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Ovolo Nishi is one seriously sexy hotel that doesn’t take its status too seriously (hotel.qantas.com. au/ovolonishi). Staff are friendly and warm and somehow so Canberra in a hotel that feels very Melbourne or Sydney. Formerly Hotel Hotel – the Ovolo group took it over in March – the design of the five-year-old New Acton hotel has been much praised and you can see why. It’s all very cool (behold the staircase made of recycled timber) but nothing is sacrificed for comfort (to wit, the velvet sofas and soft lighting). And there are lots of welcome touches. Book with the hotel directly and receive a free continental breakfast, minibar and happy hour. You’ll have to pay for dinner at the celebrated Monster Kitchen and Bar but, trust us, it’s worth every cent.