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“A Good Choice for an Extended Stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pacific Suites Canberra

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Pacific Suites Canberra
Ranked #7 of 58 Hotels in Canberra
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Sydney, Australia
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119 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A Good Choice for an Extended Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

The Clifton suites are a perfectly serviceable choice for extended business or holiday stays in Canberra. My wife and I stayed for a total of two weeks. The suites are well located, being close to major roads and bus transport as well as being within 3 blocks of Canberra Centre and the rest of the CBD. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have most of the furniture and equipment required for an extended stay. The rooms are also serviced daily.
Newspapers are made available for guests and there are plenty of parking spaces in the basement. There is also a pool and a small gym in the building.
My only comments are that our apartment required a few more items to make our stay more comfortable. These included a coffee plunger (we ended up buying one), ceramic cooking dishes, a decent frypan (the one from apartment was poor quality and simply burned the food) and a clothes stand for drying the washing.
One other comment is that whilst there are 2 lifts, these are separated and at different ends of the building. This means that you effectively have only one lift at your end of the building servicing 8 floors of apartments. With extended stays, this means you spend a lot of time waiting for the lift even though you see the one in the distance, at the other end stopping at your floor. This is poor design and a 3rd lift should have been incorporated adjacent to one of the others (although too late now).
These comments aside, if you are looking for apartment accommodation on the northern side of Canberra, the Clifton Suites are a good choice.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark S
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Sunshine Coast
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365 reviews
79 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just back from a weekend stay in our nation's capital. We stayed a 2 bedroom apartment, conveniently located about 5 minutes' drive to the city centre but unfortunately right on a main road where I was woken twice by ambulances screaming down Northbourne Ave in the wee hours of the night and also a noisy group of motorbikes dragging off at the traffic lights also during the night- on what is probably a very tempting straight stretch of wide road-(but aren't all Canberra roads like this?!). Surprisingly we were in an apartment at the back of the complex but obviously on the noisy side. My solution was to wear ear plugs on subsequent nights. The main room in which we stayed was absolutely freezing for this little Queenslander. There was a reverse cycle air con in the main living area but to get the heat into the main room the living area had to be baking hot. On top of this we were rudely awoken both on the Friday and Saturday mornings by heavy machinery breaking rocks on the building site next door at 7am on the dot. No "sleep- ins" here! The apartment did have a nice kitchen and 2 bathrooms and the staff were helpful when we wanted an extra towel or enquired where to eat locally. My suggestion to the hotel would be to look into double glazing the windows on the east and north facing rooms and this would help with both the noise and heating problems.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beetrootears
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Very comfortable place to stay, large apartment style accommodation. Very nicely fitted and maintained. Comfortable beds and good kitchen. The restaurant was excellent. Location near the CBD is very convenient and has some nice coffee shops/retail very close by. There is some traffic noise from Northbourne Ave - would request a room away from this.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrew H
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Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Great stay... The room was more like a unit than hotel, so much space. Restaurant was very good: excellent steaks and breakfast buffet. If you book breakfast, they provide a reasonable discount too. Walking distance to the CBD. Fantastic pizza and gelati place around the corner.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sam_Bris-Vegas
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Cairns, Australia
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42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Clifton suites is a rare find in Canberra, hotels are usually overpriced and very basic. Clifton Suites provided us a large, well maintained 2 bedroom apartment at a good price. It had everything we needed to self cater for the family in comfort. Check in was very fast, same with check out. Staff friendly. Only quibble was that the room service menu was pretty basic and unappealing. Bed was also a bit uncomfortable, but typical of most hotels in canberra. Otherwise, all in all, a very pleasant stay and I would recommend it to anyone planning a stay in canberra for work or just visiting.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney Australia
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373 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 519 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

There is plenty of accomodation in Canberra as long as you don't mind paying for it, especially if Parliament is in session. The Clifton Suites are reasonably priced and are good value for money.We come to Canberra quite often, particularly if there is a special exhibition at the National Gallery or for Floriade.
Since discovering the Clifton Suites some time ago we have had no reason to want to stay anywhere else. The apartments are big and have all the amenities that you would require.
Our family of four plus a baby had ample room in a 2 bedroom apartment. A cot was supplied for an extra $10! The apartment was clean and all the appliances and bathroom facilities worked.
Clifton Suites is run efficiently and the reception staff are friendly and helpful. Even though this a popular establishment, we never felt crowded. There are two lifts to every floor so we never had to wait long to get up or down. The parking underneath is more than adequate and we never had to look for long to park our car.
There is a large swimming pool to take a dip during during the summer months and adequate room heating during those freezing Canberra winter days and nights.
The location is great as it is walking distance to the Canberra Centre and just a few minutes by car to Canberra's main attractions.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank WellTravelledAussie2
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Barcelona, Spain
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

I really wish I could recommend this place. The rooms are modern and spatious, the kitchen is well equiped and we had some lovely views.

The main and unforgivable problem was that our non-smoking room smelt very strongly of cigarette smoke. When we reported this to reception they sent someone up to spray air freshner. Unfortunately no amount of air freshner or ionising treatment (the other option) will remove the smell. I won't risk coming back in case we get another room that smells as bad.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank warson1
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Additional Information about Pacific Suites Canberra

Property: Pacific Suites Canberra
Address: 100 Northbourne Ave, Canberra 2601, Australia (Formerly Clifton Suites on Northbourne)
Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Canberra
#4 Romantic Hotel in Canberra
#4 Business Hotel in Canberra
#7 Luxury Hotel in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pacific Suites Canberra 4.5*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pacific Suites Canberra (formerly the Clifton Suites on Northbourne) is Canberra's multi award-winning apartment hotel, just minutes from the heart of Canberra's premier shopping, dining and entertainment district, perfect for your stay in Canberra. The hotel is in an ideal location for business travelers with a two minute walk to the CBD and a 5-10 minute drive to other government and business hubs. Pacific Suites Canberra is considered one of Canberra's finest and most innovative accommodation and corporate function venues. The hotel features four dedicated functions rooms, with options for a guest list from 4 up to 100 guests. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Quality Suites Clifton On Northbourne Hotel Canberra
Quality Inn Canberra
Quality Hotel Canberra

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