The Best Hotels in Canberra, Australia, for Every Traveller

You’ll have unique wildlife encounters when you stay at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge
You’ll have unique wildlife encounters when you stay at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge | Courtesy of Jamala Wildlife Lodge / Expedia
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15 December 2020

It may be more than 100 years old, but Australia’s capital city of Canberra is only just finding its feet. Purposefully created as a political hub, the capital has long been bypassed by travellers for the allure of nearby Sydney. However, those in the know are keeping quiet about the city’s foodie scene, spritely nightlife, expansive vineyards and diverse wildlife for as long as they can. Read on to see the design-led gems and art deco splendours to stay in when you want in on Australia’s best-kept secret.

Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection

4.4/5 (88 Reviews)
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Set in the beating heart of Australia’s capital, Midnight Hotel is ideal for exploring the city by foot, with plenty of breweries and coffee shops just outside the door. The hotel’s moniker is fitting; once you step foot into the rooms, sleek dark hues and minimal daylight give a night-time impression. Opt for a suite if you can; you’ll get lost in its deep soak tub.

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Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (957 Reviews)
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With the National Rose Garden just across the way and Lake Burley Griffin next door, the Hyatt Hotel Canberra is perfectly placed to enjoy all of the city’s cultural offerings. Built in 1927 to house visiting politicians, the hotel has a Gatsby-esque vibe (only enhanced by its art deco trimmings). Rooms have muted hues with Italian marble bathrooms, but you’ll only retreat to them when you can pull yourself away from the lulling piano player in the Tea Lounge.

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Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Safari Lodge
4.9/5 (136 Reviews)
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There aren’t many other places where you can watch lions, bears and cheetahs from the comfort of your four-poster bed. Whether you fancy bathing next to a tiger sanctuary, gazing at your in-room shark tank or feeding a giraffe from the comfort of your hotel balcony, Jamala Wildlife Lodge has you covered. It sits inside Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium, and those who book overnight stays will receive unique experiences, such as an exclusive guided tour.

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Burbury Hotel and Apartments

Hotel, Apartment
4.2/5 (972 Reviews)
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Burbury’s unassuming façade makes way for one of Canberra’s sleekest hotels. Monochrome is the lay of the land here – expect bright white walls and gleaming black fixtures throughout the hotel’s rooms and expansive one- and two-bedroom apartments. Large windows make the space bright and airy. Be sure to make a beeline for the in-house Asian fusion restaurant, Chairman & Yip, delighting taste buds since 1992.

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Hotel Realm

4.3/5 (970 Reviews)
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The sister property to the aforementioned Burbury Hotel and Apartments, Hotel Realm is near the Parliamentary Triangle (which connects the most important political buildings in Canberra). You’ll be greeted by marble floors, gleaming from the light, and an airy, three-storey atrium above. Monochromatic rooms offer pillow menus, guaranteeing a good night’s slumber, and the basement health club features a heated lap pool, a sauna and group spin and boxing classes.

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Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

4.3/5 (962 Reviews)
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Designed in 1926 by John Smith Murdoch, the Commonwealth chief architect, who also created the Old Parliament House, Hotel Kurrajong is brimming with old-world art deco touches. Home to Australian prime minister Ben Chifley in the 1940s, it features little odes to the capital everywhere, including framed political portraits and rooms named after politicians. If you’re checking in on a Friday afternoon, be sure to stop by the Acoustic Friday session, featuring a local musician.

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  • Vibe Hotel Canberra

    Airport Hotel, Chain Hotel
    4.4/5 (939 Reviews)
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    Just 50m (164ft) from Canberra’s airport terminal and a 10-minute drive into the city centre, Vibe Hotel is a brilliant design-led option, whether you’re travelling for business or leisure. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a soaring atrium, featuring an impressive marble-clad fireplace. Rooms are smart, many with waterfall showers and separate tubs. Its in-house restaurant doubles as an airport lounge, so you won’t need to go far to relax before your flight.

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    Abode Kingston

    Chain Hotel
    4.3/5 (327 Reviews)
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    Set in trendy Kingston, just next to the political hotspot of Barton, Abode Kingston is near independent eateries and local pubs, easily reachable by foot – it’s just an eight-minute walk to the famed Old Bus Depot Markets, too. This modern aparthotel features hotel and apartment-style rooms. The latter come with kitchenettes, complete with a microwave and a hob. Bike hire is also available, which makes exploring the surrounding area even easier.

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    Little National Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    4.4/5 (968 Reviews)
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    With an exterior clad in dark metals, you might expect the gloomy façade to continue indoors, but the Little National Hotel is anything but drab. A polished lobby gives you a glimpse of the understated, intimate rooms above, where the super-king beds are the obvious stars, illuminated by the floor-to-ceiling windows. The high-pressure rain showers are a nice touch, too. Remote workers will appreciate finding a quiet nook in the library where beverage service is available. Moët & Chandon, anyone?

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    East Hotel

    4.7/5 (1083 Reviews)
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    In Canberra’s Inner South neighbourhood, East Hotel is primed for visiting local parks, swimming pools and coffee shops. Rooms here are generous, most of which have full kitchens and spa tubs, while the decor is minimalist but fun, with clashing pops of colour. Bikes are available for hire, but if you’d rather stay close by to eat, the in-house Italian restaurant, Agostinis, makes the best home-made gelato in the capital.

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