EAST HOTEL CANBERRA
Sleek ‘Mad Men’-type sixties style and an ultra-cool vibe make this an unlikely candidate for Canberra’s most child- friendly hotel – and yet it is.
In the heart of Canberra, a five-minute walk to Lake Burley Griffin between Kingston and Manuka, two Canberra neighbourhoods known for restaurants, cafes, shopping and, in the case of Kingston, the Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday.
Sleek, six-storey complex with funky modern feel, pops of colour and an abundance of high-tech mod cons.
Very much so. As soon as you walk into the lobby the littlies will spot the jars of free lollies just waiting for a scoop into colourful little cups. Bikes for rent fit all sizes which is always a good sign. They also have kids’ scooters for hire.
Chic and child-friendly– a winning combination. With special interconnecting kids’ suites as well as oneto two- bedroom apartments available. We stayed in a one-bedroom unit with an interconnecting Kids’ Studio. My son was impressed by the age-appropriate games and snacks that had been left for him and, of course, the XBox. I loved the well thoughtout kitchen and the decent lounge space. Kids’ Studios have bunk beds, bean bags, a drawing corner and pictures of Star Wars Lego figures on skateboards. Kid-friendly with an artsy edge.
FIVE STAR KIDS VOLUME 7 2015
East seems to be a popular Fridaynight venue for Canberra’s cool set; the new Muse attracts a lively crowd. Nearby Kingston has trendy pizza joints and Thai and Japanese on offer. You can also order takeaway from downstairs and have it in the comfort of your own lounge.
Washing machines and kichens make this a practical choice .The space, the colourful decor and the thoughtful attention to what kids like (popcorn in the kids’ mini-bar, age-appropriate video games laid out) also make this a fun family place to stay. Not to mention 25 channels on the TV and a large selection of family movies at $10 a go.
Science will take on a whole new cool once the kids have visited Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. The War Memorial and its museum is a must for older children who won’t fail to be moved by these history lessons with heart. Don’t miss a cycle around Lake Burley Griffin, just a five-minute walk from the hotel, which never fails to soothe a frazzled soul. The chic, modern and buzzing Public Bar (publicbar.com.au) is also close by in bustling Manuka.