The Australian city of Canberra is known as “The Bush Capital”, but don’t let the backwards sounding name fool you. The city is a relatively new one, planned and built to be the seat of federal government at the start of the 20th Century, and has always been a forward-thinking place. It’s home to the newly-completed NewActon development, which uses the latest sustainable and energy-efficient building techniques. The NewActon Nishi is a vertical village in the precinct, celebrated for cutting-edge design and occupying a prime spot on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.
The floors of the Nishi are devoted to Hotel Hotel (so good they didn’t have to name it at all), a part of the Design Hotels family. Influenced by Japanese studio Suppose Design Office and architects Fender Katsalidis, the hotel prides itself on eco-friendly credentials, and the use of salvaged and recycled materials is a key point of interest, particularly in the public spaces. It’s a very organic place – wood, stone and natural fabrics all feature heavily in the guest rooms – and the forests and parks that gave the city it’s nickname are a welcome sight from the windows. One of the most bucolic city hotels you’re likely to find.