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“Cool modern spaces & well located”
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Hotel Realm
Ranked #11 of 57 Hotels in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Cool modern spaces & well located”
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

The check in service is very prompt.
The rooms are very well appointed & have that uber cool feel.
Our room had a sitting room ( sofa & dinning table for 2), a soacious balcony with seating for two, a kitchenette, soacious bedroom & spacious bathroom.
There is free wifi & Apple IPTV, 2 flat screen tv's one in the lounge area & one in the bedroom & an iPod Dock so you can listen to your favourite music. We also had complimentary parking.
Breakfast is rather expensive for what you get- $28 per person for continental breakfast & the quality of the food is ok but not great. Personally I am not a big breakfast person so I object to paying a lot for effectively toast & coffee.
The service is friendly - but lacks attention to detail. I have an allergy to feathers & we specifically asked that there be no feather pillows in the room- this was not actioned. Nor was our request to remove the feather pillows out of our room they remained in our room in the corner for the entire stay. Not acceptable.
The room is cleaned everyday & they do a good job at this.
Front desk staff are very helpful & accommodating.
I would stay here again & I would recommend the Realm Hotel it is well located & very well appointed.
We walked to all the major sites from the Realm.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay this is not it. Bars were so noisy Friday and Saturday night you couldn't have a decent conversation with friends. The parking is confusing and could easily be fixed with some signage and a map. The explanation by staff on what to do was very poor. We had to go round the block and go back to reception to clarify what we were supposed to do.

Food at the restaurants is good and I appreciated the nespresso machine in the room. If you have iphones you are catered for. If you don't bad luck. Beds are very comfy and bathroom is well appointed.

I have stayed here on business trips through the week and it is fine for that.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

This is our second time visiting the hotel first thing that went wrong was on reservation they were going to charge me more then what their website advertised and the receptionist spoke really bad English though the duty manager resolved this issue. On arrival everything was fine only due to us staying here previously. The rooms I'm still in love with though the shower leaked and the iron left black marks on my partners shirt... Dinner lively our young male waiter was amazing and deserved every bit of the tip we have him. Breakfast hot food was cold even though we were in there before 7am not good in my opinion. Checkout we weren't charged for our mini bar coke as it was flat along with everyone in room 309... Love this hotel though staff training needs to be brought back like our first visit

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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HotelRealm_GM, General Manager at Hotel Realm, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Dear Netball_crazy01,

It disappoints me to hear that your stay with the Hotel Realm was not memorable on this particular occasion.

Upon your next stay, please contact me directly and I will personally see to your booking to ensure that your third stay with us is as for-filling as your first.

Kind regards,

Emil Kovacik
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Yountville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Situated only minutes from Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and the great food and wine of Manuka Village, Hotel Realm, and it's sister property Hotel Burbury, welcome guest with discreet and professional friendliness (not to mention complimentary parking). All the rooms have kitchenettes and laundry that are stocked with a more comprehensive and higher quality set of cookware and utensils than I've seen in full vacation rentals. Right down to the beautiful Bison Design Ceramics.
Balconies overlook the tree-lined streets and quiet hustle of office workers. Runners are only a few blocks to the lake for a gorgeous panoramic long or short run, and it's a cyclists dream! If it's raining, there's a huge gym.
Buffet breakfasts are generous and good quality, and there's a divine health food café at the Burbury for smoothies, terrific coffee, salads, sandwiches etc. There's also a restaurant at each property and the bar has a terrific selection of local wines.
Understated luxury is how I'd define the Realm, and the Burbury just adds a nice rustic warmth, but still with all the cons and fittings.
Can't go wrong either way.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Everything about this stay was great. The room we had at hotel realm was large, spacious, luxurious and comfortable. We had room service for dinner which was delicious and breakfast in the restaurant was great. Highly recommend this hotel when in Canberra.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Recently stayed at this hotel in August 2013 for work. I only stayed 1 night, however wish I had the opportunity to stay more. Will definitely head back to this hotel when I am in Canberra next.

The rooms are smartly decorated and spacious. The bathroom has that ultra modern feel. Excellent bathroom products.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Had high expectations after looking at their website. Booked online with breakfast and drink vouchers included, however did not receive the drink vouchers and they tried to charge for the buffet breakfast for two mornings. There was also a mini bar charge for $30 which was incorrect. Once these errors were pointed out, they were quick to remove from the account. Location was good, bedroom suite was nice and spacious. Went to use the washing machine and found it contained water and somebody's underpants! Car parking confusing. Breakfast adequate...although if you go at peak times you have to wait in a line as the area is quite small. Staff average.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: Hotel Realm
Address: 18 National Cct | Barton, Canberra 2600, Australia
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Location: Australia > Australian Capital Territory > Canberra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Canberra
#7 Business Hotel in Canberra
#9 Family Hotel in Canberra
#11 Romantic Hotel in Canberra
#11 Luxury Hotel in Canberra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Realm 5*
Number of rooms: 163
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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