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“Perfect Quiet Location for a Canberra stay”

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Forrest Hotel And Apartments
Ranked #22 of 58 Hotels in Canberra
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Once again we find ourselves in Canberra for work and play, so the Forrest was our first thought for accommodation. The one bedroom apartment has a full kitchen, sitting room, big TV, DVD and iPod dock sound system, perfect for a weekend or longer if you can...

Warm, comfortable and very, very quiet is a bonus in any city.

A short stroll to Manuka (which the inhabitants insist on mispronouncing as 'Marnika' for some bizarre reason, have they never tried the honey ?!?!) where Shopping and eating in any language is very easy, from the burger bars to fine dining, you will find something to enjoy.....though despite all the space in this city, parking can be a chore.

Short drive to Kingston is worth doing for Silo Bakery....expect to wait, a table is nigh on impossible, but the fayre is just superb, with a cheese room for an in-room or outdoor picnic to remember

Will certainly be back when next in town

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a very detailed feedback regarding our hotel. And thank you for again selecting us as your accommodation in Canberra.

We are happy to know you are satisfied with our accommodation and location and you had experience with our services.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The bed was really comfortable. Just a pity the sheets had been folded but definitely not ironed. Fairly basic motel room - but this was expected of a 3 and a half star place. I had a ground floor room, and could hear people walking around in the room above me - one of the problems of having a mainly tiled floor area (carpet only where the beds were). However, people settled for the night fairly early, so sleeping was not an issue for me. I was a bit stunned to be told when I arrived at their restaurant that I couldn't eat there because they had a large group in. When I protested that I was a guest in the hotel it made no difference. They were fairly terse and suggested I could go to the shopping precinct at Manuka and eat there. Elderly woman, alone, in the dark, in unfamiliar streets? I don't think so! They did give me room service (charged extra, but this was waived when I protested). The meal that night and on the following night (no problem eating in restaurant this time) were delicious - but over-priced, I thought. Breakfasts were really good - buffet style, plenty of variety and tasty.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback regarding our hotel.

We are sorry that our restaurant was pre-booked on that day and was not available. We’re glad that you enjoyed the meal and services in the restaurant.

Again, thank you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I stayed 3 days during the business trip. If you're looking for somewhere quiet, I wouldn't recommend this place. I often woke up during the night because of the noise from outside.
However the restaurant at the hotel was very nice. I tried Salmon steak and Scotch fillet, and they both were very tasty.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Kay

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback regarding our hotel, especially your recommendation to our restaurant.
We are sorry for your late night noise experience. Fortunately, this is not a common occurrence. Thank you so much your patience.


We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I was happy with this accommodation, business training trip, 2 nights, the room was clean, bed was very comfortable, TV works, good parks, nice walk around the streets and park across the road, The only thing I did not like is the very small shower, nothing else to fault, excellent customer service, good location, very happy, will be back again. Using the conference room, it was a good location and the restaurant was good as well, once again the customer service, friendly staff is great.The Hotel is in a nice location, a long side parliament house, close to museums and other activities, it is a drive back into town but around the corner are some fantastic shops, restaurants and café’s.

Room Tip: The Hotel is worth a stay. Second floor have good rooms.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback regarding our hotel.
We appreciate your compliments so much.
We are happy that you had great experience with our service and amazing staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

I got a great rate of $99 per night, so I was wondering what the quality would be like. I was actually pleasantly surprised, it was very clean and has quite a quaint suburban feel. I asked for a room with lots of natural light & I was given a room at the front overlooking the park, which was indeed sunny and well-lit. The view to the park across the road gave it a nice relaxing feel & there were a lot of pretty autumn colours around (during May). They had a decent-sized flat screen TV with cable channels, there was also complimentary bottled water and a toaster in the room. No bath, just a shower, but the bathroom was clean and the room was also clean and well maintained. There's also a restaurant on-site and they offer a small room service selection. There was good heating in the room and they had electric blankets on the bed (which was very comfortable), my electric blanket worked wonderfully the first night but I couldn't seem to get it going on the second night. Perhaps this is something that needs to be monitored during the cold winter months. The front office staff were polite and helpful. Lastly, I stayed there during the week, so I'm not sure how different a weekend would be - it's possible it could get a little noisy if people were coming and going all the time, but I guess this goes for a lot of hotels & motels. Location is near the upmarket area of Manuka and not far from the Parliamentary Circle. Overall it was a very good experience.

Room Tip: Perhaps ask for a room at the front of the hotel, overlooking the park - when I stayed there, it was...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback regarding our hotel. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and your experience was good.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Stayed in Canberra for 3 nights. The Forest apartments was a good place to stay. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment and this was clean, spacious and had everything we needed. Manuka is close to the city attractions. There is a nice park opposite, tennis courts next door and shops close by. Overall had a great stay in Canberra.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for you feedback. We feel happy to know that you had great stay with us. Our location is highly appreciated by our guests and so nice that it’s convenient for you.
We will continuously strive to ensure a more and more pleasant and comfortable stay will be provided to our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

The location was perfect. Away from the main road. This 'hotel' is part of the Golden Chain group. The hotel part is two levels with balconies facing the car park. I thought that would classify it as a motel. The room was small but the bed was comfortable. If you want to sleep in, forget it. The coaches had the engines warming up; there were people standing out the front of our room at 6am yelling at people below. There were doors slamming and the first morning at 5.45 there was a gentleman carrying on in a loud voice near the stairwell off our bathroom. Breakfast was good. There is free bottled water in the fridge which was a bonus and you can grab a paper in reception. If you're an early riser then this place is good for you.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Dorothy B, Manager at Forrest Hotel And Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest
Thank you so much for your time and for your feedback about our hotel.
We appreciate your nice words about the location and our services.
We are sorry for your early morning noise experience. Fortunately, this is not a common occurrence. Thank you so much your patience.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Dorothy

Forrest Hotel and Apartments
30 National Circuit
FORREST ACT 2603
P: (02) 6203-4300
E: dorothy@forresthotel.com

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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
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Ranked #22 of 58 Hotels in Canberra
Price Range: $89 - $187 (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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