Not Your Average, Hotel Hotel

6 May 2015
Read Time: 2.0 mins

While some hotels strive to look the same, be as expected and stay within the mould, Canberra’s Hotel Hotel does the opposite, all while being subtle and intuitive.

A member of Design Hotels, one can expect a cutting edge aesthetic, but Hotel Hotel goes one step further; collaborating with designers, artists, artisans and fantasists. But what does all this collaboration equal? Amongst many things, it means the staff uniforms are made by fabric-conscious Melbourne label Kloke, the rooms are designed by a film director (who, FYI, directed film clips for Blur, Garbage and Pet Shop Boys) and the hotel features a number of curated art pieces that tell a unique story about the surrounding area.

 Hotel Hotel facade designed by March Studio (Photo credit: John Gollings)

Hotel Hotel is the brainchild of Molonglo Group, an ‘artisan focused property and creative production house’. Not your average property developer, Molonglo Group actively engaged artisans throughout every step of the hotels evolution. All 68 rooms within the hotel are dressed with salvaged and restored 20th-Century Australian furniture, original artworks, collected objects and artisan furnishings.

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When it comes to dining, Hotel Hotel’s Monster Kitchen and Bar offers a menu that strays far and wide from usual hotel fair. For breakfast, enjoy the Snowy River trout hash brown with a fried free range egg, if you’ve been out enjoying Canberra’s nightlife scene the night before, perhaps a double Berocca is in order. For a bar snack in the afternoon or evening, try the buttermilk fired quail with sriracha or 38-hour pork neck bao with cucumber kimchi. For dessert? We’re intrigued by the fig leaf ice cream.

 The firehearth nook at Monster Kitchen and Bar

There are 49 facts about why the hotel is environmentally sustainable. One being that they manage their own beehive. Another being that each room has a light sensor that turns the lights off after 20 minutes if no movement is detected – clever for all those times you’ve felt guilty when you couldn’t locate all the light switches as you’ve dashed out of your hotel room.

 Gather round in the Monster Salon Dining Room

Hotel Hotel is ‘a place for people people’, designed with the user in mind every step of the way.  Well organised travellers are rewarded: if you book 14 days before your stay, you’ll receive 10 per cent of the normal rate of your stay. If you stay two nights, you’ll get 10 per cent off regardless of when you book. Hotel Hotel also often collaborates and makes packages to suit local exhibitions and festivals.

 A meandering bathroom fitted out with Aesop bodycare

There’s an architect-designed hairdresser on the ground flood that’s stocked with Aveda products, while a cinema with eight theatres caters to film festivals and unique art-house and documentary screenings. There’s even a courtyard cinema for the summer months. There’s a gym, bike hire (and a custom Goodspeed Bicycle shop), yoga, pilates, a day spa, a library and an art gallery all within a few steps of the hotel.

 Just one of the uniquely crafts rooms at Hotel Hotel

If you’re looking for a unique event or conference space in Canberra, look no further than Hotel Hotel, with cocktail, banquet and boardroom spaces for 10 to 150 people.

To sum things up, Hotel Hotel is the kind of establishment whose Instagram account features pop-culture magic such as Vivienne Westwood eating a banana – because – #punknotposh.

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.