The East Hotel
The sleek, six-storey complex is full of mod cons and Mad Men style furniture.
69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston
Phone: (02) 6295 6925
The location Canberra has never looked as prosperous as it does right now. Countless half-finished hotels and modern-looking apartment complexes line the wide streets overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. One of the new additions to our capital's cityscape is The East Hotel. Located in the heart of Canberra, it is a five-minute walk to the lake and the village of Manuka.
The place The sleek, six-storey complex is full of mod cons and Mad Men-esque colourful furniture. The self-contained apartments offer everything you need away from home: comfortable beds, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, balcony and a generously sized living room. The bedroom is separated by a glass sliding door. While the colour black features a little too heavily in the apartment, it is clearly designed for the working visitor who needs a little luxury after hours.
At the time of writing, a gym was being built, but guests had access to a neighbouring gym. The restaurant, the Ox, was only open for breakfast.
The experience With everything so new, there were a few teething troubles, such as gaining access to bikes that were offered on the website, but were not yet available. The location of the hotel, however, is perfect to get around the city and the rooms are spectacularly modern, clean and well furnished. It's expensive, but this hotel is, undoubtedly, a feather in Canberra's cap.
Don't miss A walk around Lake Burley Griffin, just a five-minute walk from the hotel, never fails to soothe a frazzled soul. The chic, modern and buzzing Public Bar (publicbar.com.au) is also close by in bustling Manuka.
Need to know
Cost: $420 a night for a double room.
Distance: 285km (3 hours' drive) south-west of Sydney.
Children: Yes, but the hotel's vibe is worker professional.
Wheelchair access: Yes.