Hyatt Hotel Canberra

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

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The Regent, Singapore

Stayed for one night, well 13 hours really, on my way to Jakarta recently due to Swissotel wanting to charge an extortionary rate for the night.

The Regent is up the western end of Orchard Road on Cuscaden Road. Really good if you are a shopaholic.

The room was nice, though I found some small ants in the room, and I was on the top floor (12th) right next to the presidential suite.

Didn’t have any room service during this stay, but did avail myself to lunch before heading off to the airport. The Beef Rendang was tasty with the usual hotel price tag.

Internet access was thrown in.

This wouldn’t be my first choice of hotel in Singapore, but it was fine for a quick overnight stay.


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Shangri-La, Jakarta, Indonesia

Another very nice hotel, this time in Jakarta.

This is the second time I’ve stayed at the Shangri-La, and I even think I got the same room as last time!

The hotel itself is quite nice, and the rooms are a good size. They do take security quite seriously. You will have to go through a metal detector as you enter the hotel, and your bags may also be searched. Better to be safe than sorry.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I didn’t get the opportunity to do any sightseeing nor use many of the amenities of the hotel but the breakfast buffet in SATOO is excellent and allows you to fill up your tank for your day of work. SATOO also has a sandwich / cake shop that makes excellent food, which was good for me as I needed to provide my own lunch over the weekend and the recent public holiday.

Last year I did eat at Rosso, the food was very good but also quite expensive. Once I converted the bill back to aussie dollars I almost fell off my chair. But you have to splurge every so often.

If I had to travel back to Jakarta I would stay again at the Shangri-La.

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Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore

I’ve stayed at at this hotel many times over the years, and its a very nice home away from home. This time for only one night on my way home.

Located across the road from Raffles and just a stones throw away from Suntec City its a very convenient place to stay while in Singapore. Its also far away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy Orchard Road, yet only a 10 or 15 minute walk if you do want to shop.

The rooms are always nicely appointed and you get great views from most of the rooms.

Room service food is good and not overly overpriced like many hotels.


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InterContinental Burswood, Perth

All round, not a bad hotel though it is showing it’s age somewhat when you look carefully.

InterContinental Burswood is right next to the Burswood Casino in Perth, just across the Swan River from the Perth CBD.

The room was spacious and well appointed like all the InterContinental Hotels I’ve stayed at.

I had a river view room, so had a nice view of the Swan River and the Perth CBD.

As I was somewhat buggered after the flight and time difference, I decided to avail myself to the room service menu and had a rather decent chargrilled bread with dips, and beef rendang.

The bad

  1. A very crappy, old TV. I guess I’m used to large flat screen TVs now, so the TV that is smaller than that one I have at home was a disappointment
  2. The alarm on the super duper phone didn’t go off, luckily I had a backup or I would have missed my meeting!

Would I stay here again? Yes, on someone elses dime, it was a little bit on the pricey side.

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