The Canberra Hyatt is one of the best and most unique hotel experiences in Australia. It is also perfectly setup for young children, if you are happy to spend the money.
I read a recent review of the Hyatt that suggested that the hotel was a bit run down and the service staff were all students - and although unfair, there is a grain of truth in this. On our most recent visit, the rooms were musty when the kids gave the curtains a good shake and the televisions should have been replaced years ago. And although the service in general is excellent and friendly, there were some cracks around the edges that you wouldn't expect in a five star hotel - eg the concierge could have been better versed in what was going on around town, such as feature exhibitions at the art gallery etc.
But any weaknesses are fully redeemed by the magnificence of the hotel itself, which has an unique Art Deco ambience and beautiful gardens set in a lovely (and convenient) location near the lake. The rooms are large and quiet and the bathrooms in particular ooze old-style charm. Be sure to also go for a walk around the corridors to explore the public spaces and hidden gardens all around the hotel.
The hotel is particularly well setup for families with young children as it provides a large, safe and comfortable, enclosed environment for toddlers and their siblings to run around in - which is fully insulated from Canberra's miserable weather. With two or more children, the trick is to book adjoining Club rooms - and for maximum space and privacy, ask for the configuration that provides an entry alcove in between the two rooms (rather than just a door).
Although the club rooms are more expensive than standard rooms, (~$500-$600/night for two rooms) they pay back in spades. This is mainly due to their offering access to the pretty club dining room, which effectively allows you to feed the family both breakfast and (feasibly) dinner in a relaxed, kid friendly environment (along with free wine, beer, spirits).
We have been coming here each year since the eldest of our two daughters (now 6) was born and on one trip, the weather was so bad that we barely left the hotel. But on each occasion, we have had a terrific time and always wanted to come back. The key theme is total relaxation and the reassuring knowledge that the kids can run riot and not really get into too much trouble.
- 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