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Today is the 17th of August and I am going to Los Angeles. I am leaving from Brisbane Airport at 6.35am with a quick stop in Sydney arriving there at 8.15am. I then depart from Sydney to arrive in Los Angles. It will be a long flight as my plane from Sydney leaves at 9.50 am and I get to Los Angles 6.30am on the 17th of August. (This is because of the time difference – the flight time is
I am so excited. I received my passport after 5 ...
... following him around like a loyal puppy waiting for its next treat. Grace was a little more cautious of the plants he was giving her to eat, every time saying to phoebe "you try it first, phoebe". Now thats sisterly love for you! I look back now and realised we actually put a lot of trust in the man giving us this flora to eat! Mum, I know you are having a mild heart attack reading this, so I wont tell you part of the bush tucker eco trail was ...
Halong Bay is one of the best destinations of my vacation in Vietnam. I would recommend for everybody about the bay and Paragon Cruise.
Their service made our trip so special. We had a group with 6people and that was the day before my girlfriend's birthday. After dinner, we came to sundeck to enjoy the Halong Bay life at night. About 30’ later, Toan – our tour guide told us come back restaurant on the second floor. When we came down, there ...
Upon arrival at Brisbane airport, we were both at our most vigilant to ensure that we made it to the transit area rather than walking out of the airport. We dutifully checked for signage and failed miserably as we got caught up with all the enticing duty free offers. With our booty of rum and vodka we joined the immigration queue. After a good 10 minutes, both of us had that horrible nagging feeling about two things; firstly, were ...
... as always to be in bloom. They definitely didn't disappoint! In one area, Fern Gully, they have speakers playing birdsong as you pass by under a bridge - I didn't initially realise and spent a few minutes searching for the owners of the beautiful voices! In another area I made the huge mistake of looking up.......... there were about 100 huge spiders sitting in their webs above my head!!! I was incredibly brave, if I do say so myself, and hung around underneath them ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Brisbane
We arrived mid afternoon wondering what we would find to do with the two girls. No worries. There was a great swimming pool, sauna and jaccuzi on the top floor. And we had dinner in the restaurant. The prices were very reasonable and the quality was excellent. Also the rooms were 5* quality. Couldn't fault it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Brisbane
Would never stay at this hotel again
Stayed one night at the Novotel Brisbane. Light, bright and spacious lobby with many comfortable seating areas. However once you left the lift you were faced with a dark, dirty, dusty corridor with missing ceiling panels. The hotel room was also dusty and dirty and my son had stained sheets on his bed. The bathroom was small and dank with a uninviting shower and bath.
The restaurant staff at breakfast were all aged approx 18 -20 years and appeared more interested in chatting to each other than greeting customers - tables took ages to be cleared.
The only positive was a staff reception member called Bridie who was very helpful changing travellers cheques for me from her reception till.
I would never stay at this hotel again.
Novotel - comfy, clean and efficient
I stayed for 3 nights at the Novotel in Brisbane. The rooms are clean, bright and modern. Nice bathrooms with good toiletries, and a big bonus for me: feather pillows which don't feel like a rolled timber log! The bed was very comfy. The staff were friendly and efficient. A very good place for a business travel.
Novotel has a very corporate feel and the majority of guests seemed to be on business trips. That said it had a nice feel to it,with clean large rooms, and friendly service and staff.
Overall it is a decent place to stay, however if you have any disablilities then you might find the location a bit difficult as it is situated at the top of a large hill. They have a nice bar located on the ground floor, and the restaraunt is excellent. I had on of the best meals there and it was not that expensive. For what you will pay to stay there it seems to be just about right.
Weekends are good for tourists
We often stay at the Novotel in brisbane on weekends when i have no business to attend to. I find that this is often the best time, there are allways majorly discounted rooms available on line, especially on the weekends. The hotel is much quieter then and we find that the staff have more time to help you. and are often more friendly to touists on the weekends. We stayed there on friday night and the staff were very friendly and provided me with "complimentary" things for my boy aged 4, and even for my wife. The hotel has had a refit since we last stayed there and looks great. At the right price it is worth a serious look at for non business travellers.
Good 4 star hotel
Nicely renovated rooms. Ceramic tile bathroom with bath/shower combined and shower curtain. Aquascience toiletries in bathroom.
Internet access is available for free in the lobby, or paid access in the rooms. They have data ports (bring your laptop), otherwise you can use the TV screen and pay $5.50 for 10 minutes.
Breakfast in the Cilantro restaurant was not up to a 4 star hotel standard, more around a 3 star. Pastries selection was pretty ordinary (very small pastries and they looked like they were frozen ones reheated), limited fresh cut fruit, no vegetarian options, no porridge, no muffins.
The hotel has a business feel to it, a nice large lobby, 24 hour room service etc. There was probably a 45 minute wait for the room service to come however.
Location is high up on Creek Street (not as good location as some of the other hotels, e.g. Conrad Treasury), but still within a 5 minute walk to the CBD and shops. For families, it is not the best location, because you have to walk down a 3 lane highway ramp to get to the shops and CBD, which would be dangerous for children.
I paid $140 for a room and probably wouldn't pay much more as the location is a bit out of the way. If this is your budget and you are seeking only 4 stars (as opposed to 5 star luxury), you will be happy with this hotel.
Nice with a Corporate Feel
Nice rooms with reasonable service. Has quite a corporate feel with a lot of business guests.
Super hotel !!
Stayed here in November 2003 during the Rugby World Cup in fact Welsh team were staying there and French team had been the week before - gives you an idea of the standard of the hotel. Basically, cant be faulted, great rooms, great location - well worth a stay !
This is a great Novotel. Got a great deal - A$125 per night, and it was worth it. Room was extremely comfortable and clean. In-room internet service worked with no hassles (unlike some other hotels...) Will definitely return.
Modern rooms, Great facilities
I stayed here for 3 nights in June 2004 with my wife. Hotel is in a good location- 10 minutes from main shopping centre, 5 minutes from central railway station. The rooms are very modern and were clean and tidy, they have all the usual fittings. The hotel has a good pool and gym. The hotel bar is relaxing, and in the lobby there are a couple of computer terminals where you have free access to the web! Would definately stay here again.
Great foyer, big rooms , clean. Fabulous buffet breakfast. Paid summer special of $140AUD/night. Wouldn't pay much more. Close to main railway station and attractions. Would come back.