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.

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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.

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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.

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