Why does Hotel Hotel have a double-barrelled name? Because, they say, it’s “a place for people people”. This premise may be cutesy, but in the four years they’ve been open, this idiosyncratic boutique hotel, with art built into its very foundations, has managed to ingratiate itself into the Canberra community, thanks to an excellent lobby bar, gallery, regular events and yoga classes. Upstairs, the rooms are individually decorated – mostly with refurbished mid-century furniture, brightly coloured blankets and strangely textured walls. This is an intellectual place, perfect for winter, that invites you to linger and contemplate your own existence.