Hotel Hotel is a place of collaborative craftsmanship conceived of and made by artists, makers, designers, and fantasists. It is the brainchild of the Molonglo Group. The 68 rooms are dressed with salvaged and restored 20th century Australian furniture, original artworks stockpiled over 10 years, objects collected in nomadic times, and artisan-made furnishings. The beds are made from reclaimed oak, and the walls are a mix of concrete, cork, earthen clay, and natural fiber wallpapers. Finishing touches include Aesop amenities and heated bathroom floors.
Half of the rooms look out of their opening hardwood windows onto the lake or bush, and half onto the internal atrium populated with Tasmanian ferns. The public spaces include a library stocked with small press and vintage books, two large fireplaces for people to colonize, and the Monster kitchen and bar preoccupied with local, seasonal food.
Hotel Hotel sits in the environmentally thoughtful, pineapple shaped Nishi building within Canberra’s arts and culture precinct, NewActon.