Unique Sleeps: Little National Hotel, Canberra
Unique Sleeps: Amazing hotels hand picked by Expedia Experts. Little National Hotel, Canberra
The Little National has taken a leaf out of Dutch brand citizenM’s playbook, whose aim is to foster “affordable luxury for the people”. The result is a superbly efficient, streamlined experience that reduces overheads, allowing the Little National to focus on stylish design, excellent value and a brilliant location with zero hidden costs.
The idea that modern “mobile citizens” are interested less in superfluous frills and more in getting a great bed, excellent showers and comfortable surrounds is a reasonably new one – and the Little National is doing it better than most. As part of the adjacent Realm Precinct, guests at the Little National take advantage of all the Hotel Realm’s shared five star amenities such as health club, gymnasium, hydrotherapy spa, 25-metre indoor pool, the terrific Buvette French restaurant, Ostani Bar and more.
There are also plenty of common social spaces within the Little National that are specifically geared towards working, relaxing and socialising as little or as much as guests see fit. These include the expansive Lounge and Library on the hotel’s upper floors – both with wide views directly across to Parliament House – and are perfect illustrations of the hotel’s clever ethos. As grand public spaces with high ceilings, long shared tables, open fireplaces and modular sections easily adapted to work or play, they are in direct contrast to the compact yet expertly furnished hotel rooms.
It’s a clever trade-off, and dining is handled in much the same way; while the Little National’s rooms and public spaces have no shortage of free Nespresso coffee and T2 tea (not to mention free Wi-Fi, movies and free local phone calls), just a short stroll across the street into the Realm Precinct gives you access to the Maple + Clove wholefoods café, the European-style Ostani lounge, bar and restaurant, the LiloTang Japanese eatery, the stylish Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar and the award-winning Chairman & Yip Cantonese restaurant – a true Canberra institution in itself.
The message is clear: at the Little National, no expense is spared to spare you every expense. If there’s better value luxury to be found in the nation’s capital, we are yet to hear of it.
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