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: experience@easthotel.com.au

Jane Adams

Jane Adams

Jane is an award-winning food and travel writer based in Sydney, and chair of the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association. Her perambulations of plate and place have appeared for over 20 years in publications including Gourmet Traveller, Cuisine, Qantas magazine and Selector. She has a passion for farmers’ markets, local food and old Asian teapots.
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