Stayed as a couple, Easter weekend 2012, on a cultural getaway package. Excellent value: admission tickets to National Gallery of Art and breakfast were included as part of package, together with a $50 food/beverage voucher because we stayed 3 nights.
Hotel beds are very comfortable; rooms are not huge but are clean and functional (excellent lighting, cable TV, in-house movies). Good quality Continental breakfast: the hotel was crowded but the dining staff coped well with a horde of hungry guests.
Hotel gym is well appointed; pool looked good but was crowded with children. (This might not be typical - it was the long weekend, after all, and many of the families seemed to be in Canberra for children's sporting events).
Hotel is well located for some reasonable restaurants and is only a short walk to Canberra's best shopping precint. It is a little too far to walk to the Art Gallery, National Library etc (all over 3 kilometres away); but bus service is convenient and close.
Staff were helpful, friendly and very professional.
A few minor issues: the lifts are slow and tiny (not much anyone can do about that, but just don't be running late for your flight or a meeting). The safe in our room also didn't work. The rooms are not supplied with a lot of toiletries (no moisturiser or anything like that). But these really are very minor quibbles.
We didn't dine in the hotel restaurant (apart from breakfast), so we can't comment on that.
This is unlikely to be the most luxurious hotel you will ever stay in. However, it represents excellent value; certainly the best Canberra hotel we have stayed in. We would certainly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Canberra offers premium 4.5 Star hotel accommodation in the heart of the nation's capital and close to the retail, entertainment and business district. Novotel Canberra features 286 rooms, suites and apartments, all with a comfortable, modern design. The hotel features an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym. Please note that the pool, spa and sauna will be closed from 26 April 2016 until 30 May 2016 during refurbishment of the pool and spa area. Enjoy the onsite One Restaurant for breakfast and dinner 7 days, while One Bar offers all day dining and drinks. ... more less
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