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“great location, too noisy”

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Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Ranked #21 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Bathurst, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“great location, too noisy”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

If you are after a reasonably priced hotel room for a short stay close to the main attractions of Canberra in a leafy spot this is it. Comfy firm bed, tiny bathroom, clean - but wait for it- noise at night & in the morning. I stayed on a Friday night.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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, Director of Sales at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Dear Derosa77,

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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Reviewed April 1, 2012

I recently stayed at the Forrest Hotel and it was good value for the money in Canberra.

The hotel is an older style hotel that has undergone a “modernisation”. I stayed in a second floor room that was freshly painted, new carpets and furniture and TV. It seemed cleaned. The makeover of the bathroom was limited to the suite with the tiles and shower remaining from before the makeover. It was still a neat, small and seemingly clean bathroom. The bed was ok and I slept through the night.

The location was good for me, however I did have a car. The hotel has views of Parliament House across a park. It would be about a 20 minute walk to Manuka.

The staff were friendly at both check in and check out. Hotel prices in Canberra are high so I was happy with the value for the price.

I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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, Director of Sales at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Dear Kissesk,

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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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights on a business trip, would choose it for personal use.
The room was 'compact' but had all the usual amenities such as kettle, tea coffee, iron, etc..
Whilst the bed was comfortable enough to sleep in, sleep didn't come easy with the noise around the complex; car doors slamming at all hours of the night, cases being hauled up and down stairs and being able to hear neighbours bumble in and out of their room made for a serious lack of sleep during my stay.
The breakfast was pricey, only stayed once and decided to leave for work early and eat in town.
This was my first trip to Canberra so I cant compare to anything else local but if I get a choice next time this wont be my first.

Room Tip: I would suggest an upstairs room, may have to lug baggage but it will certainly be quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Perth, Australia
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142 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2012

I stayed at the Forrest for 2 nights for work related conference. The room was small (glad it was only me!) but clean. The bed was hard which was OK. This is definitely a motel style complex, not luxurious but OK. It seemed to be a bit overpriced for the offerings, but I don’t know what the benchmark is in Canberra. Breakfast was OK and staff were friendly and helpful. Location good.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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, Director of Sales at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Dear 2011Marg,

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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Sydney, Australia
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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
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: Find somewhere else.
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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

  • Stayed March 2012
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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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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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
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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