Rydges Lakeside Canberra
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Last Day of work today about to start 5 weeks holiday. What to pack? Basically as little as possible as I am taking my bike and associated cycling gear. Am I fit enough? Well I am fit enough but am I as fit as I wanted to be? Wish I had learn some Italian before I went? YES! I am excited, nervous and calm all at the same time as this has been a …
On the last day of our trip, we attended the dawn service in Capital Hill. That was quite an experience for me. Very moving very solemn...it touched my heart. It wasnt that cold when we started but during the service, with a bit of the wind chill, I am pretty sure it dropped to 2-5 degrees. With just a jumper on, the number of people served as …
... on when my visa is approved. Because I can't apply for a study visa until 3 months before I have to go through the application process when I'm in Canada. Becasue of the trouble surrounding this I may be stuck in Canada for awhile waiting for my visa to be approved.
But eventually I will arrive in the UK and depending on how early I get there I could go travelling for a few weeks before heading up to Hull.
I just sent in my offical application to Hull ...
Attempted to sleep in this morning, but still woke up at 6am. Set an alarm for 8 am and rolled over.. An hr later I felt to guilty so got up. Packed up.. Again and was underway by just after 8:00. Fuel from just down the road then off to find Bernard's new house. This turned out to not be as easy as first thought. As I said: earlier I had not brought the zumo with me. But my phone does have navigation .. So punched in ...
... and that he would like to know how I am getting on. I thought that was really nice. He kinda reminded me of David Attenborough.
So anyway... When I got my luggage etc. I made my way through the airport. I was slightly nervous about meeting Michael, (My new boss man) but excited at the same time. So I went to arrivals and couldn't see him. (I told mum this, which was probably a bad move because although she seemed calm I could tell ...
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The fun started with the check-in. After a 3 hr drive the disinterested staff offered no help with my excess of luggage beyond directions for where to find a trolley, how to take it to the basement, then to go and get my car and take it to the basement and hope the trolley would still be there. I wrestled with the fact that maybe I was just turning into a grumpy old man but it got better. The airconditioning didn't work, and the west facing room was a sweatbox. After several phonecalls and some hassling for an hour I was moved to a tired but comfortable enough room with a nice view. The next day I found out that my boss, who had flown down to Canberra later, was given the same room I had rejected and had to leave the balcony door open all night which meant she ended up freezing in the middle of the night!
We booked this hotel on the basis of the reputation of the name, but would have got a better deal staying in a new motel out of the CBD a bit. The room was very tired and scruffy. We did not have a lake view despite the Lakeside name. There was no food available in the hotel apart from a seafood buffet or pricy room service, and no restaurants within easy walking distance at night. Staff were efficient and business-like, without being bery interested.
We had a very nice room at the Rydges as part of a tour in early August. Upon checking in I asked about the rates for use of the internet. The desk person was totally clueless and said I should look on the TV in our room for information.
The thing to expect when in Canberra is that the vast majority of hotels are average, and they are solidly booked throughout the year during the week. You have to understand that demand far outweighs supply with all the beauracrats flying in for the week all the time. This means that you either pay for 5 star (and at 5 star rates) or you pay less - and you certainly get less.
Disappointment would actually be less effective expression to use.
I stayed at the Lakeside with a conference group over a weekend. Having travelled from the other side of the continent, I was tired and pushed for time when I arrived, since the group was having a "welcome" seafood buffet that night and I had to shower, change etc.
My partner and I booked a standard room at the Rydges Lakeside Canberra via the internet @ $120. I later phoned the Rydges direct asking for a lake-side room and was told this would cost me an extra $30 for the upgrade. We arrived at the hotel at 1600 and was told our room wasn't ready, even though it should have been ready for us at 1400! Eventually we got our room on the twelth floor: very average, and very hot. Granted the weather in Canberra was in the high 30's but the airconditioning was not coping at all. It was unfortunate when we were told at reception that someone had thrown a drinking glass in the hotel pool and it was closed for the weekend....
If i Was looking for a good nights sleep i wouldent stay at this rydges. This place should not be rated four and a half stars-it should be two!!
Just spent 2 nights at this hotel and found it to be good value for money. I paid AU$125 a night (not including breakfast which was only AU$15) through Qantas Ready Rooms. The room faced east towards the city centre, it was large and airy, and the bathroom was clean. Although some bathroom fittings looked a bit worn (eg taps), the room had been recently painted. Hotel is a 5 minute walk to Civic and less to the lake forshore. Although its not the Hyatt (where I stayed in Feb '05 at AU$210 a night) I thought it represented good value for money. Its not a destination in itself like the Hyatt is, but I would return for value-for-money clean and comfortable accommodation.
I stayed at the Lakeside in October 2004. I got a cheap deal on one of the 16 suites ($208 bed and buffet breakfast for occupants). The suites have a queen bed in the bedroom and a full bathroom (smallish bath) and a twin sofabed in the living room which has a shower and WC bathroom of its own. The Lakeside is near the lake surrounded on the other sides by busy roads, car parks and green areas. It is not a place women would want to walk around at night on their own or in twos or threes. The nearest centre is Civic which has department stores and some cafes but is not a pleasant place (and the huge bus interchange looks dodgy and deserted at night). The hotel is dingy, shabby and run down - doesnt show the dirt because it looks dirty beigey tones. There were chips and scratches on the woodwork and plaster in the hall on my floor. My suite was on a nonsmoking floor (that I didn't want and wasn't warned about on the 3rd floor, overlooking a concrete roodtop that had weeds growing in the cracks. There was no attempt to screen this dismal outlook with planters or whatever. I felt that I had to lock the balcony doors because there was easy access from this roof area. I had booked for 2 because my sister might have needed a room but was told by reception (wrongly) that the rate didnt cover breakfast and when I showed her the confirmation, she wrote "1" beside the item without even asking if someone else would be checking in. Avoid this place and go to the Hyatt or else get recommendations for a hotel in the Manuka/Kingston area a nice residential area with good shops, cafes and restaurants.