HotelCombined has released a list of the finalists in their first hotelier award for Australian hotels based on customer feedback.
The Recognition of Excellence Awards identifies the top, independent Australian hotels in each state and regional holiday area for outstanding customer satisfaction. Finalists are among the best hotels (by location) for customer service, with results compiled from detailed analysis of the website’s customer feedback.
The Awards are based on a range of criteria including:
- Quality and consistency of guest reviews
- Customer ratings
- Absence of recurring or unresolved issues
- Social media engagement on blogs, forums and social media posts
All of these hotels are placed within the top three percent of hotels worldwide.
Finalists and winners are representative of the highest standards in the industry, averaging 9.7 out of a possible 10 points – compared to the industry standard of 7.2.
The hotels are listed below by state:
New South Wales
NSW finalists, by region: Sydney
NSW finalists, by region: Central Coast
NSW finalists, by region: Newcastle
NSW finalists, by region: North Coast
NSW finalists, by region: South Coast
NSW finalists, by region: Snowy Mountains
NSW finalists, by region: Blue Mountains
NSW finalists, by region: Lord Howe Island
NSW finalists, by region: Hunter
Australian Capital Territory
ACT finalists, by region:
SA finalists, by region: Adelaide
SA finalists, by region: Adelaide Hills
SA finalists, by region: Barossa
SA finalists, by region: Limestone Coast
SA finalists, by region: Kangaroo Island
VIC finalists, by region: Melbourne
VIC finalists, by region: Great Ocean Road
VIC finalists, by region: Spa Country
VIC finalists, by region: Peninsula
QLD finalists, by region: Brisbane
QLD finalists, by region: Gold Coast
QLD finalists, by region: Sunshine Coast
QLD finalists, by region: Whitsundays
QLD finalists, by region: Central Queensland
QLD finalists, by region: Tropical North Queensland
WA finalists, by region: Perth
WA finalists, by region: Australia’s Coral Coast
WA finalists, by region: Australia’s South West
WA finalists, by region: Australia’s North West
NT finalists, by region: Darwin
HotelsCombined (hotelscombined.com.au) is the world’s leading hotel price comparison platform.
With Germany through to the next round at UEFA Euro Cup and hot favourites to win the football tournament you might be tempted to find out more about this beautiful European place. Germany is an amazing multicultural country which is steeped in history. The people are reserved but welcoming. If you need to convince your boyfriend or husband to travel to Germany on your next holiday, I’d like to tell you about the five best things to do which will appeal to an Aussie man:
- If your man is anything like mine, his first priority will be to unwind from his flight with a beer. Book a brewery tour with one of the many well-known German companies depending on what type of beer he prefers. Some of my personal favourites are Erdinger – the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, Holsten in Hamburg which is known for its pale larger, or Löwenbräu in Munich – a popular choice at Oktoberfest. German beer is strictly regulated and brewed based on a traditional recipe and fermentation technique which leads to a distinct aroma and taste you are sure to enjoy.
- While in Germany your man may want to hire a German car he’s always wanted to drive, like the latest model Audi, BMW, Porsche or Mercedes-Benz and test it to the limits on the Autobahn. Here you’ll find no federally mandated speed limits. Before you leave Australia he can practice his driving skills on the latest Need for Speed or Gran Turismo video games which are based on real autobahn tracks.
- Print off some Google maps and take a self-guided walk along the remains of the Berlin Wall. This famous concrete structure has mostly been torn down, but the trail remains popular with walkers and cyclists. You’ll find information panels along the way to highlight each area. The best place to start is at Checkpoint Charlie which was designated as the single crossing point for the Allied forces. Then follow the trail to see the Schlesischer Busch Command Post. Make sure you stop at the East Side Gallery where you can see over 100 murals, graffiti artworks, slogans and tags. This is the ideal place to practice your selfies. Then find out about the gristly history of Niederkirchnerstrasse and finally end your trek at Berauerstrasse.
- You may like to take a guided tour around the Olympiastadion in Berlin, which was originally built for the 1936 summer Olympics. It is Germany’s largest stadium and regularly hosts international football matches and rock concerts. Learn about it’s amazing history through a multimedia guide of the stadium and park. Usain Bolt broke the 100m and 200m world records at this stadium. It was here that Jesse Owns won the long jump in the Olympics and was the first male African American athlete to gain a sponsorship deal (with Adidas).
- Germany has the second most decorated Michelin star restaurants in the world. You will fall in love the hearty and healthy food. The country is well known for their traditional sausages with a phenomenal 1,500 different types which contain only the best meat as allowed by law. Eat your way through wursts of all kinds, pork knuckles, dumplings, spätzle and potato frites. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a slice of authentic Black Forest cake soaked in kirsch.
I hope you find some inspiration from these tourist activities which are unique to Germany. These ideas may help to persuade your better half to book some tickets.
Big M and I went off to Hervey Bay for a few nights. We went mainly to go whale-watching. Our big mistake was choosing a cruise based on the “gourmet lunch”. It was a lovely lunch, but we hardly ate any for fear of the sea-sicknesses! Lots of whales, but make sure you pick a large vessel for your whale-watching experience.
Holidays are always a good excuse for eating out, so we tried a number of the local restaurants.
The first night I had “Lamb shanks and vegetables” – normally nothing to write home [or blog] about, except the waif-thin waitress said, “I often have the shanks after work, but I can only manage one!”. I replied that I’d had some help from Big M. Then she said: “Just imagine, in the old days they used to be considered dog food!”
There were two food spots we would recommend. “Gringo’s” do excellent and affordable Mexican food. Big M had the nachos, and I had two tacos with Mexican rice. They can adjust the chilli level to your liking, or in my case leave it out.
The other place we enjoyed was “Arkarra” restaurant and Balinese tea gardens. There is a lovely walk around the lagoons with plenty of wildlife (mainly birds) to look out for. Big M had the “club sandwich”, and I had “calamari with sweet potato spiral fries”. Both were good, so….
We decided to visit again for breakfast. I was in an adventurous frame of mind and decided to try the “Lamb’s fry and bacon with onion gravy”. Big M had “scrambled eggs and bacon”. Lamb’s Fry is usually liver, and maybe other pieces of offal. Its robust texture goes well in pies. I really enjoyed it, although perhaps a little too overpowering for breakfast regularly.