Medina hotels are an old standby for the Australian Traveller team. Their point of difference has always been size. Rather than a staying in a hotel room you are staying in an apartment like hotel room. All rooms have plenty of space, a discreet bedroom and living room, and usually a completely functional kitchen.
Quentin Long asks just what the 'race that stops a nation' means to Melbourne's psyche. I have a theory that the Melbourne Cup is largely responsible forMelbourne’s identity as our most sophisticated city. Forget the tennis, the F1, the Boxing Day test and the AFL grand final, those are all times I wish I was in Melbourne. Tuesday is the day I really wished I was a Melbournian. And it’s not only because it’s a public holiday in Victoria, we all bludge the afternoon off with office parties anyway. No other Australian city has a day when the entire populace frocks up and celebrates as one. Yes,...
Bondi’s newest hotel may just be the happy medium we’ve been waiting for. Alissa Jenkins investigates. Bondi: the home of bronzed travellers and windswept hipsters; where tourists flock and a $6 organic latte could be considered a bargain. It’s also home to many a backpacker, and finding accommodation where shower thongs aren’t necessary is surprisingly difficult. So when mid-range hotel chain, Adina Apartment Hotels, opened their latest property just up the road from Australia’s most iconic beach, I was curious as to where it would sit on the Bondi continuum – plastered in ‘I heart Bondi’ stickers, or furnished in overpriced eco-friendly whatever. Arriving two weeks after...
We are loving the news that Toga (The owners of the Medina, Adina, Travelodge and Vibe hotel brands) are building a new hotel at Randwick racecourse. Innovative uses of the space that exists currently is the future. Not building another casino. And this is a perfect example. Think about it. Randwick racecourse has plenty of space. The members get a new facility downstairs. And upstairs we get a new hotel with easy access to the CBD and eastern suburbs. It's a win win situation. The other big plus is that the building in now way overshadows the racecourse and the...
This ambitious development has something to offer both local residents and visiting fans of the Medina brands, writes Quentin Long. There is something reassuring about staying in a precinct of a city where its own citizens come to play. You subconsciously feel that you have chosen your digs well because, hell, if the residents like to come here, then you ain’t a tourist but a traveller who is getting into the true heart of the place. The mammoth Darwin Waterfront development is a $1 billion, 15-year project that’s epic in any developer’s book, let alone in ‘little ole Darwin’. The...
Chic boutiques nestle near grungy tattoo parlours. Hatted hotspots bed down with illicit graffiti galleries. Lisa Perkovic discovers that Sydney’s Surry Hills is the inner city suburb where anything goes. Out & About: Surry Hills For more than 100 years the streets of Surry Hills have had their character virtually pounded into them. From colonial farmers to reclusive artists and, more recently, trendy urbanites, people have always been out and about in Surry Hills. Oxford, Cleveland, Elizabeth and South Dowling are the streets that bind this inner-city haven into a loose grid, and while weeks of trawling the main drags,...
Australian Traveller's pick of the best places to stay on Melbourne's St Kilda Road Like a classic ’80s mullet, Melbourne’s St Kilda Rd is business at the front, party at the back. A good base for mid-week business meetings, it’s also a short stroll or tram ride to the entertaining precincts of St Kilda and South Yarra, not to mention the CBD. Here’s AT’s pick of the area . . . The Prince Rival with the Lindrum for the best boutique hotel in Melbourne, The Prince is the original cool place to stay for a weekend of shopping, eating and...
A hotel review of the Medina Grand Perth Grand Central By Rhonda Talbot* (*Hotels and resorts reviewed by Australian Traveller are visited anonymously by our writers, who pay their own way) A set of WA serviced apartments with the emphasis on service has this reviewer reaching for her stash of gold stars . . . What a surprise: an unlikely candidate for a high-scoring hotel stay in Perth is the Medina Grand. You could hardly get further from traditional hotel fare than this modest, bright, white and chrome establishment with its minimalist decor and individual approach to guest relations. This slightly different option...
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