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East Hotel Wins at the 2014 AHA ACT Hospitality Awards

July 24, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

351781_num909996_600x600For the second consecutive year, EAST Hotel has won Best Suite/Apartment Hotel (Accommodation Division) at the 2013 AHA ACT Hospitality Awards.

EAST Hotel has established itself as Canberra’s premier four and a half star design and lifestyle hotel. With its focus on providing a memorable Canberra experience and its premium location between the fashionable retail and restaurant hubs of Manuka and Kingston, EAST Hotel ups the ante for local guests and visitors to the nation’s capital.

“As we approach the end of our second year, it is extremely gratifying to be recognised for this award with the AHA,” said Dan Bisa, owner of EAST Hotel and Director of Bisa Hotels. “EAST is now an established and dynamic addition to the ever growing hotel scene in Canberra, and we are thrilled to see the continued growth of EAST and the ongoing loyalty and positive feedback we receive from our many loyal clients.”

The 2014 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch Hospitality Awards were held at QT Canberra on Monday, July 21. Industry leaders, sponsors and local identities applauded more than 35 sponsored Awards rewarding the outstanding achievements of businesses and employees. The Awards were hosted by Sky News Political Reporter David Lipson.

East Hotel provides a contemporary, cool and vibrant option for visitors to Canberra, whether overnighters, business guests, long stay guests or families. The six-story hotel has 140 rooms in various studio and apartment-style combinations, recognizing the challenges families can face with hotel accommodation by providing specially designated suites, cleverly designed in a modular, fun way specifically to cater for both adults and kids. The hotel has standalone dining and bar facilities, with Ox Eatery and its associated Bar and Delicatessen having become an instant classic.351781_num909997_600x600

Guests can enjoy a wide range of facilities and services, including a professional and full service business centre; 24 hour gym facility and complementary access to a local gym for a full range of exercise classes; undercover parking; the East Hotel ‘Free Range’ news agency service offered in the lobby, where guests can pick up a daily newspaper, books or current and back issue of magazines to enjoy in the relaxing surrounds of the lobby or in the seclusion and comfort of their rooms and a friendly and accessible front desk team, including full concierge service. Guests can see the sights with a leisurely cruise on one of the Hotel’s retro bicycles or hire an electric bike to see the sights without breaking a sweat. There are laundry facilities in the majority of rooms, with complimentary facilities for guests in studios. Professional dry cleaning and laundry service is available from Monday to Friday.

East Hotel’s business facilities are state-of-the-art with seven modern and professional conference rooms, boardrooms and an all-day meeting lounge, complete with air hockey table, to foster the creative environment that leads to the success of any meeting. The facilities have the flexibility to fit perfectly to most business requirements with a distinctively edgy East Hotel touch. All rooms feature the latest in business technology, including VGA and HDMI capable projection screens and huge LED televisions. The concept behind the conference rooms is to provide business areas with a bit of flair, to inspire and get the creative juices flowing. East Hotel offers competitive pricing on day delegate packages which are custom-tailored for each group by the Food Director, in coordination with the client and prepared on-site by Ox’s two-hatted chef and his highly skilled team to provide a sharing, interactive experience. Group events can even enjoy whiskey master-classes from the well-trained aficionados at Ox, utilizing their huge selection of fine and distinctive whiskeys.

The Hotel also has a vibrant food precinct in the main atrium. Ox Eatery, owned and managed by highly successful local restaurateurs, Chris Hansen and Steve Rockmann, features a delicatessen and an authentic imported French rotisserie with intimate booths, long bar tables and private dining areas. Ox Eatery draws on vintage 1950s style, with a thoughtfully considered ‘soulful jazz’ feel designed by Capezio Copeland in conjunction with Matt Darwon, featuring recycled timber, smooth surfaces and booths. The French rotisserie, the first of its kind in Canberra, is front and centre. Groups are welcomed and can enjoy private dining in one of the Hotel’s special meeting rooms. Guests are able to pre-order items, including bespoke hampers from the delicatessen using the hotel website upon booking, or wander down to peruse the large selection of carefully selected delicacies, produce and wines. The large bar area is a standalone destination to enjoy the vibrant neighborhood it inhabits.

East Hotel has been developed by Bisa Hotels and is the first of many future projects for the hotel group.

Within its first year of operation, East Hotel won four local awards and a national award as Best Suite/Apartment Hotel at the 2013 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence, which recognizes hotels and restaurants that demonstrate outstanding services, accommodation, entertainment, food and beverage.

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