Formerly the tired Rydges Lakeside, the QT Hotel Canberra opening was a welcome addition to the hotel scene in Canberra.
Hotel Type: Design Hotel
Room Number: 906
Room Type: Junior Suite QT Canberra
Overall, would we recommend Room 906 Junior Suite QT Canberra to our friends? YES
1. The size of the room felt… Tiny | Ample | Spacious | Palatial
2. The view from the room is of the… None | Street | District | Garden | City | Water
3. The hotel room decor is… Plain basic | Elegant luxury | Designer cool | Modern swanky
4. The size of the bathroom was… Pokey | Small | Large | Massive
5. The bath is… No bath | Small | Standard | Large | With spa
6. Bathroom amenities are… No brand | Standard | Hotel Brand | Luxury
7. Storage space in the room was… Very little | Just enough | Plentiful | Walk Ins!
8. Wi-Fi access in the room was… Not available | Pricey | Slow | FREE!
9. Noise from outside the room was… Like Central Station | Bearable | None
10. The mini-bar was… Not available | Nothing special | Everything you could want | Some items complimentary
Previously a void of soulless generic business hotels catering to politicians and business people (with the exception of the lovely Hyatt Hotel Canberra), there has recently been an influx of great, new cool hotels. The buzziest area of all is City West / New Acton neighbourhoods, where the QT Hotel Canberra and another fabulous new addition, Hotel Hotel, are located.
We booked our stay directly through the QT Canberra website, and are so glad we did, as we were able to take advantage of one of their awesome packages. We chose the Priority Guest Rewards QT Questacon Package which included a family Questacon Science and Technology Centre ticket (worth $70), and buffet breakfast for all three of us, for the normal price of the Suite alone. As we were taking our little RoomCritic with us, it was perfect and great value. Our tip is to join the loyalty club for free to access additional benefits and discounts on rates and meals.
On arrival, we were notified there was an unspecified “problem with the suite’s bathroom”, and there were no other suites available. The manager offered us two separate rooms for the price of a standard room instead and were told there was no other option. As we weren’t keen to put our 3 year old into a separate room on his own (this was actually what the manager suggested) or sleep apart on our anniversary, we very much wanted the suite we booked. After some confusion and refusal of the other option, we were eventually given our original booked room 906 Junior Suite QT Canberra. Unfortunately the way it was handled, after our four hour drive from Sydney, was a disappointing start to the weekend we were previously very excited for.
The room 906 Junior Suite QT Canberra appeared to be a suite converted from two adjoined regular rooms in the old hotel. We entered into the bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with a shower to the left and minibar and storage to the right. It contained a queen size bed and TV. Through the doorway into the next room was a fold out sofa, made into a bed for our son, tv and another small ensuite. The ensuites were compact and contained some generic soaps and some Malin + Goetz toiletries.
What we loved about room 906 Junior Suite QT Canberra: the decor was design oriented, but not over the top. The minibar was really well thought out with lots of quirky and desirable items, including the Old Fashioned Cocktail set up complete with crystal glassware. Free wifi for all our devices! The view from the balcony was mostly of the city, but actually really lovely. Plenty of power points in useful positions to charge our devices.
Not so keen: the room 906 Junior Suite QT Canberra layout wasn’t great and felt converted rather than optimally using the space. The room felt a bit shabby in places and the paint was already due for a touch up. Two ensuites are unnecessary in a room that small and a bath would have been great (and expected) in a suite. Although Brenton assures me there was storage in the room, my bags and stuff took up a corner in the sofa room, as there wasn’t a great spot out of the way in the bedroom for it.
Despite the shaky start to our stay, we really enjoyed our romantic anniversary/family getaway weekend at the QT Hotel Canberra. This was in no small part to the spectacular dinner we had at Capitol Bar and Grill on Saturday night. Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti’s menu is Italian based, includes comfort food favourites with a twist. Do not miss the Mac n Cheese with black truffle! The service was lovely, genuine and all the staff we interacted with were charming. We attended the early seating at 6.30 pm with our little guy and it was very child friendly. Somehow with the cocktails and low lighting, it also managed to be a romantic anniversary dinner too, quite a feat!
Our buffet breakfast in the Capitol Bar and Grill was included in our package. A friendly chef stood by to make omelettes to order. The selection of foods available was wonderful, fresh and delicious. I was particularly impressed that they had 63 degree Onsen eggs as one of the selections, certainly that is the first time I have seen them on a hotel buffet breakfast.
After breakfast and late check out, we packed up our car in the underground carpark and drove to Questacon for our educational science adventure.
For bookings and more information visit QT Canberra website.
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