It was Saturday morning when I was sitting at our dining room table tapping away on the laptop when Mum’s face appeared at my front door in front of me. I was treated to a proper surprise (and I never get surprises) with an unexpected visit (with chocolate cake AND presents) and even better being told that I was to pack a bag and leave for the night with Rob for my birthday. An hour or so later we were on the highway headed south towards the Nation’s capital. And while that might not seem like the ideal location, I am here to tell you that Canberra has grown up and is now a great place to visit for a touch of culture (various museum’s and galleries to visit) a huge selection of great places to eat and drink and now with the arrival of Hotel Hotel on the scene one HOT place to stay.
You might remember that earlier in the year we took the girls for Daisy’s birthday and stayed at the amazing kid’s apartments at East Hotel which was so good with the girls and I must say when we were driving down and I was trying to guess where we were staying I was thinking that there wasn’t anywhere that would match up to that place. That was until we arrived at Hotel Hotel. I still had no idea where we were headed when we parked underground and then took the lift upstairs and we were greeted with hot interiors a go-go.
The whole place was warm, quiet and nested with an instant feeling of comfort…a cross between feeling like you had arrived at a 1970’s ski lodge, your Grandparents and Mr Brady’s den. The contrasting cements with wood, soft furnishings and interesting things to look at all around. The main reception area was around a huge modern fireplace that was cranking with couples and groups of friends sitting around having a drink on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Even the reception area was cool with wooden keyboards and mouses and chic looking staff….this was not the Canberra I was used to Toto!
We checked in and headed upstairs to our meandering room. The hallways were dark and quiet, lined with carpet and wood…and our room was spectacular. A huge winding quiet, dark and warm room filled with some great pieces: artwork, chairs, amazing cushions, and a huge stone bath that took me approximately 3 minutes to turn on. Again the place was familiar and comforting…in a cool bunker kind of way. We settled into an afternoon of reading, bathing and um, TV watching.
We headed downstairs for a cocktail before jumping in a cab and heading to Sage Restaurant for a really amazing 3 course dinner and then heading straight back to the hotel where my flu got the better of me and I collapsed into that comfy toppery hotel bed. The next morning we grabbed a quick breakfast just across the road at A Baker which served a delicious selection of local produce and amazing breads with VERY good coffee. What more could a gal ask for her birthday?
This place is really worth a look and if you can…a stay! Amazing interiors and style oozing out of every single corner – I loved it. You can find out more about the hotel on their website here.
25 Edinburgh Ave Canberra
+61 2 6287 6287 — T
Sage Restaurant & Mint Garden Bar,
Gorman House Arts Centre, Batman St, Braddon – Canberra 2612
NewActon Pavilion Unit 2, 15 Edinburgh Ave
(02) 6287 6150
Have you been to Canberra lately?
Got any good local tips for us?