:: QT Hotel Canberra ::

Over the weekend we took a trip to our nation’s capital; Canberra. We went with our good friends Syaz & Brendon and ate good food, drank a lot, laughed til our bellies hurt, visited art galleries and museums, and stayed at the QT Hotel.

The QT Canberra is a beautiful hotel with a stylish interior.

Apparently it used to be a Rydges hotel, but has obviously gone under a big fancy refurb.

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[pics above stolen from the internet, the rest are my own]

The onsite restaurant, Capitol Bar and Restaurant, is excellent (similar to it’s sister QT hotel & Gowings restaurant in Sydney). Stand-out wait staff (the floor manager Jason was super friendly) are professional while still having fun, and the food is great; steak, seafood and French-inspired classics, with a good wine list.

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Lucky’s Bar is a hidden gem. Literally hidden! You have to enter through the Barber shop, which gives it that extra hint of exclusiveness. We sat here, drinking for 3 hours before dinner and had many cocktails; their dirty vodka martini is the bomb, as is the old fashioned! The bar staff are friendly and there is laid back live music to groove to.

The hotel has cute bikes with baskets for hire, although they were all out the two times we tried to hire them.

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The room is gorgeous with enough room to for comfortability, great views (above) and some thoughtful touches like the fluffy bath robe, Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi and on demand movies.

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There were only 3 negatives; the shower spills over onto the bathroom floor making it a bit tricky to navigate when slippery, the bed isn’t the most comfy and the noise in the hall, even on level 8, from the wedding reception being held in the hotel, was really loud.

Parking is acceptable at $12 flat rate per night.

The hotel is super centrally located within short drive to the museums and galleries, and an easy stroll to The Cupping Room cafe and other bars and restaurants if you don’t want to drink/eat onsite.

Would definitely stay here again!

I wrote this review on TripAdvisor, which you can find here:
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g255057-d256307-r373895623-QT_Canberra-Canberra_Greater_Canberra_Australian_Capital_Territory.html#

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retreat

I realise how fortunate I am to have such good loving friends.

This post isn’t about all of them but two of them in particular; The Jacksons.

I’ll have you know I’m one of those sickening couples; high school sweethearts with the same best friends since way back when.

I was friends with Ian before I knew my husband Jay. Our friendship bonded over teenage angst and rebellion; think Nirvana and life conversations. We’ve grown & matured since then but still have an incredible comfortableness within our friendship. He’s like my brother. And fortunately he happens to be my husband’s best friend.

Jay & Ian
Friday night shenanigans; Jay & Ian

As it so happens, Ian also married a high-school sweetheart, someone whom, even though we went to the same school, I wasn’t friends with until about 7 years ago. Janine is this incredible woman; happy, beautiful and smart with an abundance of positive & passionate energy that I just find absolutely joyful. I had an epiphany the other day that she’s one of my best friends (something which I find too childish to tell her!).

I’m gushing, I know, but after a wonderful weekend filled with deep & meaningful conversations, lots of laughs, swapping of intellectual ideas and just enjoying each other’s company with good food & wine, I’m thankful to count them as people who I love & cherish.

We started Friday night with drinks at Baxter Inn followed by dinner at Almond Bar.

Old Fashioneds @ Baxter
Old Fashioneds @ Baxter
the super sweet Jacksons
the super sweet Jacksons
doing what I do best...posing while I drink Old Fashioneds
doing what I do best…posing while I drink Old Fashions
my love Jay
my love Jay wondering where his drink is!
trio of dips @ Almond Bar
trio of dips @ Almond Bar
Mixed Platter to share @ Almond Bar
Mixed Platter to share @ Almond Bar

Ian & Neen stayed Friday night and we switched houses Saturday. Jay & I drove the 1 hour drive out west towards the Blue Mountains to their gorgeous mountain hideaway.

Casa de Jackson
Casa de Jackson
sunning ourselves on the porch
sunning ourselves on the porch
tall gum trees
tall gum trees
Harley
Harley
amidst the Aussie bush
amidst the Aussie bush

We lay in the unseasonably warm sun, drinking hot chocolate and reading. Later we drove 20 minutes up into the mountains to Wentworth to visit the German bakery (pretzels & pies!). Saturday night we ate suburban Chinese takeaway and watched the All Blacks vs Wallabies in front of the open fire.

cozy fireplace
cozy fireplace

Today (Sunday) we went for a long bush walk; perfectly rejuvenating for busy city dwellers.

man & beast; Jay & Harley overlooking the gully
man & beast; Jay & Harley overlooking the gully
the view; Blue Mountains
the view; Blue Mountains
Harley the cavoodle
Harley the cavoodle

Now we’re back at home readying ourselves for another busy work week.

I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend.

signature - melly xox