1888, Pyrmont


I don’t know who to thank for the revolution in Australian hotels but 1888 is another example of the good things that are happening here. ‘Boutique’ used to mean a) poisonously expensive, b) frilly curtains and bowls of potpourri, or c) uncomfortably small. These days, thanks to a mysterious force, boutique means interesting, well thought […]

Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Enormous rooms at the Crowne Plaza Canberra

I adore staying in hotels and Crowne Plaza Canberra was no exception. Located bang in the centre of town, the hotel is a short walk from a lot of Canberra’s major attractions, including the Floriade flower show on the shores of Lake Burley-Griffin. I have long been a detractor of Canberra, whining about the arctic temperatures, brick-and-tile […]

Hotel review: BKK Airport Novotel

Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

There is nothing more frustrating than getting stuck in a foreign city when you desperately want to get home. This is what happened on my recent trip back from India. 90 minutes into my Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Bangkok, the plane still hadn’t left the tarmac. When the plane finally landed in Bangkok, […]

Hotel Review: VIBE North Sydney

Vibe towel

The silly season is killing me. The drinking, the lack of sleep and the failure to eat anything larger than a 50c piece at parties means that I am turning from a normal human into a canape-eating zombie. The bags under my eyes need porters. It was an immense relief when I checked into VIBE […]

Fraser Suites, Sydney

Fraser Suites 1

I love hotel rooms in the same way The Cookie Monster appreciates cookies. I really love them. The first time I ever stayed in a hotel was on a school excursion to Canberra. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. When you grow up in the country, it’s easy to get excited about a budget motor inn […]

Medina Grand, Adelaide

Medina Grand

Secret tunnels, hidden courtyards and private chambers give the Medina Grand Treasury a very appealing Downton Abbey-ishness. It’s easy to succumb to flights of fancy involving Lords, wicked corsetry and French silk frocks … but I digress. This elegant sandstone hotel is situated in the cultural heartland of downtown Radelaide for maximum convenience. Rundle Mall is […]

Hotel Review: The Hermitage Lodge, Hunter Valley NSW


When I booked a two-night stay at The Hermitage Lodge in the Hunter Valley for a special price of $500 (it’s normally $700), my internal monologue muttered, ‘It had better be good …. mutter, mutter, mutter’. I tend to think of things in terms of rent and that’s almost a whole weeks’ worth at Chateau […]