Tagged: 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...

Turning down turndown 1

Turning down turndown

One of the putative benefits of 5-star hotels is the turndown service. You know, smiling ladies arrive in the early evening, fold down a corner of your bedding and leave you a chocolate before...

…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...