Novotel Canberra

Novotel Canberra
Novotel Canberra

So I’ve got this friend right and whenever he stays in a hotel, one of international standard, the first thing he does is order a club sandwich from room service.

“You can tell a lot about a place by a club sandwich pet!” he’d insist with a raised eyebrow while regaling me with his latest travel adventures.

He is quite right though, the quality, the variety and the cost of food in a hotel can tell you a lot about the property, not to mention the city you are in. Recently I stayed at the Novotel Canberra – yes boring Canberra some may say – but there is seriously a lot of things to see and do and the Novotel, based in the suburb of Civic in the city centre is a great place to base yourself.

Room 111 at the Novotel Canberra
Room 111 at the Novotel Canberra
The large sitting area at the Novotel Canberra
The large sitting area at the Novotel Canberra

I was pleasantly surprised with my room, with the typical Accor European chic feeling, it was large than normal and featured a king size bed, a two seat lounge and a rather comfortable and swish looking lounge chair with matching ottoman. A flat screen T.V was situated flush to the wall opposite the bed which made it difficult to see from the the desk or lounge area. There was a desk for working and wired or WiFi internet access was available for a fee ($12.95 for 2 hours or $24.95 for 24 hours). Downstairs in the lobby, there was a business area with computers set up, although I didn’t utilise these.

Bathroom amenities at Novotel Canberra
Bathroom amenities at Novotel Canberra

The bathroom had the typical facilities and I know my friend Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella would like to know about the bathroom ‘condiments’ – there wasn’t much, but enough of the Novotel branded soaps and shampoo to get me through a couple of nights.

Drinks in ONE bar at the Canberra Novotel
Drinks in ONE bar at the Canberra Novotel

The hotel operates a bar and restaurant named ONE, and Happy Hour included reasonably priced wines and beers at AUD$6 each. I didn’t eat in the restaurant for dinner but breakfast was included in my room tariff. The hotel also has a swimming pool and gym facilities available to guests.

Breakfast at ONE Restaurant
Breakfast at ONE Restaurant

The next morning I couldn’t wait to get to the buffet breakfast and I was quite surprised with the variety. There were four separate food stations – cereals, muffins and juices on one, another with hot food choices such as sausages, bacon mini hash browns and coddled eggs, a bakery station with muffins, crumpets and a few artisan breads that could be toasted and enjoyed with a variety of jams and spreads and lastly a fruit station with fresh fruits such as cut water melon and pineapple.

Round 1 - cooked breakfast
Round 1 – cooked breakfast

Round 1 for me was the hot food and bread station. On my plate I have chicken sausages, bacon, fried potato with spinach grilled tomato and a coddled egg with an English muffin – all delish!

Round 2 - fresh fruit and muffins
Round 2 – fresh fruit and muffins

My second visit was to the fresh fruit and bread stations for a few tropical fruits, mini muffins and a croissant. Again I enjoyed everything on that plate – even if I actually snuck the muffins out and ate them later….that’s ok isn’t it?

Novotel Canberra located in Civic above the Jolimont Centre
Novotel Canberra located in Civic above the Jolimont Centre

I had a pleasant stay at the Novotel Canberra, it’s in a great spot being located above the interstate coach terminal. There are all the amenities one needs and the rooms are comfortable, although I think the internet charges are over priced – I’m a believer that WiFi should be always be included in room rates.

Oh and if you are wondering about the Club Sandwiches from room service – they have the:

“Novotel club sandwich – $20.50
bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato, chicken, swiss cheese and a fried egg with fries”

I didn’t order one though, as I said, I have a friend that orders them, but the buffet breakfast was pretty good 🙂

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One Comment Add yours

  1. LOL a friend of mine always orders a club sandwich-and she has had some weird and wonderful ones! Haha you know me too well. Toiletries are very important! 😉

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