QT Canberra is one of the hippest addresses in the national capital – the latest incarnation of a building that is steeped in Australian political history. This quirky designer hotel celebrates its history and rebirth through bold design, a mix of hip artworks and bespoke furniture. Located in the emerging cultural precinct of New Acton, the former Lakeside Hotel property has been home to many a handshake deal and long lunch and today the Capitol Bar & Grill offers a range of fine wine and bistro classics. There is an on-trend members-only rooftop lounge (try to talk your way in), Lucky’s speakeasy bar and an old-school barber shop for anyone in need of a cut-throat shave before dinner. Look out for the artworks decorating the lobby area and the little in-room twists in the style of hotel design icons like Mama Shelter, Luna 2 in Bali and other QT properties. The rooms are stylish with airconditioning, a mini bar, a flat-screen TV and private balcony. They each offer a telephone, ironing facilities and an alarm clock – and Canberra’s attractions, including Australian National University and Australian Academy of Science are easily accessible on foot. QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra; phone (02) 6247 6244 or visit www.qtcanberra.com.au.