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Ovolo Nishi

Designer digs in the heart of the NewActon cultural precinct.
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 06, 2019
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Ovolo Nishi

Designer digs in the heart of the NewActon cultural precinct.
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 06, 2019
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Ovolo Nishi isn't exactly off-grid. But it is a hotel dedicated to nature, sustainability, total relaxation and beautiful things — think eye-catching modern artworks, fireplaces, deep concrete baths, vintage-inspired furniture and earthy colours. So, it's as close as a hotel gets to nature within a capital city. For peak relaxation, nab one of the dreamy Meandering Atrium rooms, which boast overhead rain showers and views to the hotel's internal courtyard atrium filled with salvaged Tasmanian tree ferns.

You'll find the hotel in the central spot of NewActon, a hub of good restaurants, wine bars and boutique shops. It's just a stumble from Lake Burley Griffin and a 15-minute walk from the National Gallery of Australia.

The hotel takes its name from the building it occupies, the Nishi, a Japanese-inspired, pineapple-shaped architectural masterpiece that won International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards in London. While you're in the neighbourhood, be sure to visit Nishi Gallery, a paean to experimentation, nature, local identities and new perspectives on old objects.

Image: VisitCanberra.

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