ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis
Near the geographic center of Australia, the picturesque town of Alice Springs sits close to the southern boundary of the Northern Territory. With a population of just under 30,000, it is hardly a bustling metropolitan center, but it does offer visitors a look at how the influences of Aboriginal Australians and later European settlers together have shaped a culture unique to Australia.
With rates as low as $80 a night, the lovely ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis is an affordably priced hotel from which to explore the local area. And guests here will find just about every amenity today’s travelers have come to expect. Nearby attractions include the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Galley, and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.
Each of the single-story hotel’s 102 air-conditioned guest rooms has its own patio or balcony, as well as a flat-screen LCD TV, room service, and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. WiFi Internet access is available for a small additional charge. Other hotel facilities and services include two outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, lobby computer station, bar/lounge, and a meeting room. The on-site restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily.
City Sheridan, Cairns
Although it is best-known as a jumping-off spot for visits to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, the city of Cairns enjoys a tropical climate that makes it a popular destination for visitors who just want to soak up the sun. The city lies along the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland.
City Sheridan, the hotel we’ve chosen for our stay in Cairns, is small but well-equipped. Each of the three-story hotel’s 31 air-conditioned guest rooms features a flat-screen, wall-mounted satellite TV, DVD player, mini-refrigerator, patio or balcony, complimentary WiFi, and en-suite bathroom with shower. Rates start as low as $70.
Other amenities and services at the City Sheridan include an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant overlooking the pool, poolside bar/lounge, a business center, and lobby computer station. Among the city’s attractions convenient to the hotel are Cairns Civic Theatre and the Centre of Contemporary Arts.
Cambridge Hotel Sydney
With a population of more than 4.7 million, Sydney is Australia’s largest city by far. It is also the country’s most multicultural city with roughly a third of its population born outside Australia. The capital of New South Wales, Sydney, lies within easy driving distance of many of Australia’s biggest attractions. The iconic Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s architectural marvels, overlooks the city’s sprawling harbor.
An excellent base for exploring Sydney and its environs is the Cambridge Hotel Sydney, which sits in the heart of Surry Hills, one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods. Rates begin as low as $90. Each of the hotel’s 173 air-conditioned rooms has 24-hour room service, cable TV, mini-refrigerator, down comforters, and en-suite bathrooms. Wireless Internet access is available for a small surcharge.
Other hotel facilities and services include an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, bar/lounge, business center, 24-hour front desk, meeting rooms, and gift shop/newsstand. Baccomatto Osteria, the hotel restaurant, specializes in Italian cuisine served in a rustic yet elegant setting. Nearby is the campus of the University of Sydney.
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