Five ‘outside the box’ accommodation experiences in CBR

Posted 12 Jan 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Because laying your head down to sleep doesn’t have to be boring.

Canberra boasts accommodation options just as unique and exciting as the city itself. From the Art Deco and historical Hyatt Hotel to a heritage homestead at the foot of the Brindabellas, there’s different options for different strokes.

We believe that laying your head down to sleep doesn’t have to be boring. So, we’ve pulled together five of our favourite unique accommodation experiences in Canberra to inspire your next visit to the Capital.

Hotel Hotel

The epitome of designer cool, Hotel Hotel delivers award winning sustainability, style and sociability from its prime position within Canberra’s NewActon precinct. A place of collaborative craftsmanship conceived of and made by artists, makers, designers and fantasists, Hotel Hotel is a firm favourite for locals and travellers alike.

Its 68 rooms are elegantly dressed with salvaged and restored 20th century Australian furniture, original artworks and artisan-made furniture. The lovely locale provides a wide range of foodie options and things to see and do.

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Experience the ultimate overnight safari right here in Canberra at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, luxury accommodation with a difference at the National Zoo and Aquarium. Australia’s first all-inclusive wildlife lodge experience of its kind, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s remarkable residents. Bathe beside a bear, eat with a lion, or feed a giraffe from your own balcony.

Choose from Jungle Bungalows, Giraffe Treehouses or your own room or suite within the uShaka Lodge, and get set for a world of adventure, luxury and excitement.

Rates include afternoon tea, an exclusive afternoon tour, a three-course dinner party, drinks, then a light breakfast and another exclusive tour the following morning.

Nil Desperandum

Nil Desperandum provides visitors with an outstanding heritage homestead experience in one of the ACT’s most beautiful bush settings. Nestled beneath the mountains of Tidbinbilla, Nil Desperandum provides a perfect base for bushwalking, bird watching, stargazing, reading or just relaxation.

The rammed earth homestead comprises three rooms, a kitchen with wood stove, covered veranda, outside barbeque, a pit toilet and lighting via solar powered battery. It is available for hire for a maximum of six people per group per night for stays up to seven nights. Quality camp stretcher beds are provided.

Manhattan Apartment

Manhattan is a beautifully appointed two-bedroom apartment with ensuite. Enjoy luxuries to make your stay a memorable one for all the right reasons.

With a fabulous pool overlooking Glebe Park, a spa and gym why would you go anywhere else? A complementary bottle of wine, fruit, jams, spices and lots of little extras are included for your enjoyment. You won’t want to leave.

Find yourself in the heart of the city close to shops, casino, national convention centre, cinemas, Canberra’s best restaurants and public transport. No need to spend money on taxis as you can get everywhere on foot.

Hyatt Hotel

Fans of art deco design and 1920s glamour will want to fox trot to the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. This international self-rated 5-star heritage hotel has been restored to its former glory, bringing together luxurious accommodation and modern facilities in a heritage-inspired setting.

You’ll love the traditional furniture, perfectly manicured gardens and the good old-fashioned style and service. The glamorous drinking and dining options are a perfect complement to any stay.

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