With Australia’s cities the quietest they’ve ever been, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels have introduced some great initiatives to entice guests back. Here are some of the best family-friendly places to stay in Canberra
1. EAST HOTEL CANBERRA
It’s unusual to find accommodation with designated kids’ rooms outside a tropical island resort, but East Hotels’ two-bedroom apartments have cubbies with bunk beds, Xbox One consoles, games, reading nooks and dress-up clothes. There are also free lollies in the lobby, and kids’ mini bars. The 140-room family-owned and operated hotel, located between the vibrant shopping and restaurant hubs of Kingston and Manuka, also offers free bikes of all sizes to explore the area. Its Italian restaurant, Agostinis, has a kids’ menu including pizza or pasta, gelato and a soft drink for $20.
2. CANBERRA CITY YHA
Located in the centre of the nation’s capital, Canberra City YHA has air-conditioned family rooms with a queen bed, single bunk bed and trundle, as well as ensuite bathrooms. All linen and towels are provided, and there’s a TV & and Wi-Fi. The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen, a rooftop barbecue area with views over Civic, and a TV/games area.
3. A BY ADINA CANBERRA
This new 130-room apartment hotel is located in the mixed-use precinct of Constitution Place, on the doorstep of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle and Lake Burley Griffin. It has a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. The latter have large walk-through robes in the master bedroom that lead into the bathtub area and onto standard bathrooms, which can be sectioned off with sliding, frosted panels. It’s close to the National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, and Royal Australian Mint.