TripAdvisor's rating system baffles me - 3/5 is average, but 4/5 is very good? I'd like to give this hotel 3.5 out of five green dots, please. I enjoyed my stay, and things were generally good, but a couple of minor things marred the experience.
As other people have pointed out, the hotel is clean and comfortable, but could use a refresh. I found a cigarette burn on the sofa (room 186) and the furniture and fittings could be newer. I can see that the place is in the process of being refurbished, so I won't complain any more. I've a feeling that they place will be extraordinary when everything's done.
Breakfast was included, and was a delight, but the current situation with the restaurant (where a la carte meals take up to 40 minutes) is a bit slow. Staff seemed to genuinely want to help, but clearly things are also in flux as far as the hotel's dining establishments - and I don't understand why there's a bar that only opens at 4.30pm, and doesn't open on Sundays. As a convention venue, this was quite good, because there were loads of public spaces and because the hotel generally was spacious and comfortable, but if only the bar was open for longer hours ...
All in all, this is a hotel headed for greatness, once the issues with dining are sorted out, and once the rooms are properly renovated and fitted out. I'm looking forward to coming back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FREE WIFI!! Rydges Capital Hill is the ideal Canberra hotel from which to base your stay in the Nation's Capital. Whether you are visiting for leisure or business, you'll find everything you need within close proximity at one of the best Canberra accommodation providers. This Canberra hotel is 500 metres from Parliament House, surrounded by the busy business districts of Barton and Parkes, walking distance to Manuka and Kingston, and close to most of Canberra's national attractions. The city is a 5 minute drive. ... more less
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- Rydges Capital Hill Hotel Canberra
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