Canberra Hotels?

Oct 19th, 2003, 07:27 PM
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Canberra Hotels?

I was wondering if anyone has stayed at the Hotel Kurrajong or has any comments about this boutique establishment. Would like some recommendations on good hotels in Canberra. Also has anyone stayed at the Crowne Plaza and could you comment on this accommodation as well. Many Thanks. DJE
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Oct 19th, 2003, 11:09 PM
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The hyatt hotel canberra is the best place to stay in Canberra.
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Oct 21st, 2003, 02:46 AM
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Yes the Hyatt is nice - but of course expensive. Not sure whether price is a factor or not. Also location isn't right in the city (which may not matter). Crowne is nice - clean and is part of the Casino. Location right in the city. The Waldorf is also a good choice (again the city). The Novotel and James Court apartments are all good. Nothing extraordinary though.

Hope you enjoy your stay! Should be warm soon.....LOL

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Oct 21st, 2003, 04:37 PM
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Chris & John,

Thank you both for your responses. I was looking for good hotels in the city as we thought we could walk to tour city sights, etc. I will check out the Waldorf as well as the others before making a decision. DJE
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DJE, I don't know if there was anything you specifically wanted to see in Canberra City ("Civic"), but it's primarily a commercial/retail centre and is rather short on sights. Add to which our decentralised town-planning regime has denied Civic much of a "city" feel.

Civic is on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin and both the Australian War Memorial (at Campbell) and the National Museum (at Acton) are walkable from there, if 1-1.5 km sounds walkable. Telstra Tower, which offers a great 360-degree view of Canberra and surrounds, atop Black Mountain, is definitely not, unless you're an inveterate hiker.

The Kurrajong and Hyatt hotels are in or near the Parliamentary Triangle area, south of Lake Burley Griffin and bounded by the lake, Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue. They're both very convenient to Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery (Old Parliament House), the National Archives, the National Gallery, National Library and National Science and Technology Centre. As Chris7 points out, the Hyatt isn't cheap but does have an unusually low-key and pleasant atmosphere (it's an original 1920s hotel, tastefully extended). In addition the nearby Manuka shopping centre offers an excellent choice of good restaurants, cafes and shops, and has a nicer and more lively atmosphere than Civic after dark.

You could check out for activities, accommodation and so forth. Enjoy your stay.
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Oct 24th, 2003, 05:18 AM
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Thank you for the wonderful information. It gives me a better idea of the city layout and which hotel might be better suited for location. I will definitely checkout the website you mention for additional info. The parliament traingle area sounds like it might be the best place for us to stay. DJE
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DJE, you're most welcome. I might be able to be more helpful if I knew any particular interests you may have and where you're from. If you're looking for some insights into Australian history and culture the places I've mentioned will be a good start. Apart from these "national" sites there are some less publicised historical sites bearing on the early settlement of the area - but you might need a car. I'm at [email protected] if I can help further. (Disclaimer - as a resident, the only time I get to see any tourist attractions here is when friends and relatives turn up, the usual story.)

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