I had been to this property previously as kid growing up due to it's location and cultural reasons, although this time round I didn't realise what I was getting myself into.
I arrived into Canberra by plane and picked up a car from the airport to go to the property. Upon arrival I noticed that from the outside it looked quite tired and very "70's motel" that needed a revamp on it's appearance.
Keys are not electronic but standard keys which are just larger in shape and have 3 grooved rows - supposedly it's more secure?!
The website shows the bed head, lamp, and wall behind the bed which is quite modern and updated in appearance, although this is quite misleading. The rest of the room is actually about 15 years old in appearance and furniture looks like something you would have found at fantastic furniture around the same time as well.
The only thing was that the bathroom seemed to be have been updated recently although it was a little disappointing considering that my gym's showers are much better still as well.
I work in the travel industry and had discounted rate for the Novotel Canberra which ended up being the same as the Forrest Inn, although Forrest Inn was next door to where I needed to be.
Had I known how disappointed I would be I would have stayed at the Novotel and "suffered" the 10 minute drive out the following morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forrest Hotel and Apartments is a wonderful family owned and operated hotel in the heart of Canberra. 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 3): Spacious and private with separate kitchen and lounge area• Family Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 5): Private bedroom, 3 bed bunk room and kitchen/lounge/dining• Executive Two Bedroom Apartments (sleeps 4): Stylish decor and ultimate comfort and facilities ... more less
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