Crowne Plaza Hotel Canberra
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... like I’ve
Forrest Gump-ed my way through life so far. Not being particularly good at anything.
Being just good enough at a few things for people to let me continue at them
I don’t feel successful as much as… lucky.
I think it’s also that I don’t measure my success by rising
the ranks at work or conquering a new corner of the globe. As I watch
increasing numbers of friends find love, settle down and ...
It was not supposed to be the year my dad died.
Just days into "my year", what we thought was a short hospital stay and a course of antibiotics became an almost two-week nightmare of tubes, wires and long hours in the ICU. My dad hopefully unaware of it all, being in a coma.
I held my dad's hand while he died.
The memory of those last minutes stays with me. That I ...
... up to Parliament House on just managed to jump on one of the free guided tours that takes you around the government building. It was interesting learning about the history of Australia (all be it a short one) and the government system that they have in place. Canberra was actually built in the 1900s from scratch and people were moved in once it was built. This was because they couldn’t decide whether the ...
... perch so with a little bit of research behind me and my fingers crossed I had a few casts. I only managed one small but very hungry redfin, the lure it took was just under half the length of the fish. No wonder they are a noxious species. They're good tucker but this one was too small to bother with so it was necked and dropped back into the water to feed the yabbies.
The next day we were off to Parliament House. We thought we'd have a ...
... biggest, most developed and most vivid city in all of Australia (which at the time was definitely true). So to avoid a fight and disappointment of one city, the decision was made to build a new capital city somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney. It was even stated that the capital had to be a certain distance away from Sydney :-).
After some months of searching for a good place the government chose the mountaineous region about 300 km southwest ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Hotel Canberra
Moved to this hotel after a diasterous first night at an awful motel... Hotel is basically quite nice. Architecturally bland, modern block from the outside but indoors there's an impressive 8-storey atrium area housing reception and the restuarant, with bedroom corridors overlooking. Quite nice decor - typical 4* hotel variety. I think this hotel has been around for a while, maybe in another guise - for instance the bedrooms and furniture certainly weren't as modern/new as you would expect from the outside; they've just been upgraded a little.
Do NOT stay here!
Like the other reviews, i was fooled by the rating of this hotel. I have stayed at 3 star hotels which were much better in terms of comfort, cleaniness, service, rooms, breakfast - well everything really.
We stayed there only one night, and in that time the following happened
* Buffet breakfast was absolutely terrible, food was substandard, not fresh, lack of variety and i would have preferred a Mcdonalds breakfast!
* Two strangers walked into our hotel rooms WITH ACCESS CARDS. When we called reception to complain they were rude and no reason was given except that it was "busy" that night. I have emailed a complaint to the hotel. To this date no explanation offered.
Overall, just dont stay there!
Next to a building site - noisy
I paid over $300 Australia Dollars per night to have a suite with "park views".
I got "building site" views and woken up by cement mixers and construction site traffic at 7.00am
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza during the Labour Day long weekend to visit the Floriade. Convenient location as we were walking distance to the Floriade and shops (though not much was open during this long weekend). I kept the car in the free parking provided under the hotel.
Great stay at crowne plaza
we had a great stay at canberra crowne plaza, very clean & tidy, great service, great location, very convenient if you are attending a concert at the royal theatre nearby.. would stay again...
Hotel was fabulous! From the staff, to the funky bar to the best breakfast and the comfortable rooms! They made our anniversary a most memorable and enjoyable experience!
Incompetent from reservations to front desk to house keeping. Lost luggage, ignoring 'DND' signs and no follow through on complaints. Avoid this hotel like the plague.
Not a 4 star
Stayed there this week for 3 nights.
I would give the foyer appearance and staff full marks for meeting expectations.
The restaurant served a poor buffet breakfast. Cooked food, such as mushrooms, bacon, and tomatoes were smothered in oil and tasted bad.
The room was well furnished but the bathroom had chipped tiles and the toilet did not flush correctly.
The room was not vacuumed at all during my stay, and there were glass shards in the carpet outside my room. These were present for the three days while I was there.
This Hotel would earn its stars if the room maintenance was done, and the cleaning staff got a boot up the backside!
I stayed here recently for work, got a good standby rate and thought, well it's 5 stars so it must be pretty good! It was extremely average and quite disappointing. My room smelled of cigarette smoke and the bathroom needed a bit of attention - cracked and discoloured tiles etc. The bed was comfy though and the doona added a nice homely touch. On checking out, I was ignored by one of the desk staff and not served in turn, and a week later, I realised they had double charged me! Perhaps if you were to pay full price you'd get a beautiful room and decent service...
Ok - many people think Canberra is not the most exciting of places, but I personally love it. If you think of Washington DC, it's kind of the Australian version. I was there in late September/early October when they have the Floride Flower Festival - absolutely beautiful flower show.Canberra is a strange city - no one city centre. There are a number of satellite cities. However, the main area is Braddon and this hotel is slap bang in the middle of it. Everything in the main centre of Canberra is walkable from here. There is free underground parking too.The only casino in Canberra is attached to this hotel (but not in a Las Vegas kind of way - a lot more discrete). Also the fantastic art house cinema - Electric Shadows - is 1 minute across the road.The hotel itself is solid 4 star. Rooms are clean and spacious. Also if you get a deal involving a full breakfast, it is fantastic here.If you are looking for a slightly less conveniently located 5 star, try the historic Hyatt hotel, but for sheer location, I don't think you can beat this one.