Finding myself in Canberra for a weekend, I booked myself in to the Hyatt - one of the original Canberra hotels, in an elegant heritage building that retains some Art Deco touches.
The building looks deceptively small from the front (at Commonwealth Avenue), but extends quite some way back from the street, over about three floors. The room - a standard Park King - was large and spacious, had a view over the garden, and was equipped with a very nice marble-finished bathroom with separate shower and bath.
Arriving late evening, I ordered a room service meal (something I usually try to avoid when travelling), which was of good quality and served hot. Breakfast downstairs was also quite good - buffet style, and a generous selection.
The Hyatt is close to the Parliamentary zone, which is on the other side of the lake from the city centre. There are no shops within convenient walking distance. Having said that, with a car, it is very easy to get to the city (a few minutes' drive away) and to the shops and restaurants in Manuka and Kingston (about 10 minutes). There is plenty of free outdoor parking at the hotel.
Old Parliament House, the National Library, Questacon and the art galleries are within easy walking distance, and the surrounding area is flat. Lennox Gardens and the shore of Lake Burley Griffin are right behind the hotel, and are lovely places to walk or jog.
The Hyatt is perhaps not the most conveniently placed hotel in Canberra, but occupies a lovely spot near the lake, and offers very comfortable and classy accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heritage Listed Hotel which retains many of the classic Art Deco design elements of the original building built in 1924. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Canberra
- Canberra Hyatt