Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: The Olsen is still one of Art Series’ finest achievements

January 10, 2019

Positioned near the CBD end of Chapel Street, The Olsen remains one of the favourites of Art Series Hotels’ ever-expanding portfolio of gallery-like, boutique-minded properties. It owes much of its understated elegance to the works of John Olsen, whose delicate landscapes feel a world’s away from the group’s first property, nearby The Cullen, where the […]

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Review: Hong Kong’s Hotel VIC offers supreme luxury without the price tag

January 9, 2019

With 671 rooms/suites and an overall aesthetic that has been finessed by three different firms – Rocco Design Architects for the building, AFSO for three dining spaces and public areas, and Hirsh Bedner Associates for guest rooms – the stunning Hotel VIC on the Harbour is certainly an ambitious undertaking, even for Hong Kong. Operated […]

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Hotel Review: QT Perth translates the wild west with swagger and theatre

January 8, 2019

The QT Hotels & Resorts brand has now firmly established its own distinctive language, without coming across as formulaic. The quirky, off-kilter designs and high-concept luxury boutique approach has given the brand a unique way of interpreting and translating location, whether it’s bringing in just enough of Surfers Paradise to brighten the grand QT Gold […]

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Hotel Review: San Francisco’s Hotel Zephyr sticks out at Fisherman’s Wharf

January 7, 2019

You’d be correct in assuming that San Francisco claims some fantastic boutique hotels across all price ranges. After all the city has long been known as one of the most creative and free-spirited in the U.S, and it’s hotel scene has benefited greatly from all that openness. From the beatnik throwback of Hotel Boheme and […]

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Resort Review: Baba Beach Club in Phuket is a hidden treasure of fun and luxury for music lovers (Thailand)

December 21, 2018

Heading north from Phuket International Airport, the streets are lined with small fields of trees that turn into the haphazard, yet charming landscape of colourful houses, tin sheds, food stalls and businesses that make up the region. There, amongst the colourful and natural landscape, appears the vividly pink Baba Beach Club sign. Its presence evocative […]

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Hotel Review: Fraser Suites provides plenty of value in East Perth

December 19, 2018

Perth’s high density of hotels has dramatically pushed up competition within the city’s hospitality scene over the past few years. Quality accommodations aren’t hard to come by in the most isolated city in the world, one that is incredibly becoming one of Australia’s most exciting and creative destinations, and that sizable bank of worthy digs […]

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Hotel Review: Felix sets a new standard for Sydney’s airport hotels

December 18, 2018

You wouldn’t expect Sydney Airport to welcome a greatly finessed, high concept boutique hotel, would you? The sprawl of hotels dotted around both the domestic and international terminals has historically favoured properties which play it safe. Some are great – actually, most are – but almost all of them are in dire need of some […]

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Review: Kimpton’s newest Los Angeles Hotel La Peer delights with a unique sensibility

November 7, 2018

Tucked away in a forgettable street (La Peer St, no less) as you appraoch the outskirts of the trendy West Hollywood area, is a brand new hotel from the trusted Kimpton chain, the La Peer Hotel. It’s a stunning space which seems to do everything it can to be unlike all the other hotels in […]

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Hotel Review: Novotel Canberra is a refined yet playful gem in the heart of the capital

November 6, 2018

Sitting in the heart of our nation’s capital is the Novotel Canberra, a 7 floor hotel with incredibly spacious rooms that sits alongside Northbourne Avenue, which is currently being outfitted with a new light-rail service. It was a friendly and easy check in process as I arrived, though the playfulness of the lobby design (especially […]

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Hotel Review: Hotel Zed Kelowna (Canada) is a stylish motel refit with the playfulness of a hostel in wine country

November 2, 2018

There was a time in the travel industry when saying you ran a motel was anything but an attractive quality. Now, all over the world, clever hoteliers are bringing inspired re-fits to motels, helping not just reframe what we know a motel to be, but to go so far as to make it, dareisay, “chic”. […]

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Hotel Review: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge offers an unforgettable wilderness experience

November 2, 2018

The immense beauty of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park – a deserving UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a good trade-off for no Wi-Fi, phone reception or television. Throw in a charming lodge to rest your feet after iconic hikes, a deceptively understated restaurant serving up beautiful local produce, and an exceptional […]

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Hotel Review: Mantra St Kilda Rd’s modern comforts are just a short tram ride away from Melbourne’s CBD

November 1, 2018

Mantra St Kilda Rd is characterised by its stunning and elegant modern charm, with a chandeliered, ballroom style entrance and lovely art deco apartments. Every wall is adorned with bold paintings, and with its red carpet entrance way, it brings a sense of grandeur to the venue. The hotel boasts a well-equipped and very spacious […]

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Hotel Review: Melbourne’s Mantra on Jolimont is a Jolly Good Time

October 31, 2018

The Mantra on Jolimont is a true gem nestled on the outskirts of Melbourne City, and a prime location for those looking to stay a comfortable and affordable distance away from the bright lights of the CBD. The hotel is a short tram ride from Flinders St Station, or a 15-minute walk for the intrepid […]

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Hotel Review: 25hours Hotel The Circle in Cologne is a 1960s space themed experience like no other (Germany)

October 29, 2018

Part of the AccorHotels group, 25hours Hotels are a unique run of hotels around Europe; currently boasting 12 hotels across 8 cities. The brand runs on the slogan “Come As You Are”, in reference to the iconic Nirvana song, a sentiment amplified by the fact that no hotel in the brand is like the next. […]

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Hotel Review: Shangri-La reimagines the “Urban Resort” with Hong Kong’s Kerry Hotel

October 24, 2018

Ever since Kerry Hotels launched as a brand back in 2011, it has been well received as a fascinating, and interesting, expression from Shangri-La Group, who are best known for their opulent namesake properties. While Hotel Jen, another critical darling from the group, plays more in the mid-range category with a strong commitment to design […]

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Hotel Review: Hilton juggles quantity and quality in San Francisco’s Union Square

October 23, 2018

Union Square has long been a useful anchor for visitors set to explore San Francisco, one of the most consistently impressive and dynamic cities in the world. It’s why many big-name hotel chains can be found spread throughout the heart of metropolitan heart of San Fran, with Hilton Union Square remaining one of the most […]

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Hotel Review: Mantra up their regional game with new Albury property

October 22, 2018

Unless you’re heading there on business, chances are the riverina city of Albury isn’t too far up the bucketlist when it comes to those essential Aussie road trip destinations. Although, the major regional city, located on the banks of the Murray River, is a convenient and completely worthwhile stop-off on the way to (or from) […]

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Hotel Review: The Fleming interprets Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry with style

October 18, 2018

Boutique hotels are at their best when you can see the sincerity in their design. Soulful touches and nostalgic nods to the property’s primary source of inspiration, whether that be a neighbourhood, a concept or a nearby institution, is always appreciated and is what ends up the most memorable part of any stay. The Fleming […]

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Hotel Review: Singapore’s Oasia Hotel Novena offers wellness with top-tier service

October 9, 2018

Two train stops from Singapore’s shopping street, Orchard Road, lies Oasia Hotel Novena. With its own lift access to the Novena MRT station via its basement level (which also takes you directly to/from your room floor), you’re instantly connected to the rest of Singapore. Nesting between three hotels, this hotel attracts a lot of medical […]

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Hotel Review: Novotel Surfers Paradise doesn’t trade location for service; turns out you can have both

September 26, 2018

Jumping off the tram from the Airport, right on Cavill Avenue on the Gold Coast, it didn’t take long to spot the towering structure that is the Novotel Surfers Paradise, which sat just meters from the spot. But if my memories of Schoolies some [REDACTED] years ago is anything to go by, a towering hotel […]

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