Hotels in national capitals are invariably configured for expediency – after all most beds are slept in by politicians, lobbyists and convention delegates. So what a treat to discover Australia’s new sleek Canberra East Hotel packed with soul and clever contemporary comforts.


East Hotel LobbyWake to a golden calm dawn punctuated by a bevy of hot air balloons visible from your bespoke slumber king-bed in a Luxe One-Bedroom Apartment, then plunge into the executive spa tub before heading to the National Gallery of Australia for the latest blockbuster exhibition. Later relax over a latte in the lobby lounge – comfy sofas, more artworks, scads of eclectic magazines, free WiFi and help-yourself ice tea and lollies to make your day. Studio rooms and 1- and 2-Bedroom Apartments have balconies, compact gourmet-facility kitchens and laundry, colourful modern furniture, bold photographic images, Nespresso coffee maker, bedroom TV, and a fridge suitably stocked with local wines. East (and its associated Ox Eatery) delivers intuitive hospitality that’s rare anywhere – let alone within a stroll of a nation’s parliament house. Hats off to clever creator and Canberra local, Dan Bisa and the East team!

Rates: Start at AU$180 p/night.
Contact: 69 Canberra Ave. Phone + 61 2 6295 6925 or email:

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