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4.3 out of 5

"Great place to stay for the weekend. Definitely be back :) " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 28 May 2023

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in the heart of Canberra awaits you at Hotel Realm. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas and Manuka Oval. Highlights at this Art Deco hotel include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an indoor swimming pool.

A pampering day can include deep-tissue massages and hot stone massages along with body wraps, body scrubs, and mani/pedis. The restaurant, Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, serves French cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the hotel's own lounge bar, you can stop for a drink. Enjoy the gym, spa tub, and sauna as well as access to aerobics classes. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a coffee shop/cafe. Cooked-to-order breakfast is available on weekdays between 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM and on weekends between 7:00 AM and 10:30 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Sights within a 15-minute walk of this Barton hotel include Lake Burley Griffin and Manuka Shopping Centre.

The Realm Canberra – modern luxury, steps from Capital Hill 

Marble floors and a striking entrance hall, contemporary décor and exquisite service are the tip of the 5-star experience at the Realm Hotel Canberra. The finest of Australian luxury welcomes you to refined elegance, aesthetically pleasing minimalism and a sedate neutral palette – a blank canvas for you to colour with your own story. 

Sensational curated moments are a natural part of your stay. Maybe you’re gathered with friends around the firepit with stunningly mixed cocktails at Ostani Bar. Maybe you’re romancing over an exquisite candlelit dinner of fresh local produce at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar. Maybe you’re treating yourself to a fabulous session at Hale Gym and Spa. Maybe you’re simply cocooned in your own wellbeing in a relaxation suite at Mudd The Spa. 

Explore Canberra’s greatest delights – the National Gallery, Parliament House and vibrant City Hill – by foot or bike. Come the end of the day, retire to what Hotel Realm calls “the most comfortable bed you’ll ever sleep on” with featherdown pillows and an escape from the world. For amazing Realm Canberra deals, enter your travel dates at Wotif. We’ll show you all the available accommodation for you to take your pick from The Realm’s stunning suites.  

Realm Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$220* Per night/room 13 Aug. - 14 Aug.

Family Room

Bed Count 2 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Two Bedroom Atrium Residence

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Realm One Bedroom Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Hotel Realm ratings based on 372 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Realm

Everyone (260) Couples (60) Business (4) Family (30)
2 out of 5
Definitely wouldn’t come back here. I waited a week before submitting this review, expecting a manger to contact me after the feedback I left on checkout. Sadly this place had potential but seems like it’s operated on a budget. We checked in and the bedroom tv wasn’t working I had to wait until their IT guy could come the next day to fix it, also found out the IT guy is there only during the week so not sure what they do on weekends to solve these issues. The room was gross I’m not clean, the inside of the microwave was disgusting and the fridge and freezer was too. No service, good luck trying to contact anyone in the late afternoon onwards, I literally had to leave my room and walk to reception to get any kind of service. The pool facility was crap, closes early and was not heated, was so freezing we couldn’t use it. Won’t be coming back here.

Posted by on 20 Jul. 2023

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1 out of 5
Phoned ahead to make sure there was a cot in the room as we were going to arrive late. Then when i arrived i triple checked the cot had been set up which i was told it was. Getting to the room there was no cot, so had to call up again to ask for one to be delivered.

Posted by on 11 Jun. 2023

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Comment from Hotel Management

21 Jun. 2023 by Matthew - Guest Service Agent

Dear Matt,Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your review. I am disappointed to hear that your stay with us was not up to standard. We will review our current processes in relation to organing our guest's requests to ensure this issue does not occur again. Please accept my apologies.We hope to see you again so we can provide you with a more accurate display of the Hotel Realm.Kindest regards,

5 out of 5
Great place to stay for the weekend. Definitely be back :)

Posted by on 28 May 2023

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21 Jun. 2023 by Matthew - Guest Service Agent

Dear Cassandra,Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your feedback, I am overjoyed to hear that your stay with us was amazing. We are looking forward to your next stay.Kindest regards,

5 out of 5
Fantastic hotel & the staff go above & beyond. Highly recommend.

Posted by on 21 May 2023

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21 Jun. 2023 by Matthew - Guest Service Agent

Dear Brendan,Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your review. I am ecstatic to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us.We hope to see you again very soon!Kindest regards,

5 out of 5

Posted by on 14 May 2023

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 23 Apr. 2023

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5 out of 5
Lovely rooms and very quiet setting. Within walking distance to lake, Parliament House, galleries.

Posted by on 4 Apr. 2023

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27 Apr. 2023 by Tess

Good Morning Caroline,Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for choosing Hotel Realm. We are so delighted to see you enjoyed our lovely rooms and quiet setting. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back soon for another great stay!Kind Regards,Tess McLaughlinAssistant Front Office Manager

5 out of 5
The rooms we had were great . The k cups were great

Posted by on 12 Mar. 2023

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19 Mar. 2023 by Nishq

Good Evening Joanne,Thank you for taking the time to share feedback from your stay with us. I am delighted to read that the rooms meet your expectations and you were met with the great service we strive to deliver. I can't wait to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another great stay!Kind Regards,Nishq

5 out of 5

Posted by on 8 Feb. 2023

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2 out of 5
We stayed at a 1-bedroom room. The reason we booked this hotel as opposed to others was because of undercover EV charging facilities. There are two Tesla chargers and one of them was out of commission. The other one was hogged by a car for more than 8hrs. The restaurant options are quite limited as there are two, not four, restaurants on site. One of them was closed for renovations. There is no ‘pool’ in fact there is a pool in the health club that: - Closes at 5:30pm on Saturday; and - Requires a booking to be made. Went at 7 on Sat, the lady on the reception saw us going there but couldn’t be bothered to say the pool is closed. When we asked her she said it’s closed. Next day went at 10 in the morning and was told you need a booking. Would’ve been nice if the lady told us about it the day before. No one mentioned it at the check-in. Checked in around 11pm (hotel claims 24/7 check in) but the Parking doors were closed. Called up and no one picked up the phone for 10 minutes so had to walk up only to be told no calls came through. Overall, not value for money. I’d spend the same somewhere else.

Posted by on 30 Jan. 2023

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Comment from Hotel Management

14 Feb. 2023 by Tess

Good Afternoon Umair,Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback is important to us, especially regarding areas of improvement. I am disappointed to hear about your experience with the EV charges. Unfortunately, these are not operated by us and are subject to availability, For the future, there are also Evo charges on the road that can also be used for your convenience. I apologize the restaurants and pool did not suit your needs on this occasion, all the opening hours can be found on our website and in your confirmation letter. I hope to welcome you back and have the opportunity to show you a true representation of Doma Hotels.

Property Features

Hotel Realm offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. Along with a restaurant and a coffee shop/cafe, there's a snack bar/deli on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. Event space at this hotel measures 7427 square feet (690 square meters) and includes a conference center. A spa tub, a sauna, and a terrace are also featured at the luxury Hotel Realm. For a fee, parking is available. This Art Deco Canberra hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 163 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 7427 sq ft of conference space
  • 690 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2010
  • Deli
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Conference center
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Dining venue


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired internet , Wireless internet access

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Long-term parking (surcharge) , Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Train station: Kingston Canberra Station (2.8 km / 1.7 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking, self parking, and extended parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Realm offers 163 accommodations with iPads and minibars. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. This Canberra hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, with a WiFi speed of 250+ Mbps (good for 3–5 people or up to 10 devices). Bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and safes. In-room massages and change of towels can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Minibar
  • iPad
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Espresso maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Luxury bedding
  • Pillow options
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste available
  • Change of towels (on request)

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM and on weekends from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar - This restaurant specializes in French cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are required.

Chairman & Yip - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are required. Open select days.

Maple + Clove Wholefoods - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and light fare. Open daily.

Lilotang - This restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are required. Open select days.

Ostani Bar - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Late night fare is available from 24-hour room service.

Spa Services

  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Number of treatment rooms 4
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body scrubs
  • Mud bath in spa
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Massages
  • Minimum age to access spa is 16
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 8:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Travel history and/or health declaration. Customers may be requested by the property to provide documentation of recent travel history (such as showing passport immigration stamps) and/or complete a health declaration.

Guests arriving after 8:00 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 40.0 per day.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB International, and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • Security system
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Property does not offer on-site COVID-19 testing
  • Property does not require health documentation at check-in


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: approximately AUD 35–35 for adults, and AUD 15–35 for children
  • Self parking fee: AUD 15.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: AUD 20 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Extended parking fee: AUD 15 per night
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 40.0 per day
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of AUD 1.5

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Realm Barton
  • Realm Barton
  • Hotel Realm Hotel
  • Hotel Realm Barton
  • Hotel Realm Hotel Barton

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian Star Ratings Agency, Star Ratings Australia.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.