Category: hotels

Brunel would turn in his grave 0

Brunel would turn in his grave

The Paddington Hilton is not my favourite hotel. Its heyday as the Great Western Railway Hotel is sadly behind it. These days it’s a Hilton, and not a terribly good one. It has a...

the curious mailbox 0

the curious mailbox

After renting a short-stay apartment in Montreal for nearly 6 months, I am giving it up next week to save the boss some money over Christmas. For something to do, I decided to look...

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens 1

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens

It is a strange fact of serviced apartments that their kitchens are “fully equipped” in the sense that Coles is “where Masterchefs shop”. Drawers and cupboards seem to be populated at random from the...

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way! 0

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way!

Never let it be said that I am reluctant to try new things. Hence this week’s experiment with Oaks Dreriora (I mean Aurora). I did go into its 67 stories with open eyes –...

An ode to the Brisbane Sofitel 0

An ode to the Brisbane Sofitel

O Sofitel, my Sofitel Defender of everything gallic From the Fortitude girls who wish you “bonjour” To the very last drop of Chateau Latour Where tap water’s slightly metallic. O Sofitel, brave Sofitel Where...

Nanny flies coach 0

Nanny flies coach

Last week I had to go to Brisbane for a couple of days and I stayed at the Sofitel. I don’t normally stay at the Sofitel – it’s very convenient for the office, but...

I assume I am being punished for something 0

I assume I am being punished for something

If only I knew what… It’s so exciting being a mining company employee. My dizzy, glamorous life takes me all over the world. It seems only weeks ago I was slumming in London: catching...