unless you're a career diplomat, chummy head of state or a dutiful young british royal, we reckon canberra doesn't appear on your to-do list when heading down under. but that narrow demographic is likely to multiply thanks to the newly opened hotel hotel. the property has added a cool and playful edge to the very white-collar reputation of the australian capital. an initiative by the local molonglo group - originally a supermarket and wholesale chain which diversified its operations and now aims to enhance canberra's lifestyle infrastructure - the hotel concept is based on the principles of sustainability, community, diversity, and lifestyle. hotel hotel occupies three levels of the nishi building, a striking highrise built by tokyo-based suppose design office and fender katsalidis architects from melbourne.
overlooking lake burley griffin, it's part of a bigger complex which includes residences, cafés, bars, shops and even a cinema. the hotel occupies three levels of the building, featuring 68 rooms, as well as 31 apartments. a grand staircase, made from re-used and salvaged timbers, leads up to the space that's more reminiscent of a welcoming living room than a hotel lobby. hotel hotel's public spaces are high on style and created with humble materials, while bespoke furniture pieces, carefully chosen artworks, and collected objects are featured in all of the rooms and and hotel apartments. rooms come in four categories: the cosy room, the original room, the creative room and the meandering room, all boasting appealing contemporary design and the amenities modern travellers expect.
the so-called design icon apartments come in five different options, and are spread across different buildings within the complex. needless to say the design and feel of these abodes matches the high standard of the hotel rooms. hotel hotel's hospitality concept is a holistic one, and as such it offers plenty of opportunities to relax and play. the hotel lobby is the property's beating heart and it's here where a number of buzzing social spaces and venues are clustered. the sleek bar + lounge is open from early in the morning until late in the evening. the bar is stocked with australian wines and distillations, and in line with the hotel's principles, chef sean mcconnell serves tasty seasonal dishes made with local produce. a great place for entertainment, it regularly hosts music gigs by artists from across the country.
and if you really must conduct some business, hotel hotel quite readily accommodates with a number of suitable venues. the fully equipped kendall lane theatre seats 35 people and is perfect for business seminars, film screenings, product launches. other facilities include the stunning nishi foyer and the mosaic room. as said, the hotel is part of a bigger complex, and a collection of interesting businesses can be found on the premises that add up to a happening vibe that's totally unique to canberra. there's močan & green grout, an ethical café which not only serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and fair trade coffee, but also sells cool goodspeed bikes. another commendable spot is a. baker, a bakery + restaurant which lists a wide variety of seasonal fare on its menu, all locally sourced. it even has a speakeasy-style bar in the basement where you can kick back until the wee little hours on weekends. location: nishi building, 25 edinburgh avenue [cbd].