"Best deal in Canberra"
I stayed here for 6 weeks while visiting ANU (uni visitors' housing was ludicrously expensive). The hotel itself isn't anything spectacular, but it's totally adequate and it's a great value compared to the rest of the hotels in Canberra (see for yourself). It's right next to a bus station that several different buses go through so you can usually be […] in the city center within 15-20 mins or so. If you have a bike it's about a 20 min ride, probably 5 by car. The restaurant is decent -- not amazing, but pretty good. The staff are really friendly and accommodating. No concerns about safety, cleanliness, functioning facilities, or anything basic like that. Overall the hotel could use a bit of basic renovation, I suppose, but it's not like anything is falling apart. It's fairly near to Manuka and Kingston, where there are a lot more restaurants, some stores, bars, a grocery store, movie theater, etc. Though like most things in Canberra most of those things tend to close around 9 or 10. All in all it's a great place to stay if you need a hotel, don't need to be smack in the center of the city, want to save money, and aren't expecting something luxurious. I would totally stay here again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
good place for quiet , easy stayGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel had great service but rooms were bit outdated and old lookingGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Deserves Better Management"
This hotel has great potential. However. . Front desk service poor. Maintenance needs a shake up. TV channels not right.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"We had a free upgrade!"
We started our stay with a free upgrade so that was great. Then They got messed up at the restaurant: We had something we didn't order then nobody came to take our order but told we had to pay for what we had. They did not appologised. We stayed 2 nights and I was very surprised they didn't cleaned the room or made the bed or change our towels. Also […] if you were to take a shower too long, the water would not drain but would flood the bathroom. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel is in a very good location. Close to Civic and Manuka. Rooms are basic but fine for the price. No TV in the room. Not sure how the shared bathrooms would cope if it was busy.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
For the price it's a great hotelGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cheap and nasty"
Similar to backpackers but your in your own room.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very convenient location close to many places of interest. Service was good,Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean room & comfy bed but thin walls"
Stayed in a budget single. Price very reasonable for an ensuite in Canberra but it does mean the rooms are quite hostel like. However it was clean & the bed was comfy so it met my main requirements. Light sleepers may wish to look elsewhere - the walls are so thin I could hear my neighbour snoring loud & heartily. The hotel is in the process of being […] renovated so hopefully it's something that may be improved - along with keeping the hotel bar open past 9.00!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not a 4 star, probably 2 star"
Very basic, advertised as 4 star, I would say maybe 2 star bed and breakfast.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to conference centre at Regatta Point"
The small room was tired but clean, although the single bed was as hard as sleeping on the floor. I was exceptionally disappointed to find that he kitchen was closed over the weekend, and left a day early because without transport, getting a simple breakfast or lunch would have necessitated a restaurant or cafe visit. Neither was evident close to the […] hotel. Apparently a boxed cereal breakfast was available on weekends if required, but not being able to order a cup of tea was not what one would consider hotel service. It was more like low price backpackers accommodation. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel for the budget conscious"
This is a pleasant enough hotel conveniently located to Canberra's centre. It is a hotel from an earlier era when it was used as hostel accommodation. However, to arrive at my room I had to walk through the self-serve kitchen area and through some very heavy double doors that separated the corridor of rooms where my room was located. The room was small […] with a not-so-comfortable single bed. The bathroom fan, that came on automatically you switched the light on, was particularly noisy. The room and bathroom was clean. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"위치가 참 좋아요"
호텔 자체는 약간 오래된 듯 보이지만 상당히 청결하고 여러가지로 준비도 잘 되어있었습니다. 객실도 깨끗하게 잘 준비되어 있었지만 좀 오래된 건물 특유의 분위기는 어쩔 수 없더군요. 전 개인적으로 제 객실과 굉장히 비슷한 방에 4년정도 살아본 터라 오히려 편안했지만요. 찾아보면 주변에 식당이 제법 있다고 나오긴 하는데 실제로 나서서 찾아보려면 그렇게 쉽지 않았다는 게 흠이었습니다. 하지만 위치 자체는 버스정류장도 매우 가깝고 좋습니다. 호텔 안에 있는 식당 음식도 괜찮은 수준이었어요.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Avoid Hotel Kurrajong for the time being"
02/02/14 Thomas M Melbourne, Australia
My wife and I have stayed at this hotel several times over recent years, but never again until the renovations have been completed. Our room (216) on the second floor faces west and is unbearable in hot weather. The hotel airconditioning has failed and the temporary cooler provided did almost nothing to lower the temperature- it was 35c when we got in, and cooled only 2c after an hour. Complaints to the service manager offered no solution- no other rooms wre available( but no other guests were in sight), and this was all that could be done. The place now looks sadly neglected. The restaurant was closed over the weekend. As yet there is no apparent progress on renovations. The appeal of close proximity to the National Gallery, the Library and parliament are now greatly outweightd by the negatives.
"Worth consideration in a limited market"
01/31/14 GoldenRainbowBear Canberra
I stayed here for 4 nights in a comfortable, large ground floor room that had been renovated recently. Since the ducted a/c had been hit by lightning (!) and could only heat, I had a portable a/c unit in my room which was efficient and effective over a very hot weekend. The hotel is a curious mix, having been built in the 1920's as a sprawling post-colonial hotel, designed by the architect responsible for old Parliament House and the Canberra Hyatt. It is charming and its ongoing rennovations make the rate good value in an expensive market. I rated it 'very good' because 'average' in what is a poor market would not do it justice; 'good' would reflect my opinion better. The desk staff were helpful to a point, but seemed to lack a certain guest- customer-orientation. The room's phone did not work, and although this was discussed with a desk clerk who diagnosed the problem from the desk (incorrectly by me), it was not fixed. I had a sense of staying in a deserted building at times. Though this did not worry me. The new king bed was very good and the bathroom new and adequate. Daily cleaning was up to standard, though refreshing the fridge and bar a little inadequate/ Parking in the open car park was free, though hot during 40 degree days. It is well-located if you are mobile, and provides pleasant walks to other amenities (eg Realm Hotel) and restaurants within a few kilometers. I would recommend it if you like its architectural singularity and querky, but not if you prefer the slick and polished blandness of many post-modern accommodations or seek meals in your room, which were not available. This may change as rennovations are completed.
"I wish it were better"
01/28/14 LadyLuckLollyPop Armidale, Australia
I love the idea of this place. On the plus side - it is clean and the beds are comfortable. Food is good (not excellent, but fresh and affordable). I liked the bar snacks menu and I am disappointed it has gone. I also love the charm and history of the building - lovely. Staff have been pleasant. On the negative - the hotel has rarely measured up for me. I have stayed here at least a dozen times and something little spoils it almost every time. Wifi has not been available on several occasions despite optimism from the front desk - it has worked in the foyer but not in my room. I have had a couple of cold showers (not recently) and some dodgy shower plumbing. One night I was refused dinner (I hadn't booked) because the kitchen had closed early even though diners were still being delivered meals. Most recently the hotel air conditioning is out - indefinitely - and some, but not all rooms have been fitted with noisy portable air conditioning units. Little things are imperfect - most recently two of the lamps in my room weren't working. The time before that, the previous guests towels were left in the room - along with fresh ones. My latest room had a shabby Lino floor and heavily chipped and damaged work desk. This is an awesome hotel in a great location. Just be prepared to tolerate it's many charms.
"Worst hotel in Canberra"
01/05/14 MikeDP London
How this hotel got a 4 star rating is a joke. The reception staff was rude and arrogant. Ask to change room due to aircon been broken and told not possible. Had to phone lastminute and get a refund to move to another hotel. The hotel is a hole, how it is allowed to operate at the star rating is a joke. The rooms are old dirty and staff are rude. Stay away!!
"Cheap and Cheerful. Lovely bed!"
12/30/13 Mimi K Sydney, Australia
My partner and I stayed for 3 nights in late december. This hotel was perfectly located for all the major sites in the parliamentary triangle. Easy walking distance to Parliament House (old and new), the national archives, the portrait gallery and the national gallery. The room was nice, large and basic it included a TV, fridge and a very large and very comfortable bed! Loved the history of the place - former lodging of Ben Chifley while he was PM and old labor hangout. The hotel had a nice looking restaurant (which we didn't try) which was usually empty, we walked to Manuka and all it's shops and restaurants each evening which took about 15 mintues - if there were closer places we didn't see them but it was quite an easy stroll.
"Most ignorant receptionist I have ever met . Hi Tony."
12/25/13 sarsfieldIreland ireland
I stayed here for two nights over Christmas and the hotel is lovely and the other staff I encountered apart from Tony were courteous and very helpful . On Christmas day I returned to find that no used cups and glasses had been washed up and replaced so I called the receptionist who immediately brought replacements and said she'd report it . At check out on 26th Dec. Tony asked me if I'd had anything else from the mini-bar along with the Pringles I'd had on 24th . I said no but that I didn't expect to be billed for them when I had to demand that my room be properly serviced yesterday and that it was reported . He said and I quote verbatim , " You can just trundle along and forget about it ". I remonstrated with this rude man about the use of inappropriate language to a customer and assured him I will return in person to remonstrate with his manager whose availability he conveniently did not know but I will make it my business to find out . Tony also refused to give me his sirname for my complaint .
"Clean, comfortable (but be wary of room 160)"
12/06/13 degrassifan Australia
I've stayed at Hotel Kurrajong twice and it's actually worth the price you pay. I stayed in a single room with an ensuite, and didn't feel cramped at all. I've stayed here on the last night of my business trip, as I had to get up very early in the morning to the airport and didn't want to pay $$$ at another hotel. One time I was booked into room 160 and on first look it was quite impressive because it was large, and I think designed for wheel chair guests (although I'm not in a wheel chair). However 2 problems with the room: (1) the lights were very dim, (2) the thumping of what I believe was the laundromat on the floor above! I reported this to reception and thankfully Tony (who was polite and superb) was very helpful and moved me to another room. I can't comment on the breakfast as I had to checkout very early.
"For the price - excellent!"
12/04/13 Vess1 Sydney, Australia
I had a seminar over the weekend in Canberra. I didn't want to spend to much money on hotel, as I already spent money on a rent a car and the seminar. This hotel was at perfect location to my seminar venue, but also to the center of the city and Manuka, where are all those nice eateries. I was on my own and that single room with en-suite was sufficient for me. The room was clean, quite, overlooking the garden. It was equipped with fridge, TV, electrical coffee jug, fan on ceiling. Although summer, the night was cold, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that the central heating was working. The bed, although single, very comfortable and bedding crispy clean. Downfall was that there was no breakfast nor even a coffee because "it was a weekend"?! Regardless of I would go there again!
"I'd stay again!"
11/25/13 Nicoke Sydney, Australia
I was not expecting good things from this hotel after reading reviews. But I was pleasantly surprised! What others described as old and tired I found completely charming and full of history. Perfectly clean, comfortable, roomy (we had a heritage room with king bed plus a cot), service was fine. Short walk to Old Parliament House and gardens. We were prepared that the hotels' kitchen is closed over the weekend and were happy that this forced us to do the short drive or longish walk to Manuka's wonderful cafés and restaurants. The hotel did offer a very reasonable breakfast 'box' however for those not wanting to venture out for brekky. The only fault I could pick would be that the hot water in the shower wasn't real hot in the evening. But fine in the morning. And unlike other reviewers I parked right out the front and didn't pay for parking
11/09/13 crow4 Sydney, Australia
This was once our preferred hotel in Canberra, sadly no more. On a recent visit with overseas relatives we were embarrassed to find how much the hotel had deteriorated. No longer good value, breakfast unavailable at weekends, coffee after dinner unavailable (sorry, the espresso machine has been cleaned and switched off!). Rooms not as clean as they should be and getting a little tired. Interesting to note that a queen suite at Rydges is the same price.
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