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Diplomat Hotel Canberra

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Loved the room , we stayed in king room with spa, The room was large and plenty of room, the spa bath was great and water pressure for shower superb. The room just had carpet laid and felt great under feet, the TV seemed small for the size of rooms

Food good and the beds great It is very nice to have hot chocolate in the rooms and very good the dinosaurs are gone. The staff are friendly but their English at times is not so good. Restaurant closes quite early & nothing else around.

Site always good value, starting to get tired but work is occurring! The breakfast area needs new furniture, I didn't find this aspect good value. The happy hour is always popular, god do with a wider selection of beers

Short stay at the Diplomat Hotel. Friendly and helpful staff. Older style yet comfortable and quirky, loved the books and cosy nooks. Enjoyed the food and room service. Hotel is getting an upgrade and a fresh coat of paint.

This hotel is central & has good food and amenities they are upgrading the rooms which will be good it has a pool , good bar area & food has improved greatly it does need some more seats around the pool,for summer

The story of our Canberra holiday turned out to be the story of our Diplomat hotel room. From the second we went inside, it occurred to us the room was stinking of carpet glue. We immediately complained but were told no suitable alternatives are available. The best Diplomat could do was provide us with a scented candle (which, granted, was nice, but which was also completely ineffective against the stench of glue). The receptionist that tried to come to our aid admitted there was so much painting going around the hotel, her sense of smell had stopped working a while ago. We complained afterwards in an email and had the pleasure of the hotel manager promptly and very politely brushing us off. He claimed they had numerous people assess the room during our stay (without us being aware of it) and also that the hotel followed industry guidelines. I am also sure that in his reply to my review here he would portray me entirely unreasonable, too, which is perfectly within his rights. I simply claim getting high on glue sniffing was not on our family's agenda when we booked a Canberra holiday, especially not a winter holiday where outside ventilation is limited. Nor is having constant headaches, for that matter. I will also note that, at the advice of Consumer Affairs, I took my complaint to the website through which my hotel booking was made. It's a pity for all manner of reasons things turned out the way they did, because Diplomat does have things going for it. The room itself was nice and effective, if we ignore the very seventies decor. And there is free parking available, though in contrast to what the hotel told us you do need to fight for your right to enjoy the privileges of the tight underground lot.

I love the Diplomat. The rooms are cozy and very comfortable, the public areas are reminiscent of an old fashioned guest house with books and magazines and comfy chairs. I get heaps of work done, I relax. For me it's perfect!

Disappointing sad it is no longer the great hotel it used to be. Been conning for 12 years and will not be returning this does not suit business travellers internet disaster very empty rooms sting paint smell the cupboards old and tattered

Wow its cold in canberra but once inside the diplomat its another world. Undoubtably the cleanest room i have ever slept in. And the open space main area is so pleaseant to relax in. Breakfast buffett was yummy

Large comfortable rooms, with plenty of area and fitted out with king size double beds.. Very helpful and polite staff. On site car parking. Good value for money. Low rise building with central atrium area.

2 Hely St. cnr. Canberra Ave. Griffith ACT

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Diplomat Hotel Canberra places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like National Gallery of Australia and Old Parliament House. This 4-star hotel has 67 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Near the airport, it's also near Parliament House and National Museum of Australia.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.


The 67 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding and pillow menus ensure a restful night. Phones, ironing boards, and desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Diplomat Hotel Canberra have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 3 meeting rooms, and a conference center.

Room options

Spa Suite King

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Twin Room, 1 Bedroom

Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Deluxe Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Twin Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 635 reviews