This is a nice, well appointed, very comfortable motel in a slightly inconvenient part of southern Canberra. If you have a car, it's within 10 minutes of Manuka and Kingston, so inconvenience is minim... more
This is a nice, well appointed, very comfortable motel in a slightly inconvenient part of southern Canberra. If you have a car, it's within 10 minutes of Manuka and Kingston, so inconvenience is minimal.
The rooms are excellent. Beds are comfortable and, even though I had a room facing the main road, rooms are quiet. There's a nice bar and restaurant (although the latter is pricey for what you get), a lovely sheltered pool area and a small gym. The pool and gym are free. The only slight negative with the rooms is that the bathrooms (well, the one I had) are little tight on space. However, as is the norm in Australia, there were nice soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners provided free of charge. There were also tea and coffee making facilities, also free, and fresh milk (real, not UT) provided at reception with no cost.
The motel advertises a business centre. That's a stretch! There is a PC and printer near the bar and usage is free. I needed to print some documents from the 'Net and everything worked well and quickly. There was no extra charge.
The MAJOR negative for me was that the motel advertises that it has free cable TV. It does, but channels are limited. As a rabid football fan, I was looking forward to watching an Asian Champions League match. The pay TV channels are limited and the channel showing this match was not one that was provided. I was faced with watching badminton(???) instead. Not happy Jan!! So, I woke up early next morning to also watch a European Champions League Match, which I knew was on free to air TV, but found that there was no reception for any SBS channel in the hotel.
So if you are a real football fan. forget this place. The TV coverage is pathetic.
The menu at the motel's restaurant is reasonably broad, mains are large and the quality was good. Prices are on the high side however. I compared the motel's breakfast prices to what I actually paid in an up market cafe in up-market Kingston the next morning, and found the motel was over 50% more expensive for the same dish. (Because I only tried one, I cannot comment on comparative quality, but breakfast in Kingston was excellent.)
So on balance, a very comfortable bedroom and shower, but not much else. Staff were nice and efficient, but much of the advertising about their 'extras' needs to be treated with a large pillar of salt. (Think Lot's wife!!). If you can get a cheap deal, this place is probably an OK place to stay. If you pay their published rates, it's not worth it. less