Abode is the perfect place to rest your head for the night
If you are looking for an affordable abode next time you are in Canberra then look no further than the Abode Hotel in Woden. Woden may not be everyone's first choice when choosing a destination to stay in Canberra as it is about a 15 minute drive from the centre of the city. However I have found if you don't stay in the city centre you are more likely to find affordable accommodation as well as reasonably priced options for dining out when you are travelling, especially with a family. And don't worry, as there aren't that many traffic lights and loads of roundabouts, it doesn't take too long to drive to anywhere in Canberra.
From the outside the Abode looks like any other hotel, nothing very fancy just a big block of hotel rooms. But when you step inside you enter a funky and modern space that is straight out of a trendy inner city hotel. The foyer area of the Abode is home to the reception desk, a guest lounge and small business centre. Immediately off that you will find The Pantry a small shop that sells all the basics that one might need when staying away from home. The hotel is in the process of developing an on site restaurant which should be ready in 2015 for guests to use.
The Abode Hotel is an apartment hotel. They offer 7 different types of studio apartments to suit most needs and budgets. The studios are fully self contained and tastefully furnished with modern amenities. There are studios available for corporate travellers, couples and families of up to 4 people. They even have a fitness studio which includes an exercise bike for those who like to keep fit whilst travelling. And here is a little tip - don't check in early! We did and we ended up on the 1st floor (all of the other apartments hadn't been serviced), so we had a nice view of the surrounding car parks. If you check in on time you will have more chance of being able to negotiate an apartment on a higher floor which will provide a much nicer view of Woden and its surrounds.
We were travelling as a family (2 adults & 2 kids) and we required accommodation for 5 nights. The Family Studio suited our needs perfectly. The studio contained a king bed as well as a set of bunk beds. Like all of the other studios at the Abode, there was a basic kitchenette including a microwave, hot plates, small fridge, dishwasher and espresso machine as well as laundry facilities and a tastefully appointed bathroom. Wifi is available throughout the hotel and as part of our package we were able to connect to it for free.
The bathroom was stocked with stylish Peter Morrissey toiletries and a large walk in shower. Towels and toiletries were replenished each day by the housekeeping staff. A big bonus with the studio was the decent amount of storage. When 4 people are sharing the one room you need to make the most of the floor space. So it was brilliant to be able to store away our luggage and other bits and bobs in one of the many cupboards provided.
Over the course of our stay we did find a couple of issues with the studio apartment. Firstly there was no where for us to sit down and eat as a family. There was only 1 occasional chair with a small coffee table as well as a chair at a desk, so it made for difficult dining when we had prepared a meal. Another issue was the ironing board - it had most definitely been made for those that are vertically challenged. Other than that we had a most comfortable stay.
If you are not a fan of cooking whilst away from home there are several restaurants with walking distance of the Abode. The Hellenic Club which is situated just across the road from the hotel, was our choice on several occasions as it was very family friendly,reasonably priced and offered 4 different dining experiences. The Abode is also within close walking distance to the lovely Woden Shopping Centre. Here you will find an excellent array of shops, department stores, supermarkets, restaurants and a cinema.
If you have driven to Canberra there is a large public car park right across from the Abode. From 8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday this is metered parking so you have to be mindful of this as there were loads of pesky parking officers patrolling trying to catch unsuspecting drivers out.
Abode Woden also has two sister properties in Canberra - one at Gungahlin in the city's north and the other in the deep south of Canberra at Tuggeranong. Both properties aim to provide the same stylish yet affordable experience as the Abode in Woden does. So if you are after some bang for your buck next time you are visiting the Nation's Capital, you should really look at making the Abode Hotel your abode for the night.