This is one of my favorite hotels… its a real pity it’s in Canberra.
The Hyatt Canberra is the only 5 star hotel in Canberra, and is a great place to stay. A quick cab ride to the restaurant areas of Manuka and Kingston, the work area of Civic and Parliament House.
The Hyatt traces its heritage back to the foundation of Canberra as Australia’s Capital. A great read on the history of the hotel can be found here.
Over the years I’ve stayed in both the new and old sections of the hotel and both are equally as comfortable, though the old bungalows do seem to be a little colder in the freezing Canberra winter.
Speaker’s Corner is the main bar at the hotel and is a good place to meet up after work. In winter the open fire keeps the bar warm and cosy. In summer, the lawn area outside is the place to relax with a cold beer.
The Promenade Cafe has been the location of an unofficial competition we’ve had a couple of times. As dinner is a reasonably priced buffet, and the desserts are to die for, we decided, on the spur of the moment to have a dessert eating competition. The person that puts away the largest number of desserts is declared the winner. We’ve even codified the rules, you can’t just start with dessert and only dessert, you must have a starter and a main course before you can join the competition. ** But I digress. The starters and the main courses are also quite good.
The hotel also does some pretty good room service food.
** For the record, I think that Pat made it into double figures one night… you just can’t take some people anywhere