The Canberra accommodation market is heavily weighted towards the corporate market. Although many tourists do visit Canberra, the largest part of the market defiantly relates to Canberra being Australia’s seat of federal government and the influx of visitors relates to that market rather than tourism. The Canberra accommodation providers are mostly confined to the hotel and motel market and cater for short term stays.
When you come into Canberra by road from Sydney, the main highway entering the city becomes Northbourne Avenue which leads to the main Civic centre. Along this road, on both sides are many excellent accommodation options. They are conveniently located for visitors wanting to have business meetings with either commerce or industry. There is a great selection of both hotel and motel accommodation to be found here. The Civic centre is bordered on one side by Lake Burleigh Griffin and on the western side by the Australian national botanical gardens. This is a very pleasant place to stay that is within walking distance of the main commercial areas as well as being close to many cafes and restaurants on the lake front. The great bulk of corporate visitors to Canberra will stay in this region.
Canberra also has several satellite cities that have large commercial areas. These are Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Queanbeyan and Woden. In all of these regions, you can find excellent motel or hotel style accommodation that is also very close to the commercial centre. Throughout Canberra, you will find many hotels and motels that are operated by the major accommodation groups. Accor hotels is well represented with hotel accommodation at all levels. There is a large Formulae 1 motel, an Ibis hotel as well as top of the range Novotel resort hotel. Rydges hotels, Crowne plaza, Country Comfort and Quality hotels are all represented here. If you need apartment style accommodation for a longer stay you should choose either Breakfree Capital Towers or Mantra on Northbourne.
If you are coming to Canberra when Federal parliament is sitting, it is wise to make your accommodation arrangements in Canberra as early as you possibly can.