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Okay, so we really went down for Cirque du Soleil Ovo, but the highlight of any Sydney trip is gorging on decent Chinese food… mmmm…. At two of the Emporer’s Garden locations, and yummy as usual :D

Chinese BBQ
BBQ Duck and Pork

Chinese BBQ
BBQ Pork with rice noodle

Yum cha dumplings
Garlic and Prawn

Yum cha dumplings
Scallop

Yum cha
Cha sieu pao

Yum Cha coconut jelly
Coconut Jelly

Yum Cha tea
Contemplating my tea

Aaron's Hotel Haymarket

We stayed the night at Aaron’s hotel, Haymarket, which I think about $120 for the night on Wotif. An older hotel, with a rickety lift, step in odd places, a skylight in the room that let light in WAY too early, and a fire alarm that got us all out of bed before we wanted to be because it goes off sometimes with the steam from the showers.

Aaron's Hotel

But the shower was hot and the bed very comfortable.

Aaron's Hotel

Aaron's Hotel

Aaron's Hotel

I’d stay there again, it’s amazingly located right next to Market City, but this time with an eye mask. And maybe earplugs so the fire alarm wouldn’t wake me :/

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The Formule 1 hotels are soon to be renamed something like Ibis Budget. There you go.

All I wanted was a hot shower and a comfy bed.

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As I had to be on a plane at 6am. And Formule 1 obliged, for $89.

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Honestly, it was great for the price, and so convenient to the Domestic terminals! :)

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Keepin’ warm.

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Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne
Room 507

My second stay at Ibis Little Bourke, this basic, but adequate, hotel, located ultra close to Southern Cross Station and within walking distance of all the best conference venues ;) (read about my first stay here)

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

I managed not to injure myself in the shower this time. The air con was quieter, and the towels better. I did pay more ($103 per night, this time through wotif, last time was through Qantas, but it WAS school holidays and a weekend this time).

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

They have a luggage storage area which we used, but don’t leave valuable there, because I kinda just walked in to get my bag and could have left with anything. You can pay for a locker there, or at the station, if you need. I just carried my zenbook around for the day ;)

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Loved the 11am checkout, and our room was available before lunch on the day we got there :) I’m sure I’ll stay there again!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

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Booked a room with two Queen beds for the Digital Parents Conference for just under $200 per night. No breakfast included, but that’s what the fruit I snaffled from the plane and lunch buffets was for!

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(Fifth floor view)

After an initial stuff up, where we were put into a room with just one king bed (we upgraded you! but yah, great, I just MET this person, not yet on bed sharing terms), and then when I arrive I walked into an already occupied room where someone was asleep with the concierge due to them forgetting to change the room number on my key. Silly. Anyway. Once that was all settled :/

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The beds were super comfy and the shower nice and HOT. The aircon controller had me confused, so I just stuck with using the window to regulate the temperature…

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Now to share with you my little accommodation bargain – $65 per night, booked just at the right time – Hotel Ibis, Little Bourke St.

Ibis Hotel, Little Bourke St, Melbourne
Comfy beds!

I understand the rack rate to be closer to $120 – I probably wouldn’t have paid that online having not seen it before, but it worked out well for the $65 (I never pay full price for my hotels!) but this little twin room suited us for our stay. And it was walking distance (past the strip clubs of King Street!) to the Crown conference venue/casino.
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Stayed at the Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour Sunday night for the Amanda Palmer concert at the Opera House… Got a good rate through Last Minute as a Secret Hotel deal (woo!)

Crown Plaza Darling Harbour

The bed was a Queen… Super soft mattress… fought a bit with the pillows to get comfortable. Rish slept well, I tossed and turned a bit. Probably just me ;)
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Came back last night from a week across Sydney and Newcastle, with more photos than I really need to deal with!

On our first night in Sydney, we stayed at the Addison Hotel which is on Anzac Parade Kensington – chosen because it was about 2 block’s walk from the University of NSW, where Rish had a conference, and where we stayed the rest of the time in Sydney.

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I’ll have to admit that, which is room was nice enough, I didn’t sleep too well, bed was hard and I kept going numb, plus I think I may or may not have been worrying about missing my alarm in the morning to trek across the city to my workshop on at Novotel Olympic Park… Rish swears he had a good night’s rest though so it’s probably just me being a little loopy! :) TV had free to air channels, plus a whole heap of Chinese-language television. I was watching a doco on SBS for a while before sleep.

The highlight though was discovering that I’d ordered a package that included not just breakfast, but dinner too at the restaurant downstairs! (for $115 online). I love all the bargains you can get through daily deals sites like Groupon. Have you ever used an online coupon for a hotel?

Dinner at Addison Hotel

We didn’t eat as much as we perhaps could have, had we not gone to the welcome reception for Rish’s conference and filled ourselves up on finger food and wine! But, it was yummy all the same. :D No idea about the breakfast – I was out the door at 7am, which is when they were starting to take it around to the rooms. I’m sure it was a standard toast, juice, cereal affair, though. :)

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I think we’ve figured out our “Sydney Routine”.

  • Check into the hotel (that we’ve booked through Wotif.com or through a new place like Hotels Combined) about 2pm after remember again that we hate the stretch along South Dowling Drive…
  • Find lunch. This time around we stuffed ourselves silly with Manchurian Sweet and Sour Pork and some dumplings in Chinatown.
  • Shop a bit. *grins*
  • See what the hotel’s facilities are like. We checked out the pool. Great view from the 8th floor of the Citigate… but getting cold. And too many kiddies!
  • Get ready for whatever the evening has in store for us
  • Party?
  • Stumble back to the hotel just before sunrise. Not get much sleep before checkout
  • YUM CHA BREAKFAST. Highlight of any Sydney trip. Disserting the evening before. Rehydrating from any excessive consumpion of alcohol with the green chinese tea on offer
  • Wander/Shop/GET A BOOST SMOOTHIE
  • Leave! Take shifts driving because neither one of us has had enough sleep that we really should be in control of a large machine hurtling down the Hume at 100km/h.
  • Home and bed

The Citigate was good. Especially for $145/night! We had a room on the second top floor (17th) and the view was gorgeous… from the window near the lift, not necessarily from the room (a great view of UTS). Bed was large, comfortable (for the little time we spent in it!) and the staff were friendly. Shower cap was provided (the one thing I love in a hotel bathroom) … and it was right in Chinatown which fits in with all of life’s plans!

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Back to reality again. We signed the lease for our new place yesterday. Get the keys on Tuesday and move on the 1st. Busy busy busy from here on in…

(for the other bloggers and for the facebookers out there… Hotels Combined is given $20 to charity if you blog about them, or $5 if you join their Facebook group. Details here)

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