Canberra Welcomes Architectural, Moody Midnight Hotel / LUXURY TRAVEL MAG / Australia / By Staff Writer
Midnight Hotel, in the inner-city suburb of Braddon, is the first Marriott International hotel to open in Canberra and the first premium brand delivered by independently owned and operated Iconic Hotels
Midnight Hotel, part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, has opened in Australia’s capital. It is the first Marriott International hotel to open in Canberra and the first premium brand delivered by independently owned and operated Iconic Hotels.
Situated in Braddon, one of Canberra’s emerging and creative inner-city suburbs, the new hotel is an exciting addition to Canberra: “Midnight Hotel is unique in design, thoughtful in spirit and affords a prime inner-city location with exemplary guest service,” said General Manager of Iconic Hotels, Rien Donkin. “We are proud to be recognised as part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection and excited to share our city’s story with our global guests.”
As an Autograph Collection hotel, Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific at Marriott International added that Midnight Hotel joins a brand that celebrates design and locality: “Celebrating the world’s most distinctive independent hotels around the globe, each hotel in the Autograph Collection is a product of vision, handpicked for its mark of craft, heartfelt design and authentic sense of place,” he said. “These principles guide the curation of the portfolio, ensuring each hotel experience is remarkably unlike anything else.”
The sculptural, contemporary and architecturally-focused hotel was designed by acclaimed Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis. Sharp, textural materials such as polished concrete, glass, metal and brass frame the building, while plush and tactile, block colour furnishings complete the interior.
Each of the 199 premium guest rooms feature a unique, custom artwork designed and created by acclaimed artist, Thomas Bucich. Part of Bucich’s ‘Relic’ Series, each piece features reclaimed Australian wood and bark plated in copper or nickel, mounted on painted board. Created solely for Midnight Hotel, no two pieces are identical.
Further advocating original art, each level of Midnight Hotel features a bespoke artwork by Australian artist, Tom Adair. Located at each elevator landing, the Uncovering Braddon series shines a light on Midnight Hotel’s immediate neighbourhood. Less than a kilometre from the CBD, Braddon’s ever-changing precinct of small businesses, award-winning eateries, micro-breweries and hip boutique shops attracts a creative crowd, with the mixed-use precinct easily explored on foot or via one of the hotel’s Lekker X electric bikes.
The hotel is also close to iconic national attractions, such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Australian Democracy and Parliament House. These major cultural Australian institutions are dotted around Canberra’s centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin, and play host to some of the country‘s most acclaimed international exhibitions.
Midnight Hotel’s restaurant, Braddon Merchant, is a bright, modern deli-style eatery with a relaxed European feel offering a menu of fresh, simple dishes and a range of deli produce, boutique products and to-go options. Midnight Bar, meanwhile, presents an evocative, dark and moody bar for visitors to the ‘Midnight precinct’. Offering a short, sharp and seasonal menu featuring locally sourced upscale produce and a carefully curated list of local and international wines, cocktails and beers, Midnight Bar is a stylish new watering hole for Canberra.
Hotel guests have access to a heated, indoor pool with cabana style seating, a sauna and shared and private gym spaces. Conference and events spaces, including private boardrooms and a business lounge are also located within the hotel.