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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!

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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 – 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.

Restaurant Review – Grand Hyatt Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published May 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Long time no see bloggy friends, it’s been more than 2 weeks since I’ve updated my last blog. I must really apologise, time is really flying and I’ve been caught again amongst busy things. Having to come home from work after gluing myself to the computer for close to 8 hours, the desire to switch on my mac and post my blogs have been really really low. But anyways, tonight I’ve decided I’m going to upload some photos and do some update on my blog. Well, I’ve nearly finished posting all the restaurant reviews from San Francisco, except for one final restaurant…that is the Grand Hyatt Restaurant. One night, we thought to ourselves so lazy to go out to dine at a restaurant – why don’t we just dine at the Grand Hyatt Restaurant, surely our experiences of dining at restaurants inside the hotel is usually quite a good one. So we thought anyways…

Grand Hyatt Restaurant

Grand Hyatt Restaurant

window view seat

window view seat

We booked for a table of two, when we arrived at 6.30pm there were hardly any customers. The decor was neat but kinda old, all tables were set up with wine glasses and cutlery and some tables were joined together so we thought to ourselves maybe we’ve came a little early. Nevermind, it just means our food will taste better cos we’re the first customer there. The Asian waiter sat us down next to the window where we could see a beautiful view of San Francisco City and was very friendly spoke fluent American English and offered us some drinks. Pandabear and I spotted the tropical fruit punch non-alcoholic and ordered this for both of us.

Tropical Fruit Punch

Tropical Fruit Punch

The fruit punch arrived and it was very tasty – I could taste a mixture of pineapple, orange, and some other flavours which I couldn’t pick up but Pandabear loved it and ordered 1 more glass of it. We weren’t feeling too hungry so thought we’ll order an entree to share – which was prawns cooked in tomato based sauce and polenta. Pandabear isn’t a polenta type of guy, but I convinced him if it was cooked properly it will be silky smooth similar to mash potato so he was convinced. We were served with hot home made bread rolls that was lovely. When our entree arrived it was tiny like 3 prawns and to be honest the presentation was pretty average, now I would expect for the presentation of a dish, you have to at least make sure the sauces don’t splatter around the plates…but I could spot some sauce stains on the white plate. The prawns were over cooked, the polenta was rough and grainy instead of smooth and the tomato based sauce just didn’t have that kick. It was disappointing…

Prawns with polenta in a tomato based sauce

Prawns with polenta in a tomato based sauce

Now for mains, Pandabear loves Caesar salad – now you can’t go wrong with a Caesar salad it’s so easy to make and I wouldn’t usually order a caesar salad in a restaurant, but unfortunately Pandabear loves Caesar salad and he’s not adventurous enough to try other salads. So we had that..when it arrived, I stared at the plate – the lettuce looks so miserable they didn’t have that crispness looks in them, seemed a little soggy drenched by the salad dressing, some shavings of Parmesan cheese and some anchovies with a thin piece of bread that’s meant to be croutons?? The dish just looks miserable and lack of that freshness in it. Very disappointed how can you go wrong with a simple caesar salad???

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

So my main course finally came and I’ve decided to try their fish with creamy white sauce pasta served with asparagus and mushrooms. Sounds rather nice and I was thinking to myself if they stuff up this dish, I will have to give them a very bad rating. So my main arrived well, the presentation was still a little lacking, spotted some sauce stain again and it just looks as though a whole pile of mushrooms have been dumped on top of the fish. The garnish needs to go and I could see the oil oozing out from the sauce which kinda puts me off. So I taste it and it actually didn’t taste that bad, except it’s definitely very creamy and oily – I love the mushrooms & asparagus, fish was tender but the pasta was way too oily and it lacks in seasoning. So it’s edible but lacks in flavouring. I passed the rest of the dish over to Pandabear and asked him to eat it cos I couldn’t finish it. The serving size was decent though….

fish with white sauce served with mushrooms & asparagus

fish with white sauce served with mushrooms & asparagus

So both entree and mains were disappointing, the waiter came back and said would you like to have a look at the dessert menu?? I was thinking long and hard and decided well, let’s see if they can make it up with their dessert. Maybe, just maybe their desserts will blow me away…..so I spotted a chocolate lava cake served with strawberries and icecream…yum yum…I haven’t had chocolate lava cake for ages…so I asked the waiter is this dessert good? He replied it’s one of our best dessert highly recommended. So I thought to myself, why not give it a try. When it arrived, the presentation looks good – the strawberries were fresh, the chocolate lava cake looks moist except the icecream has already melted leaving a pool of melted icecream…now the test was to cut through the lava cake and to see the chocolate lava running and oozing out from the cake. When I cut it open it was dry there were no sauces oozing out. I was very disappointed!! The chocolate lava cake had failed miserably, we still finished our dessert – we never waste food unless it’s totally not edible…

chocolate lava cake with strawberries & icecream

chocolate lava cake with strawberries & icecream

Cut open lava cake - no lava!!

Cut open lava cake - no lava!!

After a disappointing meal, it was time for some rating:

Dining experience: 3 star – just pass as the waiters were nice and friendly
Food experience: 2 star
Would I recommend: Definitely NOT!!!