The Tea Lounge in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel Canberra is an institution for lovers of afternoon tea. I’ve been here many times over the years for weekend High Teas and the occasional Devonshire Tea. On this visit I’m here with a critical eye. As far as five-star hotels are concerned, this heritage hotel is pretty low-key. With a hint of 1920s and doormen that look like they belong on a golf course rather than in a hotel, the Hyatt Canberra is suitable for both business and leisure travellers. If you are staying at the hotel you’ll inevitably end up in the Tea Lounge, which is more open-plan-space than intimate lounge. There are three scones per serve, which is generous, and if you include the mini friand served with the tea, it’s almost a full meal! The blueberry Beerenberg jam in petite jars is better than most generic jams found in cafes, but the pot of firm chilled cream rounds out this spread.
Tea: Around 30 choices of loose-leaf teas and tisanes served in a large teapot.
Overall: A Canberran afternoon tea institution.
Location: Hyatt Hotel Canberra, 120 Commonwealth Ave, Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: 02 6269 8815 canberra.park.hyatt.com
Reviewed May 2018