Canberra is hot… and we don’t mean in temperature. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, an astounding transformation has been taking place. It’s artisanal, boutique, and we want more of it. From internationally acclaimed vineyards just twenty minutes from the city to the busting gastro scene, small bars, coffee and soughdough gurus, our capital is finally rocking our worlds. This is the ultimate weekender you didn’t know existed.
Whilst Sydney barely has two design hotels to its name, Canberra is cementing its design moves with the best interior talent in the world. Hotel Hotel Canberra is the latest opening to take hotel design just one step further. Everything you touch and see is local, reused, recycled – everything has its story.
Part supper club, part hangout den with its jigsaw puzzle sharing tables this feels everything but a reception with its flickering fires, fluffy stools and cosy corners for catching up on the gossip.
Rooms are individual personalities with rendered walls, bamboo wallpaper, recycled glass coloured pendants and eucalyptus chip board cupboards. If you want the ultimate in light flooded urban edge bed pads, then grab the girls! We loved the Nishi one and two-bedder apartments complete with their own operating manual to ensure the ‘inner and outer skins’ from blinds, doors, and shading options to keep you (and the environment) at happy thermal points. A stocked Smeg fridge, Bosch kitchen, rainwater showers and full sized Aesop toiletries will stretch your kleptomaniac tendencies.
With a new restaurant by Andrew McConnell opening in June, you might consider just moving in. In the meantime, jump on a bike from reception and explore the Nishi complex and New Acton Village. Drop in at Mocan & Green Grout for open kitchen breakfasts or sink into a chaise lounge at The Parlour Wine Room. Don’t leave without an experience from A.Baker – people who personify what Canberra’s new movement is about.
Hotel Hotel Canberra
25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
02 6287 6287