So good, they had to name it twice, Hotel Hotel is a good reason to visit Canberra to check out the up and coming creative suburb of New Action and to experience the collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and other creative building consultants. Hotel Hotel is located on three levels of the Nishi residential building, by Fender Katsalidis Architects, (former employers of mine) and the dream of Nectar and Johnathan Efkarpidis from the Molonglo Group.
It is a sustainable 6 green star rated ‘vertical village’ that contains within it facilities for global cinema, independent book and pop-up stores, performance and event space, gym and cafe’s, bars and a grand stair by March Studio & Oculus, assembled from salvaged timbers. The property opened late last year with has 68 rooms and 32 “design Icon” apartments with a lot of surprises you don’t normally see in a 5 star.
This is a new breed of hotel, with room designs ‘curated” by film director don Cameron, where eclectic combinations of colourful retro furniture sits against honest and rough building materials, dressed with artworks, installations and custom made object d’art. His process has been to strip back all the items usually found in a hotel room and replace them with unexpected items not usually put together. Don’s set inspiration began with the idea of an Australian shack and morphed from there on. The luxury is in the individuality of each room’s design, the quality of all things guests interact with, the surprising objects discovered and the homely and seemingly accidental nature in which it’s all combined. Bohemia, without the grunge! Oh, and the bathrooms are beautifully grey, textured and well light – a nice respite from all the colour and eclecticism.
Images from Hotel Hotel blog, DesignAddicts Platform and DNA Hotels
You might also like to explore 25Hours hotels