4.5 out of 5

"The room was huge and nicely styled. There were a few stains on one of the sheets and some amenities missing but they were easy to order. The hotel wa ... " More

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in the heart of Barton awaits you at Hotel Realm. You'll be 1.3 km (0.8 mi) from Old Parliament House and 1.6 km (1 mi) from National Gallery of Australia. Highlights at this romantic hotel include 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor swimming pool.

Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels are featured in all 163 individually decorated rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. Dining in is an option with 24-hour room service, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches to enhance your stay include bathrobes and slippers, while premium linens invite a good night's rest. Espresso makers, free newspapers, and in-room massages are also available.

A relaxing visit to Mudd The Spa can include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, and mani/pedis along with access to the mud bath and sauna. The restaurant, Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, serves French cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For a drink, you can stop by the hotel's own bar/lounge. Enjoy the fitness centre, spa tub, and sauna. Business travelers can take advantage of a conference centre, a 24-hour business centre, and meeting rooms. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and laundry facilities. Buffet breakfast is available daily between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Attractions within a 10-minute drive of this 4.5-star Capital Hill hotel include Parliament House and National Museum of Australia.

Realm Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$159 per night

Realm Suite (VIP Kids Package)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Atrium Residence

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Realm Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Hotel Realm ratings based on 1,018 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 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 (552) Couples (384) Business (12) Family (67)
5 out of 5
Pillows are to Soft but everything else was excellent

Posted by on 11 Dec 2018

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5 out of 5
We got one of the Executive suites. Very nice. Never got to see the pool as we only stayed for a weekend and it was closed in the evenings. Shame the bar also closes at 11:30pm. We also didn't get a chance to try breakfast as our schedule for the weekend was too rushed, but the coffee is great!

Posted by , from Sydney on 27 Nov 2018

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4 out of 5
Concierge staff were lovely and amazingly helpful. Room was lovely and very well presented. Would definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from Canberra on 18 Nov 2018

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4 out of 5
Have stayed before and appreciate the location and parking supplied. Only drawback was trying to book their restaurant The Buvette, well in advance for 12 people. They responded with a set menu (OK) deposit on credit card (again, OK) but then wanted us to order TEN days in advance. Are you kidding me!! Rang the Chifley Bar & Grill at the Kurrajong Hotel up the road and they were more than happy to take our reservation with NO strings attached. Realm, you can do better than this. Also, phones that they want you to use to contact reception, housekeeping etc in rooms not plugged in, therefore not charged, after checkin. Everything else fine but would have liked to eat in on our first night of a two night weekend stay with a dozen people.

Posted by , from Sydney on 16 Nov 2018

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4 out of 5
Excellent hotel. Only issue was car park. Spent a frustraing 30 minutes trying to find car park spot in the hotel car park - not my idea of relaxing on holiday. Staff was helpful, offering me free car park across the road, but that car park was also full. Not sure how to resolve as car park is Wilson public car park used by the hotel, and there was a function on at the time. However, needs to be addressed for hotel guests to avoid this situation.

Posted by on 11 Nov 2018

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2 out of 5
Standard really means minimum. No parking no breakfast. I was really disappointed with the Martini we had out on the terrace. It was lemon water - truly awful. How cheap.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 10 Nov 2018

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5 out of 5
large room, comfortable beds, every extra was catered for, very impressed

Posted by , from Grimsby on 7 Nov 2018

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 6 Nov 2018

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4 out of 5
Hotel Realm is located close to Parliament House and the Press Club. It has great facilities and easy parking and is surrounded by a lovely array of nice eating establishments, from cafe style to fine dining, all providing great food. The motel is modern and contemporary. It fits in well with its surroundings, so you need to keep an eye out for the entrance. Our room was fully equipped with a very functional kitchen and even a washing machine/dryer unit. Two amazing tv's a king size bed, verandah, dining table and couch, though not that comfortable. The bathroom had a seperate shower and soap, hairdryer and plenty of towels were supplied. The room was too warm for us and we couldn't turn down the aircon, so we left the verandah doors open. All in all pretty good with some gorgeous walks around the galleries, library, lake and old Parliament House.

Posted by , from Cooma on 31 Oct 2018

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 28 Oct 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Oct 2018 by Carlos

Thank you for the perfect score! Hope to see you again soon! Regards, Carlos

Property Features

Hotel Realm offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/cafΘ. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A 24-hour business centre and meeting rooms are available. A fitness centre, a sauna, and spa services are also featured at the luxury Hotel Realm. Parking is available for a fee. This Art Deco Barton hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 163 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 2 dining venues
  • 4 conference rooms
  • Built in 2010
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Business centre (24 hours)
  • Conference centre
  • 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
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Bellhop
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


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


  • Airport: Canberra, ACT (CBR-Canberra Intl.) (6.9 km / 4.3 mi)
  • Train station: Kingston Canberra Station (2.4 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking, self parking, and extended parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Realm offers 163 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with iPod docking stations and minibars. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels and pay-per-view films. Bathrooms include a shower, a complimentary bathrobe, complimentary slippers and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers and telephones. Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and a safe. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Minibar
  • iPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Films for purchase
  • Espresso maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

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

Chairman & Yip – This restaurant specialises in Asian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are required. Open selected days.

Maple + Clove Wholefoods – This Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and light fare. Open daily.

Lilotang – This restaurant specialises in Japanese cuisine and only serves dinner. Reservations are required. Open selected days.

Ostani Bar & Restaurant – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open daily.

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

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness centre.

Children aged under 16 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, health club, fitness facility or spa tub without adult supervision. Guests aged under 16 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, health club, fitness facility or spa tub.

Spa Services

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

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 30.0 per night.


  • No pets allowed


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

A cash deposit or credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are 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.


Optional extras

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

  • Breakfast fee: between AUD 5 and AUD 25 per person (approximately)
  • 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
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 30.0 per night
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

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

Hotel Names

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

You should know

  • 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.