Now, if you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in Canberra, could we recommend the Novotel?
For many children, the number one attraction of the Novotel is it’s pool, and bubbly spa.
My daughter certainly leapt joyfully into both when we visited recently.
A big plus for me was that there’s also a sauna on the poolside. A rare treat!
Another major pull of the Novotel is that it’s so very central. It’s at the end of Northbourne Avenue, right beside some great cafes and restaurants and the large Canberra Centre, great if you want to go shopping.
Everywhere you want to visit it just a quick drive or a even a walk away.
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Ms9 and myself and our good friend Susie stayed in a standard room with two double beds. There was plenty of space for us all, and a desk for me to work at my laptop too.
There weren’t any good views from the window but we could live with that as we were out and about (or in the pool) most of the time. We did love the groovy chair and foot stool by the window, excellent for chilling.
The One Restaurant at the Novotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It looks over busy Northbourne Avenue and has an urban decor that suits its location well.
We ate one dinner at One Restaurant as well. The kids menu is very good, I think. The Novotel chain does make a big effort to serve healthy meals throughout its food outlets. Well, they try… my daughter swapped the mashed potato on the menu for chips.
Parking: It took us a while to find the car park which is entered from Moore Street behind the hotel. It’s fairly small and busy and the cars are valet parked. Parking costs $20 which is very reasonable for this super central location.
Movies: There were no movies available for rent when we stayed, and that was a pity.
65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
02 6245 5000
PS As ever, I do recommend calling any hotel ahead to check that all facilities will be operational during your stay. Pools do close for maintainence sometimes.
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Happy travel planning!