Canberra Eaglehawk Ibis Styles Hotel Family Review

If you’re visiting Canberra, or perhaps just passing through on the way to the snow, we’ve found a great family-friendly stop off for you – the Ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk hotel…

ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk

The beautiful Ibis Styles Eaglehawk swimming pool

Canberra is a great place to visit – there’s so many things for families to do! You can visit Floriade, Parliament House, the Canberra Zoo, National Museum, War Memorial, Questacon Science Museum, the Mint, Australian National Botanic Gardens and tons of great children’s adventure parks – you name it – you’re family is not going to be bored in Canberra!

The Ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk hotel is set back from the highway

The Ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk hotel is set back from the highway

However finding family-friendly budget accommodation in Canberra where you don’t have to go miles off the beaten path is not so easy. The ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk motel is conveniently located close to the main entrance to Canberra from Sydney, yet is set back far enough off the Federal Highway to be very quiet and peaceful. This makes it a perfect Canberra base.

The large reception area has welcoming, elegant seating

The large reception area has welcoming, elegant seating

The airport is only ten minutes drive away, as is the Canberra Civic city shopping centre and Floriade, plus most of the museums are no more than 15 minutes away. The best thing about staying at ibis Styles Canberra, is that you’re not staying in noisy Canberra suburbia, but a peaceful bushland setting.

The ibis Styles is surrounded with beautiful native gardens and wildlife

The ibis Styles is surrounded with beautiful native gardens and wildlife

Set in beautiful native bush gardens, the Canberra ibis hotel comes complete with visiting locals – colourful parrots feast on native flowering trees everywhere, plump rabbits graze the lawns, and even kangaroos drop by here! It’s an Australian flora and fauna delight.

The kids loved exploring the walkways through the gorgeous gardens

The kids loved exploring the walkways through the gorgeous gardens

The rooms are scattered about in brick units - this gives an air of seclusion and privacy

The rooms are scattered about in brick units – this gives an air of seclusion and privacy

There are several attractive colonial-style brick units scattered amongst the rambling gardens. With 151 rooms suited to all budgets, there’s plenty of accommodation available here, yet it doesn’t feel large or crowded thanks to the secluded bushland and gardens.

There are excellent conference facilities here too, making this Canberra hotel is perfect for the business traveller.

The kids can burn off their extra road-trip energy on the playground equipment and lawns

The kids can burn off their extra road-trip energy on the playground equipment and lawns

With a large resort-style swimming pool, gym, tennis court, children’s playground, bar & lounge, restaurant and outdoor areas, plus the convenience of a guest’s laundry, this hotel has a lot to offer family travellers who have just completed a long drive. The whole complex has a distinct luxury resort feel to it, and is a great rest and recovery-stop!

Accommodation options for families

Our room was spacious, with everything needed to recharge a weary traveller!

Our room was spacious, with everything needed to recharge a weary traveller!

We stayed in a spacious, well-appointed family deluxe room, priced at a very budget-savvy $144 per night. But there is also the super-roomy family suite available if you want to self-cater with a kitchenette – or just have the kids in their own room! You can see our video of a family suite here

The bathroom was modern with a great shower!

The bathroom was modern with a great shower!

Our family deluxe room was well equipped with two comfortable queen beds, bed side tables, large wardrobes, cabinet, large mirror and  desk. Everything was pristine – neat and clean. The beds were comfortable, the shower hot and strong, and everything worked as it should. There are plenty of lights, lamps and power points, plus a glass-topped desk for the business traveller.

There was a good-sized modern bathroom complete with a hairdryer and bathroom accessories such as shower gel, soap, shampoo, etc. – which meant we had all the essentials we needed.

The room featured a reverse-cycle air conditioner/heater (so lovely and cosy in winter!), a flat screen television with cable tv and movie options,

A great range of complimentary bathroom toiletries are supplied

A great range of complimentary bathroom toiletries are supplied

complimentary tea and coffee making facilities plus an ironing board and iron,  A bottle of Tyrrell’s wine sat on the desk as an optional stand-by for thirsty travellers!

We all slept soundly in our comfy, quiet room, and arose in the morning well-rested and hungry! Breakfast in the dining room was located at the main reception building. It was a yummy affair of a hot food buffet, cereals (including kid-friendly ones!), juices, tea, coffee, pastries, toast – you name it. We were full-up and ready for the day after such a satisfying brekkie on a cold winter’s morning.

In the evening, the restaurant serves some great options too, including children’s meals, so when you want to relax, you don’t have to go off-site searching for dinner.

There's no need to go out for dinner - the Café Munch restaurant has a great range of meals

There’s no need to go out for dinner – the Café Munch restaurant has a great range of meals

The cosy breakfast room had a hot breakfast and friendly attendants

The cosy breakfast room had a hot breakfast and friendly attendants

The cosy lounge and bar is a great place to relax

The cosy lounge and bar is a great place to relax

Friendly service

Any problems? Reception will sort it out for you!

Any problems? Reception will sort it out for you!

Wherever you go at the Canberra ibis Eaglehawk hotel, a stand-out feature is the friendly service. Staff could not have been more accommodating and welcoming to us. Any request was met promptly and with a smile – from house keeping to reception, the ibis Styles staff really do go out of their way to make you feel at home.

The resort-style swimming pool is located near the gym

The resort-style swimming pool is located near the gym

One of the main features of the ACT Ibis Styles motel is the huge outdoor swimming pool – my kids were itching to go and swim and play in it, but alas, it gets a little chilly in Canberra at this time of year (early September), so we had to agree to return in summer to try it out!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk – this is a fantastic Canberra accommodation option for travelling families!

ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk useful info

ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk
1222 Federal Highway Service Road
Sutton NSW 2620.
Phone: (02) 6241 6033
You can find out more at the official ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk website here

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*All prices are correct as at September 2016

Have you ever visited Canberra on a family holiday? What did you enjoy doing there? Tell us in the comments below…



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