Hyatt Hotel Canberra
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Guests arrive to a heritage-listed exterior that strikes a balance between stately and welcoming, though the hotel’s low profile does little to hint at what awaits inside: four expansive levels and numerous wings in grand Art Deco style (hotel.qantas.com.au/hyatthotel canberra). A wander around these halls is like a crash course in our political history – spot the portraits of former prime ministers and pavilions bearing names like Curtin, Barton and Hughes. It was also the place PMs James Scullin and Kevin Rudd used to call home. There’s no shortage of meeting spots – from Speaker’s Corner Bar, which buzzes at night, to Griffin’s lounge, the pick in winter, thanks to its cosy lounges and crackling fire. The lavender and rose gardens are the place to be in the warmer months.