Visiting Australia

General Tips: Australia is a very expensive country. Be prepared to pay more for just about everything. Tipping – most Australians don’t tip. I felt very awkward about this, given that everyone expects a tip in the US, and I…

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Sydneysiders Come Together to Honor the Martin Place Tragedy

The following post was written by a dear friend of mine from Sydney Australia, Laura White. Laura is a longtime friend and colleague, and a very proud Sydneysider. Laura, like many others were deeply affected by the horror of the…

Will There Be A Room 524 In Sydney’s Second InterContinental Hotel?

Pop/Rock fans will certainly remember the 1997 death of INXS lead-man, Michael Hutchence.  Hutchence was found hung in his suite, room 524, at the Ritz Carlton Sydney hotel.  In 2001, the hotel lost the Ritz name and fell into ill-repair….

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The Westin Sydney: Update

I originally posted about the Westin Sydney after spending Christmas and Boxing Day at the hotel.  I fell madly in love with the Westin and swore I would find a way to get back. Well, it turned out that about 3 weeks…

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Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbor, Sydney

I booked the Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbor for several reasons. 1) I’m an SPG Platinum member – free internet and breakfast. 2) I needed a hotel for NYE and they had availability 3) I’m on a business trip…

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Marriott Sydney Hotel Review

The Marriott Sydney is located on Sydney’s famous Hyde Park and just miles from Sydney’s CBD. The hotel has recently been refurbished and looks more like a boutique hotel (think W or Kimpton) than a major chain. The high floors…

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Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney, Australia Hotel Review

Hotel rates in Sydney – and all of Australia for that matter – are shocking during high season (Australian Summertime = US Winter) and so I ended up at a Holiday Inn Potts Point paying $198 AUD/night (about $203 USD…