I stayed at East Hotel recently for a few weeks on a work trip and it easily became my home away from home.
The first thing I felt when entering East Hotel was warm and fuzzy. The fireplace in the lobby was crackling away and guests were comfortably lounging in the sitting area reading the magazines/newspapers on offer. Check-in was smooth and friendly and the front desk attendant was more than happy to share with me some information about the hotel. Two very cool fixie bikes are placed near the entrance of the hotel which guests can use free of charge when they feel like a leisurely bike ride around the nearby parks and Lake Burley Griffin.
My room wasn’t so much of a room but more an oversized apartment. I could still smell the freshness of the room and its furnishings (hotel only opened mid-2012). I had a one bedroom East Apartment which was generous in size and had an excellent floor layout, the bedroom connected to the bathroom which connected to the fully equipped kitchen.
Key features included the Nespresso machine in my kitchen was the perfect feature for a room of this quality and style. The hotel also uses an environmentally friendly brand of bath/shower products called ‘Sprout Out’ which is a pleasing change from the normal in house cheap stuff that even five-star hotels continue to stock.
During my time in Canberra I had a few friends come to visit and I was comfortably able to host and entertain in the apartment. The large lounge area with bright, cheerful art deco features made for a perfect spot to host drinks and nibbles.
I was surprised at how close the hotel is to both the Kingston and Manuka villages – both only a 5 minute walk from the property. Other notable features of the property includes the fully-equipped gymnasium and the restaurant OX (which I noticed was pretty much burgeoning with locals and guests alike, practically every night of the week).
Definitely worth checking out, and I hope to be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated between the vibrant hubs of Kingston and Manuka, EAST will be the ultimate location for your visit to the Australia's capital. At EAST you will experience all the services you would expect from a premium hotel, whilst feeling completely at home in the well-appointed accommodation. EAST's one and two bedroom apartments and studios provide the utmost in comfort, style and convenience. If you are on the road with your kids, we have thought of you too with our specially designed kids studio complete with bunk beds, bean bags, video games and even a kid-appropriate mini bar!Each room has a gourmet kitchen with cool appliances including Nespresso coffee machines! Comfort and convenience is all good and well but we also have all the technology you need with 42-in LED televisions (the one bedroom apartments also have a 32-in TV in the bedroom!), FOXTEL, in-house movies, wireless broadband and ipod/ipad docking stations. Rooms are also fitted with double glazed windows, a work desk, dining table and chairs, a 2 burner stove top, extensive cooking utensils crockery and cutlery, microwave, oven*, dishwasher*, balconies* and washing machine/dryers*.* some exclusions for studios ... more less
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