East Hotel Canberra review

Traveller: Samantha Rowntree
Room: Luxe One Bedroom Apartment
Address: 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston, Canberra, 2604
Date: September, 2023
Price range: from $280
Best for: families, groups, couples, and longer stays

Location

East Hotel is located in the heart of Kingston, south of Canberra. It’s a convenient 10-minute drive to the CBD and places like the National Art Gallery, Questacon, and Canberra Glassworks. It’s also just a 15-minute drive to the airport.

Within a short walk, you can find…

Nearby Manuka and Kingston is one of Canberra’s oldest dining and shopping precincts. The streets are dotted with heritage-listed buildings. The hotel is right next door to Manuka Oval, which hosts AFL in winter and cricket in the summer. In need of anything on the go, you have a range of things only a five-minute walk, such as the local cafes and shops.

The room

There are eight room options spanning from studio to luxe two-bedroom apartments. My particular room is the Luxe Apartment with a generous 67msq floor space. It is a super spacious room with a large balcony and modern furnishings and art.

The kitchen is well equipped with all the necessities at home, like an oven, two-burner hot plate, refrigerator, pod coffee machine, dishwasher and even a laundry area. The bedroom has a king-size bed, an entire wardrobe, and a Chromecast TV. There are blackout blinds, so a good night’s sleep is a given.

East Hotel Canberra
From studio to luxe two-bedroom apartments © East Hotel

The family factor

Offering interconnecting family apartments, parents can bask in a spacious hotel room. The 63msq East Apartment has a separate living room, bedroom, bathroom, balcony, kitchen and laundry. In the next room is the kid’s studio apartment, which holds a set of bunk beds, a play table, bean bags, and not to mention the Xbox One for all the gaming kids. Each apartment type has a kitchen, laundry, and a separate living room from the bedroom, so perfect for families.

Agostinis restaurant also welcomes little ones with a family-friendly atmosphere. And offers stencils to keep the kids occupied and a food menu that caters to all tastes.

Kids Cubby
Kids Cubby © East Hotel

Beyond the rooms

East Hotel offers three dining options on the lobby level: Agostinis, Joe’s Bar and Muse. All are different in style. Muse serves breakfast seven days a week and lunch Wednesday to Saturday. As an added touch, staff carefully pick new and second-hand books that you can purchase to read while you indulge in your dish.

Joe's Bar
Joe’s Bar © East Hotel

Joe’s Bar, a meeting place for the night dwellers, is open Tuesday to Saturday. Enjoy good music and even better drinks. The bar staff are super friendly and accommodating, even if your cocktail of choice is outside the menu.

Agostonis is a local favourite, a warm and friendly Italian restaurant open daily. It’s pumping on weekends, and the pizza and pasta dishes are worth experiencing on your visit. You can read a more in-depth piece on the restaurants here.

The hotel also also has a small but mighty gym on level three.

Lobby
Lobby
Enjoy an Espresso Martini at Joe's Bar
Espresso Martini at Joe’s Bar

Amenity game

You’ll find Australian-owned Appelles Apothecary & Lab amenities in the bathroom. The products contain Australian essential oil blends and powerful vitamins. And if you’re a fan of what you’re using, you can even buy them in the lobby.

Insiders’ tips

Before booking, check out the hotel stay packages, as these change seasonally. They can include drinks at Joe’s Bar, lunch at Agositinis Lark Hill, a cheeky wine tasting if it’s just your and your partner, or gelato for the whole family.

Australia coronavirus restrictions: National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Australia – Ramingining artists: The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88

Stepping out

The great thing about Canberra is that everything is within a 15 to 20-minute drive. It has 12 cultural attractions, museums, and galleries. Including the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, and the Royal Australian Mint.

For fresh air, Canberra has plenty of walking trails like Mount Ainsley or Black Mountain. The National Arboretum has stunning panoramic views with over 44,000 rare and endangered trees.

Further afield (about a 30 to 35-minute drive), you’ll find 40 wineries making bottles of Sangiovese, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, and Tempranillo.

If only…

There was a pool. Canberra was un-seasonally warm when we visited. A dip before (or after) dinner would have really topped things off.

V&T expert rating 
8.5/10

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