Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Staying in Canberra in the QT

Canberra for Work

One night in Canberra for work, means I need a cheap hotel, with a good desk, and a good bar to have a working meeting with a colleague.

Avoid the Fog

With the change of seasons upon us, you don't want to be caught in early morning fog on a flight into Canberra, and miss the start of your work day, so wisely, I catch a flight down the previous day. The project doesn't really cover a nights accommodation, so it has to be cheap, but good enough to enjoy, have a good working desk, so I can do some late work, and a bar or restaurant space where I can meet and successfully complete some work with a colleague. That means space enough for a computer, quiet enough to hear a conversation, and with an alcoholic beverage or two on tap.

The QT in Canberra meets that brief.
Shop in your room - cute but useless (except for the Pringles)

Book through Qantas for a discount

While booking my flight on Qantas - I take up the accommodation option, getting $30 off a room at the hotel, taking the price down form a very reasonable AU$152, to a cheap AU$122. I know I'm going to get a basic entry room (QT Standard, queen bed, shower), but its only on night.

The makings of a Negroni, I think
Quirks are good, but oversold
The QT is a great business hotel, and an alternative to some of the more expensive options in Canberra. The room I had was snug, but more than adequate for one person. Bathroom is snug, but serviceable. The quirky decor is fun, but the 'Shop-in-your-room'  is annoying.

Queen Room - similar to the room I stayed in (QT website)

Great bar to meet and work in; well designed rooms with all you need to wash, sleep and work; nespresso machine in room.

Bedside Table

No table service in the bar, and remove the 'Shop-in-your-room' experience. Does anybody really use that set up to make a negroni?
The bar (Courtesy QT website)

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