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A jar of Jaffas in the minibar, a specially designed “kids cubby” with bunk beds and an Xbox 360 are just a few of the playful touches that make this striking establishment (hotel.qantas.com. au/easthotel) an excellent choice for families. The hotel is home to two great eateries – Muse (ideal for breakfast and lunch) and Agostinis, an authentic Italian restaurant – and both take care of the little ones with excellent dedicated menus. The best way to see Canberra is by bike and with East’s proximity to some of the city’s top cultural sights, you’d be remiss not to grab one of its free bikes and go for a ride.