive to ensure that our guests have a pleasant and comfortable stay with us. We boast value for money in a fantastic location. Our rooms are warm, clean and have comfortable beds. We offer variety of accommodation from Standard rooms, Family suites to One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments.

There is free onsite parking available, a Barbecue area, a restaurant opens for breakfast & dinner (Monday to Thursday). We also have Pasta & Wine menu for after hours dining and over the weekends. Our Friendly staff ensures that your requests are dealt with priority. There is a also a Night Manger for after hours contact.

We are close to Parliament House, National Gallery, National Library, Portrait Gallery; 10 minutes stroll to Manuka that houses 40 restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, cinema, supermarket.

Please feel free to like us on Facebook for latest updates on accommodation, restaurant and conferencing.

Once again Forrest team would like to thank you and look forward to welcoming you back.

Warmest regards
Dorothy Barclay
Director of Sales
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

If you like staying in cupboard sized rooms with no sound proofing, then Forrest Hotel and Apartments is just the place. Clean, but incredibly uncomfortable. Once was enough for us.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Great place to stay especially with kids 2 bed apt perfect especially the BBQ area and grass area . Quick walk to Manuka cafes and restaurants and supermarkets. And so fast to Questatron galleries war memorial - we loved it - staff friendly and accommodating - we look forward to going back

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, Director of Sales at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Dear Mums-roardtrip,

Thank you very much for your feedback in regards to your stay at the Forrest Hotel & Apartments.

We at Forrest continuously strive to ensure that our guests have a pleasant and comfortable stay with us. We boast value for money in a fantastic location. Our rooms are warm, clean and have comfortable beds. We offer variety of accommodation from Standard rooms, Family suites to One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments.

There is free onsite parking available, a Barbecue area, a restaurant opens for breakfast & dinner (Monday to Thursday). We also have Pasta & Wine menu for after hours dining and over the weekends. Our Friendly staff ensures that your requests are dealt with priority. There is a also a Night Manger for after hours contact.

We are close to Parliament House, National Gallery, National Library, Portrait Gallery, Questacon; 10 minutes stroll to Manuka that houses 40 restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, cinema, supermarket.

Please feel free to like us on Facebook for latest updates on accommodation, restaurant and conferencing.

Once again Forrest team would like to thank you and look forward to welcoming you back.

Warmest regards
Dorothy Barclay
Director of Sales
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Woodville, Nsw
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

The review entitled "Worst place I have ever stayed" says it all.
The accommodation we booked was at "The Forrest Apartments".
We checked in and were given directions to the "Albany Apartments", a block away.
We had stayed at the Albany in 2003 and vowed then never to return. What a 'nice' surprise to see the sign "Albany Apartments" as we parked (bearing in mind that the keys we were given had "Forrest Apartments" on the tag. Nothing had changed, except for the normal decline 9 years can cause. The kindest way to describe the place is that it looked like an accomodation block that you would have found in the 60's at an immigration hostel, and the facilities match the description. Nothing like the depiction given on the website. As for "pool and gym", after a bit of searching, you find that they are "available, ...... for a small fee" at the Rydges Hotel about two blocks away.
It didn't get any better. The restaurant is not opened Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, and breakfast is not available Sunday mornings.
On the upside, it is very handy to cafes and supermarkets, and there is a liscenced club next door, and Parliament House is an easy walk away. The front office people were also very pleasant.
We had booked the accommodation with a "No Cancellation" clause. If not for that we would have asked for money back and happily paid twice as much somewhere else. We were not so much disappointed with the place, more a feeling that we had been conned.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peakhurst, Australia
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Stayed here because it was close to Parliament House. Big mistake! The rooms are so small that you cannot sit 2 at the small table without one of you having to move if the other wants to go to the bathroom or outside. The bathroom is tiny and I think I bruised my elbows whilst drying myself. The toilet bowl was badly stained in my room. Have to pay for internet access. Only thing in the fridge was milk and 2 bottles of water, if you wanted anything else you had to go to the office. The first motel I have come across where the restaurant is closed on Friday and Saturday nights, and the nearest eateries are 1 Km away or a small club next door. Not good if you didn't have a car like a lot of us. Good breakfast first morning, but cold the 2nd as they forgot to turn on the bain maree's. Staff very friendly, but wouldn't recommend it for more than emergency accommodation.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

I had a mini kitchen with sink and mini stove about 18 inches from the bed (one of those 2 singles joined together jobs). No carpet, only tiles, water in the shower was barely warm I was not game to was my hair in case it turned cold. My TV was not a flat screen, I did not bother to turn it on it was such a dinosaur in the television world

Sheets were clean, bed was comfortable I like a hard bed, they replaced the free bottled water each day. Free Nespresso coffee was available.

It is a bit of a cheek to call it a Hotel, but I have had to endure a lot worse in Canberra

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

I stayed here with a friend recently with the renaissance package. $240 for one night, 2 tickets to the art exhibition and breakfast. A little over priced.
Room was small. Smelled very musty too. But it was visibly clean. Beds were ok. Dipped in the middle. Maybe housekeeping should turn them more often.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Breakfast was great. A lot of variety and all fresh and hot. The waitresses were very efficient.
Location was great, only a five minute walk to Manuka where there are lots of restaurants and cafes.
Not sure if we'd stay again, only if the price came down.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Address: 30 National Cct | Forrest, Canberra 2603, Australia
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Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #21 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Forrest Hotel And Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forrest Hotel and Apartments is a wonderful family owned and operated hotel in the heart of Canberra. We offer FREE WIFI FREE PARKING AND ESPRESSO COFFEE!!! Located just behind Parliament House in the leafy suburb of Forrest, we are ideally suited for government, business and leisure travel.We have 76 hotel rooms and 40 serviced apartments, with a conference room, restaurant and deck overlooking the beautiful parkland setting.Accommodation options:• Standard Room (sleeps 2): Enjoy the cosy comfort of double or twin share rooms • One Bedroom Apartment (sleeps 4): Spacious and private with separate kitchen and lounge area• Family Rooms Two Rooms (sleeps 5): kitchen/lounge/dining• Executive Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 4): Stylish decor and ultimate comfort and facilities ... more   less 
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