Best Places to Stay for Floriade 2015
From mid-September to October, Canberra celebrates the arrival of spring with its annual Floriade festival, which sees Commonwealth Park awash with the mesmerising colours of over one million flowers. The dazzling floral event attracts up to 400,000 visitors each year, a lot of which are from interstate. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the Nation’s Capital for Floriade, or happen to be there and feel like making the event extra special with a night away, we’ve got you covered with a list of fantastic places to stay during this beautiful time of year.
NOVOTEL CANBERRA (Canberra City)
For those who like their hotels spacious, modern and light - look no further than Novotel! This hotel offers 4.5 star accommodation right in the heart of the city and is especially good for those who like to maintain their health and fitness when away. It provides healthy menu options, a heated pool and complimentary yoga mat and channel. Guests can admire the stunning view of Lake Burley Griffin as they take the 20 minute walk to Commonwealth Park.
MONTEREY APARTMENTS (Reid)
For those who just want clean, comfortable basics and aren’t too fussed about all the fancy trimmings of a hotel, then the Monterey Apartments are ideal. They’re located just a five minute drive away from Floriade, next to the beautiful Glebe Park. These one or two bedroom apartments are tastefully furnished and offer all the important basics you’ll need for a few nights in town such as Wi-Fi, heating and a laundry.
QT CANBERRA (Canberra City)
For those who want to enjoy a slice of Canberra’s night life whilst in town for Floriade, then QT is for you. The trendy lakeside venue is only a 15 minute walk from the festival and features innovative designs with a signature artistic flair. QT’s sleek bar and restaurant are right at your doorstep and rooms are decorated with eclectic, modern pieces. This quirky yet luxurious hotel is perfect for those with a sophisticated edge.
CANBERRA CITY YHA (Canberra City)
If you’re on a tight budget but don’t want to miss out on all the floral festivities, why not stay at the YHA Canberra? Located in the heart of the city and just a 15 minute walk from Commonwealth Park, the clean, modern hostel offers an indoor pool/sauna, free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen amongst other things. The YHA offers competitive rates, with twin-share, multi-share, ensuite or family rooms available.
HYATT HOTEL (Yarralumla)
For a touch of 1920’s glamour, book a room at the Hyatt and enjoy the fabulous art deco design, manicured lawns and traditional furniture. This luxurious, heritage inspired hotel offers stunning garden and park views and is the perfect blend of old world charm and new world technology. Better still, it’s only a five minute drive to the Floriade parklands.
UNIVERSITY HOUSE (Acton)
This quintessential 1950s art décor heritage building used to be restricted primarily to students and passing academics, however it is now open to the public. University House provides a pleasant, tranquil setting, with a beautiful, leafy courtyard at its centre. Apartments are light, comfortable and spacious and are perfect for groups of friends or families. Floriade is less than 20 minutes away on foot.
HOTEL HOTEL (Canberra City)
Just 15 minutes from Floriade, this fantastic lakeside hotel is truly one of a kind. An artistic collaboration between various artists, designers and creatives, the result is an eclectic building filled with intricate textures, patterns and artworks. Rooms are filled with an array of various colours and building materials such as wood, concrete and plush or woven carpets and the overall effect is magnificent. Make your Floriade experience even more extraordinary at Hotel Hotel.
CROWNE PLAZA (Canberra City)
The Crown Plaza is the ultimate in convenience during Floriade due to its fantastic location- less than a 15 minute walk from Commonwealth Park! With modern, comfortable rooms and tasteful décor, this stylish hotel offers a large range of facilities such as a fitness centre, free internet, pools and a fantastic selection of dining options. Enjoy all the magnificence of Floriade practically on your doorstep at the Crown Plaza.
CANBERRA EXECUTIVE APARTMENT HOTEL (Canberra City)
If you’re coming to visit Floriade with the whole family, then the Canberra Executive Apartments offer great value with their comfortable and convenient accommodation. Rooms are basic yet they offer all the important necessities such as heating and Wi-Fi. The Apartments offer a series of packages and deals as well, which can cut the cost of your stay. Better still, all of Canberra’s most popular attractions are only a 15-20 minute walk away!
BREAKFREE CAPITAL HOTEL (Canberra City)
Just on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, this central hotel offers fantastic panoramic views of the Nation’s Capital. Perfect for those who have never visited Canberra before, rooms are provided with fantastic views of Parliament House, Black Mountain and the Brindabella Ranges, with a beautiful display of the twinkling city lights at night. Conveniently located just a 15 minute walk from Floriade, guests can come and go as they please.
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