During the Easter long weekend, we brought Little J to Canberra to register his birth with the Malaysian Consulate before he turned 1 year old. I purposely chose the day before the Easter break to go so that we could stay an extra day there and still had a few days of holidays after that to recover in case the trip turned out to be a disaster. *paranoid* I will write more about our trip to the consulate in the next post, because I would like to write about our experience staying at Ibis Styles Canberra, for the night. It was actually quite a last minute decision deciding to stay overnight, simply because Little J had never slept overnight anywhere else so I was worried that he might not sleep well and keep us awake, which then defeated the purpose of staying a night there. But it would also be too tiring for us (Saucer actually) to be driving 3.5 to 4 hours each way, which meant a total of 8 hours, if we did a day trip! As if fated, there happened to be a Groupon deal for a night’s stay at Ibis Styles just a few days before we were due to leave, and I called up the hotel to check for availability before making a purchase. There were still rooms available and the deal was quite reasonable at $109 for 1 or 2 Queen beds Superior room including breakfast for 2, so I decided to go for it.
Double Queen Superior room
Given a choice of either 1 Queen beds or 2, of course we opted for the latter to have more room and for Little J to crawl on. We managed to check in a little earlier at 12pm (as opposed to hotel’s policy of 3pm) after we were done at the consulate. I had actually requested for a cot the day before, but was disappointed to see that it wasn’t there when we arrived. No matter, I informed the staff at the front desk and she said it would be set up in no time. We left for lunch and returned about 2 hours later, only to find no cot in the room still! So I went to the front desk again and upon investigation, we found out that the cot was actually set up in the wrong room! There was clearly some miscommunication regarding the room number. So we had to wait patiently for the cot to be set up again while Little J was fussing for his nap. Luckily, we managed to get him to nap quite soundly in the cot after a tiring morning for all of us.
The 2 Queen Beds
Now that the cot drama is settled, I shall proceed to talk about our experience at the hotel. Generally, the hotel staff were helpful and nice (despite the miscommunication earlier), and the room looked neat and tidy. However, Saucer mentioned that he thought the sheets felt a little dusty when he slept on the bed, giving him the impression that they were not slept on for a while. Not really sure how true that is, but he could be a little picky when it comes to tidiness. *LOL*
40 inch LCD TV, table and chairs for our takeaway food
Sorry mommy has to take pictures before you can crawl around
I loved that there’s a dining table and 2 chairs in the room, which was very useful come dinner time. You see, ever since Little J was born, we never have the chance to dine out anymore, because his bedtime is around 7.30pm. So we usually eat at home, or in this case, ordered delivery. The bathroom came with a bath tub, which was essential for me to bathe Little J. He enjoyed the bubble bath tremendously although he did appear amused with those bubbles (we usually use bath oil at home with no bubbles).
Toilet and bathroom
Bath tub and shower
As with most hotels/inns here, tooth brush and tooth paste are not provided, so make sure you bring your own. We had had enough experience of these to remember bringing our own toiletries to avoid making last minute, overpriced purchases. There was an ironing board and an iron in the closet, which were useful if you had business meetings to attend to, or if you’re like me, for emergency workaround to dry up clothes. (cue baby clothes wet from drool)
Ironing board and iron
Coffee and tea making facilities
The standard coffee and tea making facilities were available, although we did not use any of them. The kettle looked a bit too old and suspicious, so I was glad that I brought boiled water from home for Little J.
I put Little J to bed around 7.30pm as usual, and only then I realized how thin the walls were! The occupants next door must have just returned from their day out for I could hear each of them taking a shower one after another, and the sound of the shower was quite loud. It was as if the shower was just next to us! I was so worried about it waking Little J up but thankfully he managed to sleep through the noise. Still, I could hear them using the water tap every time, as well as their chatter (although I couldn’t make out what they were saying). But this really annoyed me because if the occupants next door were taking their shower or going to the bathroom late at night, we would be able to hear it as well. It was too late to do anything about it, plus if the hotel structure was built as such, there was no point changing to other rooms anyway. So we just had to live with it praying that Little J didn’t wake up every time someone used the shower or toilet next door.
Yes, now you can have the bed!
The next morning, we woke up early (thanks to Little J) and had buffet breakfast at the restaurant downstairs. The variety was quite standard for an Australian hotel – toasts, croissant, bacon, egg, beans, tomatoes, sausages, pancakes, cereal, yogurt, fruits, and the like. I thought the hash browns were gorgeous! They were crispy and fluffy even though they’re left on the serving platter in a huge volume. Usually, most hash browns would have been soggy.
Where’s my breakfast?
After the filling breakfast, we took a walk outside the hotel. It was cold and misty, as you can probably tell from the pictures below.
A walk in the morning
With Little J who’s not so little anymore
Overall, our stay at Ibis Styles Canberra was just decent. It served the purpose of being close enough to the Malaysian Consulate (about 10 minutes drive) and allowed us to rest overnight after the long drive. However, its a little away from the city centre, which limited our dining options tremendously. The closest option was at Kingston but most of the shops there were closed on Good Friday. And, as you can probably tell, I was most annoyed by those thin walls that disrupted our sleep at night. On the other hand, the hotel did have pretty good breakfast and the staff was polite and nice. And it did help that we got the room at a discounted price!
Ibis Styles Canberra
Ibis Styles Canberra
203 Goyder St,
ACT 2604 Australia
Tel No.:(02) 6295 2944