Last time we stayed in Canberra we found ourselves in a serviced apartment in the suburb of Kingston which I had been given the run down on was a good place to stay for convenience as well as a selection of good cafes to eat it. The apartment was fine, just fine, and very much stuck in 1993. But it was a place to rest our heads and we were happy to check out a couple of good local spots like Silo Bakery & Cafe.
Fast forward 2 years we had a 7th birthday weekend camping trip cancelled due to wet weather and a 7 year old requesting a weekend in our Nation’s Capital to go to Questacon and Parliament House. A quick search of Trip Adviser led me to a reasonably new hotel that has opened up in the same suburb of Kingston but is very much 2014, not 1994. East Hotel.
The hotel was created to serve a gap in the market – providing stylish apartment accommodation for people who want to stay in this area, have the convenience of being in your own apartment with cooking/washing facilities but who don’t want to sacrifice style. While the rooms are apartments, the whole place is a hotel experience – guest services, gym, restaurant & bar.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom kids studio that was completely geared for a family. While Rob and I had our own adult space that was stylish, cool and filled with everything you would expect in a 5 star hotel (not to mention a completely decked out kitchen) the girls had their own space: an apartment styled for kids. Bunk bed, fun bright rugs and lego artwork on the walls and kids size chairs/tables/bean bags/melamine cups and crockery not to mention fabulous patterned cushions. A drawing table with pencils and a personalised message just for them, games, Xbox and TWO chocolates on their beds. There was Microwave popcorn in the kitchen ready to be cooked and a free movie to watch. They were quite beside themselves when they discovered it…and quite frankly so was I!
It’s pretty rare to get impressed with service and hotels these days I think….you end up paying a lot of money for not much. Sure you get the good bed and linen and block out blinds but that’s about IT. Especially when you have kids. This place made a family feel like the most important people in the place…it felt good. Sure, you are paying for that with a package costing a bit, but the extras: wine for the parents, all the things for the kids, breakfast, cool space, entry to Questcaon which can cost $70 its money well spent.
The rest of the hotel was pretty cool too: great interiors, smart use of social media, a great restaurant that serves PORK CRACKLE as a pre dinner snack, like nuts! You can imagine how happy I was…
We ate at Ox on Friday night and in Kingston on Saturday night. There were plenty of new places that had popped up since we were there last like Me and Mrs Jones and Penny University and probably a lot more that you would see if you weren’t going out to dinner with your two kids at 5.30pm on a Saturday night!
Comfortable beds, a superior gin list in the bar, amazing apartments, good gym (I cannot believe this is even a factor for me to mention WHO AM I?) outstanding interiors and a sense of fun meant we had a bloody fabulous weekend. We’ll be back.
Have you stayed here? Did you love it?
Got any other great recommendations that are kid friendly/designed for kids in mind?
This is not a sponsored post…just a recommendation similar to the raving I have been doing in the playground to the School Mums today. I paid full freight for everything, didn’t mention I was a blogger, request anything or in any way make us out to be anything other than what we are: a normal family of 4 away for the weekend. I just wanted to share a great hotel experience & service. Because it was THAT good.