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Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Ranked #22 of 58 Hotels in Canberra
Reviewed December 29, 2012

This hotel is not spectacular but it is clean and very reasonably priced with Free Parking.

We found that it was easy to access everything from the hotel and there are several lovely restaurants approx 10-15 walk away.

The hotel staff were very helpful and accommodating and I would happily stay in the hotel again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We booked one night at the Forrest Hotel and Apartments. The room was spacious, clean and modern with all the facilities you would need for a short stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Motel ideally situated for Parliment House and Manuka.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We chose this accommodation as a cheap night for a one night stopover on our way to Robe for Christmas. It was certainly cheaper than apartments on Northbourne Avenue, but it was very basic, quite rudimentary in fact. Having said that, the bed was comfortable, it was quiet and clean, as well as within walking distance to Manuka restaurants.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank mapipem
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

We have recently stayed at this 2 Bedroom self contained apartment for 3 nights. It's an average oldish apartment with limited facilities. it's not serviced, no free WiFi and no swimming pool. Managed to do some light cooking but the ventilation is poor. Location is great as it's near to Parliament House. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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1  Thank Agape99
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Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

This motel reminds me of the ones you stay at on a long drive and just needing a good bed for a night.
Location is v good, prices at least half of most in Canberra.
V busy place, basic, clean rooms.
Cold night, but room cosy.
Tiny bathroom. Flatscreen tv.
Restaurant ok, very limited choice..best to take the 10 min stroll to Manuka which has a wonderful variety of eateries.
All in all no complaints, staff very friendly and helpful, quiet location.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

This place hasn't got much going for it at all.

I booked something at the last minute and considering the value I have gotten from other hotels in Canberra I expected something comparable.

The Forrest is essential a motor inn, which I found rather misleading as the third party website I booked through made it out to be a hotel. The rooms have been tarted up with some lamps and bedspreads but there is no escaping the fact that they are tiny little shoe box sized rooms with outdated designs and cramped bathrooms. You park right at your door, if you are lucky that is. The hotel is lacking in parking spaces and after visit friends in the ACT til around midnight I found it impossible to get a park in the complex, and had to leave my brand new car on a narrow dark street with parking restrictions that started early the next morning.

The hotel is near the parliamentary triangle and Manuka, which is a plus I suppose, but next time I think I will stay on the other side of the Lake. My advice would be pay the extra 20 or so a night and stay somewhere near Northbourne Ave. The difference in what you get is unbelievable.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

One of the nicest places we have stayed in. The 2 bed apartment we had was roomy enough for my husband, mother-in-law & myself. Minor issue at 10pm at night,which could have potentially ruined the experience for us, but extremely prompt response by first the reception staff member, Sammy, and then followed up that night via phone by the manager, and then in person the following morning, ensured that we will return there at some stage in the near future. Lack of insulation caused minor irritation, but this was certainly outweighed by the decor & set up of the apartment. Would certainly recommend trying Forest hotel, especially the refurbished apartments, for location, service & value for money. Awesome kitchen facilities, especially complimentary Nespresso coffee pods & machine to use. HUGE thumbs up.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about 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 #22 of 58 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range: $97 - $204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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