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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 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 to book Canberra hotels

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Wotif - Canberra
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Booking.com - Canberra
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Where to stay in Canberra

  • Canberra CBD: For easy access to transport (tram and coach connections) and close to restaurants, cafes and bars.
  • Braddon: For stays that are close to the city, but within close proximity to trendy bars and dining options.
  • Kingston: For stays near the Kingston Foreshore precinct and within easy reach of Canberra's galleries and museums including the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon

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.

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.

Our Canberra accommodation reviews

The Sebel Canberra Civic

The Sebel Canberra Civic from Finder Hotels

Reviewed by: Angus Kidman, Editor-in-chief

I scored a bargain on my visit to this ultra-central Canberra motel – normally rooms are $300 and up, but I paid under $200 a night. The rooms are modern and the studio kitchen facilities were excellent, and everything in Civic is right on your doorstep.

  • Budget: High
  • Pros: Central, quiet, spacious
  • Cons: Can be expensive during peak periods
  • Would I stay there again? Yes

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Frequently asked questions about Canberra hotels

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.

Which sites let you book Canberra hotels with free cancellation?

Some sites only offer free cancellation on select hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay. Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether a stay is non-refundable.

Which sites let you use a coupon code to book Canberra hotels?

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Which sites let you book a Canberra hotel without a credit card?

Which Canberra hotels booking sites have rewards programs?

Book hotels on these sites to earn points on your stay that you can later redeem for discounts or complimentary nights.

  • Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
  • Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
  • Trip.com: Trip Coins is Trip.com's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
  • Hotels.com: Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
  • Expedia.com.au: Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).

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