It was a large spacious room we walked into, with a large king size bed, a nice lounge area with a day bed and lounge chair and also a work desk with a well thought off connectivity panel. We were pleasantly surprised as most 4 to 4.5 star hotels we have stayed at aren’t very roomy.
Our Executive King Room was filled with sun light and provided enough space for us to even lay our two large suitcases on the floor to unpack. As we were about to unpack there was a knock on the door.
It was a sweet lady from the reception downstairs with a welcome snack. A wine glass filled with M&Ms, sparking water and a lovely hand-written note from Michelle Lauder, the E-Commerce and Marketing Coordinator at the hotel. All this for connecting with them on Twitter! We thought that it was pretty darn fantastic for a hotel to embrace social media and interact with their guests on Twitter and show their genuine concern. They had provided us with suggestions and travel tips prior to our arrival making things so much easier to plan.
For example, Novotel Canberra is situated below the Jolimont Bus Terminal and when we asked for suggestions on our day trip to Sydney we were given the below advice:
“In terms of a trip to Sydney, Novotel Canberra is perfectly placed for this – Jolimont Bus Terminal is indeed located beneath the hotel. Murrays do express trips from Canberra to Sydney each hour – this would be the most convenient and economical way to travel between the cities. The trip takes around 3 hours and will drop you off at Sydney Central Station so you can travel to anywhere within Sydney with ease. The train would be less convenient in terms of timing and location of the station, so I recommend catching a Murrays bus. You can find more information and book with them here: www.murrays.com.au” – Erin Lee, Reservations Sales Agent, Novotel Canberra
With that, we managed to arrange our bus tickets to Sydney prior to arrival in Australia.
The hotel is also conveniently located a short walking distance from the Canberra Centre and restaurants. The public bus interchange is also just a 3 minute walk away. The ideal location meant we never had to rely on taxis which can be pretty expensive in Australia.
Novotel Canberra is a fantastic hotel to stay at if you’re in Canberra for their many festivals and events. We were there to sort out a few things before our big move to the city, so we didn’t have time to explore the sights as much as we would have liked. Though I did manage to find a restaurant serving a delicious bowl of Malaysian Laksa!
With one free day to explore and with a public bus timetable and map in hand, the friendly reception folk at the hotel gave us directions to get to the Nara Peace Park for the Candle Festival. They were always very eager to help. We have rarely come across hotels which such friendly staff, making our week long stay at Novotel extremely pleasurable.
The bed was comfy and gave us restful sleeps
The other half of our spacious room
Such a thoughtful gesture!
Ample of shops and restaurants near by
Wokinabox – A small restaurant near Novotel that served Malaysian cuisine
Brought a big smile on my face to have a taste of home – The Malaysian Laksa!
The Murrays bus we took to Sydney from the Jolimont Bus Terminal below Novotel Canberra
More Information: Hotel Official Website
Location: 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
How Much: Executive King Room with breakfast for approximately USD244.86 plus taxes
Positives: Large rooms, spacious bathroom, comfortable bed and best of all friendly and helpful staff
Negatives: The only thing that was a little different was that they didn’t provide complimentary drinking water in the room, so for daily consumption you would have to buy water from the grocery store from across the street
* We don’t comment on the hotel’s breakfast as we did not take the breakfast option.