Burbury Hotel, Canberra review: Like a satin-lined chocolate box

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Canberra, ACT

1 Burbury Close, Barton

Phone: (02) 6173 2700

Email: reservations@burburyhotel.com.au

Web: burburyhotel.com.au

The location The Burbury Hotel is in the genteel, low-rise inner suburb of Barton. It's close enough to Capital Hill that you can see the Parliament House flagpole from the upper floors.

The place The Burbury is like a satin-lined chocolate box. It's plush, hushed and decorated in shades of ... chocolate. The top floor's Burbury Terrace restaurant has sweeping views over the city and Lake Burley Griffin. Mudd Spa and Kundalini Hair are pampering central, while Evo health club offers a 25-metre lap pool, phalanx of treadmills, steam room, sauna and spa.

The experience There are two very distinct options for a weekend stay at The Burbury. There's a lot to be said for closing the door of your room, peeling back the covers of the humungous bed, made up with crisp, white cotton sheets and a battery of soft feather pillows, and not emerging until checkout. There's plenty to amuse: in-house movies on the giant telly screens in the living- and bedrooms, Wi-Fi and internet. But that would mean missing out on all the cultural activities on offer and the increasingly enticing dining options in this fair city, among them Aubergine in Griffith, Italian and Sons in Braddon, Silo Bakery in Kingston, as well as Malamay, the Sichaun restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel.

Don't miss Canberra is an intellectual and cultural grab bag and visits to the National Gallery (nga.gov.au), Portrait Gallery (portrait.gov.au), Australian War Memorial (awm.gov.au), National Museum (nma.gov.au), Parliament House (aph.gov.au) and, if you have the kids in tow, Questacon (questacon.edu.au) are all obligatory (although, not all at once). There's also the Australian National Botanic Gardens and cycling around Lake Burley Griffin.

Need to know

Cost: From $405 for a king room and $595 for a one-bedroom suite, but can often be half that.

Distance: 285km (3 hours' drive) south-west of Sydney.

Children: Yes.

Pets: No.

Wheelchair access: Yes.