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Canberra Accommodation

The nation’s capital is more than just politicians and bureaucrats; it’s a city high on design filled with thoughtful architecture, swirling roundabouts and a general gentle ease in getting around. Canberra has flourished into a city focused on arts, culture and politics and with new cultural and entertainment precincts like New Acton, Kingston Foreshore and Realm precinct springing up, it’s a planned city with purpose.

 

Canberra is developing a reputation for its festivals – the legendary Floriade, The Truffle Festival Canberra Region and Canberra Writers Festival to name a few. All year round, there are myriad of galleries, museums and attractions to keep inquisitive minds at bay, making it a great family holiday destination with plenty of things to do with kids in Canberra.

 

We’ve even curated a guide on how to spend 48 hours in Canberra as your perfect weekend itinerary.

 

In short, Canberra is now seriously cool as judged by Lonely Planet who ranked the city #3 best city to visit in 2018. Don’t’ take their word for it, you be the judge…

Where to Stay in Canberra

No matter where you lay your head after a day exploring, Canberra offers a range of accommodation from budget hotels, self-contained apartments, boutique hotels to luxury 5 start hotels. There are plenty of hotels within Canberra city to ensure you’re close to all the best attractions and monuments.

Make your base in North Canberra aka Inner North close to dining, entertainment and shopping in suburbs such as Acton, Braddon and Dickson. You’ll find great value accommodation at Adina Dickson offering apartment style accommodation just 2km from the CBD.

While South Canberra or Inner South includes suburbs such as Barton, Kingston and Yarralumla as well as the Parliamentary Triangle – a must-visit precinct on any trip to Canberra. Nearby quality accommodation includes Knightsbridge Canberra your home away from home and the heritage-listed Hotel Kurrajong.

Further afield you’ll find the satellite cities of Woden, Belconnen and Tuggeranong.

Canberra City Accommodation

Canberra city is the perfect base to explore everything Canberra has to offer from galleries, museums and attractions as well as award-winning bars and restaurants. It’s not all serious business in Canberra, have fun in the nations capital with a stay at QT Canberra with its signature blend of playful, chic décor and serious bar and dining clout. Another hotel with an eye for style is Ovolo Nishi located in the New Acton cultural arts precinct and offering all the Ovolo signature freebies. If you’re keen to linger longer in our nations capital, try Avenue Hotel for apartment style accommodation in downtown Canberra.

Belconnen Accommodation

An alternative to a city stay, Belconnen is just 20 minutes from Canberra city and Belconnen Way Hotel & Serviced Apartments offers cheap accommodation and free wifi near shopping, the local business district and sporting facilities. Belconnen is popular as an affordable stop over for travellers to the snowfields who want to bypass the CBD.

Woden Accommodation

Woden Valley is a satellite city of Canberra, just 10 minutes from Canberra’s CBD. Abode Hotel Woden offers comfortable accommodation and access to their signature Abode Pantry stocked full of tempting gourmet goodies.

Tuggeranong Accommodation

Tuggeranong is the southernmost town centre of Canberra. While predominantly residential, if you’re visiting friends and family consider bunking down at Alpha Hotel Canberra just 20 minutes to Canberra City and set against the backdrop of the beautiful Brindabella ranges. Abode Tuggeranong is a great choice for business travellers, families or sporting groups seeking affordable accommodation close to Canberra city.

Types of Accommodation in Canberra

Luxury Hotels

Canberra has seen an explosion of hip hotels hit the Canberra accommodation scene including the design led Ovolo Nishi and Hotel Realm, but if you’re looking for timeless elegance then Hyatt Hotel Canberra is for you. Luxury accommodation doesn’t get more unique than Jamala Wildlife Lodge where you can stay alongside some of the rarest animals on the planet with all the creature comforts of a luxury retreat.

Cheap Hotels

Canberra has a range of accommodation to suit every budget, including some impressive cheap hotels that won’t break the bank. Little National Canberra has been creatively designed with stylish, compact rooms complemented by luxurious communal spaces with the feel of an exclusive executive lounge. Also in the Realm Precinct is the cheap and cheerful Brassey Hotel, which boasts access to the impressive onsite Hale Gym & Spa. If you’re in transit, book Vibe Airport Hotel for affordable Canberra airport accommodation.

Family Accommodation

Canberra is the perfect choice for a family holiday with an exhaustive amount of attractions and activities right on your doorstop including the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, Cockington Green Gardens, National Museum of Australia and more! Check out the cool digs at East Hotel an apartment style hotel featuring a kids studio fitted out with bunk beds, kids’ play table, bean bags, games and more to keep even the tiniest traveller entertained.

Canberra Accommodation Deals

You’ll find great deals on a range of Canberra accommodation by booking ahead and securing advance purchase offers or conversely waiting for last minute deals if you’re game. It’s best to avoid parliamentary sitting dates as the city will be overflowing with politicians and power brokers making availability of hotel rooms scarce and hotel rates high.