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Cool Canberra hotels for your next stay

By , March 9, 2016

Canberra has been named a top destination to visit in 2018. Need convincing?

We have the coolest Canberra hotels to prove it. With design at the core of accommodation, Canberra has revamped its old ways. We guarantee it’s not what you remember from your Year 6 trip.

There’s more to the city than politics – with a vibrant coffee scene and a flourishing arts and fashion precinct, Canberra has matured into a must-visit destination all.

QT Canberra


A city isn’t complete with the effortlessly cool QT, combining the best of business mod-cons and weekend-chic. The hotel will woo you with is power of persuasion and suave decor – fitting for the political capital of ‘Straya.

But there’s more to Canberra than pollies. Expect designer decor, dress-to-impress cocktails, and hushed conversations in the secluded QT Lounge.

Did we mention WiFi’s on the house?

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The Little National

It’s not how big it is, it’s how you useconceptualise it. The Little National is not to be judged by its size. The rooms are a petite 17 square metres, but they’re jam-packed with every ounce of luxury imaginable, all for an affordable price.

The efficient spatial planning means that the rooms don’t feel the least bit claustrophobic, with super-king sized beds positioned against the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The rooms are filled with everything to make your stay a cosy one, with complimentary movies, WiFi and T2 tea provided. Venture out to Parliament House by day, and unwind at night with the hotel’s 24-hour lounge and library.

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Hotel Hotel

You’re a deep and insightful person who delights in simple human interactions. You love the bush, big trees, and well-worn t-shirts.

Welcome to Hotel Hotel, a place curated by designers and artists. The accommodation features four types of styled rooms – the Cosy, Original, Creative and Meandering rooms. Each theme has a distinct style, ranging from low-lit, creative hideaways to spacious sanctuaries complete with deep, polished concrete bathtubs and double rain showers.

Some of the notable features of the rooms include salvaged oak beds, locally-sourced minibar items and natural clay rendered walls. Unlike many hotels, guests can freely open the windows (!) and curious types can spend their evening poring over the carefully selected artworks, objects and restored furniture in their rooms.

If you can bear to leave the sanctuary of your room, make a trip to the hotel’s own Palace Electric Cinema or book yourself a spot of Zen at one of the complimentary yoga sessions.

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Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport

The future is now, and this is arguably the swishest of all Canberra hotels. Only 50 metres from the airport terminal, practicality has never been more stylish. Enjoy sweeping views of Parliament House or allow yourself to be awestruck by the soaring atrium.

Rooms have all the essentials covered, including Nespresso machines and coffee pods, as well as USB charging and free Wifi.

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Design Icon Apartments

It’s the attention to detail that makes Design Icon Apartments one of the best hotels in Canberra. The living space comes to life with the small touches – from the lighting fixtures to the choice of artwork.

Located in NewActon precinct, the apartments is within steps of restaurants,  cafes, bars and the Palace Electric cinema. We told you there’s stuff to do in Canberra!

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East Hotel

Of all the Canberra hotels, this one is bright, colourful and textured. It’s a feast for the senses, no matter what your inner age might be.

The rooms at East Hotel are a showbag of goodies. Love the funky art on the walls (like this “bacon” bacon)? You can buy it direct from redbubble. And whether you’d rather zone out with an Xbox session or watch a movie from a selection of more than 100 in-house films, the hotel has all of your emotional needs covered. There’s even a Nespresso machine provided in every room for those who require a convenient pick-me-up.

The hotel doesn’t come without a slice of eco-luxury, of course. With locally-sourced amenities and minibar items, you’re at liberty to treat yourself – guilt free.

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Abode Hotel Woden

Make the Abode Hotel Woden your abode on your trip to the capital. The hotel provides studio accommodation, meaning that your stay will be as comfortable as possible. The self-contained rooms include fully-equipped kitchens complete with access to the Abode Pantry, so you can help yourself to a selection of food, beverages and other essentials. Laundry facilities and flat-screen televisions with Foxtel access are also at your disposal.

But this is no ordinary serviced apartment. Though the accommodation may be practical, it is by no means boring – the room remains stylish with splashes of orange and modern décor.

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Hotel Realm

Clean lines and minimalistic design encapsulate Hotel Realm. Furnished in a neutral palette of light, natural tones, the rooms are both airy and modern.

The king beds are topped with plush goose down and microfibre toppers, and the bathrooms are fitted out with Airjet showerheads and Malin+Goetz bathroom amenities – meaning you have all the luxury at your fingertips.

Complimentary newspapers are provided daily, and each room is also furnished with a Smart TV and a Nespresso machine with coffee pods for some precious down-time.

Hotel Realm is located on the footsteps of Parliament House and is within minutes of Lake Burley Griffin and night hotspots Manuka and Kingston.

Top tip: choose the Upper House Penthouse or the Lower House Penthouse to access private balcony views towards Parliament House.

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