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Hotel Review – Comfort Inn in Apollo Bay (Melbourne)

Published January 7, 2011 by Mary Jane

Okies Bloggy friends, day 2 – bed ridden…still haven’t recovered from this nasty cold but at least the running nose has stopped just body aches and slight fever – still alive 😛 Anyways, so after Great Ocean road trip we decided to check into our hotel – Comfort Inn in Apollo Bay, I’ve stayed in Comfort Inn while we were in Canada quite clean and nice and the price is quite reasonable.

I even spotted some cool trees, leaves and flowers near the car park 🙂

We stayed overnight and hired a studio apartment. Panadabear and I stayed downstairs and my mummy & little sister stayed upstairs. The place is quite tidy, got TV both downstairs and upstairs and clean bathroom, bar fridge, microwave and a small section for eating snacks and supper. The beds are quite comfy too 🙂

The great thing about this hotel is that it’s walking distance to all the shops and restaurants, how convenient so we decided to choose a restaurant close by for dinner 🙂

Would I recommend staying here? Yes!

Hotel Review – Grand Mercure Hotel

Published August 13, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. Anyways, Pandabear had a day off today so we decided to both sleep in, I managed to get up around 10.30am and dragged Pandabear to go shopping for some fresh produce at the Victoria Market. I love the Victoria Market there’s so much things you could buy over there. I can spend the whole day going through stuff at the Victoria Market. The only thing I must say is there’s a lot of similar stores that sell similar stuff, so I find it difficult to go from one store to the other comparing prices and produce. But anyways, slowly I’ll be able to find a store that I like the best.

So when we first arrived in Melbourne we booked ourselves into this hotel called Grand Mercure, we’ve stayed there a few times and it’s quite good. We booked this hotel through our accor vacation club through the points system, so didn’t have to pay for it – well technically it’s paid by our membership fee. Simple because it’s located at Flinder’s lane which is close to the Flinder’s street train station if we ever need to catch a train and it’s walking distance around Melbourne CBD. We stayed at this hotel for about a week, while we were waiting to move into our apartment. The only thing is they don’t do house cleaning everyday, so unless you need your towels changed or grab more of those mini bath gel and shampoos they won’t come to your room at all. The other thing I liked about the place is at the reception area there’s a fruit basket which gets filled up every day so you can go and grab a free apple everyday.

We stayed at a one bed room studio apartment – it has kitchen/dining area, TV/lounge area, master bed room and bathroom and toilet (but no bath tub – I like bath tubs!!). The place is quite clean, though at night you could hear the trams running but the noise level is pretty good for a hotel that’s close to the city. Everything is self-service at this hotel, when we arrived with our huge languages, there’s no concierge – we simply grabbed the luggage trolley and shift our own languages up to our room.

Kitchen

Kitchen

dining area

dining area

TV/Lounge area

TV/Lounge area

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Shower/toilet

Shower/toilet

Overall, I would recommend this place for anyone who comes to Melbourne for holidays – as it’s conveniently located and quite reasonable in terms of its hotel price.

Hotel Review – Delta Whistler Village Suites

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, on our way to Whistler our snow bus took us to the whistler village and Pandabear has booked us into Delta Whistler Village Suites. We had to cart our luggages around and was struggling to locate the hotel. It was tucked away behind some pine trees and then when we spotted the signs we couldn’t find the entrance door. Which prove to be quite difficult carting around 2 heavy lugguages 😦 Eventually, Pandabear went and ask people around to locate the main reception.

The main reception area was nice, warm and inviting. We were greeted with some Aussie who were really friendly and gave us a map around Whistler village and recommended us some restaurants as well. The bell boy helped us with our luggages and because he was so friendly and helpful we gave him a tip 🙂 Our bedroom has a really nice bed and it even has a small sink & microwave

It was lovely, outside our window there were amazing views..

Overall, we are quite happy with our stay. The place was nice and clean and the staff was pretty friendly. would

Hotel Review – Comfort Inn (Canada)

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, I’m so sleepy today – haven’t been sleeping well lately due to heat rash…yup I have heat rash and it especially gets worse in Winter when I have the heaters on. I’ve ran out of my medication for them so for the whole night I’ve been scratching!!! So this morning, I’m feeling tired and sleepy. Plus this week I have been working late as well which doesn’t help. Never mind, it’s nearly Friday and then there’s weekend 🙂 Well, we arrived at Canada late at night and we thought since we’re only staying for 1 night might as well just get an average 3-4 star hotel. So we found Comfort Inn, we’ve never stayed there before and read some ok reviews about it.

When we arrived at night, it was freezing cold in comfort Inn and there were some steps to go to the reception. Fortunately the hotel staff spotted us carting our huge luggages and came and helped us out. He had to press the button to open the entrance door for us.

When we arrived in our bedroom, it was pretty clean and lovely. The bed looks really comfy – I just want to sleep it was close to midnight and we have to catch a snow bus tomorrow to Whistler. The bathroom has a lovely big spa as well. But I was too tired to even get in the spa.

Breakfast was included with our stay. So after a good night’s rest we decided to head down for breakfast. They have a pub downstairs and it’s self service. I made myself some waffles 🙂 it was pretty tasty. There was a huge machine that warms up your toast and then I spotted a really cool machine – it’s slices your bagels in half so you can put stuff inside it. Yes, I love my gadgets – and it was really cool playing around with the gadgets. 🙂

My waffle

My waffle

bagel slicer

bagel slicer

My bagel

My bagel

Overall, we were really happy with our stay and the brekkie was pretty nice too. So would recommend this hotel, the staff were pretty friendly and the rates were pretty cheap 🙂

Hotel Review – Hilton Garden Inn (New York)

Published June 15, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, we decided to stay at this hotel called Hilton Garden Inn in New York cos it was close by to all the shopping malls and around the city so we could easily get around to places with either taxis or subway. My goodness there’s yellow cabs everywhere, you will have no problems with catching one in the middle of no where. Anyways, when we arrived at the hotel early in the morning we were told our rooms will not be ready until 2pm. So we have the whole mornings to kill so we decided to head out to grab some breakfast. I like this hotel cos nearby theres a selection of drinks and you could help yourself to. I had my hot chocolate and it made me feel happier.

Since we had lots of time we decided to speak to the concierge to organise some activities. He was a really friendly chap that went through the list of things we could do in New York which includes the Statue of Liberty climb, Mary Poppins at the theatres, Maddison basketball games, Woodbury Outlets. He was really helpful and gave us a map that shows how we can catch the subway around New York City.

When we arrived at our room, the bed was big and nice and the bathroom was nice and tidy.

We were pretty happy with our stay and would recommend people staying at this hotel. It’s relatively cheap and convenient to get to places.

Hotel Review – Grand Hyatt Hotel (San Francisco)

Published April 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, I’ve just finished another episode of Masterchef. Well, let’s see the status of sore throat hasn’t improved it’s feels like there’s some sharp razors cutting my throat every time I swallow so I try not to breathe or swallow too much. Not a great sign, I’m going to give it another day and if it doesn’t improve I’m gonna have to cancel dinner this Saturday. NO!!! I hate canceling dinner dates – especially when I’m cooking for my friends..but what can you do if I have something serious I don’t wanna pass it to them it’s painful 😦

Anyways, last night my work colleague recommended me some diphlam sprays which are good for sore throats and I told Pandabear to grab it for me if he can – somehow he got distracted with his medical post and before I know it I was glued to the TV watching Masterchef and before I know it the pharmacy has closed. Yes, I think this obsession with Masterchef is starting to scare me now…Anyways, I managed to head toward the pharmacy on my way home and ended up chatting to this Asian dude pharmacist of how to get rid of sore throat he recommended me this throat gargle – can’t remember the name but when I first opened I was repelled by the revolting metal and iodine smell and my goodness gargling this thing was worst than eating durian (little note I hate durian!! Can’t stand that taste) and the worst thing was the taste left my mouth and I almost threw up afterwards. So did I feel better afterwards NOPE!! Why Asian dude why did you recommend me this nasty concoction??? So tonight will be short post cos I’m still in pain with my nasty killer sore throat.

Okies, enough about restaurant review – onto another topic hotel reviews. Well, we caught a cab from the airport straight to our hotel – The Grand Hyatt have never stayed there before. We survived the crazy cab ride from this Asian driver who drive through busy streets cutting in and out like a speedy Gonzalez giving me a major headache and heart palpitating like crazy thinking this driver is going to kill us in some sort of car accident. Thank God, we survived and was glad to get off the cab ASAP. The bell boy helped us with a luggage and asked us where we were from and was amazed we flew in all the way from Perth. The hotel customer service person at the reception was very friendly greeted us with a lovely hi and big smile. Morning with a lovely tone and checked us in straight away. She ended with a have a great day and I replied good night – cos it’s night time in Perth and I definitely needed some sleep from the crazy cab ride.

Now I must admit the decor of the hotel looks classy but alittle old for my liking. I prefer the modern style, but when we arrived at our bedroom it was clean, I personally tested out the bed – soft and comfy, the bathroom/toilet was clean and neat. So you can’t complain..

Our lovely bed

Our lovely bed

After I had a long long nap woke up had a shower – excellent water heat system – I love my hot water shower cos it refreshes me very well. Anyways, the hotel was conveniently located opposite to a Star bucks joint, walking distance to all the Branded shops – Gucci, LV, Boss etc and also the Apple store as well. So you really can’t complain. The only thing that I was not happy about is that there’s no FREE wifi access so I couldn’t check my facebook but the up side there’s an APPLE store close by where you get FREE wifi access so it isn’t too bad.

Here’s my ratings:

Hotel service – 4 star
Hotel decor – 4 star
Would I recommend it? YES!

Okies, if anyone out there who has a home remedy for curing sore throat please kindly share to me the miserable creature with a nasty sore throat otherwise it’s back to my concoction of Iodine & Metal gargle No!!! 😦

Night and sweet dreams, oh btw – I rushed to see what Pandabear was doing and made some sniffing noise and he said whats wrong? I said ‘oh I wish I was in the Masterchef contest!!’ He probably thought I was gonna complained to him about my sore throat – which I temporarily forgotten when I watched the Masterchef…sigh…

Hotel Review – Pay in Lounge (Hong Kong)

Published April 13, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, what a miserable weather tonight pouring with rain. I don’t really love wet weathers but it’s good for my vegie garden and great for sleeping 🙂 Anyways, I’ve finally got my act together to start updating my blog again. This time, I’m going to add in a new category Hotel Review. Since I love traveling around the world staying at nice hotels was also a high priority. So the ratings would be the same as restaurant review, rating out of 5 star.

So our flight from Perth to Hong Kong was around 5-6 hours we stopped over for about 8 hours and continue flying to San Francisco. Now we caught the midnight flight so we knew we were going to feel a little yucky on the plane and smelly to have continued our flight to San Francisco without a shower. So Pandabear came across this pay in lounge in the Hong Kong Air port. Now we’ve never been to the pay in lounge before so it was a first time experience. We paid for 3 hours of nap and shower. You can choose either to nap or shower or massage, we opt for the option of shower and nap.

My comfy tiny bed

My comfy tiny bed

Dry your hair place

Dry your hair place

So we arrived at the pay in lounge, the guy serving us was nice and friendly and asked us what time we would like to be woken up – Pandabear said 11.30am so that we can have a quick shower and grab a bite for lunch before flying out. So The guy showed us the facilities – tiny little single beds divided by curtains and blinds similar to Japanese futon beds. Then we were shown the shower facilities – clean comes with shampoo/conditioner, tower, and soap dispensers. There was also another room where you could blow dry your hair and put your make up on – large mirrors there. It was fantastic, the guy came to woke us up right on the dot and we went for our shower, feeling mightily refreshed and it was so worth it, not overly priced and it really made the difference 🙂

Here’s my ratings

Hotel service – 4 star
Hotel decor – 4 star
Would I recommend it? Absolutely YES!