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Thursday 30 June 2016

One of Melbourne's best-kept secrets

I've stayed in dozens of different Melbourne hotels over the years, but I'd never set eyes on the Park Hyatt until this week. 

It is tucked away behind Parliament House in a lovely quiet area that is albeit just a short stroll from Spring Street and Chinatown and just four blocks in the other direction from hip Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, home to Cutler Co. restaurant and the impressive new Marion wine bar. 

What I liked most about the Park Hyatt was its ultra professional staff. They were there to help on arrival, check-in was fast and efficient, the morning wake-up call came just as ordered and there was someone to summon a cab at 7am. 

Slick. Impressive.

The rooms were good, too, with free wifi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, with marble bathrooms (baths and showers) and classy amenities. Big towels, too. And lots of power points. There was even a turn down service (but no chocolate on the pillow). 

Breakfast was good - an excellent buffet selection, although the toasters were absurdly slow and need to be replaced. The people I saw sampling afternoon tea seemed to be enjoying it immensely. 

There was also a free business centre with fast machines and newspapers (although I would have liked one delivered to my room in the morning).

I didn't get time to try the Radii restaurant - but there are several excellent eateries within walking distance; including The  European and Longrain.     

I'm told there is a spa, pool and sauna, plus a gym and tennis court. No time, this time, I'm afraid, but the Park Hyatt is very much on my radar as a desirable address - and so much better than the Grand Hyatt not too far away. 

There are 240 rooms and suites in various configurations. I liked mine a lot.

Park Hyatt, 1 Parliament Place, East Melbourne. (03) 9224 1234.   

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