By James Wilkinson in Canberra
Doma Hotels’ latest venture in Canberra, the Little National, has opened its doors this week (Sep 1).
The property, which features compact yet stylish 16-square-metre rooms, is located opposite Doma’s Hotel Realm and the Department of Foreign Affairs, will be the nation’s first compact luxury hotel.
Speaking exclusively to HM, Doma’s Director of Hotels, Patrick Lonergan, said the development was completed six weeks early and the new hotel was already proving popular.
“Comprising 120 rooms, this luxurious hotel will offer affordable luxury to all in an efficient space that requires no compromises,” he said.
“Little National Hotel is conceived for the business, conference and leisure guest who demands smart luxury and high amenity in a super-prime location but at a rate that allows for greater enjoyment of the other facilities offered by the thriving heart of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle.
“There is an international movement toward this new category known as affordable luxury hotels that is being spearheaded in Europe. It recognises that there is a community of travellers that seek a highly tailored and beautiful product that provides the essentials of accommodation with no compromises, but at a new price.
“Each of the 120 Little National Hotel rooms will include all the amenities of a 5 star hotel delivered in an well considered room featuring super-king size bed, wall-to-wall window, luxurious bathroom with rain shower and amenities, large HD Smart televisions, play-your-own smart devices direct, mood lighting, in-room safe, bar refrigerator and free high-speed WiFi.
“Public guest areas consisting of the hotel library and lounge augment the experience of the rooms. The spatial layout of these areas has been designed to allow for various modes of use, from interaction with friends or other guests, to finding a quiet private space to work from or relax,” he said.
Conceptually, the closest offering was citizen, which has compact and technologically advanced properties in Amsterdam, London and New York.