I recently stayed 3 nights on a business trip. Hotel was booked for me mostly because of its location. First impressions were positive: open, spacious, clean, easy check-in, etc. but very hot. The large atrium would make it very difficult to cool and as a result, after a run of hot Canberra days, it was stiffling. The building is relatively new and there was some construction going on. Dissapointingly it seems to have been done on the cheap with finishes looking a bit the worse for wear, carpets stained and cracks in the polished concrete floor (3rd floor to the left of lift landing).
The standard room (3rd floor) was clean and well equiped but air conditioning did not cope with the heat: it was 27 degrees when I arrived, and after turning it down to minimum, was still 26 degrees 3 hours later - opened the window and got better result. Seems like the air conditioner had no return outlet so blowing air out of the window allowed some cool air to enter. Down to a pleasant 21 degrees by the morning. Cupboards followed the cheaply built theme with doors that were loose and would not close properly; bar fridge was full of accumulated ice.
I had breakfast, dinner, drinks and coffee at various stages in the dining room and bar(s). Service was minimalist, friendly & efficient and food, coffee and drinks ok.
Lap pool and gym attract a $15 fee per use.
In summary - expectations are built up by the 5 star rating claim and found wanting. More like an average 3 to 4 star hotel in a cheaply built sort of way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Realm is a 5 Star hotel on National Circuit Barton, located next to the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra. The hotel is located within walking distance to national icons including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia. The 5 Star hotel provides 163 rooms and suites, each containing luxurious beds, complimentary WiFi, complimentary on-demand movies and Nespresso coffee machines. The Realm Precinct offers a range of dining options, including the award-winning French restaurant Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, the casual Ostani Lounge, Bar & Restaurant, chef-hatted Japanese restaurant LiloTang, chef-hatted Cantonese fine-dining restaurant, The Chairman & Yip, and casual cafes Maple + Clove and Ritual, as well as a gym, spa, indoor pool, hairdresser and conferencing facilities, all with complimentary Wi-FI. The precinct also offers a state-of-the-art gym and day spa, opened in 2017. Hale Gym + Spa has the latest Technogym equipment and casual yoga, Pilates, spin and boxing classes. Hale Spa is Canberra's latest wellness destination, offering a sanctuary for the body and mind. Combining contemporary elegance with avant-garde design, Hotel Realm is Canberra's only AAA rated 5 Star hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Realm Canberra