If you had told me in June 2011 that I would be staying at Diamant Hotel Canberra in just over a years time, I would have told you that you were dreaming.
One of Canberra’s landmarks – originally called the Hotel Acton and build to accommodate VIPs coming to town for the opening of Parliament – had been the victim of a serious fire; but after some scrubbing and minor touch-ups the hotel looked stunning as the first group of Human Brochure participants descended on the property.
And might I just say they did such a good job they are now my favourite boutique hotel in front of Edinburgh’s Hotel Indigo.
Giving off a chic luxury with a touch of warehouse-style feel – is that even a thing? – Diamant Hotel Canberra wowed me from the get go. With a simple black-and-white palette, off-set by the use of a statement colour (the red chair below in my case) in a variety of patterns and simple furnishings made of heavy metal and delicate wood, the hotel showed off it’s boutique luxury styling in every aspect.
The bed was comfortable, the quilts were light and the match lended me two nights of undisturbed sleep, with the sun shining through my curtain waking me up each morning… except the one morning when I had to be awake at 4:20am to go hot air ballooning over Canberra!
The bathrooms were a simple a fair and again reflecting the warehouse component of the hotels design. Complete with waterfall style shower head – the showers were again simple and functional. Continuing to add to the chic luxury feel with opalescent shower tiles and a more grunge feel when it came to the bathroom doors and floating sink.
One thing that did irk me was that if the water pressure was to high on the shower then you were at risk of flooding the bathroom… which I did – whoops! There is also no cupboard which, whilst not a big deal, was a little bit annoying when trying to balance towels and beauty products on the bathroom sink.
Included in the rooms and what I didn’t photograph, was a good sized Bang & Olufsen TV with Sony DVD player – perfect for the night in, as well as the option to charge your iPhones with their docks. There was also a large desk perfect for when I needed to spread out and work solidly for a few hours.
The lobby (pictured below) is warm and relaxing with plenty of space to sit, enjoy the local newspaper (free from the front desk) and unwind from your day of sightseeing. There’s also the Bicicletta Restaurant (pictured above) which offers bar and restaurant options. I didn’t get to try any of Bicicletta’s food but they were the winner of the AHA Hospitality Awards best hotel restaurant in 2012 and have received good reviews in local paper, The Canberra Times.
Located in Acton, with the Australian National University (ANU) just around the corner, there is a diverse range of food options available from high-end Italian at Mezzalira Ristorante in London Circuit to cheap and delicious Japanese-fusion at Soju Girl. It’s also a short-walk away from Lake Burnly Griffin and the parks in the area, as well as some of the cities cultural sights – including, the Australian Film & Sound Archives.
With Acton turning into quite an artistic environment in Canberra, there are plenty of markets, suitcase bazaars, art exhibitions, and other events happening on a weekly basis; and with the Diamant Hotel set right in the heart of it all it really is the perfect location to rest your head whilst making the most of the nation’s Capital.
Do you prefer boutique hotels to a hotel chain?
Diamant Hotel Canberra
15 Edinburgh Ave
Canberra, ACT 2601
Website: Diamant Hotel Canberra
Photo credit for photos 1, 5, 6 to Tripsta.