While in Melbourne for the annual PAX AUS convention, I was given the opportunity to stay in two of YHA’s hostels. YHA are known around Australia for running popular, well-appointed youth hostels for travelers on a budget, and their Melbourne Metro and Melbourne Central locations are prime examples of this.
Every now and again, you’ll stay in the sort of hotel for which you, as a person, are just not classy enough. Such was the nature of my stay at Melbourne’s Pullman on the Park. I don’t mean that as a slight on the hotel, far from it. If anything, I was letting them down by being so thoroughly, relentlessly middle-class in their beautiful establishment.
Located just a short five minute (or less) drive away from the bustling main street of Airlie Beach, Club Croc Hotel offers guests a relaxed and enjoyable stay, with exceptionally attentive and friendly service. With a large pool that includes a waterfall and heated spa, barbecue facilities, a games room, a spacious bar and even a babysitting service – it is easy to see how this hotel can appeal to vacationers of all types.
The Point Resort sits beside a beautiful coast and town in Bargara, Queensland. But is location the only thing this resort has going for it? Lachlan brings us this review.
Boasting excellent service and a great location for those visiting Calgary, the Kensington Riverside Inn is a high level, contemporary boutique hotel. Situated in the trendy area of Kensington, this hotel is just across the road from the beautiful Bow River, an easy walk to the beautiful Prince’s Island Park and just around the block from the incredible cafes, bars and stores of Kensington.
It was an easy 15 minute walk from Sydney’s Central Station to our home for the weekend at Adge Apartment Hotel in the heart of hip Surry Hills. “Home” is the definitely the right word to use, as our stay at Adge felt more like a home away from home (please excuse the cliché) then a stay at your average hotel.
When planning a weekend getaway in Victoria, it’s easy to think of Wilsons Prom, the Yarra Valley, Daylesford or The Grampians. But tucked away in the back pocket of The Great Ocean Road is the unassuming but up-and-coming little sister, sporting breathtaking views and forests for days. We were lucky enough to spend a wintery weekend in the Otway Ranges, or “the hills” according to our host Brett at Otway Escapes.
View from the balcony
The Mercure Gold Coast Resort is in that perfect spot that's only a short drive away from Broadbeach (it's about $17 by taxi between the resort and Pacific Fair) but far enough to offer absolute peace and tranquility. And that's exactly what you get here; it's so peaceful and idyllic that a part of me, which was built over one very relaxing day and night, broke when it came time to check out. While waving farewell to this property (for now) was a bit painful, the stay left a lasting impression.
The Novotel Atrium Darwin, or simply 'The Atrium' as locals call it, has been a long-standing popular hotel destination with visitors for many years now. Situated further down the Esplanade, the hotel offers a range of rooms perfectly fit for families, couples and solo travellers to enjoy. For our stay, we were put up in one of the Junior Suites overlooking the water and on the bitingly warm day that we checked in, being able to open the curtains to see the blue ocean was just what we wanted.
The DoubleTree by Hilton on Darwin's Esplanade offers excellent views of the ocean, is located brilliantly behind the city's main drag of Mitchell Street and offers travellers a great stay, regardless of whether you're in Darwin on holiday or business. Offering a range of guest rooms and suites to suit the trip, the hotel was once the old Holiday Inn (for those of you who know Darwin) and as the DoubleTree brand continues to expand within the Hilton's already well-established reputation, their move into the Northern Territory has proven to be a clever one indeed.
Located between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District on the West side of Manhattan in what was once the National Maritime Union headquarters, a building sticks out with a unique design - like a cruise ship sitting amongst the concrete waters of New York City. This is the home of the not-so-inconspicuous, hip boutique hotel Dream Downtown. Not too long ago, I had the chance to enjoy a night in one of the most architecturally original hotels in New York City. Read on to find out more...
Best Western in Hobart makes for an easy, comfortable stay that's not only good value but delivers the kind of uber convenience one can benefit from whilst on a trip down in Hobart. Hobart is already one of the easiest, major Australian cities to navigate, with a beautiful layout so that you're pretty much always within walking distance from the major restaurants, bars, and museums; Best Western adds to that, located at 156 Bathurst St, and a 5-10 minute walk from the central shopping area.
It's almost midnight as I arrive at the Ace Hotel, jumping out of a taxi, having flown into Newark Airport on the other side of the Hudson. I walk past someone taking a selfie with a man who I assume is famous; he is ushered into a car moments later (then again, with Uber, who knows these days). The Broadway inspired lights of the Ace Hotel's entry beam onto me, as the Empire State Building towers behind me. It was difficult to escape the bleeding obvious at this point: I had arrived in New York City. And I liked it.
When it comes to an overnight airport stay, there are only three things that really matter: convenience, comfort and cost. Is it easy to get to from the terminal? Will my well earned (and usually rather brief) sleep be a pleasant one? And will I be keeping things within budget? In this respect, Four Points by Sheraton at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), ticks all the boxes.
The colourful Tune Hotel in Melbourne is part of a global network of hotels associated with Air Asia, which employ a similar 'add-on' philosophy to the popular budget airline. The focus is value, and the result is a neat concept that let's customers adapt the hotel to their needs rather than the other way around.