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Best Canberra accommodation you can book in 2020

Find and compare hotels, hostels and other accommodation options for your upcoming stay in Australia's capital city. 

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Canberra Australian Parliament House illuminated at Twilight


Canberra features some of the country’s best museums, exhibitions and monuments. Perfect for a long weekend getaway or school holiday visit, in this list you will find everything from 5-star luxury accommodation to pet-friendly hotels and holiday homes.

If you’re thinking of exploring this cool cultural city, check out these conveniently located accommodation options where you can hit the hay after a long day of exploring.

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Where are the best places to stay in Canberra?

Best cheap accommodation in Canberra

You don’t have to fork out big bucks to stay in comfortable and stylish accommodation in Canberra. When choosing these accommodation options, we weighed up what would get you the best value for money. These properties are all centrally located, have a wide variety of dining options in close proximity and are a short distance from popular attractions including the War Memorial, National Art Gallery and Parliament House.

Our top picks for cheap accommodation in Canberra: Canberra City YHA, Mercure Canberra and Garden City Hotel.

Best pet-friendly accommodation in Canberra

You’re not short on choice for places to take your furry friends in Canberra. You’ll find that many cafes in the area are pup-friendly and open spaces including the National Arboretum Canberra and fenced dog parks allow you to bring your pets along for the adventure. All pets have different needs, so we have selected three properties that offer different facilities to make them feel right at home. You do need to take into consideration that bringing a pet along is likely to incur an additional cost, but some properties, such as Ovolo Nishi, offer exclusive packages specifically for pets that include a dog bed, food bowl and a “Doggy Bag” with toys and treats.

Our top picks for pet-friendly accommodation in Canberra: Abode Narrabundah, Ovolo Nishi and Evergreen Bed and Breakfast.

Best self-contained accommodation in Canberra

Self-contained accommodation is a great option for families and people who plan to stay for an extended period of time. You will have everything you need, from a kitchen to laundry facilities. When choosing these accommodation options, we looked at the amenities and features that each property offers. In Canberra, you will be able to find self-contained apartments directly in the city centre and a little bit further out if you don’t have a desire for central accommodation.

Our top picks for self-contained accommodation in Canberra: Quest Canberra City Walk, Pacific Suites Canberra and Pinnacle Apartments.

Alternative Canberra accommodation options

If you want to make your visit to Canberra feel more homely, it’s good to keep in mind hotels and tourist parks aren’t your only option. Consider looking for accommodation on Airbnb or Stayz for shared accommodation and cheaper prices. If you’re travelling with a large group of people or you want to stick to a budget, consider these options below.

Where should I stay in Canberra?

If you’re staying in Canberra for the first time, get a glimpse of everything there is to explore by staying in the city centre. This is the place to be if you want to fit history, culture and food into your itinerary. A short distance away, you’ll find the emerging area of Braddon, known as the shopping and food precinct of Canberra. In recent years, pop-up stores and buzzing restaurants have transformed the oldest suburb in Canberra. If you’re looking to save a few pennies, consider booking accommodation in Acton. The Australian National University is located here, so expect to see a lot of university students around. You can limit cost of accommodation and crowds by booking outside of the university semester. If you want to avoid the city atmosphere, head to Woden Valley, where you’ll find great spots to hike and enjoy nature.

Which hotels in Canberra have an indoor pool?

If you’re visiting Canberra in the colder months, you can expect low temperatures and snowfall. This won’t stop you from dipping your toes in the water at your hotel’s indoor pool. Canberra Rex Hotel, Adina Serviced Apartments and Canberra Parklands Central are just a few of the hotels in Canberra that have indoor pool facilities.

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